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October 3, 2019

/ 6:25 a.m. CT (1125 GMT)

Soyuz MS-12 lands

: Aleksey Ovchinin, Nick Hague and Hazzaa AlMansoori landed from the International Space Station on Thursday (Oct. 3). The Russian, American and Emirati crewmates touched down aboard Soyuz MS-12 on the steppe of Kazakhstan. For Ovchinin and Hague, it was the end of a 203 day mission. For AlMansoori, it was only eight days, but a first for the United Arab Emirates.

October 7, 2019

/ 12:15 a.m. CT (0515 GMT)

Astronaut Playmobil

: Luca Parmitano's two new crewmates on orbit do not take up much space and they look a little like him. The first Playmobil figures on the International Space Station, the toys were created in Parmitano's likeness to promote an interest in spaceflight by children. A partnership between ESA, ASI and the Italian publisher of Playmobil Magazine, 25,000 of the Luca Parmitano figures are now for sale on newsstands in Italy.

October 8, 2019

/ 9:00 p.m. CT (0200 GMT Oct 9)

Cradle of Astronauts

: Thirteen of the space fliers who graduated from Purdue University, the "Cradle of Astronauts," will be honored at halftime on Saturday (Oct. 12), in a tribute to the Indiana school's space alum legacy. The Purdue Boilermakers will join in the Homecoming festivities with new spacesuit-inspired football helmets and patches.

October 11, 2019

/ 1:00 a.m. CT (0600 GMT)

Demo-2 mission patch

: The first astronauts set to fly on board a SpaceX Dragon capsule now have a mission patch. Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken were spotted wearing the new Demo-2 test flight insignia on Thursday (Oct. 10) during a visit by NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine to SpaceX's headquarters in Hawthorne, California.

October 11, 2019

/ 11:30 a.m. CT (1630 GMT)

Alexei Leonov, 1934-2019

: The first person in history to walk in space, cosmonaut Alexei Leonov died on Friday (Oct. 11) at the age of 85. Selected with the first Soviet cosmonauts in 1960, Leonov also led the Russian side of the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project, the first mission to be jointly flown between the U.S. and Russia. An accomplished artist who was the first to sketch in space, Leonov logged a total of seven days in Earth orbit, circling the planet 113 times.

October 14, 2019

/ 11:25 a.m. CT (1625 GMT)

Planetary Congress

: Space explorers from around the world have convened in Houston for the XXXII Planetary Congress. Described by the Association of Space Explorers as the "largest gathering of international astronauts in history," this year's Congress has the theme "Celebrating Apollo, Inspiring the Future" and features panels about the legacy and future of humanity's exploration of the moon.

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