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October 3, 2021

/ 7:35 p.m. CT (0035 GMT Oct 4)

Orbital Planes:

Photographer Roland Miller shares his own slant on the space shuttle in "Orbital Planes," his third photography book now being crowdfunded on Kickstarter. Miller made an effort to document the shuttle as it transitioned into retirement. The 200-page hardcover book includes 150 color photographs and Miller's accounts of his interactions with the personnel who worked the program.

October 4, 2021

/ 12:45 p.m. CT (1745 GMT)

'For realsies!'

William Shatner, Star Trek's Captain Kirk, is set to fly into space on Blue Origin's New Shepard. "For realsies!" said the 90-year-old actor, who is soon to be the oldest person to enter the final frontier. The NS-18 mission will be crewed by Shatner, Chris Boshuizen of Planet Labs, Glen de Vries with Dassault Systems and Audrey Powers, Blue Origin's head of mission operations.

October 5, 2021

/ 4:10 a.m. CT (0910 GMT)

3, 2, 1... action!

Russia launched its Soyuz MS-19 spacecraft to the International Space Station on Tuesday (Oct. 5), with a film crew ready to produce the first full-length movie in space. Actress Yulia Peresild, director Klim Shipenko and veteran cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov lifted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on a two-orbit track to rendezvous with the space station. Peresild and Shipenko will spend 12 days filming scenes for the film, "Challenge."

October 5, 2021

/ 8:05 a.m. CT (1305 GMT)

ESA astronaut Barbie:

Mattel is celebrating World Space Week and its theme this year of "Women in Space" with a new Barbie doll styled after Samantha Cristoforetti, the first Italian women to fly into space. The doll, part of Barbie's Signature Role Model line, depicts Cristoforetti in a spacesuit ready for a spacewalk. Made in cooperation with the European Space Agency (ESA), the doll's sale will fund a bursary to encourage a new generation of explorers.

October 7, 2021

/ 2:05 p.m. CT (1905 GMT)

Ride quarter revised:

The United States Mint has revealed the official artwork for its 2022 American Women quarters, including a coin honoring the first American woman in space. Designed by Elana Hagler, the Sally Ride coin differs from its original concept by the addition of a NASA patch and the astronaut's name tag. The Mint has yet to announce the release date for the Sally Ride coin.

October 8, 2021

/ 1:05 a.m. CT (0605 GMT)


The four members of SpaceX's Crew-3 chose the name "Endurance" for the new Dragon spacecraft that will deliver them to and from the International Space Station. The name was selected for several reasons, from its expected longevity to its connection to "one of the best examples of real-life leadership," the 1914 Shackleton voyage to Antarctica. Endurance now joins Endeavour and Resilience to comprise SpaceX's current fleet of Dragons.

October 11, 2021

/ 7:15 p.m. CT (0015 GMT Oct 12)

Not for sale:

William Shatner let it slip: the passengers flying with Blue Origin can take a small satchel of mementos with them, but "you can't sell it." The company has banned its clients (including Capt. Kirk) from cashing in on the cache they will fly on board New Shepard. Virgin Galactic has a similar policy for its future astronauts. The rules have changed as the personal preference kits of early spaceflight have now become commercial carry-ons.

October 13, 2021

/ 10:10 a.m. CT (1510 GMT)

Shatner's space trek:

William Shatner went where no 90-year-old has gone before, lifting off on Blue Origin's New Shepard to become the oldest person to soar into space. Shatner launched with Audrey Powers of Blue Origin and paying passengers Chris Boshuizen and Glen de Vries on the company's second human flight. The 10-minute hop safely landed in West Texas, near Blue Origin's launch site.

October 15, 2021

/ 11:35 a.m. CT (1635 GMT)

Shenzhou 13 launches:

China launched its second crewed mission to its space station on Friday (Oct. 15) to prepare for the orbiting outpost's planned expansion. Shenzhou 13 crewmates Zhai Zhigang, Wang Yaping and Ye Guangfu will spend six months aboard the Tianhe core module. Zhai, who in 2008 made China's first spacewalk, is the Shenzhou 13 commander. Wang was China's second woman to fly into space and will be the first woman to enter the country's space station. Ye is on his first space mission.

October 16, 2021

/ 4:55 a.m. CT (0955 GMT)

Lucy in the sky:

NASA's first mission to the Trojan asteroids, the two swarms of small worlds that lead and follow Jupiter in its orbit around the Sun, lifted off on Saturday (Oct. 16) from Cape Canaveral. The robotic probe named "Lucy" will spend 12 years flying by a record seven Trojan asteroids and one main belt asteroid, collecting data about the "fossils" from the formation of the solar system.

October 16, 2021

/ 11:50 p.m. CT (0450 GMT Oct 17)

That's a wrap!

Actress Yulia Peresild and producer Klim Shipenko returned to Earth with cosmonaut Oleg Novitskiy after 12 days shooting a movie on the International Space Station. The touchdown aboard Soyuz MS-18 wrapped the on-orbit filming of "Вызов" ("Challenge" in English), which has been billed as the first feature length narrative movie shot in space. Novitskiy landed after 191 days, bringing his three mission total to 531 days in space.

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