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October 3, 2022

/ 12:00 a.m. CT (0500 GMT)

Private crew chronographs:

The Polaris Dawn crew will wear special wristwatches as they attempt to fly higher than any previous human mission in Earth orbit and perform the first commercial spacewalk. The Pilot's Watch Chronograph Edition "Polaris Dawn" was designed by IWC Schaffhausen to meet the needs of the privately-funded mission. The four chronographs will be auctioned post-flight to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

October 3, 2022

/ 6:15 p.m. CT (2315 GMT)

S.S. Sally Ride:

Northrop Grumman's 19th (NG-18) Cygnus cargo spacecraft has been named for the first American woman to fly in space. The S.S. Sally Ride will launch atop an Antares 230+ rocket from Wallops Islands in Virginia with supplies for the International Space Station. Ride is the fourth woman honored as a Cygnus namesake.

October 5, 2022

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

Crew-5 launches:

NASA astronauts Nicole Mann and Josh Cassada, Koichi Wakata of JAXA and Russian cosmonaut Anna Kikina launched on SpaceX's Dragon "Endurance" on Wednesday (Oct. 5), on a mission to the International Space Station. As Crew-5 commander, Mann is the first woman to lead a commercial spaceflight. She is also the first Native American woman to fly in space. Kikina is the first Russian to fly on a U.S. spacecraft in 20 years and is the only woman in Russia's active cosmonaut corps.

October 5, 2022

/ 2:35 p.m. CT (1935 GMT)

Free-fall indicator:

In 1907, physicist Albert Einstein had what he called his "happiest thought": A person in free fall would not feel his or her own weight. That thought inspired SpaceX's Crew-5 astronauts to fly Einstein, in doll format, as their zero-g (or free-fall) indicator. "We're experiencing Einstein's happiest thought continuously, as the International Space Station has been doing for over 20 years," said Josh Cassada, Crew-5's pilot and a physicist.

October 6, 2022

/ 7:30 a.m. CT (1230 GMT)

Ready for launch:

With just over a week to go, the Smithsonian is ready to reopen the National Air and Space Museum and debut eight new and renovated galleries inside the west wing of its building in Washington, DC. The first phase of a 7-year, $900 million transformation, the reimagined exhibit spaces include "Destination Moon" and "Exploring the Planets." With new artifacts and interactives, the museum is set to immerse visitors in aerospace history.

October 11, 2022

/ 10:00 a.m. CT (1500 GMT)

Good Night Oppy:

The first trailer for "Good Night Oppy" has landed, providing a glimpse of Ryan White's documentary about NASA's Opportunity Mars rover. Featuring photo-real visual effects by Industrial Light & Magic and the voice of Angela Bassett, "Good Night Oppy" follows the 15-year journey of the wheeled explorer on the Red Planet.

October 12, 2022

/ 8:00 a.m. CT (1300 GMT)

Tito to the moon:

Dennis Tito, who in 2001 became the first self-funded space tourist to fly to the International Space Station, is now planning to fly to the moon. Tito and his wife are booked on SpaceX's second circumlunar Starship flight, a week-long mission that will dip in close to the lunar surface. Ten other seats on the same Starship are still to be sold. A date for the Titos' flight has not been set.

October 14, 2022

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

Destination 'Destination Moon':

For those unable to be in Washington Friday (Oct. 14) for the reopening of the National Air and Space Museum, collectSPACE has the next best thing: a multimedia tour of one of, if not the most anticipated new gallery, "Destination Moon." This exclusive walkthrough, produced with the assistance of the museum's staff, takes you through the exhibition with more than 30 photographs and videos highlighting key artifacts.

October 14, 2022

/ 4:15 p.m. CT (2115 GMT)

Crew-4 splashes down:

Kjell Lindgren, Bob Hines and Jessica Watkins of NASA, along with Samantha Cristoforetti of ESA splashed down on SpaceX's Dragon "Freedom" off the coast of Jacksonville, Florida on Friday (Oct. 14). The landing concluded Crew-4's 170 days aboard the International Space Station, where they conducted science and managed the outpost as Expedition 67/68 crewmates.

October 17, 2022

/ 2:10 p.m. CT (1910 GMT)

Lodewijk van den Berg, 1932-2022:

At 53 with poor eyesight, Lodewijk van den Berg felt he was an unlikely candidate to fly into space, but he became the first Dutch-born astronaut in 1985. On Sunday (Oct. 16), van den Berg died at the age of 90. Chosen to fly as a payload specialist on behalf of his company, van den Berg studied crystal growth on board the space shuttle Challenger as a member of the seven-person STS-51B (Spacelab 3) crew.

October 17, 2022

/ 2:10 p.m. CT (1910 GMT)

James McDivitt, 1929-2022:

Jim McDivitt's two missions made history by performing the first American spacewalk and test flying the Apollo lunar module in orbit for the first time. The commander of Gemini IV (4) and Apollo 9, McDivitt died on Oct. 14 at the age of 93. After returning to Earth for his second time, McDivitt became manager for the Apollo spacecraft, overseeing Apollo 12 through Apollo 16. He logged a total of 14 days and 3 hours off the planet.

October 18, 2022

/ 9:15 a.m. CT (1415 GMT)

Bringing space and people closer:

For 30 years, Space Center Houston has chronicled the journey of human spaceflight. Now, the visitor center for the Johnson Space Center is expanding its focus to embrace the future of space exploration. In addition to unveiling its new brand identity, Space Center Houston revealed plans for a Lunar Mars Immersive Experience and Learning Center featuring enclosed, simulated surfaces of both the moon and Mars.

October 21, 2022

/ 4:00 p.m. CT (2100 GMT)

Record-setting Speedmaster:

A rare gold Omega Speedmaster chronograph has sold for $1.9 million, setting a new record for the amount paid for an astronaut's timepiece. Presented to Wally Schirra in celebration of the first moon landing in 1969, the commemorative watch was one of the 36 gifted by Omega to NASA's astronauts. The sale, by RR Auction of New Hampshire, outperformed the 2015 auction of a prototype Bulova worn on the moon.

October 24, 2022

/ 10:00 a.m. CT (1500 GMT)

Taste of Space:

Fine food will mix with the future of spaceflight when NASA's Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex hosts "Taste of Space: Celebrity Chef Edition" on Nov. 4. The culinary event will feature celebrity chefs Marc Murphy ("Chopped"), Rocco DiSpirito ("Restaurant Divided") and Duff Goldman ("Ace of Cakes") cooking with space shuttle astronauts. Goldman will conclude the "Taste of Space" with the reveal of an "out of this world" cake.

October 25, 2022

/ 12:00 a.m. CT (0500 GMT)

'Apollo Remastered':

What began several years ago as an experiment in stacking film frames in an effort to bring out new details in a single scene from the first moon landing has led to "Apollo Remastered," a collection of more than 400 digitally-processed images from NASA's lunar missions. As Andy Saunders explains, "Working on the footage to make it clearer is one way I can experience something more visceral, and connect more to the events."

October 25, 2022

/ 6:05 p.m. CT (2305 GMT)

'Last Man on the Moon' Apollo 17 edition:

From the director and producers of the 2014 award-winning documentary "The Last Man on the Moon" comes a new short film edition in celebration of 50 years since the Apollo 17 mission. Mark Stewart Productions and Haviland Digital will premiere "The Last Man on the Moon - Apollo 17" at Space Center Houston in December. The 23-minute film features the never-before-heard words of Gene Cernan for the next astronauts to follow in his bootprints and walk on the moon.

October 28, 2022

/ 4:00 a.m. CT (0900 GMT)

Protection policies:

A new lunar landing and operations policy analysis published by NASA's Office of Technology, Policy, and Strategy examines some of the challenges that having numerous missions at the moon will create. In addition to surface operations concerns, the report addresses the need to preserve Apollo and other human heritage sites, while recommending restraint when considering the same for future Artemis landing locations.

October 31, 2022

/ 12:00 a.m. CT (0500 GMT)

Fly me to the moon:

NASA's 23rd group of astronaut candidates has revealed a patch to represent their class, dubbed "The Flies." The fly-shaped patch has 12 stars for the 12 members, flags for the U.S. and United Arab Emirates and features an astronaut in mid-jump holding out the moon. "And of course the astronaut pose represents our faith in NASA's return to the moon being a slam dunk," wrote Anil Menon, a member of "The Flies," on Instagram.

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