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November 2, 2018

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


Vans x NASA

: Vans has launched a "cosmic tribute" to NASA's six decades of exploration and discovery in the form of a new collection of footwear and apparel. The Space Voyager line features high tops and skateboard shoes styled after spacesuits, jackets celebrating the Apollo moon landing and a duffel bag colored to match the space shuttle pressure garments. Vans' Space Voyager Collection landed Friday (Nov. 2) with unisex products for toddlers to adults.


November 5, 2018

/ 1:15 p.m. CT (1915 GMT)


Armstrong auction

: After two days and 700 items opened for bid, Heritage Auctions' sale of Neil Armstrong's collection brought in $5.2 million. Topping the auction was a spacecraft ID plate from the Apollo 11 lunar module that commanded nearly half a million dollars. Other lots blasting off included moon-flown pieces of the Wright Flyer, a larger than typical flown American flag and a Gemini-era flight suit worn by Armstrong. Two more Armstrong Family Collection sales are scheduled for May and November of next year.


November 9, 2018

/ 2:30 a.m. CT (0830 GMT)




Restored and returned

: NASA's Apollo-era Mission Control restoration project reached a milestone Thursday (Nov. 8) with the first set of refurbished consoles returning to Houston on NASA's Super Guppy aircraft. The button and screen-lined cabinets spent the past ten months at the Cosmosphere in Kansas, being repaired and equipped with new internal electronics. A group of Apollo flight controllers were among the first to see the restored consoles.


November 21, 2018

/ 1:00 a.m. CT (0700 GMT)


Moon Bean

: A new timepiece pays tribute to the late astronaut-artist Alan Bean, 49 years after he landed on the moon. Shinola's Moon Bean wristwatch is designed with nods to the Apollo 12 mission and features an engraved caseback design based on one of Bean's paintings. Limited to 500 pieces, the Moon Bean is Shinola's latest release as part of its Great Americans Series.


November 26, 2018

/ 2:00 p.m. CT (1900 GMT)




InSight on Mars

: NASA's InSight spacecraft touched down on Mars on Monday (Nov. 26) after a seven-month journey from Earth. The InSight lander will deploy a seismometer and a burrowing "mole" to study the deep interior of Mars to learn more about how rocky planets are formed. InSight is only the eighth probe in history to make it safely to the Martian surface since the Viking landers in 1976.


November 26, 2018

/ 6:15 p.m. CT (0015 GMT Nov 27)


InSight's easter egg

: NASA's newest probe to land on Mars is focused on studying what cannot be seen, and includes a subtle nod to those without sight. The InSight lander has a message "coded" in braille on the calibration target for its robotic arm-mounted camera. The dots are the latest "easter egg" to be incorporated into the Mars landers managed by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).


November 27, 2018

/ 10:00 a.m. CT (1600 GMT)


Rocket pens

: Just launched, Retro 51's new Space Race Series of collectible pens puts a trio of iconic NASA rockets in writers' hands. Issued as a limited edition of 1958 each, the pens are styled after the Mercury-Redstone, Gemini-Titan II and Saturn V rockets that led up to and flew the first astronauts to the moon 50 years ago. Sales of the pens will benefit the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation.


November 29, 2018

/ 1:00 p.m. CT (1900 GMT)


Moon rock market

: Sotheby's auction of the only known moon rocks to be collected from the lunar surface and be legally sold brought in $855,000 on Thursday (Nov. 29). The sale included three tiny pebbles returned to Earth by the former Soviet Union's Luna 16 probe in 1970, which were then gifted to "chief designer" Sergei Korolev's widow. The lot headlined Sotheby's Space Exploration auction that also sold a complete U.S. Gemini spacesuit for $162,500.


November 30, 2018

/ 5:55 p.m. CT (2355 GMT)




'Apollo to the Moon'

: For four decades, the National Air and Space Museum's "Apollo to the Moon" gallery showcased more than 200 artifacts from humanity's first visit to another world. On Monday (Dec. 3), the Smithsonian will close the gallery to make way for a new exhibition, part of a $1 billion renovation and revitalization of the museum. The "Destination Moon" gallery is slated to open in 2022.



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