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Mannequin Skywalker at Space Camp:
An anthropometric test device that flew to space three times on Blue Origin's New Shepard is now on display at the home of Space Camp. "Mannequin Skywalker," named for the "Star Wars" character, was donated to the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Alabama by the commercial spaceflight company founded by Jeff Bezos. The dummy is exhibited in its flown seat wearing its own pair of Space Camp wings.
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Boston-based Samuel Adams is set to launch "Space Craft," a beer brewed using hops flown on the Inspiration4 mission. The IPA, which will be available in four packs and on tap, celebrates the spaceflight and its first "all civilian" crew. Named by fans of the brand, Samuel Adams' Space Craft is the latest in a short line of beers that were made using ingredients that were carried into space.
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For the past two years, the "Tomato Masters" at Heinz have worked with astrobiologists at the Aldrin Space Institute to learn how to grow tomatoes under Mars-like conditions. The result: the first bottle of Heinz Tomato Ketchup "Marz Edition." The red-color sauce shares the same iconic taste as its popular Earth version, but made with tomatoes grown in Mars simulant under the temperatures and water conditions as on the Red Planet.
/ 9:55 p.m. CT (0355 GMT Nov 9)
Crew-2 splashes down:
The four members of SpaceX's Crew-2 have returned to Earth after spending 198 days on the International Space Station. Astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur of NASA, Aki Hoshide with JAXA and Thomas Pesquet of ESA splashed down on Monday (Nov. 8) in the Gulf of Mexico on the Crew Dragon Endeavour. The water landing occurred just 11 days before the capsule's 210-day on-orbit NASA certification rating.
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Build to launch:
Four LEGO minifigures will launch on NASA's Artemis I mission in 2022 as a culmination to LEGO Education's "Build to Launch" digital series. The minifigure crew will include command pilot Kate and mission specialist Kyle from the LEGO Education SPIKE Prime sets and Julia and Sebastian from the LEGO City toy line. All of the minifigures, which are unique to the mission, will launch in the Artemis I official flight kit with other NASA mementos.
/ 8:15 p.m. CT (0215 GMT Nov 11)
Four astronauts lifted off for a six-month stay aboard the International Space Station Wednesday (Nov. 10), flying aboard SpaceX's third Crew Dragon to enter service. Raja Chari, Thomas Marshburn and Kayla Barron of NASA, along with Matthias Maurer of ESA, launched on "Endurance." Chari is NASA's first rookie to command a space mission in almost 50 years. Maurer has now become the 600th person to enter space. The Crew-3 astronauts will join the Expedition 66 crew on the station.
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Hey, Kayla Barron, Raja Chari, are you a turtle? You bet your sweet astronaut they are! The Crew-3 crewmates and first members of "The Turtles," NASA's 22nd class of astronauts, to fly into space, revealed a plush, sequined turtle as their zero-g indicator. The doll, which began to float upon them entering orbit on Wednesday (Nov. 10), appears to be "Emerald Tara Turtle," a now sold out, 11-inch sea turtle made by Aurora World.
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Snoopy (back) in Space:
Snoopy is Mars-bound and more in the second season of "Snoopy in Space," streaming on Apple TV+ beginning Friday (Nov. 12). After launching to the space station and exploring the moon in season one of the animated series, Snoopy, Woodstock and the entire Peanuts gang return to NASA in season two, this time to go out even further on "The Search for Life."
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Snoopy (back) to the moon:
Snoopy is bound for the moon as the zero-g indicator on NASA's Artemis I mission in 2022. The Peanuts comic strip beagle will fly in plush form garbed in a one-of-a-kind, miniature version of NASA's Orion Crew Survival System (OCSS) pressure suit. A pen nib from the late Charles M Schulz's studio will also fly on board the uncrewed moon mission.
/ 6:15 p.m. CT (0015 GMT Nov 16)
Deep Space Food Challenge:
NASA and the Canadian Space Agency, together with the help of former astronauts and celebrity lifestyle expert Martha Stewart, announced the winners of the first Deep Space Food Challenge on Monday (Nov. 15). The international contest tasks students, chefs, businesses and others to come up with new ways of growing, cultivating and preparing food for future astronaut missions into the solar system, as well as for possible use in resource-scarce regions on Earth.
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Space artifacts of the FUTURES:
The first forward-looking, building-wide exhibit staged by the Smithsonian, FUTURES explores the next horizons for humanity, including what was once seen as and what is now expected for the future of space exploration. Among the objects and art on display are the space artifacts of the future, including a solar sail and an android used to test spacesuits.
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'The Infinite' to bring ISS to Houston:
The end product of the largest ever media project to be filmed in space, "The Infinite" is set to lift off in Houston on Dec. 20. In "The Infinite" up to 150 people at a time can explore a VR recreation of the International Space Station and discover immersive scenes shot in the same place on the outpost in Earth orbit. The Houston installation includes exclusive VR footage shot outside the station on a spacewalk. Tickets for "The Infinite," which begin at $29, are on sale now.
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Like father, like daughter:
Laura Shepard Churchley, the eldest daughter of the first American to fly into space, Alan Shepard, is set to follow in her father's footsteps aboard a rocket bearing his name. Blue Origin will launch Churchley, "Good Morning America" host Michael Strahan and four paying passengers on its next flight of the New Shepard scheduled for Dec. 9. The NS-19 mission is Blue Origin's third crewed flight and first with six full seats.
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SpaceX lobbed a DART in the direction of an asteroid on Wednesday (Nov. 24), in a planetary defense test for NASA. The Double Asteroid Redirection Test or DART will impact the moonlet of a small space rock in an attempt to nudge it off course. The target, Dimorphos, poses no risk of hitting Earth, but the mission will inform future capabilities to prevent an asteroid impact.
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Prichal docks, adds ports:
Russia's Prichal nodal module arrived Friday (Nov. 26) at the International Space Station, where it docked to the Nauka multipurpose laboratory (MLM). The node adds five more ports to be used by Soyuz and Progress spacecraft, as well as new modules. Prichal came to the station with the Progress M-UM cargo vehicle, which was launched from Baikonur on Wednesday.
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