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November 4, 2022

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




Fly and display Falcon 9:

Estes Industries' newest scale model rocket is also one of its most anticipated product launches in its 60-year history. Revealed and released for sale on Friday (Nov. 4), the SpaceX Falcon 9 with Crew Dragon comes out of the box ready to fly into the sky or "land" for desktop display. Produced under a license with SpaceX, the 1:100 scale model features static grid fins and landing legs, as well as nine molded Merlin engines.



November 4, 2022

/ 8:30 a.m. CT (1330 GMT)


Artemis I rolls out (again):

NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) and Orion spacecraft are back on launchpad 39B in preparation for the next attempt at launching the Artemis I mission on Nov. 14. The rocket completed its third rollout in about 9 hours, traveling from the Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. If successful, Artemis I will lead to NASA returning astronauts to the moon for the first time since the Apollo program.



November 4, 2022

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




Lone Star lands shuttle cabin:

A full-scale space shuttle crew cabin took a short trip on Friday (Nov. 4), completing its delivery from NASA's Johnson Space Center to the Lone Star Flight Museum in Houston. The second of two nose section mockups, Crew Compartment Trainer-2 (CCT-2) was used to prepare astronauts for launch from 1993 through 2011. The Lone Star will display CCT-2 next to the shuttle motion base simulator it received in April.



November 6, 2022

/ 8:35 a.m. CT (1435 GMT)




Sweet Launch System:

Celebrity chef Duff Goldman debuted a Space Launch System-shaped cake on Friday (Nov. 4) at the "Taste of Space" event hosted by NASA's Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida. In addition to delighting guests, Goldman was able to size up his creation with the real rocket during a visit to launchpad 39B just hours after the rollout of the Artemis I SLS.



November 8, 2022

/ 12:00 a.m. CT (0600 GMT)


Starliner CFT patch:

Boeing's first crewed flight of its CST-100 Starliner spacecraft has a new mission patch, as sported by the two NASA astronauts assigned to the April 2023 launch. Butch Wilmore and Suni Williams wore the emblem during a recent spacesuit fit check at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The new CFT mission patch replaces a design that Boeing first debuted in 2019.



November 8, 2022

/ 7:00 p.m. CT (0100 GMT Nov 9)


Artemis I delayed:

NASA has delayed the launch of its Artemis I mission as the result of approaching storm Nicole. The Space Launch System (SLS) and Orion spacecraft will ride out the expected hurricane on Pad 39B, rather than rolling back to Kennedy Space Center's Vehicle Assembly Building. NASA is now targeting Nov. 16 at 1:04 a.m. EST (0604 GMT) for the moon mission liftoff.



November 10, 2022

/ 12:15 p.m. CT (1815 GMT)




Challenger artifact found:

A documentary team searching for a downed World War II aircraft unexpectedly discovered one of the largest pieces of NASA's fallen space shuttle Challenger ever found. The artifact, which remains on the ocean floor, was identified by NASA due to its construction and the presence of heat shield tiles. The History Channel will chronicle the find in the first episode of its upcoming series, "The Bermuda Triangle: Into Cursed Waters," though the piece was found off the Florida coast.



November 11, 2022

/ 3:25 p.m. CT (2125 GMT)


Doug Hurley Orbit Space Socks:

In 2020, Doug Hurley not only commanded the first crewed flight of a SpaceX Dragon spacecraft but also became the first astronaut to wear upcycled socks in space. Now, his footwear has inspired new, limited pairs for sale. Osom Brand, which is dedicated to producing apparel from discarded clothing, is now offering "Doug Hurley Orbit Space Socks," based on the same design that Hurley wore on his Demo-2 mission.



November 14, 2022

/ 7:35 a.m. CT (1335 GMT)




Covering Artemis:

Whether you're camping out to watch a rocket launch or gazing at the moon, Rumpl has the situation covered. The company's limited edition NASA Artemis collection features two blanket designs and a poncho themed around the space agency's lunar program. Rumpl's "Horizon" products reproduce the Artemis gradient while a White & Red option embraces NASA's "worm" logo.



November 14, 2022

/ 3:00 p.m. CT (2100 GMT)


'The Lost Tapes':

Ripley's Believe It or Not! Odditorium in Orlando, Florida has debuted a new gallery devoted to space. The "Out of This World" exhibits include a flight suit worn by Buzz Aldrin, prototype Gemini gloves and the "lost tapes" from the Apollo 11 moon landing. The latter were bought by Ripley's for $1.8 million in 2019. The tapes, though, are not the reels that NASA declared lost a decade earlier. Rather they are TV recordings, believe it or not.



November 16, 2022

/ 1:10 a.m. CT (0710 GMT)




Artemis I launches:

For the first time since the last of the Apollo astronauts left the lunar surface 50 years ago, a spacecraft designed to carry humans has launched for the moon. Riding on the most powerful U.S. rocket ever built, the Artemis I Orion capsule departed Kennedy Space Center on a 25-day mission to fly beyond the moon, farther than any human-rated spacecraft has traveled before. The Artemis I mission will blaze the way for astronauts to follow.



November 16, 2022

/ 2:35 a.m. CT (0835 GMT)


Go(ne) for TLI:

An 18-minute trans-lunar injection (TLI) burn has put NASA's Artemis I Orion capsule on a path to the moon. The first human-rated vehicle to leave Earth orbit since the Apollo 17 command module nearly 50 years ago, Orion will make its closest approach to the lunar surface on Monday (Nov. 21), coming within 80 miles (128 km) of the moon, after traveling six days from Earth.



November 16, 2022

/ 11:00 a.m. CT (1700 GMT)




Snoopy in zero-g:

There was no one there to signal that they were now in orbit, but that did not prevent the "world famous astronaut" from completing his duty. NASA's Artemis I ZGI, or zero-gravity indicator, a one-of-a-kind spacesuited Snoopy doll began to float on board the Orion spacecraft as it began its trip to the moon. This was not the comic strip beagle's first time in space, but it was Snoopy's first assignment as a ZGI and first doll headed to the moon.



November 17, 2022

/ 5:15 p.m. CT (2315 GMT)


'All Systems Are Go':

Snoopy is set to star in a new stage show coming to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in 2023. "All Systems Are Go" will see the Peanuts gang come to life as puppeteer-operated figures as they tell the history and future of NASA. The production company Monlove is creating the show, which will feature motorized scrims, laser projections and augmented reality experiences, as well as an original, eclectic musical score.



November 21, 2022

/ 7:05 a.m. CT (1305 GMT)




Back to the moon:

NASA's Artemis I Orion spacecraft made a close flyby of the moon on Monday (Nov. 21), gaining a gravitational boost toward a lunar distant retrograde orbit. The maneuver marked a milestone for the mission and a reunion of sorts: aboard the uncrewed Orion is a lucite "button" containing four pieces of the moon that were collected by the Apollo 11 astronauts in 1969. Though not the first return to space for the lunar samples, it was the closest they have come to the moon in more than 50 years.



November 22, 2022

/ 12:00 a.m. CT (0600 GMT)


Lost and found:

The first episode of The History Channel's new series "The Bermuda Triangle: Into Cursed Waters," premiering Tuesday (Nov. 22), dives into an unexpected find: a large piece of the fallen space shuttle Challenger. The discovery, which made headlines when it was announced earlier this month, is almost an example of history repeating itself, only now the search was in reverse.



November 23, 2022

/ 12:00 a.m. CT (0600 GMT)


Team Opportunity:

In the new documentary "Good Night Oppy," now streaming on Prime Video, director Ryan White takes viewers to Mars to experience a rover's journey on the Red Planet. White used archive video, rover data and ILM animations to bring Opportunity's trek back to life, but it is the stories shared by some of the NASA team members that reveal the human side of the robotic mission.



November 23, 2022

/ 12:35 p.m. CT (1835 GMT)




2022 ESA astronaut class:

The European Space Agency (ESA) on Wednesday (Nov. 23) announced its first new astronaut group in 13 years. The 17-member 2022 class has eight women and nine men from 11 nations in Europe. The candidates include five "career" astronauts who will report for training beginning in 2023, 11 "reserve" members who will wait until they're needed and ESA's first "parastronaut," who will fly into space with a disability.



November 26, 2022

/ 7:45 a.m. CT (1345 GMT)




Beyond Apollo 13:

NASA's Artemis I Orion capsule broke a 52-year-old record Saturday (Nov. 26), flying past 248,655 miles (400,171 kilometers) from Earth. The uncrewed Orion is now the farthest-flung spacecraft that was designed to carry astronauts since the Apollo 13 command module in 1970. The Artemis I capsule is still outbound too: it is on track to fly another 20,000 miles away by Monday.



November 28, 2022

/ 12:00 a.m. CT (0600 GMT)


Signature edition:

A new astronaut-inspired embroidered patch features the autograph of its focus sewn into its design. The "Signature Edition" Fred Haise patch, available from the Space Hipsters Facebook group, honors the first astronaut to test land a space shuttle, with a nod to his orbiter's connection to "Star Trek." All sale proceeds will go to sending Native American girls to Space Camp.



November 29, 2022

/ 9:25 a.m. CT (1425 GMT)




Shenzhou 15 launches:

Chinese taikonauts Fei Junlong, Deng Qingming and Zhang Lu have lifted off for the Tiangong space station where, with the Shenzhou 14 crew, they will take part in China's first direct handover. The Shenzhou 15 crewmates will spend six months on the T-shaped space station, completing its assembly and starting its operational phase. Shenzhou 15 is the first launch for Deng and Zhang. Fei earlier flew on Shenzhou 6 in 2005.



November 29, 2022

/ 5:45 p.m. CT (2345 GMT)


Adopt an artifact:

You can now add a real Saturn V or full-size space shuttle mockup to your collection when you "Adopt An Artifact" from the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. To be clear, you will not be able to take either relic home, but your "adoption" will help to restore and preserve them and other artifacts at the Alabama museum for years to come. For donations beginning at just $25, adopters will receive photos of and history cards about "their" artifacts.




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