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December 4, 2017

/ 7:00 a.m. CT (1300 GMT)


: A storage bag used by the Apollo astronauts on their missions to the moon has inspired the style of a new tool bag designed by a former "Mythbusters" co-host. The EDC One, as created by Adam Savage, draws its clamshell opening and other style points from the "McDivitt purse," a temporary stowage bag first proposed by Apollo 9 commander Jim McDivitt for use in space. The EDC One is even equipped with a mount for a "mission" patch.

December 7, 2017

/ 8:00 a.m. CT (1400 GMT)

Back to the moon, with care

: PTScientists, a German company planning to launch lunar rovers to revisit the last Apollo moon landing site in 2019, has pledged to ensure no harm comes to the historic artifacts present there. The company announced a partnership with the non-profit organization For All Moonkind, which is working to develop a framework to preserve humanity's heritage in space. The news of the partnership coincided with the 45th anniversary of the launch of the Apollo 17 lunar landing mission.

December 11, 2017

/ 6:00 a.m. CT (1200 GMT)

'Diary of the Twelfth Man'

: Harrison Schmitt has begun sharing his Apollo 17 diary, just in time for the 45th anniversary of the sixth, last and most recent moon landing mission. The only geologist to fly to the moon, Schmitt has organized the transcripts, public affairs reports and science results to complement his own recollections in "Apollo 17: Diary of the Twelfth Man," which he is releasing in chapters online. "It is both technical and philosophical," he says.

December 13, 2017

/ 9:15 a.m. CT (1515 GMT)

Sally Ride stamp

: The United States Postal Service has revealed that Sally Ride, the first U.S. woman in space, will be the subject of a postage stamp to be issued in 2018. Ride, a crew member on two space shuttle missions, died in 2012. She is only the second NASA astronaut to be honored on a U.S. stamp, after Alan Shepard in 2011. The USPS also plans a 2018 stamp depicting in part an Apollo spacecraft to represent engineering in STEM education.

December 14, 2017

/ 4:00 a.m. CT (1000 GMT)

Soyuz MS-05 crew lands on Earth

: Sergey Ryazanskiy of Roscosmos, Paolo Nespoli of ESA and Randy Bresnik of NASA landed on Earth Thursday (Dec. 14) after spending five months living aboard the International Space Station. The Expedition 52/53 crewmates logged 139 days conducting experiments and performing spacewalks. Their return aboard the Soyuz MS-05 spacecraft marked the end of the space station's 53rd crewed expedition.

December 14, 2017

/ 4:35 p.m. CT (2235 GMT)

'Spirit' of Apollo

: A new boutique wine has received the signature of approval — literally — of some of the astronauts who walked on the moon. "Moonwalker" wine, now available from the Cosmosphere and Holman Cellars, features labeled bottles autographed by Alan Bean, Charlie Duke and Harrison Schmitt. Proceeds from the wine benefit the Kansas space museum and its education programs.

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