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December 3, 2018

/ 7:50 a.m. CT (1350 GMT)

Soyuz MS-11 launch

: Less than two months after the prior crew survived an inflight abort, the Soyuz MS-11 crew made it safely to orbit on Monday (Dec. 3). Roscosmos cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, astronaut Anne McClain of NASA and Canadian Space Agency astronaut David Saint-Jacques lifted off for the International Space Station, where they will serve on the Expedition 57 and 58 crews.

December 3, 2018

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

MOL astronaut enters orbit

: A new satellite pays tribute to America's first black astronaut 51 years after he died. The ENOCH satellite-sculpture by artist Tavares Strachan uses an ancient Egyptian tradition, combined with the rituals of Japan, to raise awareness of Robert H. Lawrence Jr., a test pilot and chemist who was chosen to train for the U.S. Air Force's Manned Orbiting Laboratory (MOL).

December 6, 2018

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


: A new documentary film by the team that made "The Last Man on the Moon" focuses on the life of the first man to walk on the moon. "Armstrong" from Tin Goose Films uses archived and new interviews, as well as never-before-seen home videos from the astronaut's family, to deliver Neil Armstrong's story to the screen. The feature-length documentary is due out in 2019, in time for the 50th anniversary of Armstrong's Apollo 11 moon landing.

December 7, 2018

/ 12:45 p.m. CT (1845 GMT)

To the far side

: China launched a probe and rover to the moon on Friday (Dec. 7), in a bid to become the first mission to explore the far side. The Chang'e 4 spacecraft lifted off on a Long March 3B rocket from Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China. The mission is planned to land in the South Pole-Aitken Basin in early January.

December 9, 2018

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

The Borman Collection

: Frank Borman, the commander of the first mission to fly humans to the moon, has donated his memorabilia to the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA). "The Borman Collection" debuted at the EAA Aviation Museum in Wisconsin on Saturday (Dec. 8), with a selection of the astronaut's Gemini 7 and Apollo 8 artifacts.

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