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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 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.

December 12, 2018

/ 12:15 a.m. CT (0615 GMT)

Spirit of Apollo

: NASA and the Smithsonian joined together at National Cathedral to mark 50 years since the first mission to fly humans to the moon. The Tuesday evening (Dec. 11) event, entitled "The Spirit of Apollo," featured Apollo 8 astronaut Jim Lovell, who shared some of his own revelations made in lunar orbit and reflected on the reading from the Book of Genesis on Christmas Eve in 1968.

December 12, 2018

/ 2:00 p.m. CT (2000 GMT)

Toys to touch down

: Maisto Tech has been chosen by China's lunar exploration program to make toy models of the now in lunar orbit Chang'e 4 lander and rover. The toys, which are based on the first spacecraft to attempt a landing on the moon's far side, will feature motorized action (with an obstacle avoidance sensor), lights and sounds.

December 13, 2018

/ 4:25 p.m. CT (2225 GMT)

SpaceShipTwo reaches space

: For the first time in history, a commercial spacecraft built to carry paying passengers has been piloted into space. Mark Stucky and CJ Sturckow on Thursday (Dec. 13) rocketed to an altitude of 51 miles (83 km) on board Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo. The flight earned the pair FAA Civilian Astronaut Wings.

December 14, 2018

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

One small strike

: The United States Mint on Thursday (Dec. 13) marked the first strike of its Apollo 11 50th Anniversary coins during a ceremony at its Philadelphia facility. Only the second coins in the U.S. Mint's history to be curved, the coins feature iconic imagery from the first moon landing mission. Scheduled for release Jan. 24, the sale of the coins will benefit the Astronauts Memorial Foundation, the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation and the National Air and Space Museum's new "Destination Moon" gallery.

December 15, 2018

/ 9:00 a.m. CT (1500 GMT)

Metal Earth

: Three new model kits celebrate the past and future of U.S. spaceflight. From Metal Earth, comes steel scale models of the Saturn V rocket and Apollo spacecraft for the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing. A third model kit reproduces Boeing's Starliner crew capsule, which is slated to begin flying to the space station in 2019.

December 17, 2018

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

American Indian space coin

: The U.S. Mint will recognize the role of American Indians in the space program on a 2019 coin. Engineer Mary Golda Ross, whose work advanced the Agena rocket stage, features prominently on the Native American $1 coin, along with the contributions of American Indian astronauts including John Herrington. The U.S. Mint is scheduled to release the coin on Feb. 24.

December 20, 2018

/ 3:00 a.m. CT (0900 GMT)

MS-09 lands

: Sergey Prokopyev, Alexander Gerst and Serena Auñón-Chancellor landed from a 195-day stay aboard the International Space Station. The trio returned to Earth on board Russia's Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft to a touchdown on the steppe of Kazakhstan. Prokopyev, Gerst and Auñón-Chancellor performed science experiments and oversaw cargo logistics as Expedition 56/57 crewmembers.

December 21, 2018

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

Astronaut Hall of Fame:

James Buchli and Janet Kavandi are the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame inductees for 2019. The veteran space shuttle mission specialists will be honored as the Hall's 98th and 99th members on April 6 at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida. A public ceremony and gala will welcome Buchli and Kavandi into the Hall and celebrate their achievements in space.

December 27, 2018

/ 4:45 p.m. CT (2245 GMT)

Moon landing prints:

Made using the same processes used to print U.S. paper currency, a new set of collectible engraved cards mark 50 years since astronauts first landed on the moon. The Bureau of Engraving and Printing has opened enrollment for its limited edition Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Commemorative Engraved Print Collection.

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