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December 2, 2019

/ 11:50 a.m. CT (1750 GMT)

Repairing AMS

: Using a set of custom tools specially designed for their spacewalk, Luca Parmitano and Drew Morgan connected, cut, straightened and pinched steel coolant tubes to repair a cosmic ray detector outside of the International Space Station on Monday (Dec. 2). During the EVA, the two astronauts spliced in the new coolant system for the $2 billion Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS).

December 3, 2019

/ 1:15 p.m. CT (1915 GMT)

Texan of the Year

: For the first time in its 45 years, the Texas Legislative Conference has selected an astronaut to be the Texan of the Year for 2020. Charlie Duke, who on NASA's Apollo 16 mission in 1972 became the tenth and youngest person to walk on the moon, has now joined the ranks of presidents, senators and other icons who have shared the honor since the title was established in 1974.

December 4, 2019

/ 12:45 p.m. CT (0645 GMT)

Monument to mission safety

: Roscosmos, Russia's federal space corporation, unveiled on Monday (Dec. 2) its monument to mission safety: a permanent installation outside of its headquarters incorporating the Soyuz MS-10 descent module that flew an in-flight abort in 2018. Aleksey Ovchinin and Nick Hague, who survived the flight, attended the dedication and helped reveal their capsule's display.

December 11, 2019

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

Rocket mail

: A commercial rocket launched on Wednesday (Dec. 11) carrying thousands of kids' postcards on board. The rocket mail, which now back on Earth will be stamped as having "flown in space" and then returned to the students, was part of Blue Origin's Club for the Future outreach activities. The launch marked the 12th successful mission and sixth re-flight of a New Shepard rocket, which Blue Origin plans to use to fly passengers on future flights.

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