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October 3, 2022

/ 6:15 p.m. CT (2315 GMT)


S.S. Sally Ride:

Northrop Grumman's 19th (NG-18) Cygnus cargo spacecraft has been named for the first American woman to fly in space. The S.S. Sally Ride will launch atop an Antares 230+ rocket from Wallops Islands in Virginia with supplies for the International Space Station. Ride is the fourth woman honored as a Cygnus namesake.


September 29, 2022

/ 6:50 p.m. CT (2350 GMT)


Boosting Hubble:

NASA and SpaceX have agreed to study the feasibility of raising the orbit of the Hubble Space Telescope using a Dragon spacecraft on a private mission. The results of the six-month study could lead to Hubble becoming the target of the second Polaris Program mission funded by billionaire Jared Issacman. Since it was deployed, the Hubble has decayed in its orbit by about 45 miles; a reboost could add 15 to 20 years to its life in orbit.


September 28, 2022

/ 12:00 a.m. CT (0500 GMT)


Surprise space toy inside:

Kinder Joy, the sweet treat with a bonus toy inside, now has a new space collection. Launched ahead of World Space Week, the toys include rovers, rocketships and astronauts that interact with an augmented reality app. Kinder Joy teamed with Alyssa Carson, an aspiring "future Mars walker," to help launch the collection and record videos about each of the space toys.


September 27, 2022

/ 5:10 p.m. CT (2010 GMT)




Artemis I rolled back:

The Artemis I Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and its Orion rocket was returned to the Vehicle Assembly Building at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Tuesday (Sept. 27) to take shelter from Hurricane Ian. After the storm passes, NASA will still need to complete work on the vehicle before it can attempt to launch, possibly in October but more likely in November.


September 26, 2022

/ 6:50 p.m. CT (2350 GMT)




DART hits Dimorphos:

The first mission to test technology for defending Earth against a potential strike from above, NASA's Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) came to its end Monday (Sept. 26). After a 10-month, 7-million-mile (11-million-km) journey to the Didymos asteroid system, the robotic probe intentionally impacted Dimorphos and, if all went to plan, changed the moonlet's trajectory.


September 22, 2022

/ 12:00 a.m. CT (0500 GMT)


LMFD to KSCVC:

The winning model from "LEGO Masters'" astronaut-studded season premiere is bound for NASA's spaceport in Florida. Soon, guests at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex will be able to see the LMFD intergalactic fire station for themselves. Stephen Cassley and Stephen Joo, firefighters from Calgary, built the LEGO brick spaceship in the shape of a Maltese cross.


September 21, 2022

/ 12:00 a.m. CT (0500 GMT)


Meir on 'Masters':

NASA astronaut Jessica Meir guest stars on "LEGO Masters'" season premiere on Wednesday (Sept. 21) to lend her expertise to a space-themed challenge. The reality competition show invites LEGO enthusiasts to "get their brick on" and build their best brick-built creations. In "Ready to Launch," the teams design a fun spaceship that tells the judges something about them.


October 3, 2022

/ 12:00 a.m. CT (0500 GMT)


Private crew chronographs:

The Polaris Dawn crew will wear special wristwatches as they attempt to fly higher than any previous human mission in Earth orbit and perform the first commercial spacewalk. The Pilot's Watch Chronograph Edition "Polaris Dawn" was designed by IWC Schaffhausen to meet the needs of the privately-funded mission. The four chronographs will be auctioned post-flight to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.


September 29, 2022

/ 6:20 a.m. CT (1120 GMT)




Soyuz MS-21 lands:

Oleg Artemyev, Denis Matveev and Sergey Korsakov are back on Earth after spending 195 days on board the International Space Station. Touching down on the steppe of Kazakhstan Thursday (Sep. 29) aboard Soyuz MS-21, the three Russian cosmonauts served on the space station's Expedition 66 and 67 crews.


September 27, 2022

/ 10:45 a.m. CT (1545 GMT)


Omega Marstimer:

Omega, the company behind the first watch worn on the moon, is now ready to keep time on Mars. The new Speedmaster X-33 Marstimer features tools developed by the European Space Agency to assist scientists researching the Red Planet. In addition to tracking mission elapsed time on Earth, the digital and analog Marstimer can also display Mars' sol date and time.


September 27, 2022

/ 12:00 a.m. CT (0500 GMT)




Aboard 'Atlantis':

Martin Gero knows what the inside of a space shuttle looks like. Years before becoming the showrunner for NBC's "Quantum Leap" revival, he attended Space Camp and spent time in the orbiter mockups. So he knows what Monday's episode "Atlantis" set aboard the space shuttle got wrong, but as he and the show's tech advisor tell collectSPACE, there is a reason for the change.


September 26, 2022

/ 12:00 a.m. CT (0500 GMT)


Launch on 'Leap':

Ben Song jumps into the life of an astronaut on the next episode of "Quantum Leap" airing on Monday (Sep. 26) on NBC. In "Atlantis," Song (Raymond Lee) joins the crew of a space shuttle mission just as they launch, seeking to put right what once went wrong.


September 23, 2022

/ 1:45 a.m. CT (0645 GMT)


Raise a bottle:

Astronauts flying with Axiom Space will soon be able to raise a toast with bubbly made for microgravity. Maison Mumm has partnered with Axiom to launch Mumm Cordon Rouge Stellar on missions beginning in 2023. The champagne is contained in special glass and stainless steel bottles that are safe for spaceflight and that dispense the sparkling wine as a foam preserving the taste.


September 21, 2022

/ 9:10 a.m. CT (1410 GMT)


Soyuz MS-22 launches:

Sergey Prokopyev, Dmitry Petelin and Frank Rubio launched to the International Space Station Wednesday (Sept. 21), to spend six months as members of the expedition crew. Rubio's ride into orbit was arranged under the first new "crew swap" agreement in more than 15 years. Soyuz MS-22 will circle Earth twice before docking to Russia's Rassvet mini-research module.


 
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