Eclipse from orbit
: The Expedition 52 crew on board the International Space Station will take three different looks at the solar eclipse on Monday (Aug. 21), as they orbit the Earth three times. Though the station will not cross the path of totality, the six astronauts and cosmonauts' view will include the partial eclipse when looking at the sun, and uniquely, the moon's umbra shadow darkening the Earth.
Spacewalkers' Sputnik pitch
: On Thursday (Aug. 17), two Russian cosmonauts working outside the International Space Station hand deployed five nanosatellites, including three to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the launch of the world's first satellite, Sputnik, on Oct. 4, 1957. Fyodor Yurchikhin and Sergey Ryazanskiy spent 7 hours on the spacewalk, which also collected residue samples on the Russian segment of the space station and tested a new spacesuit, the Orlan MKS, featuring advanced systems.
Mission: SPACE relaunches
: Orion and the James Webb Space Telescope make cameo appearances in the newly-reopened Mission: SPACE at Walt Disney World Resort's Epcot theme park in Florida. The ride, which for the first time now features two experiences — a thrilling launch to Mars and a less intense mission into Earth orbit — offers guests the chance to train like astronauts. Originally hosted by Gary Sinese, Gina Torres now serves as the capcom for the ride's International Space Training Center (ISTC).
Stacking up the Saturn V
: Though it would not be the first NASA space shuttle built from the iconic toy bricks, Andrew Harkins' design for a LEGO model of the reusable spacecraft stands alone as the only one sized to match the scale of the popular NASA Apollo Saturn V. Since lifting off on the LEGO Ideas website last month, Harkins' "NASA Space Shuttle (Saturn V Scale)" has soared to 6,500 votes, out of the 10,000 needed for a LEGO production review.
: With an eye on helping to advance future long-duration space missions and extend their own discipline into the "final frontier," a team of scholars have established ISS Archaeology, the first large-scale project to study astronaut artifacts and culture in orbit. The "space archaeologists" will construct a virtual 4D map of the items on board the International Space Station to gain insight into the movement of astronauts (and the objects around them) over the course of the orbiting outpost's crewed history.
Apollo light relit
: The portable torch used to light astronauts' ways aboard NASA's Apollo spacecraft is shining anew as a crowdfunded replica. Barbolight has reproduced the brass ACR penlight that was launched to the moon and carried on early space shuttle missions, and outfitted it with a more efficient LED emitter. The flashlight is available for 99 euros ($113 US) on Kickstarter through Aug. 12.
Lunar module stolen from Armstrong
: An 18 karat gold lunar module replica presented to Apollo 11 moonwalker Neil Armstrong has been reported stolen from the Armstrong Air & Space Museum in Wapakoneta, Ohio. The model, which was one of three crafted by Cartier and gifted to the Apollo 11 astronauts by a French newspaper in Paris in October 1969, was discovered missing from the museum by the local police just before midnight Friday (July 28).
Soyuz MS-05 to space station
: Three crew members for the International Space Station launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Friday (July 28). Cosmonaut Sergey Ryazanskiy, Randy Bresnik of NASA and Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli of the European Space Agency lifted off onboard Russia's Soyuz MS-05 spacecraft to spend five months as Expedition 52/53 crew members.
'The Right Stuff,' the TV series
: Nearly four decades since it was released (and 34 years after it was made into a movie), Tom Wolfe's "The Right Stuff" is now being developed as a television series by Leonardo DiCaprio and his Appian Way Productions for National Geographic. Each season of the scripted series will feature a mission, starting with the early space race through to the moon landings.
For the cure, from orbit
: In October, as part of Breast Cancer Awareness month, Made in Space will 3D print a pink ribbon onboard the International Space Station that on its return to Earth will be auctioned to benefit Susan G Komen. Inspired by its sponsorship of race car driver Pippa Mann, who uses her own position to support the foundation and its research efforts, Made in Space will launch a NASA approved pink filament to accomplish the special print.
Donatello for deep space
: A multi-purpose logistics module built to launch cargo aboard the space shuttles to the International Space Station is being repurposed as a prototype of a deep space habitat. The Donatello module, one of three MPLMs built and the only one not to fly, will be refurbished by Lockheed Martin over 18 months to become a test and training mockup under a partnership with NASA.
Sotheby's in space
: Sotheby's on Thursday (Jul 20) offered 173 space history artifacts at its first auction focused on U.S. spaceflights. Among the top performing lots: $125,000 for an original illustration of Mars architecture by space artist Chesley Bonestell; $275,000 for the flight plan flown on Apollo 13; and $1.8 million for a lunar sample bag used to hold the first moon rocks collected on Apollo 11.
Mission Control needs your help
: Marking 48 years since the first moon landing, Space Center Houston on Thursday (Jul 20) kicked off a crowdfunding campaign to continue and expand the restoration of NASA's Apollo-era Mission Control. In return for your donations on Kickstarter, supporters can receive a specially-designed mission patch, autographed collectibles or even an invitation to tour inside Mission Control with Apollo 11 flight director Gene Kranz.
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