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November 24, 2015

/ 9:55 a.m. CT (1555 GMT)

New Shepard launches and lands


For the first time in history, a rocket that launched a payload to space has landed upright back on Earth. Blue Origin's New Shepard, named in honor of the first American in space, reached an altitude of 62.5 miles (100.5 km), just past the boundary of space, while its booster re-ignited its engine and touched down just four and a half feet from where it lifted off in West Texas. The historic flight took place on Monday (Nov. 23).

November 23, 2015

/ 4:20 a.m. CT (1020 GMT)

'Go/No-Go' for LEGO Saturn V


After more than a year building up support on the LEGO Ideas website, a 3-foot-tall model of NASA's historic Apollo 11 Saturn V rocket climbed to 10,000 votes on Friday (Nov 20), qualifying it to be reviewed for possible production. Felix Stiessen's and Valerie Roche's Saturn V features separable rocket stages, detailed engines and fuel tanks, and Apollo command and lunar modules. The fifth space exploration model to earn a LEGO review, the Saturn V is made from 2,300 toy bricks.

November 20, 2015

/ 5:55 p.m. CT (2355 GMT)

From sea to Seattle


The public visiting The Museum of Flight in Seattle will get their first look at a Saturn V F-1 engine part recovered from the seafloor on Saturday (Nov. 21). The museum will display the injector from the no. 3 engine that launched the Apollo 12 moon landing mission in 1969 as a preview of a larger, permanent Apollo-themed exhibit to include other engine parts coming in 2017. Here is a look at the F-1 artifacts that have landed in Seattle.

November 19, 2015

/ 11:30 a.m. CT (1730 GMT)

Amazon CEO delivers Apollo history


The Museum of Flight in Seattle took delivery on Thursday (Nov. 19) of the recovered remains of F-1 rocket engines used to launch NASA's Apollo 12 and Apollo 16 moon missions. The Saturn V artifacts, which were found and raised off the sea floor by Bezos Expeditions in 2013, were conserved by the Cosmosphere in Kansas before being donated for display.

November 16, 2015

/ 5:55 p.m. CT (2355 GMT)

Deke Slayton to fly, again


Orbital ATK has christened its next Cygnus cargo freighter to fly to the International Space Station the S.S. Deke Slayton II. The company's first attempt at honoring the late astronaut in 2014 ended in a launch failure. "We are going to give it another try and this time we're confident we are going to do well," said Dan Tani, a former astronaut and Orbital ATK's senior director of mission and cargo operations. The Slayton II is targeted to launch in early December atop an Atlas V from Florida.

November 12, 2015

/ 6:30 p.m. CT (0030 GMT Nov 13)

Retyping Apollo history


You can now help the National Air and Space Museum create a searchable database about the items carried to the moon. Working with the Smithsonian's Transcription Center, the museum has asked for volunteers to retype the original NASA "as flown" Apollo Stowage Lists that tracked the equipment flown aboard the command and lunar modules. More than 1000 pages are in need of transcription for the six moon landing missions.

November 12, 2015

/ 1:25 p.m. CT (1925 GMT)

Bulova's moon watch


If you missed out on purchasing Apollo 15 astronaut David Scott's Bulova wristwatch that he wore on the moon, or if you just didn't have the $1.625 million to spend at its auction, Bulova may have a deal for you. The watchmaker in January will offer a new special edition replica of the moonwalker's prototype timepiece for a retail price of only $550. The re-edition lunar chronograph features a modern quartz movement and includes a replica of the Velcro watch strap that Scott used on the moon.

November 10, 2015

/ 11:30 a.m. CT (1730 GMT)

Lone Star landing at Ellington


A museum dedicated to the history of aviation is landing at the airport where NASA astronaut training jets take off. The Lone Star Flight Museum is moving from Galveston to Ellington Field into a new 130,000-square-foot facility. Former NASA astronaut Bonnie Dunbar, who is co-chairing the museum's education committee, took part in the ground breaking in Houston on Monday (Nov. 9), returning to the field where she flew on T-38 jets and the KC-135 "weightless wonder" for 24 years.

November 5, 2015

/ 7:05 a.m. CT (1305 GMT)

Making history as a new astronaut


NASA is recruiting its next astronaut candidates by offering the opportunity to advance a human mission to Mars. But whether the 2017 class steps foot on the red planet or not, they may still have the chance to make space history based on their biographies, professional resumés and family trees.

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November 4, 2015

/ 11:30 a.m. CT (1730 GMT)

Be an astronaut


Beginning Dec. 14, NASA will start accepting applications online for its 2017 class of astronauts. The space agency currently has 47 active astronauts but needs to recruit more to continue to crew the space station and for future missions into deep space. NASA will accept applications through February 2016 and expects to announce the new class, its 22nd in history, in mid-2017.

November 2, 2015

/ 4:15 p.m. CT (2215 GMT)

15 years and counting


The astronauts and cosmonauts onboard the International Space Station on Monday (Nov 2) marked 15 years of human habitation by reflecting on the past and discussing the future of the outpost. Led by Expedition 45 commander Scott Kelly, the crew likened the station to a bridge and testbed for future trips to Mars.

November 2, 2015

/ 7:10 a.m. CT (1310 GMT)

Expedition 1's legacy, 15 years on


Fifteen years ago, on Nov. 2, 2000, NASA astronaut Bill Shepherd and Russian cosmonauts Yuri Gidzenko and Sergei Krikalev arrived aboard the International Space Station. Since then, the 44 crews that followed have established a continuous human presence in space. Now looking back at the legacy he helped start, Shepherd says there are still reminders of the Expedition 1 crew hidden on board the station today.

November 1, 2015

/ 5:05 p.m. CT (2305 GMT)

LEGO scrubs space station


LEGO will not be making a fan's model of the International Space Station into a commercial kit. The toy company passed on the LEGO Ideas project on the eve of the orbiting outpost marking 15 years of crewed operations. With the space station out, the next space-themed model rising on LEGO Ideas is a 3 foot tall toy brick build of the Saturn V that launched Apollo 11.

October 30, 2015

/ 7:25 a.m. CT (1225 GMT)

'Astronaut' on a 'Journey'


Museum guests can now "Be the Astronaut" on a "Journey to Space" thanks to two new hands-on exhibits at Space Center Houston and the California Science Center. In Los Angeles, visitors can climb aboard the International Space Station, and in Texas they missions and launch to the moon, Mars, the asteroids and Jupiter. Both exhibits seek to educate the public about the science and technology of human space exploration.

October 28, 2015

/ 2:30 p.m. CT (1930 GMT)

Lunar rover found


No sooner did the story of a lost prototype moon buggy break in the news were there reports surfacing that it had been found. The 50-year-old lunar rover was not scrapped as NASA was led to report, but rather it was set aside by an Alabama junkyard owner. The Brown Engineering mobile test article may now be heading to auction, if legal title to the vehicle can be worked out.

October 28, 2015

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

Lunar rover lost


A 1965 prototype used to develop the Apollo lunar roving vehicle is no longer, after being sold for scrap in 2014. As first reported by Motherboard, the test article built by Brown Engineering was found sitting in an Alabama backyard, but before NASA could request it be returned, the moon buggy was discarded. The lost lunar rover may have once been driven by Wernher von Braun.

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