Explorers Club flag
: Neil Armstrong's sons, Rick and Mark are donating to The Explorers Club a flag that their late father carried to the surface of the moon 50 years ago. Flown on the Apollo 11 mission in 1969, The Explorers Club flag is one of (at least) two that accompanied the first lunar landing. The Club plans to display the flag in its newly dedicated "Apollo Room" at its New York headquarters.
ISS up for LEGO vote
: LEGO fans can now vote for the International Space Station to be made into a toy brick set. Twice set aside by LEGO's review team, Christoph Ruge's idea for a space station model has been selected with three other previously-rejected projects to vie for votes to become an official LEGO product. The fan poll closes on June 4. The set with the most votes will be sold in 2020.
: Omega's new Speedmaster is a tribute to the "iconic hours" that defined the first moon landing. The Speedmaster Apollo 11 50th Anniversary chronograph has a steel body with gold accents, including engravings of Buzz Aldrin exiting the lunar module and the numeral '11' at the 11th hour marker. The Speedmaster, limited to 6,969 pieces, also includes a lunar module stand and patches.
Apollo 50th trading cards
: Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is celebrating Apollo history with collectible trading cards. Guests at the Florida complex on Saturday (May 18) can pick up the latest set commemorating 50 years since the launch of Apollo 10, the dress rehearsal for the first moon landing. The five-card set joins earlier issues that were distributed for past Apollo 50th anniversaries.
'Apollo at the Park'
: Baseball fans will get a chance to pose for selfies with astronaut Neil Armstrong's Apollo 11 spacesuit this summer thanks to the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum. 'Apollo at the Park' will see full-size statues of the iconic moon suit at 15 Major League Baseball clubs across the U.S. in time to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Armstrong's historic moon landing mission.
Apollo 11 statue
: Rocket Mortgage is gifting a new bronze statue of the Apollo 11 crew to Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. The 7 foot tall monument to Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins will stand outside the Apollo/Saturn V Center at the Florida spaceport in time for the 50th anniversary of their moon landing mission.
Marshmallow Moon landing
: Just in time to celebrate Apollo 11 in July, Oreo is releasing a new flavor to mark the moon landing's 50th anniversary. The purple creme Marshmallow Moon cookies feature three embossed lunar landing-themed designs. The Oreos come with stickers and will arrive on store shelves in a glow-in-the-dark package.
: The next time American astronauts land on the moon, it will be under a program named for the twin sister of Apollo. NASA on Monday (May 13) announced Artemis as the new name for its efforts to return men — and send the first women — to the lunar surface in 2024. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine called the naming a beautiful moment in U.S. history, coming 50 years after Apollo.
Postcards from space
: In the near future, a Blue Origin New Shepard rocket will lift off to space with 10,000 student-sent postcards on board. The rocket mail launch (and return) is the first activity of the Club for the Future, a new type of space club aimed at "inspiring young people to build the future of life in space." The cards will be sent back to the students stamped as having been flown in space.
Falcon 9 landing
: Space Center Houston is adding a twice-flown SpaceX Falcon 9 stage to its exhibits. The visitor center for NASA's Johnson Space Center will display the rocket segment beginning this summer. The Falcon 9 first stage was the first to fly on two cargo resupply flights to the International Space Station for NASA in 2017.
: A new project from Chop Shop and The Planetary Society transfers 20 bodies from our local celestial neighborhood onto toy blocks. "Planetary Blocks: Our Solar System," funded on Kickstarter, includes one star, eight planets, eight moons and three dwarf planets on wooden cubes that each display scientific details about the worlds they represent. Each block also includes the history of the planetary missions deployed to explore each body.
: Polish toy company Cobi has released a new building block kit of Boeing's CST-100 Starliner commercial crew capsule. The 227-piece set, which is built from blocks compatible with LEGO bricks, is an "officially licensed" Boeing product. The toy model also features two astronaut figures garbed in "Boeing Blue" spacesuits.
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