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April 24, 2017

/ 9:30 a.m. CT (1430 GMT)

534 days and counting

: At 12:27 a.m. CDT (0527 GMT) on Monday (April 24), astronaut Peggy Whitson broke the record for the most time in space by an American. Whitson, who is 158 days into her third mission aboard the International Space Station, surpassed the previous record of 534 days, 2 hours and 48 minutes set by Jeff Williams in September. When she lands, Whitson will have spent more than 665 days in space, ranking her eighth worldwide.

April 20, 2017

/ 2:15 p.m. CT (1915 GMT)

Exploring together

: The Soyuz MS-04 crew that launched for a five-month stay on board the International Space Station on Thursday (April 20) chose to represent their flight using official and unofficial mission patches directly inspired by historic space flight emblems. Jack Fischer and Fyodor Yurchikhin drew from the iconic designs for a moon landing and a joint U.S. and Russian test project.

April 20, 2017

/ 2:40 a.m. CT (0740 GMT)

'Argo' launches

: NASA's Jack Fischer and Roscosmos' Fyodor Yurchikhin embarked for a five-month stay on the International Space Station on Thursday (April 20), launching on 'Argo,' the name they gave to the Soyuz MS-04 spacecraft, from the Baikonur Cosmodrome. The launch marked the 50th Russian crewed spacecraft to lift off to the International Space Station. Fischer, a first time flier, is now the 550th person in history to enter Earth orbit.

April 19, 2017

/ 2:00 p.m. CT (1900 GMT)

Die Astronautin

: A private search to find the first German woman to fly to space now has its two finalists. Die Astronautin (The Female Astronaut) announced Wednesday (April 19) that pilot Nicola Baumann and meteorologist Insa Thiele-Eich, the daughter of astronaut Gerhard Thiele, will train together for a single, privately-financed seat to the International Space Station, aimed to launch by 2020.

April 18, 2017

/ 10:35 a.m. CT (1535 GMT)

'John Glenn' returns to orbit

: Spanning 55 years of space history, a capsule lifted off on an Atlas rocket from the Cape Tuesday (April 18), launching 'John Glenn' to orbit. The S.S. John Glenn, an Orbital ATK Cygnus module, launched to bring science and supplies to the International Space Station. The ship was christened in honor of the late Mercury astronaut and carries memorabilia for his family.

April 18, 2017

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

Cooper's Treasure

: To hear treasure hunter Darrell Miklos tell it, NASA astronaut Gordon Cooper had a secret after he splashed down from his Mercury-Atlas 9 spaceflight in 1963. Cooper, who orbited Earth a record 22 times, returned with a treasure map: coordinates that could be the sites of shipwrecks. Before he died, Cooper gave the list to Miklos, who is now the focus of Discovery Channel's series "Cooper's Treasure" about the resulting ocean expedition.

April 14, 2017

/ 2:30 a.m. CT (0730 GMT)

Apollo 11 coin competition

: The U.S. Mint is launching a contest to design the obverse, or front, of the curved coins that will mark 50 years since the first moon landing. The 2019 Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Design Competition is set to begin in May. The winner will receive $5,000 and their initials will be inscribed on the coins. The reverse design, as directed by law, will be based on an iconic photo taken on the moon on July 20, 1969.

April 13, 2017

/ 1:00 p.m. CT (1800 GMT)

EFT-1 Orion lands on display

: NASA's first space-flown Orion capsule is now on display at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida. Launched on Exploration Flight Test-1 in 2014, the Orion traveled 14 times farther from Earth than the International Space Station. The Orion, built by Lockheed Martin, is on display as a part of "NASA Now," an exhibit devoted to the future of space exploration.

April 12, 2017

/ 11:00 a.m. CT (1600 GMT)

On a mission

: Representatives from NASA, the Texas Historical Commission and Space Center Houston will meet soon with National Park Service officials to review the proposed restoration of the historic Mission Operations Control Room at Johnson Space Center's Mission Control Center to how it looked when astronauts first landed on the moon. The project, made possible in part by a $3.5 million gift by the City of Webster in Texas, is set to be complete in time for the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 in July 2019.

April 10, 2017

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

Soyuz MS-02 lands

: Russia's Soyuz MS-02 spacecraft landed on Earth on Monday (April 10) after 171 days at the International Space Station. Expedition 50 commander R. Shane Kimbrough and crewmates Sergey Ryzhikov and Andrei Borisenko touched down on the Kazakh steppe, leaving the Expedition 51 crew on the station, led by Peggy Whitson, the first woman to command the outpost twice.

April 8, 2017

/ 3:00 p.m. CT (2000 GMT)

Georgy Grechko (1931-2017)

: A three-time cosmonaut aboard the Soviet Union's Salyut space stations, Georgy Grechko was the first to perform a spacewalk wearing the Russian Orlan spacesuit design still in use today. On Saturday (April 8), Grechko died at a hospital in Moscow at the age of 85. Chosen in 1968 to train for a moon mission that would never launch, he logged more than 134 days on three Soyuz spaceflights between 1975 and 1985.

April 6, 2017

/ 10:30 a.m. CT (1530 GMT)

John Glenn laid to rest

: The first American to orbit the Earth, John Glenn was interred at Arlington National Cemetery during a private ceremony on Thursday (April 6). Glenn, who died on Dec. 8 at age 95, was laid to rest on the 74th anniversary of his wedding to his childhood friend and high school sweetheart, Annie Glenn. A military honor guard saluted the Marine, NASA astronaut and Senator, as flags were flown at half-mast by order of the President.

March 31, 2017

/ 12:25 p.m. CT (1725 GMT)

Rocket on your wrist

: A Swiss watchmaker is crowdfunding new timepieces made out of the metal from a Russian rocket. Werenbach on Friday (March 31) launched its Kickstarter project to fund the Earth Collection, a limited edition series of watches, each featuring a dial cut from the flown boosters of the Soyuz MS-02 rocket that lifted off with a crew to the International Space Station in October 2016.

March 31, 2017

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

Gift to the Cape

: SpaceX plans to retire its first flight proven, twice flown Falcon 9 rocket first stage as a gift to the Cape, said SpaceX CEO Elon Musk. "This one has some historic value," he said on Thursday (March 30) soon after the stage launched and landed, "[so] the Cape might like to have it as something to remember the moment." The stage is one of eight SpaceX has recovered to date and will be the second recovered booster to be put on display.

March 30, 2017

/ 6:10 p.m. CT (2310 GMT)

Rocket rerun

: SpaceX on Thursday (March 30) successfully launched a communications satellite into Earth orbit using a flight proven Falcon 9 rocket first stage. The launch of the SES-10 satellite marked "a historic milestone on the road to full and rapid reusability as the world's first reflight of an orbital class rocket," said SpaceX. The reused stage successfully landed on an ocean-based drone ship.

March 30, 2017

/ 1:45 p.m. CT (1845 GMT)

Record-setting spacewalker

: Expedition 50 flight engineer Peggy Whitson set two world-wide records while out on a spacewalk at the International Space Station Thursday (March 30). Whitson, who was joined on the EVA by Shane Kimbrough, broke the records set in 2012 by NASA astronaut Suni Williams for the cumulative career time and total number of spacewalks conducted by a woman.

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