: "Liberty Bell 7," the Mercury spacecraft that carried Gus Grissom on the second U.S. piloted spaceflight, is set to go on display in Overland Park, Kansas in early 2019 to preview the future home of the Cosmosphere Innovation Space. A satellite location for the Cosmosphere museum in Hutchinson, the Bluhawk site will feature rotating exhibits until the Innovation Space opens.
Apollo 7 at 50
: Astronaut Walt Cunningham was the guest of honor at a 50th anniversary gala celebration for the Apollo 7 mission held Saturday (Oct. 20) in Dallas. The Frontiers of Flight Museum welcomed astronauts, guests and the Lt. Governor of Texas to hear Cunningham recount the mission and view the Apollo 7 spacecraft on display.
BepiColombo to Mercury
: A joint European and Japanese mission to the planet Mercury, BepiColombo lifted off on an Ariane 5 launch vehicle on Friday (Oct. 19). The third mission to study our solar system's innermost planet, BepiColombo is the first to send two spacecraft and first to be launched by Europe. The trip to Mercury will take seven years and involve one flyby of Earth, two passes by Venus and six flybys of Mercury before entering orbit in 2026.
50 years in Space Pens
: Fisher Space Pen is marking a half century of its pens in space with a new limited edition space pen set. The Apollo 7 50th anniversary pen celebrates the 1968 mission that first carried the company's AG-7 pressurized pens into Earth orbit. The new space pen is plated in gold titanium and is engraved with a design that depicts the Apollo 7 spacecraft flying through space.
First Man easter eggs
: On first watch, "First Man" is flush with space history details, from its accurate spacecraft sets to its use of flight transcripts for script cues. Take a closer look though, and you can find even more nods to NASA's past and Neil Armstrong's legacy. Director Damien Chazelle included cameos and other "easter eggs" in "First Man" that only space history enthusiasts might notice.
Above and Beyond
: Rory Kennedy grew up in a household where astronauts were family friends and NASA's moonshot was a point of family pride. As President John F. Kennedy's niece, she had a connection to space history and it was because of that she wanted to make "Above and Beyond: NASA's Journey to Tomorrow," a documentary film that looks back at NASA's 60 years of achievements and in the process, identifies the next moonshot: to save Earth.
Soyuz launch failure
: Aleksey Ovchinin and Nick Hague are safely back on Earth after an anomaly two minutes into their launch forced an emergency landing on Thursday (Oct 11). The Russian cosmonaut and U.S. astronaut had been bound for the International Space Station aboard Russia's Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft to join Expedition 57/58. Ovchinin and Hague experienced seven times the force of gravity during the ballistic re-entry, but were reported to be in good condition by the recovery team on the ground.
First Man, annotated
: Opening Friday (Oct. 12), Universal Pictures' "First Man" presents the story behind the first mission to land men on the moon, focusing on the experiences of Apollo 11 moonwalker Neil Armstrong. From the start, the filmmakers strove for accuracy, but there were scenes where they departed from real history. Screenwriter Josh Singer and Armstrong's biographer Jim Hansen have revealed what they got right — and wrong — in "First Man: The Annotated Screenplay," published by Titan Books.
Rick Searfoss, 1956-2018
: A U.S. astronaut who flew twice as pilot and then commanded his third and final space shuttle mission, Rick Searfoss died Sept. 29 at age 62. A member of NASA's 13th class of astronauts, Searfoss flew on shuttles Columbia and Atlantis, logging a total of 39 days in orbit on missions STS-58, STS-76 and STS-90. He later served as a test pilot for XCOR Aerospace.
: Two craters on the moon have now been given names in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 8 mission that flew the first astronauts to the moon in 1968. The International Astronomical Union named "Anders' Earthrise" and "8 Homeward" after an iconic photo of Earth above the lunar surface as captured by Bill Anders on Apollo 8. Both craters appear in the "Earthrise" photo.
: Thirty-two years after she was lost with his crew mates aboard NASA's space shuttle Challenger, Christa McAuliffe's story is under development as a new feature film. Argent Pictures' "The Challenger," to be directed by Martin Zandvliet ("Land of Mine"), will follow the journey of the fallen first teacher-in-space. Actress Michelle Williams ("Venom") has been cast as McAuliffe.
: Oleg Artemyev, Drew Feustel, and Ricky Arnold have returned home from a 195-day stay aboard the International Space Station. The three Soyuz MS-08 crew mates touched down in Kazakhstan Thursday (Oct. 4), concluding the space station's Expedition 56. Artemyev, Feustel and Arnold worked on science research, conducted spacewalks, played tennis, and continued NASA's "Year of Education on Station" during their six months on orbit.
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