First Moon Landing stamps
: Photos taken on and of the moon will be featured on a pair of United States postage stamps celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first lunar landing mission. The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) on Wednesday (March 20) revealed the two designs, including one that uses an iconic Apollo 11 image and a second that focused on the location of Tranquility Base on the moon.
Moon Landing lighter
: Zippo's Collectible of the Year for 2019 is a tribute to the Apollo 11 moon landing's 50th anniversary. The limited edition lighter features a tactile lunar surface, a color Earth and a laser-engraved image of an Apollo astronaut. The Moon Landing lighter is the latest of 50 years of Zippos that celebrate the Apollo 11 mission.
Apollo in the Armstrong Archives
: Purdue University has opened an exhibition charting Neil Armstrong's path to the moon, using the late astronaut's documents and artifacts held by the school's special collections. "Apollo in the Archives: Selections from the Neil A Armstrong Papers" offers the public a glimpse at the extensive archive donated by the first moonwalker and his estate. The display is timed with Apollo 11's 50th anniversary and Purdue's 150th year.
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Tiziou's 'space junk'
: If you had the chance to meet space journalist Jacques Tiziou, you might have walked away with a "bit" of space history. Tiziou's "space bits," small fragments of spacecraft and flown pieces, were his way of sharing his passion for all things space, but were just the tip of his collection. Now, two years after his death, his son is offering some of Tiziou's "space junk" in return for help in creating a memorial and new home for Tiziou's archives.
Soyuz MS-12 launch
: Nick Hague, Christina Koch and Aleksey Ovchinin launched for the International Space Station Thursday (March 14), completing a flight cut short for Ovchinin and Hague by an aborted launch five months ago. The Soyuz MS-12 crew members will conduct science and spacewalks while serving as part of the space station's Expedition 59 and 60 crews over the next six months.
: A marketing and PR strategist with a passion for the history of the Apollo moon landings, David Meerman Scott has debuted ApolloPressKits.com, a website representing 15 years of collecting. The new archive provides free access to more than 40 of the media primers to the July 1969 Apollo 11 mission, including press kits issued by NASA, IBM, TWA Airlines and Stouffer's.
Apollo 11 50th Speedmaster
: In celebration of the Speedmaster becoming the first watch worn on the moon, Omega presented a gold edition of the timepiece to each of the Apollo astronauts in 1969. Now, half a century later, Omega has modeled its Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Limited Edition Speedmaster after that original gold chronograph.
Apollo samples unsealed
: Almost 50 years after Apollo astronauts vacuum-packed them on the moon, lunar soil and rock samples will be unsealed for study. Nine laboratory teams have been picked by NASA to apply modern technology and science techniques to learn more about the history of the moon. NASA's decision to open the Apollo 15 and Apollo 17 samples was made with the expectation that new missions will return more material in the near future.
Crew Dragon splashdown
: Fifty years (less five days) since the last time a spacecraft set down in the Atlantic Ocean, SpaceX's Demo 1 Crew Dragon landed from the International Space Station off of Florida's coast on Friday (March 8). The splashdown followed a 6-day uncrewed test flight to the International Space Station to demonstrate that the Crew Dragon could rendezvous, dock, undock and then return safely prior to it doing the same with astronauts.
SpaceX boosts Earth
: SpaceX's launch of a plush personified planet aboard its first Crew Dragon gave an unexpected boost to the toy doll's creator. Celestial Buddies did not know its Planetary Pal Earth was going to be used as the zero-g indicator for the space station-bound capsule until after the spacecraft lifted off and orders began pouring in. The "little Earth," as astronaut Anne McClain referred to it, sold out within hours of the stuffed toy reaching orbit.
Crew Dragon docks
: For the first time in six years, a new type of spacecraft is connected to the International Space Station. SpaceX's Crew Dragon achieved its first docking at the orbiting lab on Sunday (March 3), a day after lifting off from Earth. The autonomous approach was one of the major objectives of the Crew Dragon's Demo-1 mission to show it is ready to begin flying with NASA astronauts.
Lunar module lands at Infinity
: The Infinity Science Center in Mississippi landed a moon lander mockup on Tuesday (Feb. 26). Moved the short distance from its elevated exhibit at the state welcome center located nearby, the Apollo lunar module was used to work out astronaut egress procedures. It now stands next to a Saturn V rocket stage.
'Go' for DM-1
: NASA and SpaceX convened a flight readiness review for the first mission of a Crew Dragon to the International Space Station on Friday (Feb. 22), and gave a "go" for the test flight to proceed. SpaceX's Demo 1 (DM-1) mission will launch the uncrewed Dragon on a six day flight from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
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