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July 16, 2018

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


'Three Missions'

: NASA's pursuit of landing astronauts on the moon is the theme of Field Notes' 39th limited edition release. Featuring three memo books and three "punch out and assemble" models, the "Three Missions" set celebrates the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo programs of the 1960s and early 1970s with facts, figures, photographs and three paper replicas of the early U.S. crewed spacecraft.


July 12, 2018

/ 4:00 p.m. CT (2100 GMT)


Towers toppled

: The oldest standing launch structures at Cape Canaveral were imploded on Thursday (July 12), toppling gantries that supported 325 missiles and rockets. The two mobile service towers at Launch Complex 17 were used for Thor and Delta rocket launches from 1957 to 2011, including supporting some of the United States' most notable satellite and robotic spacecraft missions. LC-17 will continue in use without the towers as the testing ground for commercial lunar landers developed by Moon Express.


July 10, 2018

/ 9:00 a.m. CT (1400 GMT)




Astronaut Snoopy

: Peanuts Worldwide and NASA are extending Snoopy's mission at the space agency, 50 years after the beagle first began service for the U.S. space program. A new multiyear Space Act Agreement will see Snoopy and Charles Schulz's other characters help NASA promote its future deep space missions and engage a new generation of students in STEM educational activities.


July 10, 2018

/ 12:30 a.m. CT (0530 GMT)


Fast track

: A Russian supply ship set a new record for the fastest trek to the International Space Station on Monday (July 9). Progress MS-09 docked to the station just three hours and 40 minutes after its liftoff, surpassing the previous expedited track to the orbiting laboratory by about two hours. Russia expects to use the two-orbit approach on future cargo and crew launches, pending more tests.


July 9, 2018

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


Making 'First Man'

: A panel discussion held on Saturday (July 7) at the annual Spacefest in Tucson, brought together Neil Armstrong's two sons and some of the filmmakers behind Universal's "First Man." The hour-long event, which included screenwriter Josh Singer and author James Hansen, focused in part on the film's level of accuracy and how the production has balanced history with storytelling.


July 5, 2018

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


Astronaut-to-airline food

: Lufthansa is now offering a taste of real space food to some of its business class fliers. The airline is serving long-haul passengers leaving from Germany the chicken ragout with mushrooms that was prepared by its culinary group for ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst's Horizons mission on board the International Space Station. Lufthansa says its astronaut-turned-airline food will be limited to its flights departing in July and August.


July 2, 2018

/ 9:00 a.m. CT (1400 GMT)




Rocket redo

: NASA's last remaining launch-configured Saturn IB rocket is getting a redo. Work is now underway to repair, restore and fortify the Apollo-era artifact so it can stay on display in the Rocket Garden at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida. The restoration of Saturn IB SA-209 is expected to take about 16 months.


June 29, 2018

/ 5:00 a.m. CT (1000 GMT)




Exit (Earth) through the gift shop

: NASA's Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex now has more than just souvenirs in its gift shop. The world's largest space shop now features interactive experiences, including the chance to follow in some famous astronauts' footsteps. A segment of the gantry arm that the Apollo 11 first moon landing crew crossed to board their Saturn V rocket has been integrated into the newly-renovated store as a second floor walkway.


June 27, 2018

/ 9:05 p.m. CT (0205 GMT Jun 28)


Webb launch delayed (again)

: NASA's next flagship orbital observatory, the James Webb Space Telescope, will not launch until March 30, 2021 at the earliest, after a NASA review board found an array of concerns. The delay, which follows previous slips from 2018 to 2019 to 2020, will also result in the telescope exceeding its $8 billion cost cap by more than $800 million. Despite the setback, both NASA and the board agreed that the Webb was worth the wait.


June 26, 2018

/ 3:35 p.m. CT (2035 GMT)


Seaman's space expedition

: NASA and the National Park Service are launching a doll of Lewis and Clark's dog to the space station to celebrate the first 50 years since the creation of the National Trails System. The toy, which resembles Seaman, the Newfoundland dog that was part of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, will complement four larger dolls traveling the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail.


June 25, 2018

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


(Off-)world's strongest coffee

: Death Wish Coffee, the so-called world's strongest joe, is bound for space. NASA-prepared packets of Death Wish's freeze-dried blend will lift off on SpaceX's CRS-15 Dragon spacecraft for the Expedition 56 crew aboard the International Space Station. The extra-caffeinated boost was the idea of a former NASA astronaut who became a fan of the coffee brand on Earth.


June 23, 2018

/ 4:15 p.m. CT (2115 GMT)


Aldrin lawsuit

: Apollo astronaut Buzz Aldrin has filed a lawsuit in a Florida circuit court to gain control over his estate and brand. Aldrin charges that two of his children, his manager and his family foundation misused funds and "established a de facto guardianship." Andy and Jan Aldrin, for their part, say they are "disappointed and saddened" by their father's suit and are "hopeful they can rise above this."


June 22, 2018

/ 11:00 p.m. CT (0400 GMT Jun 23)


Tran-Quilt-y base

: "Fly Me to the Moon" has landed at the National Quilt Museum, in time to mark the 49th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing in July. The exhibit features 44 quilts that depict and celebrate space history and humanity's fascination with the moon. The quilts will be on display at the Kentucky museum through Sept. 4.


June 20, 2018

/ 12:25 a.m. CT (0525 GMT)


Cambodia's piece of the moon

: At the time the United States gifted a small moon rock to Cambodia in 1973, it was still bombing parts of the civil war-torn nation as an extension of the Vietnam War. It is therefore, perhaps, not a surprise that the Apollo goodwill moon rock went missing. Exactly when it was separated from its presentation plaque and put into storage is not known, but thanks to the efforts of the U.S. Embassy in Cambodia, the lunar sample is now on display at the National Museum in Phnom Penh.


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