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May 5, 2015 / 12:20 p.m. CT (1720 GMT)|
55 years of pad abort tests: SpaceX is set to fire the first "big test" of its Crew Dragon, its capsule designed to deliver astronauts to the space station. The pad abort test, which will push (rather than pull) the capsule from a ground-based mount representing the company's Falcon 9 rocket, is the latest in a 55-year history of launch escape system trials that began with NASA's Mercury program.
May 4, 2015 / 12:00 a.m. CT (0500 GMT)
Boldly brew: Samantha Cristoforetti quoted a Star Trek captain on Sunday (May 3) while sipping from the first cup of coffee brewed in orbit. "Coffee: The finest organic suspension ever devised," she tweeted. Cristoforetti and crewmate Scott Kelly installed the ISSpresso machine on board the International Space Station. In addition to adding espresso to the crew's drink choices, the coffee maker and a set of zero-g cups are adding to fluid dynamics studies.
May 1, 2015 / 2:20 p.m. CT (1920 GMT)
Auction offers rare look at Orion: The first lot in the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation's annual spring auction offers a rare chance to see NASA's historic Orion Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1) capsule inside its processing facility in Florida. One of five experiences and 27 artifacts up for bid through Saturday evening (May 2), the Orion tour will be led by a Lockheed Martin representative and Hugh Harris, the "voice of NASA" for more than 100 launches.
April 30, 2015 / 2:30 p.m. CT (1930 GMT)
End of MESSENGER: The first-ever craft to orbit Mercury, the planet closest to the Sun, slammed into the surface on Thursday (April 30) after an almost 11 year mission. NASA's MESSENGER mission mapped Mercury and provided compelling evidence for abundant water and other volatile materials in the shadowed polar craters. At its end, MESSENGER added a 50-foot-wide crater to the planet.
April 29, 2015 / 5:00 p.m. CT (2200 GMT)
Progress fails, falling from orbit: Russia's Progress M-27M cargo spacecraft, launched Tuesday (April 28), will not be docking to the International Space Station. The craft, which since reaching orbit has been in a rapid spin, is now falling back to Earth. The space station has enough supplies aboard to continue operations without problem.
April 27, 2015 / 4:05 p.m. CT (2105 GMT)
Enterprise exhibit dedicated: The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum on Monday (April 27) dedicated its exhibit of the space shuttle Enterprise to the fallen Apollo 1, Challenger STS-51L and Columbia STS-107 crews. The ceremony, which occurred three years to the day after the prototype orbiter arrived in New York, included members of the astronauts' families and the NASA Administrator.
April 27, 2015 / 12:35 p.m. CT (0535 GMT)
ISS Viewscreen: The space station just got its first big screen TV, sort of. As shared by year-long ISS resident Scott Kelly, the crew on Saturday (April 25) watched "Gravity" on the ISS Viewscreen, the space station's new 65-inch projection screen developed by Screen Innovations for NASA. The portable, zero-g screen is not just for movie night, but also for the crew's training exercises and weekly video conferences with their family members on Earth.
April 27, 2015 / 12:00 a.m. CT (0500 GMT)
Astronaut in 'Jeopardy!': Former astronaut Mark Kelly is among the stars set to appear on Celebrity Jeopardy! airing May 11 through 15. A veteran of four space flights, including commanding the final mission of the shuttle Endeavour, Kelly is also the twin brother of astronaut Scott Kelly, who is one month into the first year-long stay on the International Space Station. Mark Kelly will be vying on the game show to win $50,000 for a charity of his choosing.
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April 24, 2015 / 10:15 p.m. CT (0315 GMT April 25)
'Astronaut Wives Club' first look: ABC has aired its first trailer for "The Astronaut Wives Club," its docudrama series based on author Lily Koppel's bestselling book about the real spouses of NASA's early spacemen. The 30 second spot shows scenes recreating the 1959 conference that introduced the Mercury astronauts and LIFE magazine photographing their wives, as well as an Atlas launch.
April 24, 2015 / 2:15 p.m. CT (1915 GMT)
Holding Hubble history: The Hubble Space Telescope marked 25 years in space Friday (April 24), having launched on space shuttle Discovery in 1990. The world's most famous orbital observatory, the Hubble's first quarter century is encapsulated by its millions of observations and the artifacts returned by five astronaut servicing missions.
April 22, 2015 / 3:15 p.m. CT (2015 GMT)
NASA's Hubble25 collectibles: Twenty-five years ago Friday (April 24), the world's most famous orbiting observatory launched on the space shuttle. Celebrating a quarter century of the Hubble Space Telescope, NASA has released a set of do-it-yourself Hubble25 commemoratives, including a medallion and scale model you can 3D print.
April 21, 2015 / 12:15 a.m. CT (0515 GMT)
'The Astronaut Wives Club': ABC's new TV series "The Astronaut Wives Club" will debut on June 18, the network announced Monday (April 20). The docu-drama, based on author Lily Koppel's book of the same title, focuses on the spouses of first U.S. spacemen. "Astronaut Wives" stars JoAnna Garcia Swisher, Yvonne Strahovski, Odette Annable, Dominique McElligott, Erin Cummings, Zoe Boyle and Azure Parsons and is written by Stephanie Savage.
April 20, 2015 / 7:50 p.m. CT (0050 GMT April 21)
Liberty Bell 7 lands back in Kansas: Virgil "Gus" Grissom's Mercury spacecraft, Liberty Bell 7, returned to the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center on Monday (April 20) after being shipped overseas for a German exhibit last year. Conservators plan to inspect the capsule before placing it back on display near the Cosmosphere's newly-renovated planetarium. Liberty Bell 7 is set to depart again by the end of the year for another exhibit in Indianapolis.
April 20, 2015 / 3:00 a.m. CT (0800 GMT)
Strapping space sales: Both Bonhams and RR Auction are holding space artifacts sales this week, and each are selling a flown strap from an Apollo astronaut's life support PLSS backpack. The straps, which Alan Bean and Edgar Mitchell wore on the moon, are among the hundreds of historic space exploration relics being offered by the two auction houses. Bonhams' sale in New York City is set for Tuesday (April 21). RR's online auction ends Thursday.
April 16, 2015 / 3:00 a.m. CT (0800 GMT)
Made In Space sale: Made In Space Inc., a company that focuses on 3D printing objects in space, announced Thursday (April 16) it is now selling its plastic feedstock for use with 3D printers on Earth. Made In Space's initial "terrestrial offerings" include "AstroABS," the same type of filament used onboard the International Space Station, and AstroABS Canister, designed for the zero-g 3D printer.
April 15, 2015 / 3:20 p.m. CT (2020 GMT)
A statue for Sally: California's State Senate voted on Monday (April 13) to erect a statue in honor of the late Sally Ride, the first U.S. woman in space, replacing a monument to a controversial missionary in National Statuary Hall. If approved by the state's assembly and governor, the statue for Ride would succeed the one for Father Junipero Serra, a Spanish priest, installed in the Capitol in 1931.
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