Apollo to OmegA
: The mobile launcher that 50 years ago gave Apollo 11 its start will now support a new commercial rocket. NASA and Northrop Grumman signed an agreement on Friday (Aug. 16) providing the mobile launch platform and a bay in the Kennedy Space Center's Vehicle Assembly Building for the company's OmegA booster.
Dream Chaser's ride to space
: With its first launch expected in late 2021, Sierra Nevada Corporation's Dream Chaser spacecraft now has a ride to orbit. The cargo spaceplane will fly atop United Launch Alliance's new Vulcan Centaur rocket for its six NASA-contracted missions to take supplies to and from the International Space Station.
Timex X Snoopy In Space
: Snoopy, the first beagle on the moon, has landed on Timex's new limited line of wristwatches. The Snoopy In Space collection features the spacesuited comic strip character walking on the moon in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first lunar landing. The first Timex X Snoopy In Space watches were released in July, with the rest of the collection coming this month.
Cookies in Space
: Later this year, the crew on board the International Space Station will use a new oven to bake cookies in space for the first time. But not just any chocolate chip cookies; the first cookies baked in space will be of the same recipe that guests receive when checking in to DoubleTree by Hilton hotels. To celebrate, DoubleTree is offering "Cookies in Space" limited edition tins for sale.
The real stuff
: National Geographic recently arranged for the cast of its new adaptation of Tom Wolfe's "The Right Stuff" to see some of the real stuff at NASA. In a new featurette for the upcoming TV series, Patrick Adams and Jake McDorman (John Glenn and Alan Shepard) join other actors as they prepare to portray the Mercury astronauts.
NASA's past, present in artifacts
: Benedict Redgrove spent nine years pursuing his view of space history to produce "NASA: Past and Present Dreams of the Future," a photo book featuring over 200 images of space artifacts. Redgrove photographed the items in place at NASA and on display at museums before digitally removing their settings. He is now using Kickstarter to fund the book's release.
Chris Kraft, 1924-2019
: Chris Kraft, NASA's first flight director and the inventor of Mission Control, died on Monday (July 22) at the age of 95. Responsible for developing spaceflight operations, Kraft led NASA's Mission Control for the Mercury and early Gemini astronaut flights. He went on to be the Director of Flight Operations before serving as director of Johnson Space Center. NASA's Mission Control Center in Houston was named in Kraft's honor in 2011.
Millions for moon memorabilia
: Three high profile auctions themed around the Apollo 11 50th anniversary offered for bid thousands of items related to the moon landing. Sotheby's in New York and Heritage Auctions of Dallas each had one lot sell for seven figures, including an original set of Apollo 11 moonwalk videotapes for $1.82 million and Neil Armstrong's flown gold Robbins medal for $2,055,000. The anniversary was not enough though, to draw in bids for an Apollo 11 book that Christie's put up for $7 to $9 million.
Soyuz MS-13 launch
: Aleksandr Skvortsov, Luca Parmitano and Drew Morgan launched aboard Russia's Soyuz MS-13 spacecraft on Saturday (July 20), 50 years to the day after the first humans landed on the moon. Bound for the International Space Station, the crew designed their Expedition 60 patch as a tribute to the Apollo 11 mission.
: NASA debuted its logo for the Artemis program on Friday (July 19), the eve of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing. The new emblem both borrows from and aims to distinguish Artemis from Apollo, as the earlier aims to return Americans to the moon before landing astronauts on Mars. The new Artemis logo includes nods to Greek mythology and the Project Apollo emblem.
First Moon Landing stamps
: A new pair of U.S. postage stamps was released on Friday (July 19) in commemoration of the first moon landing's 50th anniversary. The USPS chose an image of the moon and an iconic photo of Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin for the stamps' art. Sold in sheets of 24, the "1969: First Moon Landing" 2019 stamps also feature on a number of collectible philatelic products.
: It took more time for LEGO to put together its model of Buzz Aldrin debuting at the Apollo 50 Festival on Thursday (July 18) than it did for the real Apollo 11 astronaut to fly to the moon and return to Earth. Built by a team of LEGO Master Builders, the 30,000-brick model is a part of LEGO's celebration of the first moon landing and its commitment to inspire an interest in space exploration.
On Apollo 11
: Fifty years later, Mike Collins' views on his Apollo 11 mission are like what they were in July 1969: overarching. Looking back at the moon, Collins tells collectSPACE about the views he did not have in lunar orbit and the perspective others have incorrectly assigned to his time alone. Collins also described the one factor of the first moon landing mission that he still finds to be a surprise.
For All Mankind
: In Ronald D. Moore's new Apple TV+ series "For All Mankind," the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing was on June 26, 1969, and it wasn't achieved by the United States. The space race goes on, and in doing so Moore envisions the moon bases and missions he dreamt of as a kid while watching Apollo 11 land on the moon. Moore revealed the first details about the show in an interview with collectSPACE and other publications.
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