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July 17, 2019

/ 6:30 a.m. CT (1130 GMT)


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.


July 16, 2019

/ 8:00 a.m. CT (1300 GMT)




Armstrong's spacesuit

: Sometime soon, if it hasn't already happened, a 13-year-old will get his or her first look at the spacesuit worn by the first human to walk on the moon. Neil Armstrong's Apollo 11 spacesuit is now back on display at the National Air and Space Museum, 13 years after being taken off of exhibit to be conserved. The display debuted Tuesday (July 16), 50 years after Armstrong wore it for the Saturn V rocket launch of the Apollo 11 mission.


July 15, 2019

/ 11:00 a.m. CT (1600 GMT)


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.


July 13, 2019

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


Astronaut Snoopy

: Fifty years after his first stint as a NASA-inspired astronaut in Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Snoopy is coming back this November with a new spacesuited giant balloon. The famous comic strip beagle will float down the streets of New York City in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing as he serves a new NASA mission to further STEM education. Astronaut Snoopy is also adorning new products and collectibles.


July 12, 2019

/ 7:00 a.m. CT (1200 GMT)


Walking on the Moon

: Velcro fasteners add a hook to Apollo 11 history in a new tribute to the first moon landing underwritten by Velcro Companies. Walking Off the Earth's cover of "Walking on the Moon" uses Velcro products to add a unique sound to the track, while the fasteners also enable a spacewalk of sorts in the music video. The Apollo astronauts used Velcro Brand hook and loop strips to keep their checklists in order and their equipment secure.


July 9, 2019

/ 5:15 p.m. CT (2215 GMT)


50 years, 50 states

: The countdown is on to Apollo 11 50th anniversary celebrations in all 50 of the United States and countries around the world. More than 250 events are planned to hail the first moon landing, from galas and festivals to screenings and concerts. New York City's Times Square will turn into Tranquility Base while the Washington Monument will be transformed into a Saturn V rocket.


July 5, 2019

/ 6:45 p.m. CT (2345 GMT)


Apollo 11 coins in space

: Two coins struck by the U.S. Mint to commemorate the Apollo 11 moon landing recently completed a trip to the International Space Station. The two half dollar curved coins were in orbit for a month, during which NASA astronaut Christina Koch displayed one in a video for the Mint. Now back on Earth, the coins will be placed on public exhibit by the Mint and Smithsonian.


July 2, 2019

/ 6:35 a.m. CT (1135 GMT)




Ascent Abort-2

: NASA on Tuesday (July 2) conducted a three-minute flight test that built upon more than 50 years of protecting crews in flight. In a scene that evoked the Little Joe tests of the Apollo-era, NASA's Orion Ascent Abort-2 (AA-2) test successfully performed an in-flight abort of an capsule-shaped crew module on a refurbished ICBM launched from Cape Canaveral. The AA-2 test qualifies the Orion Launch Abort System for Artemis moon missions.


June 28, 2019

/ 8:45 a.m. CT (1345 GMT)




Houston, we have a restoration!

Almost 50 years after it was used to monitor the historic first landing on the moon, NASA's Apollo-era Mission Control has been restored to its July 1969 appearance. The $5 million restoration included relighting the room's iconic consoles and dressing each to the specific preferences of the Apollo 11 flight team (including ashtrays, coffee cups and log books). The public will be able to see and hear the Mission Operations Control Room come alive on tours run by Space Center Houston.


June 26, 2019

/ 6:05 p.m. CT (2305 GMT)


Savage build

: A full-size replica of an Apollo spacecraft hatch will be pieced together live on stage at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum during a special Apollo 50th anniversary presentation by Mythbuster and maker Adam Savage. The "Project Egress" hatch build will feature the work of 44 artists based on 3D scans of the real hardware from the Apollo 11 command module.


June 26, 2019

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


...to the Moon, remastered

: HBO will mark the 50th anniversary of the first lunar landing by relaunching "From the Earth to the Moon" on television and Blu-ray. The cable network has digitally remastered the 1998 miniseries, replacing its standard definition graphics with new high-def visual effects. Co-produced by Tom Hanks, "From the Earth to the Moon" will be available on demand and air in July.


June 25, 2019

/ 12:30 p.m. CT (1730 GMT)


Zero Gravity Blizzard

: Created to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first lunar landing and humans walking on the moon, DQ's new Zero Gravity Blizzard Treat blends up cosmic colors with soft serve ice cream. Available at Dairy Queen locations for a limited time, the space-inspired dessert is served upside down, living up to its name.


June 24, 2019

/ 11:45 p.m. CT (0445 GMT Jun 25)


MS-11 lands

: Oleg Kononenko, David Saint-Jacques and Anne McClain landed on Earth after a 204-day stay aboard the International Space Station on Monday (June 24). The trio returned home on board Russia's Soyuz MS-11 spacecraft to a touchdown on the steppe of Kazakhstan. Kononenko, Saint-Jacques and McClain performed science experiments, conducted spacewalks, and oversaw logistics (including the arrival of the first SpaceX Crew Dragon on its uncrewed demo flight) as Expedition 58/59 crew members.


June 21, 2019

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


'Apollo 11' on air, in space

: CNN will air the broadcast premiere of "Apollo 11" on Sunday (June 23), bringing to television the recently-discovered large format film footage from the first moon landing mission. The documentary is also playing in science centers and museums worldwide with the giant screen "First Steps" edition and has entered orbit with its uplink to the International Space Station.


June 20, 2019

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


Marshmallow moon

: With just one month to go until the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, Oreo's limited edition cookies celebrating the 1969 mission have landed in stores. Embossed with space-theme images and filled with purple creme, the Marshmallow Moon Oreos come in glow-in-the-dark packs with moon landing stickers.


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