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September 21, 2018

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

On the shoulders of giants

: When is a pen more than a writing instrument? When it can help underwrite the next generation of space explorers and scientists. The exclusive Retro 51 "On the Shoulders of Giants" pen offered by the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation supports the non-profit organization's $3.2 million fundraising campaign.

September 18, 2018

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

Dream Chaser die-cast

: A space plane now being built to service the International Space Station is on final approach to store shelves. Mattel is set to release a die-cast toy version of Sierra Nevada's Dream Chaser spacecraft as part of its Matchbox Sky Busters line. Modeled after the crew-configured Dream Chaser, the toy also resembles the test article Sierra Nevada used to develop its cargo craft.

September 18, 2018

/ 4:00 a.m. CT (0900 GMT)

To the moon, with artists!

SpaceX will fly a Japanese billionaire and six to eight artists of his choosing on a trip to the moon in 2023. A fashion retailer and avid art collector, Yusaku Maezawa intends for the trip to result in new masterpieces that will "inspire the dreamer within all of us." The private moon mission will both help fund and launch on SpaceX's BFR ("Big Falcon Rocket") under development.

September 17, 2018

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

Delta II display

: Just under an hour after the final liftoff of a Delta II rocket, United Launch Alliance (ULA) revealed what would become of its last surviving example. The Delta II will "live among the giants" as part of the Rocket Garden at NASA's Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida so that the public can share in its heritage.

September 15, 2018

/ 11:15 a.m. CT (1615 GMT)

Delta Blue

: United Launch Alliance's Delta II rocket made its final flight on Saturday (Sept. 15), lifting off with NASA's ICESat-2 satellite from Vandenberg Air Force Base in southern California. The launch capped 30 years, 155 missions and marked the end of "Delta Blue." The Delta II's distinctive hue began as a primer hidden beneath a coat of paint, but came to represent the team behind its success.

September 14, 2018

/ 9:15 a.m. CT (1415 GMT)

End of era

: After three decades of launches, the Delta II rocket has reached its final flight. Set to loft NASA's ICESat-2 satellite, the last mission for the Delta II will not only conclude the rocket's 30 years of service to NASA, the U.S. military and commercial customers, but also mark the end of the first pioneering era of U.S. rocketry. If this launch goes to plan, it will be the 100th consecutive success out of the Delta II's 155 total missions over the past 30 years.

September 13, 2018

/ 2:00 a.m. CT (0700 GMT)

Apollo at 50

: The Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum has announced plans to help lead the national celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing. In July 2019, the museum will host a five-day public commemoration of the Apollo 11 mission, including placing Neil Armstrong's spacesuit on display for the first time in 13 years. The Smithsonian has also scheduled events leading up to the anniversary, to recognize the Apollo missions that made it possible for astronauts to walk on the moon.

September 8, 2018

/ 5:35 p.m. CT (2235 GMT)

SLS ML enters VAB

: For the first time since the end of NASA's Apollo program, a mobile launch tower has been rolled into the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The tower-topped platform completed a fit check at Launch Pad 39B and then entered the voluminous rocket hangar, where it will undergo checks in support of the Space Launch System (SLS). The mobile launcher will be inside the VAB for the next seven months.

September 3, 2018

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

LEGO Ideas

: Two SpaceX-inspired sets and a second try at the space station have made it into the second LEGO Ideas Review of the year. Kevin Hehmeyer's Falcon Heavy rocket and the SpaceX "Ultimate Collection" posted by Matthew Nolan and Valerie Roche, along with Christoph Ruge's revised International Space Station will be reviewed by LEGO designers for possible production and sale.

August 31, 2018

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

Over the moon

: The Venice Film Festival on Wednesday (Aug. 29) opened with the world premiere of director Damien Chazelle's "First Man," featuring Ryan Gosling as the late Neil Armstrong. The film, which launches Oct. 12, landed praise from reviewers for redefining spaceflight and reframing the story of the first man to walk on the moon.

August 29, 2018

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


: Matchbox took the concept for an astronaut-driven planetary rover and made it – smaller. NASA's Space Exploration Vehicle (SEV) with its "Chariot" chassis is among the assortment of toy cars for sale in stores now. The Matchbox SEV replicates the real rover's two suitports, side-mounted hatch and forward-facing bubble windows.

August 27, 2018

/ 1:00 p.m. CT (1800 GMT)

Astronaut candidate resigns

: A member of NASA's latest astronaut candidate class has resigned from the agency prior to completing basic training. A former engineer at SpaceX, Robb Kulin was selected in 2017 for NASA's 22nd group of astronauts, nicknamed "The Turtles." Kulin's departure, halfway into his spaceflight qualification training, was for "personal reasons," according to NASA.

August 25, 2018

/ 1:30 p.m. CT (1830 GMT)

Crew access arm

: SpaceX has installed the access arm that astronauts will use atop Pad 39A to board Crew Dragon spacecraft. Sleek in appearance, the SpaceX crew access arm is one of two that NASA astronauts will cross for launches to the International Space Station. The access arm for Boeing's CST-100 Starliner was mounted on LC-41 in 2016, but recently received a new, larger white room.

August 24, 2018

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

Froot Loops not included

: A spacesuit that was worn by a fictional astronaut, but styled after a real cosmonaut's wardrobe, is now for auction. ScreenUsed is offering the costume that actor Simon Helberg donned as Howard "Froot Loops" Wolowitz in a 2012 episode of "The Big Bang Theory." Global Effects referenced an authentic example of the Sokol launch and entry suit to fabricate the replica.

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