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May 18, 2019

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

Iconic hours

: Omega's new Speedmaster is a tribute to the "iconic hours" that defined the first moon landing. The Speedmaster Apollo 11 50th Anniversary chronograph has a steel body with gold accents, including engravings of Buzz Aldrin exiting the lunar module and the numeral '11' at the 11th hour marker. The Speedmaster, limited to 6,969 pieces, also includes a lunar module stand and patches.

May 17, 2019

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

Apollo 50th trading cards

: Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is celebrating Apollo history with collectible trading cards. Guests at the Florida complex on Saturday (May 18) can pick up the latest set commemorating 50 years since the launch of Apollo 10, the dress rehearsal for the first moon landing. The five-card set joins earlier issues that were distributed for past Apollo 50th anniversaries.

May 15, 2019

/ 7:05 p.m. CT (0005 GMT May 16)

'Apollo at the Park'

: Baseball fans will get a chance to pose for selfies with astronaut Neil Armstrong's Apollo 11 spacesuit this summer thanks to the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum. 'Apollo at the Park' will see full-size statues of the iconic moon suit at 15 Major League Baseball clubs across the U.S. in time to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Armstrong's historic moon landing mission.

May 15, 2019

/ 12:35 a.m. CT (0535 GMT)

Apollo 11 statue

: Rocket Mortgage is gifting a new bronze statue of the Apollo 11 crew to Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. The 7 foot tall monument to Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins will stand outside the Apollo/Saturn V Center at the Florida spaceport in time for the 50th anniversary of their moon landing mission.

May 14, 2019

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

Marshmallow Moon landing

: Just in time to celebrate Apollo 11 in July, Oreo is releasing a new flavor to mark the moon landing's 50th anniversary. The purple creme Marshmallow Moon cookies feature three embossed lunar landing-themed designs. The Oreos come with stickers and will arrive on store shelves in a glow-in-the-dark package.

May 13, 2019

/ 10:45 p.m. CT (0345 GMT May 14)


: The next time American astronauts land on the moon, it will be under a program named for the twin sister of Apollo. NASA on Monday (May 13) announced Artemis as the new name for its efforts to return men — and send the first women — to the lunar surface in 2024. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine called the naming a beautiful moment in U.S. history, coming 50 years after Apollo.

May 11, 2019

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

Postcards from space

: In the near future, a Blue Origin New Shepard rocket will lift off to space with 10,000 student-sent postcards on board. The rocket mail launch (and return) is the first activity of the Club for the Future, a new type of space club aimed at "inspiring young people to build the future of life in space." The cards will be sent back to the students stamped as having been flown in space.

May 9, 2019

/ 10:00 p.m. CT (0300 GMT May 10)

Falcon 9 landing

: Space Center Houston is adding a twice-flown SpaceX Falcon 9 stage to its exhibits. The visitor center for NASA's Johnson Space Center will display the rocket segment beginning this summer. The Falcon 9 first stage was the first to fly on two cargo resupply flights to the International Space Station for NASA in 2017.

May 6, 2019

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

Nixon's 'Apollo 11'

: A newly-opened exhibit at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum looks back at the first moon landing from the perspective of the U.S. president at the time 50 years ago. "Apollo 11: One Giant Leap for Mankind" uses artifacts, replicas and images from the National Archives and Smithsonian to trace the history and Nixon's role in the space race-driven achievement.

April 29, 2019

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

Planetary Blocks

: A new project from Chop Shop and The Planetary Society transfers 20 bodies from our local celestial neighborhood onto toy blocks. "Planetary Blocks: Our Solar System," funded on Kickstarter, includes one star, eight planets, eight moons and three dwarf planets on wooden cubes that each display scientific details about the worlds they represent. Each block also includes the history of the planetary missions deployed to explore each body.

April 25, 2019

/ 8:00 p.m. CT (0100 GMT Apr 26)

Snoopy space art

: In celebration of the 50th anniversary of "Snoopy" and "Charlie Brown" orbiting the moon on Apollo 10, the Peanuts characters are now the stars in a new public art installation at Johnson Space Center and Space Center Houston. Contemporary artist Kenny Scharf wrapped his "Peanuts Constellation" mural around a retired training mockup of an International Space Station node in a nod to the long relationship between NASA and Peanuts.

April 24, 2019

/ 10:00 a.m. CT (1500 GMT)

Cobi capsule

: Polish toy company Cobi has released a new building block kit of Boeing's CST-100 Starliner commercial crew capsule. The 227-piece set, which is built from blocks compatible with LEGO bricks, is an "officially licensed" Boeing product. The toy model also features two astronaut figures garbed in "Boeing Blue" spacesuits.

April 22, 2019

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

Apollo 11 pen

: Fisher Space Pen has a new pen capped by a piece of history. The Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Astronaut Pen and Coin Set features an authentic fragment of Kapton polyimide tape that flew on the exterior of the command module "Columbia." The new set also includes a medallion minted for Fisher Space Pen. The Apollo 11 50th Anniversary AG-7 pen has a titanium nitride finish, 24 karat gold-plated engravings and is a limited edition of 500.

April 18, 2019

/ 3:30 p.m. CT (2030 GMT)

'Carrying the Fire'

: Considered by many as the best of the astronaut memoirs, "Carrying the Fire" by Apollo 11 command module pilot Michael Collins has been re-released for the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing. In a new preface, Collins reflects on the current state of space exploration and his life as an ex-astronaut. Collins spoke to collectSPACE about the legacy of "Carrying the Fire."

April 17, 2019

/ 8:15 a.m. CT (1315 GMT)

Extended stay

: Christina Koch's current first stay onboard the International Space Station will be one for the record books. Rather than return home in six months as is typical, Koch will log 328 days, collecting data for missions to the moon and Mars while setting a record for the longest single mission by a woman. Her extended stay aboard the space station will span expedition crews 59, 60 and 61.

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