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November 14, 2019

/ 3:30 p.m. CT (2130 GMT)

Apollo 12 tribute from space

: Fifty years to the day after Apollo 12 launched to the moon the International Space Station crew dressed as Apollo flight controllers in tribute. Jessica Meir, Christina Koch, Drew Morgan and Luca Parmitano wore skinny black ties and horn-rimmed glasses to thank those who made the second crewed moon landing possible. Morgan also sported a commemorative Apollo 12 mission patch on loan from the Smithsonian's collection.

November 8, 2019

/ 3:15 p.m. CT (2115 GMT)

Gold Medals for 'Hidden Figures'

: NASA's "hidden figures" will be awarded the highest civilian honor bestowed by Congress. An act signed into law on Friday (Nov. 8) authorizes that mathematicians Katherine Johnson and Dorothy Vaughan, along with engineers Mary Jackson and Christine Darden be presented Congressional Gold Medals for their service to the space program. A fifth medal will be awarded to recognize all of the women whose contributions led to NASA's success in the space race to the moon.

November 4, 2019

/ 8:50 a.m. CT (1450 GMT)

Starliner pad abort test

: As first flights go, it was brief (about 90 seconds) and low (under a mile), but Boeing's Starliner Pad Abort Test demonstrated that the spacecraft could carry astronauts away from a failing rocket booster before launch. Flown at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, the test was one of the last two milestones before Starliner can begin flying astronauts to the space station.

October 28, 2019

/ 8:20 a.m. CT (1320 GMT)

'For All Mankind'

: What if Apollo 11's "giant leap for all mankind" was the second "small step" by a man? How would NASA respond? "For All Mankind," premiering Friday (Nov. 1) on the Apple TV+ service, offers an alternate history of the space race, where a Soviet first moon landing resets the future of U.S. space exploration. The 10-episode series from Ronald D. Moore blends fact and fiction to pose what could have been, and what still could be.

October 21, 2019

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

Astrovan II

: Continuing a legacy that can be traced back to the Apollo moon landings and early space shuttle program, Boeing debuted a new Airstream-built crew transport vehicle on Monday (Oct. 21). The Astrovan II will be used to drive astronauts to the launchpad for flights aboard Boeing's CST-100 Starliner spacecraft. The eight-seat van features a graphic wrap and blue and chrome stripes.

October 17, 2019

/ 8:30 a.m. CT (1330 GMT)

Timex x NASA

: NASA's legacy logotype has landed on the dial of a new Timex wristwatch in celebration of this year's 50th anniversary of the first moon landing. The Timex x NASA Navi watch features the U.S. space agency's retired logo (nicknamed the "worm") in a style similar to the custom timepieces the company made for the astronauts.

November 11, 2019

/ 12:00 a.m. CT (0600 GMT)

'Snoopy in Space'

: Snoopy's pursuit to be a world famous astronaut takes off in "Snoopy in Space," now available on Apple TV+. The 12-part series blends classic Peanuts humor with real-life lessons in space exploration for both young viewers and Snoopy and space fans alike. The show features nods to NASA's past and future missions, as well as draws details from Johnson Space Center.

November 6, 2019

/ 3:35 p.m. CT (2135 GMT)

Apollo sample unsealed

: NASA unsealed a previously untouched Apollo lunar sample on Tuesday (Nov. 5), for both its scientific study and to prepare techniques for future Artemis moon missions. The first opening of a "drive tube" core sample in 40 years, scientists at Johnson Space Center's Lunar Curation Laboratory unsealed the Apollo 17 soil container in support of NASA's Apollo Next-Generation Sample Analysis program. A second sample, sealed on the moon in 1972, is slated to be opened in January.

November 2, 2019

/ 9:25 a.m. CT (1425 GMT)

Cookies in space

: The first cookie dough to be baked in space was launched on the S.S. Alan Bean to the International Space Station on Saturday (Nov. 2). Together with the zero g oven needed to bake it, the chocolate chip cookie dough provided by DoubleTree by Hilton also marks the first foray for a hotel to offer its hospitality off Earth.

November 1, 2019

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

Beyond the Red Moon

: "For All Mankind" is now streaming on Apple TV+, offering a new look at the space race. In Ronald D. Moore's alternate history, the first man to walk on the moon is a Soviet cosmonaut, forcing NASA's plans to change. But as the first episodes reveal, the space agency has already diverged from the real-life NASA.

October 24, 2019

/ 5:00 p.m. CT (2200 GMT)

S.S. Alan Bean

: Fifty years after he became the fourth person to walk on the moon, Alan Bean is being remembered with the naming of a Northrop Grumman Cygnus spacecraft. The Apollo 12 astronaut is the namesake for the company's 12th cargo capsule to deliver supplies to the International Space Station. The S.S. Alan Bean will launch on an Antares rocket from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility.

October 24, 2019

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

Artemis art

: A new NASA graphic trades the pareidolic "man in the moon" for a woman on the moon. Presented by NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine on Wednesday (Oct. 23), the artwork features Artemis, the Greek goddess of the moon and namesake for the agency's lunar program, drawn "in the highlights and shadows of the crescent moon topography." NASA's Artemis program aims to land the first woman and next man on the lunar surface by 2024.

October 18, 2019

/ 7:30 a.m. CT (1230 GMT)

All-female EVA

: The first "unmanned," or all women spacewalk made history Friday (Oct. 18) at the International Space Station. NASA astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir, both Expedition 61 flight engineers, ventured outside the orbiting laboratory to replace a power controller that unexpectedly failed. The extravehicular activity or EVA used a spacesuit with a link to the first U.S. woman to walk in space, Kathryn Sullivan, 35 years ago this month.

Upcoming space events:

Auction [11/14-16]
Armstrong Family Collection
Heritage Auctions, Dallas

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Apollo 12 50th Anniversary
Agrilife Center, Wheeler, Texas

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[11/16]  Loren Shriver
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