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February 22, 2018

/ 5:15 p.m. CT (2315 GMT)


Command module encased

: After almost a month of work, the California Science Center completed its new display for NASA's Apollo-Soyuz Test Project command module, giving visitors a clearer view of the spacecraft flown on the first joint U.S. and Russian mission in 1975. A glass case with interior lighting has replaced the ASTP command module's previous Plexiglas wrap, improving visibility while also meeting new Smithsonian conservation standards.


February 20, 2018

/ 10:30 p.m. CT (0430 GMT Feb 21)


Space market size

: Before it expands its on orbit operations with the launch of two large inflatable space stations, Bigelow Aerospace is looking to quantify the market for platforms above Earth. To that end, and to establish its sales and customer service arm, the company has formed Bigelow Space Operations. BSO will investigate the global space market while working to secure new payloads for the International Space Station, ahead of its own stations.


February 16, 2018

/ 1:45 p.m. CT (1945 GMT)


Die Astronautin

: An astronomer is replacing a fighter pilot in a private competition to send the first German woman to space. Suzanna Randall, 38, of ESO, the European Southern Observatory, has replaced fighter pilot Nicola Baumann in the Die Astronautin initiative. Randall will train and compete alongside meteorologist Insa Thiele-Eich, the daughter of veteran astronaut Gerhard Thiele, for a chance to fly on a privately-funded mission to the space station.


February 12, 2018

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


Skyrocketing sales

: Less than a week after one was launched into space, the market for Tesla Roadsters has skyrocketed — at least in miniature toy form. The Mattel Hot Wheels version of the red Roadster released in 2016 had been selling on eBay for $5 to $15, until Elon Musk put one aboard SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket. Since then, the toy cars have been commanding upwards of $100.


February 8, 2018

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


Mercury All American

: A new high-top has the "right stuff" to honor the 60th anniversary of NASA's Project Mercury and a company's role in it. The Mercury All American made by Heddels and PF Flyers, the latter previously part of B.F. Goodrich, is styled after the original astronauts' boots and the athletic shoe they wore to train. Limited to 21 pairs, the sneakers are built out of aluminized nylon, nickel alloy, parachute cord and other spacesuit materials.


February 7, 2018

/ 10:45 a.m. CT (1645 GMT)




'Starman' in deep space

: As the finale to its first Falcon Heavy launch, SpaceX sent back live video of Elon Musk's Tesla Roadster and its Starman passenger soaring into space on Tuesday (Feb. 6). The surreal sight was only made more fantastical by the small details that were out of view, a collection of "easter eggs" stashed inside the car.


February 6, 2018

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




First Falcon Heavy lifts off

: Riding atop the thrust of 27 rocket engines, SpaceX's Falcon Heavy lifted off on its first test flight Tuesday (Feb. 6), launching from Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Carrying a mass simulator in the form of Elon Musk's personal cherry red Tesla Roadster, the Falcon Heavy, per SpaceX, is now the most powerful operational rocket in the world.


February 6, 2018

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


Fourth electric car in space

: Should all go to plan, the maiden flight of SpaceX's Falcon Heavy will put a Tesla Roadster on a path to become the fourth electric car in space. The midnight cherry convertible may become the first car to depart on a billion-year Mars elliptic orbit, but the first-ever electric cars in space were the Apollo lunar rovers launched by the Saturn V rocket almost 50 years ago.


February 5, 2018

/ 7:30 a.m. CT (1330 GMT)


Bringing Columbia Home

: The effort to find and recover the remains of the space shuttle Columbia and its crew 15 years ago was the largest ground search in U.S. history and yet it has gone largely untold, until now. Michael Leinbach, who was the shuttle's launch director and led the reconstruction of the debris, and co-author Jonathan Ward reveal the recovery's story in "Bringing Columbia Home."


February 2, 2018

/ 2:45 p.m. CT (2045 GMT)


Leonid Kadenyuk, 1951-2018

: Trained as a Soviet cosmonaut and an American payload specialist, Leonid Kadenyuk became the first astronaut from an independent Ukraine to fly in space. Kadenyuk, 67, died on Wednesday (Jan. 31) in Kiev. His first and only spaceflight was onboard the space shuttle Columbia's STS-87 mission in 1997.


February 1, 2018

/ 1:30 a.m. CT (0730 GMT)


Lessons Learned

: Fifteen years after it was found and recovered from where it tragically fell back to Earth in pieces, the space shuttle Columbia is serving a new mission at NASA. The space agency's new Apollo, Challenger, Columbia Lessons Learned Program now uses the orbiter's debris to help educate workers inside and outside of NASA to learn from the past to make the future more successful.


January 29, 2018

/ 1:30 a.m. CT (0730 GMT)


Open DSKY

: Born out of a project to create replica World War II Enigma machines, S&T GeoTronics' OPEN DSKY reboots the Apollo spacecraft's display keyboard as an Arduino-based open source unit. The replica DSKY is capable of running the Apollo Guidance Computer code but assuming you do not have the need to pilot a command or lunar module, it can also show the time, monitor your travel and even play sound recordings. S&T GeoTronics is crowd funding OPEN DSKY on Kickstarter through March 3.


January 25, 2018

/ 10:20 p.m. CT (0420 GMT Jan 26)




Kansas-bound consoles

: A $5 million effort to restore NASA's historic Apollo-era mission control began on Thursday (Jan. 25) with the careful removal of some of the room's iconic consoles. The workstations from the first two rows of MOCR-2 (Mission Operations Control Room-2) and inside the adjoining simulation control room were loaded on a truck to be delivered from NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston to the Cosmosphere in Kansas, where they will be made to appear as they during the moon landings.


January 24, 2018

/ 11:45 a.m. CT (1745 GMT)


The Humanity Star

: Rocket Lab, which saw its first Electron launch vehicle reach orbit on its second test flight Saturday (Jan. 20), has revealed "The Humanity Star" is now circling Earth. The geodesic sphere-shaped satellite is covered in 65 highly-reflective panels to shine from orbit, like a disco ball casting light on a dance floor. Designed as a "focal point for humanity," Rocket Lab says The Humanity Star will become the brightest object in the night sky.


January 22, 2018

/ 2:25 p.m. CT (2025 GMT)


LEGO scrubs shuttle, tower

: LEGO will not be launching a fan-created model of NASA's space shuttle or selling a launch tower for its previously released Saturn V rocket set. The toy company on Monday (Jan. 22) reported it had rejected the 'NASA Space Shuttle (Saturn V Scale)' by Andrew Harkins and the 'NASA Saturn-V Launch Umbilical Tower' by Valerie Roche and Emmanuel Urquieta following the completion of its latest LEGO Ideas product review.


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