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December 17, 2013 / 6:25 p.m. CT (0025 GMT Dec 18)|
Space shuttle parking shuffle: The replica space shuttle Independence embarked on a short road trip Tuesday (Dec. 17), leaving its display location of more than a year outside Space Center Houston for a new spot in the center's parking lot. The mock shuttle's move made space for the arrival this March of NASA's historic Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, which ultimately will be topped by the orbiter.
December 17, 2013 / 6:05 p.m. CT (0005 GMT Dec 18)
Station spacewalks delay supplies: NASA managers have postponed Orbital Sciences' private resupply mission to the International Space Station to move forward with a series of spacewalks to replace a pump module on the space station. Orbital's Cygnus ship will now launch no earlier than Jan. 13 so astronauts can venture outside the space station Dec. 21, 23 and, if needed, Christmas day.
December 14, 2013 / 6:05 p.m. CT (0005 GMT Dec 15)
"Interstellar" lifts off: The first teaser trailer for Christopher Nolan's science fiction movie "Interstellar" uses archival NASA footage to hint at the 2014 film's space travel story. As actor Matthew McConaughey narrates, clips of Chuck Yeager, Alan Shepard, Neil Armstrong and space shuttle Atlantis illustrate "that our destiny lies above us."
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December 14, 2013 / 7:25 a.m. CT (1325 GMT) - UPDATED
China's Chang'e-3 lands on the moon: On Saturday (Dec 14), China's Chang'e-3 probe landed on the moon, touching down in
Sinus Iridum (the Bay of Rainbows) Mare Imbrium, or the Sea of Rains. The feat, a first for any nation in 37 years, established China as the third country to achieve a moon landing. The lander deployed the "Yutu" six-wheeled rover to study the moon's soil composition.
December 13, 2013 / 5:00 p.m. CT (2300 GMT)
NASA selects SpaceX for Pad 39A: NASA has chosen Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) to begin negotiations on a lease to use the historic Launch Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. 39A was originally designed to support the Apollo program and was later modified to launch space shuttles. Ninety-two rockets (12 Saturn V boosters and 80 shuttles) launched from 39A between 1967 and 2011. NASA selected SpaceX after the Government Accountability Office denied a protest filed by Blue Origin, the other company vying for use of the pad.
December 12, 2013 / 2:25 p.m. CT (2025 GMT)
To go or not to go to the station: An issue with a valve located inside a pump mounted externally on the International Space Station may delay the launch of a commercial cargo ship to the orbiting outpost. Orbital Sciences is still marching toward a Wednesday (Dec. 18) liftoff of its Cygnus freighter, but the need to return the space station's cooling system to its working order has deferred the flight's go/no go decision until Monday, NASA officials said.
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December 11, 2013 / 10:40 p.m. CT (0440 GMT Dec 12)
ISS loses coolant loop: The pump module on one of the space station's critical cooling loops shut down Wednesday (Dec. 11) after detecting lower temperatures than its pre-set limits. Though at no time was the Expedition 38 crew or the station itself in any danger, the loss of Loop A resulted in the power down of non-critical systems in the Harmony Node 2, as well as inside the Columbus and Kibo laboratories. Ground controllers suspect that a flow control valve inside the pump module is at fault for the shutdown.
December 9, 2013 / 8:00 a.m. CT (1400 GMT)
Spaceship C.Gordon Fullerton: Continuing its tradition, Orbital Sciences has named its next space station-bound cargo freighter for a contributor to the company's success. Set to liftoff NET Dec. 18, Spaceship C. Gordon Fullerton will be the second Cygnus spacecraft to fly to the orbiting outpost and the first of eight under the Commercial Resupply Services contract for NASA. Fullerton, who died in August at 76, flew twice to space but also piloted the B-52 jet that carried Orbital's Pegasus air-launched rockets.
December 6, 2013 / 2:15 p.m. CT (2015 GMT)
Gifts for the space geek: 'Tis the season to be spacey, so collectSPACE offers a list of five stellar gifts for space geeks. Whether it is spending the year in space, growing your rocket garden or accumulating dragons (and falcons), these gift ideas are decidedly out of this world.
December 3, 2013 / 3:15 p.m. CT (2115 GMT)
Apollo couture: Apollo astronaut Al Worden and attorney Steve Pidcock have introduced Still The Right Stuff, a company focused on replicating authentic aerospace garments for space history enthusiasts. Their first project is a faithful reproduction of the blue Apollo flight jacket, as was worn by Worden and his fellow astronauts while flying NASA's T-38 jets and training to voyage to the moon.
December 1, 2013 / 11:40 a.m. CT (1740 GMT)
China's Chang'e-3 moon-bound: China on Sunday (Dec. 1) launched its first mission to land a robotic rover on the moon. Should the Chang'e-3 lander and six-wheel Yutu ("Jade Rabbit") rover safely touch down in the Bay of Rainbows (Sinus Iridum), China will be the third country to land a craft on the moon, and the first to do so since the former Soviet Union's Luna 24 mission in 1976. Chang'e-3 marks the second 'step' in China's robotic lunar exploration plans, leading to returning samples of the moon to Earth.
November 29, 2013 / 12:05 a.m. CT (0605 GMT)
Spacelab at 30 Before Columbus, Harmony and Tranquility, before Spacehab, there was Spacelab, the $1 billion science module built by Europe and flown by NASA on the space shuttle. The first Spacelab mission launched 30 years ago Thursday (Nov. 28) on a ten-day flight that at the time signaled "the culmination of history's largest and most comprehensive multinational space project" between NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA). Spacelab's legacy can be seen today in the design of a number of the modules comprising the International Space Station.
November 27, 2013 / 4:15 p.m. CT (2215 GMT)
Space shuttle replica vandalized: A space shuttle mockup was defaced on Wednesday (Nov. 27) at Space Center Houston. Vandals spray painted the replica orbiter with political and racial graffiti. The center, which serves as the visitor attraction for NASA's Johnson Space Center, quickly covered up the offending markings. Christened the "Independence," the shuttle mockup is to become part of a new $12 million, six-story educational attraction in 2015.
November 25, 2013 / 9:00 p.m. CT (0300 GMT Nov 26)
Astronaut's guide to "Astronaut's Guide": Although it hit bookshops' shelves less than six months after Chris Hadfield landed from the space station, "An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth" was not written in orbit. Now a bestselling author, Hadfield recounted the story behind his first book in a recent interview with collectSPACE.com.
November 21, 2013 / 10:40 a.m. CT (1640 GMT)
Sally Ride bestowed highest honor: Sally Ride, America's first woman in space and an advocate for STEM education, especially for young girls, was posthumously awarded the United States' highest honor on Wednesday (Nov. 20), the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Only the 9th NASA astronaut to be awarded the medal, Ride was hailed by President Obama for "blasting through the stratospheric glass ceiling" and for championing scientific literacy.
November 20, 2013 / 5:35 p.m. CT (2335 GMT)
ISS at 15: Nov. 20, 1998 was a day to mark in history. Russia launched a Proton rocket carrying a pressurized module called Zarya, or "sunrise," into orbit. This launch would be the dawn of the largest international effort in space to ever come to light. Zarya became the first piece of the International Space Station. collectSPACE presents a countdown of 15 facts for 15 years of the ISS in orbit.
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