Space News space history and artifacts articles Messages space history discussion forums Sightings worldwide astronaut appearances Resources selected space history documents Websites related space history websites

                  arrow advertisements

collectSPACE: The Source for Space History and Artifacts
[ About ] [ Search ] [ Contact ]     

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.

April 16, 2019

/ 11:45 a.m. CT (1645 GMT)

Budweiser and boot prints

: Budweiser has brewed a limited edition lager in tribute to the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. Based on a recipe that dates back to the time of the Apollo missions, Discovery Reserve features a reddish color reminiscent of Mars and a bottle design that includes nods to the past and future of space exploration.

April 15, 2019

/ 8:45 p.m. CT (0145 GMT April 16)

Owen Garriott, 1930-2019

: The first person to use ham radio from space, Owen Garriott died on Monday (April 15) at 88. A member of NASA's first group of scientist-astronauts, Garriott logged almost 70 days off the planet on two missions, Skylab 3 in 1973 and STS-9 in 1983. He was also the first U.S. astronaut to have a child follow him into space, with the launch of his son, Richard, in 2008.

April 13, 2019

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

Destination Moon

: The spacecraft that flew the first humans to land on the moon on their journey to and from Earth will spend the 50th anniversary of its historic flight on display in Seattle. The Smithsonian traveling exhibition "Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission" opens Saturday (April 13) at The Museum in Flight, featuring the command module "Columbia." The museum has expanded the exhibit to include the role of Washingtonians in the space race.

April 11, 2019

/ 11:00 p.m. CT (0400 GMT April 12)

Beresheet's end

: An Israeli lunar lander met its end on Thursday (April 11) arriving on the moon's surface, but not as planned. SpaceIL had intended for the Beresheet spacecraft to be the first privately-developed probe to land on the moon, but an engine failure resulted in it crashing to the ground in the final minutes of its powered descent.

April 9, 2019

/ 8:45 p.m. CT (0145 GMT April 10)

'Best book on Apollo'

: In James Donovan's new book "Shoot for the Moon" the history of the first lunar landing mission is told from the perspective of some of the people who made it happen. One of those individuals found the approach resulted in the "best book on Apollo that [he had] read," an endorsement that now appears on the cover. The blurb's author? Apollo 11 astronaut Michael Collins.

April 8, 2019

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

Astronaut Hall of Fame

: James Buchli and Janet Kavandi were honored Saturday (April 6) with their induction into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame. Nearly 30 astronauts spanning the past 50 years of spaceflight attended the ceremony, which was held at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Buchli, who launched on four shuttle missions, and Kavandi, who flew three times to space, entered the Hall of Fame as its 98th and 99th astronaut inductees.

April 4, 2019

/ 11:45 a.m. CT (1645 GMT)

Scent of space

: For years, astronauts have reported smelling the distinct scent of space, a burnt metal odor wafting from airlocks after spacewalks. Based in part on astronaut Tony Antonelli's own olfactory experience with the scent, Lockheed Martin launched "Vector," a fragrance that captures the outer space aroma. More than an April Fools' Day joke, Vector is also intended to increase awareness of Lockheed Martin's 60 year history of building spacecraft.

March 29, 2019

/ 3:00 p.m. CT (2000 GMT)

50 Years from Tranquility Base

: Nearly two dozen Apollo 11 artifacts comprise "50 Years from Tranquility Base," the new exhibit at the National Air and Space Museum celebrating the first moon landing. Among the items are several artifacts returned to Earth by Neil Armstrong, which were only discovered after his death. The display case also shows objects from the former "Apollo to the Moon" gallery.

March 27, 2019

/ 7:30 p.m. CT (0030 GMT March 28)

Valery Bykovsky, 1934-2019

: Selected with the Soviet Union's first group of cosmonauts, Valery Bykovsky became the fifth Russian to fly into space in 1963, on the first of his three missions. He died Wednesday (March 27) at the age of 84. Bykovsky set the still-standing record for the longest solo spaceflight on Vostok 5, a mission flown jointly with the first woman in space. He later led two Soyuz flights after training for a possible circumlunar mission.

March 26, 2019

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

To the moon within 5 years

: Vice President Mike Pence, addressing the National Space Council on Tuesday (March 26), set the goal of returning astronauts to the moon's surface within the next five years. The landing, which Pence called America's "next giant leap," will be targeted at the moon's south pole and will accomplished using NASA's Space Launch System or "by any means necessary."

March 26, 2019

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

LM-9 lands

: NASA's Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex has lowered Lunar Module 9 (LM-9) from its overhead display as part of a reimagining of the Apollo/Saturn V Center. A remnant of a replanned Apollo mission, LM-9 was relocated to the ground as other changes to the center were underway for the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11.

March 25, 2019

/ 10:25 a.m. CT (1525 GMT)

'S.S. Roger Chaffee'

: Northrop Grumman is preparing to launch its 11th cargo ship to the International Space Station in April, and as a part of that has christened the resupply craft. The company has named the NG-11 Cygnus capsule the S.S. Roger Chaffee in memory of the Apollo 1 astronaut. Chaffee made the ultimate sacrifice in pursuit of NASA's efforts toward the first moon landing 50 years ago.

March 21, 2019

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

First Moon Landing stamps

: Photos taken on and of the moon will be featured on a pair of United States postage stamps celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first lunar landing mission. The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) on Wednesday (March 20) revealed the two designs, including one that uses an iconic Apollo 11 image and a second that focused on the location of Tranquility Base on the moon.

March 20, 2019

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

Moon Landing lighter

: Zippo's Collectible of the Year for 2019 is a tribute to the Apollo 11 moon landing's 50th anniversary. The limited edition lighter features a tactile lunar surface, a color Earth and a laser-engraved image of an Apollo astronaut. The Moon Landing lighter is the latest of 50 years of Zippos that celebrate the Apollo 11 mission.

[ browse earlier updates ]

  collectSPACE RSS

© 2019
Upcoming space events:

Auction [4/11-18]
Space and Aviation Memorabilia
RR Auction

                      arrow more events

Newly Added Sightings:
[05/04]  Don Thomas
[07/26]  Mike Collins
Joe Engle
Charlie Precourt
[05/19]  Thomas Stafford

                  arrow more sightings

                  arrow advertisements