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August 17, 2018

/ 5:00 a.m. CT (1000 GMT)

Space Heroes

: A new Kickstarter campaign, if successful, will enable backers to launch a new space race. Now seeking crowdfunding, "Space Heroes: Journey Into Space" blends the past, present and future of spaceflight in a trading card game. Players pick cards to launch missions in a race to earn points, while they also learn about historic spacecraft, payloads and space exploration milestones.

August 14, 2018

/ 9:00 a.m. CT (1400 GMT)

Apollo 11 Robbins redux

: The original dies used to strike medallions flown on the Apollo 11 first moon landing have been used to mint new medallions to commemorate the historic mission's 50th anniversary. The newly-struck anniversary-edition Apollo 11 Robbins medallions are being announced Tuesday (Aug. 14) at the World's Fair of Money in Philadelphia, ahead of their public sale in September.

August 13, 2018

/ 12:25 a.m. CT (0525 GMT)

Cosmonaut candidates

: Russia has named the members of its 17th class of cosmonauts after a year and a half recruitment. The eight men include military pilots, an airline pilot, an economist, aircraft and spacecraft engineers and the younger brother of a cosmonaut now on board the International Space Station. The candidates must still pass two years of training before being eligible for spaceflights.

August 12, 2018

/ 3:20 a.m. CT (0820 GMT)

Touch the Sun

: NASA's Parker Solar Probe is now on a three-month cruise to the Sun by way of a flyby of the planet Venus. Launched on Sunday (Aug. 12), the 7-year mission will study the solar wind, flying closer to the Sun than any spacecraft has before and will become the fastest human-made object in history. The Parker Solar Probe also is first NASA spacecraft to be named for a living person.

August 7, 2018

/ 3:05 p.m. CT (2005 GMT)

Gold medals for 'Hidden Figures'

: NASA's real "Hidden Figures" have been put forward for the highest honor bestowed by Congress. Legislation introduced in the Senate seeks to honor Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson and Christine Darden with the Congressional Gold Medal for their service to NASA during the early years of U.S. human spaceflight. If the act passes, the four will be NASA's first women to receive the prestigious award.

August 3, 2018

/ 11:50 a.m. CT (1650 GMT)

Commercial crewed

: NASA on Friday (Aug. 3) announced the nine men and women who will be the first to fly on new U.S. commercial spacecraft built and operated by Boeing and SpaceX. Robert Behnken, Doug Hurley, Eric Boe, Nicole Mann and former astronaut Chris Ferguson will crew the first test flights of the Starliner and Dragon, slated to launch to the space station in 2019. Suni Williams, Victor Glover, Josh Cassada and Mike Hopkins will then fly on the first NASA-contracted missions of the two spacecraft.

August 2, 2018

/ 6:00 a.m. CT (1100 GMT)

From Crip to commercial crew

: It has been 40 years since NASA last assigned a crew to test fly a U.S. spacecraft. Now as the agency prepares to announce its next selections, the space shuttle's first pilot, Bob Crippen recalls his experience and shares the advice he would offer to the astronauts who will test fly Boeing's CST-100 Starliner and SpaceX's Dragon commercial crew vehicles.

July 31, 2018

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

Gemini rendezvous

: On Saturday (July 28), the Gemini 6 spacecraft was reunited with its pilot at the Oklahoma museum that bears his name. Previously exhibited at the Oklahoma History Center, the capsule that achieved the first rendezvous between crewed spacecraft in 1965 is now on long-term display at the Stafford Air & Space Museum in Weatherford. Thomas Stafford welcomed his former ride to its new home after the move that was years in the making.

July 30, 2018

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

Spacesuit streetwear

: Heron Preston's new collection blends the astronaut aesthetic with streetwear to pay tribute to NASA's 60 years. The capsule, which includes hoodies, t-shirts and a silver denim jacket, features the space agency's former NASA "worm" logotype. Preston's line also incorporates a three-way backpack inspired by the portable life support system worn by spacewalking astronauts.

July 25, 2018

/ 1:45 p.m. CT (1845 GMT)

Apollo 11 loops

: The Apollo 11 mission flew to the moon, landed on the lunar surface and returned to Earth in 195 hours. In that same stretch of time, flight controllers' discussions amounted to 100 times that amount of audio. Now, almost 50 years later, those 19,000 hours of archived communication loops are publicly available for the first time thanks to NASA and the University of Texas at Dallas.

July 23, 2018

/ 6:00 a.m. CT (1100 GMT)

Orange is the new beagle

: Snoopy debuted a new NASA-inspired look at this year's San Diego Comic-Con, shedding the white Apollo spacesuit he wore over the past 50 years for a new orange Orion model. The switch came as a result of an expanded partnership between NASA and Peanuts Worldwide, which will have Snoopy, Charlie Brown and the gang helping NASA promote STEM education and the agency's deep space Orion spacecraft missions.

July 20, 2018

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

First moonwalker's memorabilia

: Six years after Neil Armstrong died, his personal items are being sold. Armstrong's family is working with Heritage Auctions of Dallas to sell more than 2,000 mementos and historical artifacts that belonged to the first moonwalker, including medals and flags that flew on Apollo 11. The first lots will debut for bids in early November, with more auctions to come next year.

July 20, 2018

/ 9:00 a.m. CT (1400 GMT)

'Apollo 11'

: NEON and CNN Films on Friday (July 20) announced "Apollo 11," a cinematic space event film from director Todd Douglas Miller ("Dinosaur 13"). The cinema-direct film promises to show audiences the first mission to land humans on the moon "like never before." A release date for "Apollo 11" has not yet been announced, but a 30-second teaser offers a glimpse at the new documentary.

July 20, 2018

/ 6:05 a.m. CT (1105 GMT)

One year from the moon

: On July 20, 1968 Tranquility Base was still tranquil. A year out from Apollo 11 making the first lunar landing, the parts needed for the mission were still in the process of coming together. On the 49th anniversary of humanity's giant leap, here is a look at what was happening to make Apollo 11 possible 50 years ago.

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