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June 18, 2013 / 9:25 a.m. CT (1425 GMT)|
Astronaut 'I scream': NASA's 2013 class of astronaut candidates, or "ascans" for short, were all very excited to be selected from the more than 6,000 applications received to be the space agency's 21st group of astronaut trainees. At least one of the eight new ascans admitted to letting out a scream at the news, as did her mom. Beyond their being chosen though, the candidates said they were excited by the opportunity to contribute to exploration.
June 17, 2013 / 1:30 p.m. CT (1830 GMT)
NASA's 2013 astronaut class: After a year and a half search, NASA has a new group of astronaut candidates (ascans) who will help the space agency "push the boundaries of exploration and travel to new destinations in the solar system." Eight candidates have been selected to be NASA's 2013 astronaut class, the 21st group chosen in the agency's human spaceflight program history.
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June 17, 2013 / 9:55 a.m. CT (1455 GMT)
Gagarin's cause of death clarified: Alexei Leonov, the first man to walk in space, has gone public with new details surrounding the MiG-15 jet crash that took Yuri Gagarin's life in March 1968. Long clouded by rumors and theories, the first man in space and Vladimir Seryogin, his flight instructor, were killed when an unauthorized Su-15 jet went supersonic too close to them, sending their jet into a tailspin, which ended in their crashing outside a small town near Moscow. Leonov, whose own theory was bolstered by the newly declassified documents, disclosed the details in an interview with the television network Russia Today.
June 15, 2013 / 1:25 a.m. CT (0625 GMT)
LEGO to roll out Mars rover: A fan-created model of the Mars rover Curiosity will be the next product in LEGO's CUUSOO line of toy building brick sets. Ten months after getting 10,000 votes on LEGO's CUUSOO website, mechanical engineer Stephen Pakbaz's version of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory was chosen by LEGO for release to "'inspire and develop the builders of tomorrow,' including those who will build our future in outer space."
June 14, 2013 / 3:00 p.m. CT (2000 GMT)
Tereshkova's hidden mission patch: Fifty years ago on Sunday (June 16), cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova launched on Vostok 6 and became the world's first woman to fly in space. Climbing aboard her capsule, photos showed Tereshkova wearing a bright orange spacesuit with no other markings than the "CCCP" (USSR) printed on her white helmet. But underneath her pressure garment, sewn to her thermal suit, was a large emblem — the world's first mission patch for a
manned crewed spaceflight. Only three of the original patches were created and the emblem was never produced as a commemorative souvenir, until now.
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June 13, 2013 / 11:25 a.m. CT (1625 GMT)
Space tourists' passport: Planning to visit a NASA center or two this summer? Maybe see a retired space shuttle on display? Don't forget your passport. Newly introduced, the "Passport to Explore Space" now offered by the 14 official NASA visitor centers and orbiter museum homes invites guests to collect commemorative stamps at each location they visit, qualifying them for discounts.
June 11, 2013 / 3:30 p.m. CT (2030 GMT) – UPDATED
Off and running no more: Progress M-19M on Tuesday undocked from the International Space Station packed with refuse no longer needed aboard the orbiting outpost. Headed for a destructive return into the atmosphere, the unmanned cargo craft's discarded contents include the
space station's original treadmill, as used by 34 expedition crews for more than 12 years. Referred to as the Treadmill Vibration Isolation System, or TVIS, the exercise machine was replaced by a Russian-built unit and a treadmill named after American television comedian Stephen Colbert.
UPDATE: ISS's first treadmill hasn't yet run its course.
June 11, 2013 / 4:45 a.m. CT (0945 GMT)
China launches Shenzhou 10: China's fifth manned spaceflight, Shenzhou 10, launched on Tuesday with a three-person crew for the prototype Tiangong-1 space module. The 15 day mission, commanded by Nie Haisheng, who previously flew on Shenzhou 6, with Zhang Xiaoguang and Wang Yaping, the latter China's second woman to fly in space, will test rendezvous and docking methods, take part in medical and technical tests, and deliver lessons to Chinese students about the physics of microgravity.
June 7, 2013 / 1:25 p.m. CT (1825 GMT)
Atlantis enters final countdown: There are just 22 days remaining before the opening of the new $100 million home for space shuttle Atlantis on June 29. The newest and largest project ever undertaken by NASA's Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, the five-story exhibit offers the unique view of a shuttle in flight, as well as 60 displays related to the 30-year program and its accomplishments in space. On Friday, collectSPACE got a first look at Atlantis with its payload bay is open, ready for its public display.
June 6, 2013 / 12:00 a.m. CT (0500 GMT)
Build NASA's future: NASA and the LEGO Group are working together to inspire a new generation of aerospace engineers through a new design competition. The contest spurs teenage and older LEGO fans to use the toy bricks in building models of future air- and spacecraft. The "NASA's Missions: Imagine and Build" competition opened Wednesday with an entry deadline of July 31. Winners will be selected by a panel of NASA and LEGO officials.
June 5, 2013 / 5:00 p.m. CT (2200 GMT)
E(instein)=ATV4: In a demonstration of how energy can equal accelerating mass, ESA's Automated Transfer Vehicle-4 (ATV-4) lifted off Wednesday on an Ariane 5 rocket for the International Space Station. The cargo craft, named "Albert Einstein" for the famous scientist, launched with Europe's largest-ever dry load for the orbiting outpost, including a 3D printed toolbox, space food delicacies from Italy, and copies of Einstein's original paper explaining the foundation for the theory of relativity. ATV-4 will dock with the International Space Station after 10 days on June 15.
June 4, 2013 / 7:35 p.m. CT (0035 GMT June 5)
Switching Saturn Vs: "The Dream Rocket," an ambitious art project to wrap a rocket in a student-created quilt, has switched its target Saturn V. Since 2009, the educational effort has focused on covering the 363-foot replica that towers over Huntsville, Alabama, at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. Realizing that it may be difficult for anyone to see the art at the top, The Dream Rocket team has now proposed blanketing the real Saturn V that lies horizontally next to the vertical replica. The project has begun a crowd-funding campaign to launch the revised exhibit's design.
June 3, 2013 / 2:35 a.m. CT (0735 GMT)
"One small step 'frrr(uh)' man": When Neil Armstrong took his first step onto the moon, he intended and may have indeed said "one small step for a man..." – but many listeners believed he left out the "a." Now, a team of speech scientists and psychologists who've studied how speakers from Armstrong's native central Ohio pronounce "for" and "for a" have suggested that it is entirely possible Armstrong spoke correctly, though people are statistically more likely to have heard "for man" due to his accent.
May 31, 2013 / 12:30 p.m. CT (1730 GMT)
Space shuttle home gets a pickup: Toyota on Friday donated the $401,300 it raised for the California Science Center's exhibit of the retired space shuttle Endeavour, just as the company's Tundra pickup truck used to tow the orbiter last October was raised for the first time by the science center's "Giant Lever" exhibit. Garrett Reisman, a former NASA astronaut who rode inside the Tundra during its Endeavour tow, was the first to demonstrate the power of leverage using the truck's new educational display.
May 29, 2013 / 12:00 p.m. CT (1700 GMT)
'Space Selfies' for space scope: Planetary Resources, the commercial asteroid mining company, launched a campaign Wednesday to raise $1 million for the world's first crowd-funded space telescope and on-orbit "photo booth." Announced at The Museum in Flight in Seattle, the company's Kickstarter campaign offers supporters "Space Selfie" photos of images sent up to space and the chance to give students, researchers and the public time pointing the Arkyd scope at astronomical targets of their choice.
May 28, 2013 / 9:55 p.m. CT (0255 GMT May 29)
Soyuz TMA-09M launches, docks: Fyodor Yurchikhin of Roscosmos, Karen Nyberg of NASA and Luca Parmitano of the European Space Agency arrived Tuesday night at the International Space Station (ISS), less than six hours after their launch aboard Soyuz TMA-09M from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. As members of the 36th and 37th expedition crews, the trio, over the next five months, will oversee the arrival of four cargo craft, as well as perform as many as six spacewalks and numerous science experiments. The 35th Soyuz to fly to the station, TMA-09M was only the second to follow the expedited four orbit rendezvous for a same-day launch and docking.
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