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October 16, 2018

/ 6:35 p.m. CT (2300 GMT)


First Man easter eggs

: On first watch, "First Man" is flush with space history details, from its accurate spacecraft sets to its use of flight transcripts for script cues. Take a closer look though, and you can find even more nods to NASA's past and Neil Armstrong's legacy. Director Damien Chazelle included cameos and other "easter eggs" in "First Man" that only space history enthusiasts might notice.


October 15, 2018

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




First Man mystery

: "First Man," now playing in theaters, contains a mystery that may only be able to be solved by a future astronaut or rover being sent to land on the moon. "There are times when the power of poetry prevails over the uncertainty of fact," says historian James Hansen, but on which side "First Man" falls is not yet clear. Warning: this article reveals a major detail (spoiler) from the movie.


October 12, 2018

/ 4:30 p.m. CT (2130 GMT)


Above and Beyond

: Rory Kennedy grew up in a household where astronauts were family friends and NASA's moonshot was a point of family pride. As President John F. Kennedy's niece, she had a connection to space history and it was because of that she wanted to make "Above and Beyond: NASA's Journey to Tomorrow," a documentary film that looks back at NASA's 60 years of achievements and in the process, identifies the next moonshot: to save Earth.


October 11, 2018

/ 4:25 p.m. CT (2125 GMT)




Apollo 11 coins

: The U.S. Mint has unveiled the design for the Apollo 11 50th Anniversary commemorative coins it will issue in 2019. A boot print on the lunar surface will be central to the curved coins' concave heads side and an iconic Apollo 11 photo will feature on the convex reverse (or tails side). The reveal, which took place at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC, coincided with the 50th anniversary of the launch of Apollo 7, the test flight that brought the U.S. a step closer to the moon landing.


October 11, 2018

/ 6:45 a.m. CT (1145 GMT)


Soyuz launch failure

: Aleksey Ovchinin and Nick Hague are safely back on Earth after an anomaly two minutes into their launch forced an emergency landing on Thursday (Oct 11). The Russian cosmonaut and U.S. astronaut had been bound for the International Space Station aboard Russia's Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft to join Expedition 57/58. Ovchinin and Hague experienced seven times the force of gravity during the ballistic re-entry, but were reported to be in good condition by the recovery team on the ground.


October 9, 2018

/ 1:00 p.m. CT (1800 GMT)


First Man, annotated

: Opening Friday (Oct. 12), Universal Pictures' "First Man" presents the story behind the first mission to land men on the moon, focusing on the experiences of Apollo 11 moonwalker Neil Armstrong. From the start, the filmmakers strove for accuracy, but there were scenes where they departed from real history. Screenwriter Josh Singer and Armstrong's biographer Jim Hansen have revealed what they got right — and wrong — in "First Man: The Annotated Screenplay," published by Titan Books.


October 9, 2018

/ 1:50 a.m. CT (0650 GMT)


Rick Searfoss, 1956-2018

: A U.S. astronaut who flew twice as pilot and then commanded his third and final space shuttle mission, Rick Searfoss died Sept. 29 at age 62. A member of NASA's 13th class of astronauts, Searfoss flew on shuttles Columbia and Atlantis, logging a total of 39 days in orbit on missions STS-58, STS-76 and STS-90. He later served as a test pilot for XCOR Aerospace.


October 5, 2018

/ 4:00 p.m. CT (2100 GMT)


Earthrise craters

: Two craters on the moon have now been given names in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 8 mission that flew the first astronauts to the moon in 1968. The International Astronomical Union named "Anders' Earthrise" and "8 Homeward" after an iconic photo of Earth above the lunar surface as captured by Bill Anders on Apollo 8. Both craters appear in the "Earthrise" photo.


October 4, 2018

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


'The Challenger'

: Thirty-two years after she was lost with his crew mates aboard NASA's space shuttle Challenger, Christa McAuliffe's story is under development as a new feature film. Argent Pictures' "The Challenger," to be directed by Martin Zandvliet ("Land of Mine"), will follow the journey of the fallen first teacher-in-space. Actress Michelle Williams ("Venom") has been cast as McAuliffe.


October 4, 2018

/ 8:20 a.m. CT (1320 GMT)


MS-08 lands

: Oleg Artemyev, Drew Feustel, and Ricky Arnold have returned home from a 195-day stay aboard the International Space Station. The three Soyuz MS-08 crew mates touched down in Kazakhstan Thursday (Oct. 4), concluding the space station's Expedition 56. Artemyev, Feustel and Arnold worked on science research, conducted spacewalks, played tennis, and continued NASA's "Year of Education on Station" during their six months on orbit.


October 1, 2018

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


NASA's maiden moonshot

: NASA officially opened its doors 60 years ago Monday (Oct. 1). Ten days later, the nascent space agency launched its first mission and moonshot. The Pioneer 1 probe, inherited from the Air Force and Army Ballistic Missile Agency, lifted off atop a modified Thor missile to fly by the moon, but fell far short of its goal.


September 28, 2018

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




Destination Moon

: The Apollo 11 command module "Columbia" has landed in Pittsburgh. The centerpiece of the Smithsonian's touring exhibition "Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission," the spacecraft is set to debut along with 20 other historic artifacts from the first moon landing at the Senator John Heinz History Center on Saturday (Sept. 28). The exhibit also features items displaying Pittsburgh's many contributions to Apollo, from steel to switches.


September 24, 2018

/ 2:00 a.m. CT (0700 GMT)


Personal space

: A new exhibit featuring the mementos carried by 11 astronauts into orbit is now open at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City. "Personal Space" showcases Scott Altman's pocket watch, the St. Christopher medal worn by Mike Good and the Snoopy doll flown by Mike Massimino, among an eclectic collection of objects representing the personal side of spaceflight.


September 21, 2018

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


On the shoulders of giants

: When is a pen more than a writing instrument? When it can help underwrite the next generation of space explorers and scientists. The exclusive Retro 51 "On the Shoulders of Giants" pen offered by the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation supports the non-profit organization's $3.2 million fundraising campaign.


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