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October 18, 2017

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

S.S. Gene Cernan

: Orbital ATK's next space station-bound cargo ship will lift off under the name of the last man on the moon. The OA-8 Cygnus commercial resupply spacecraft is christened the "S.S. Gene Cernan," honoring the Apollo 17 astronaut who died in January at age 82. The S.S. Gene Cernan is targeted for launch in November.

October 18, 2017

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

LEGO 'Women of NASA'

: LEGO will launch its new "Women of NASA" minifigures set for sale on Nov. 1. The fan-designed set honors four trailblazing women, including "Mother of Hubble" Nancy Grace Roman; first American woman astronaut in space, Sally Ride; Margaret Hamilton, Apollo software coder; and Mae Jemison, the first woman of color in space. The "Women of NASA" set also includes settings and spacecraft builds to go with the minifigures.

October 12, 2017

/ 4:35 p.m. CT (2135 GMT)

Destination Moon

: The Apollo 11 command module, Columbia, is poised and in place for its public premiere Saturday (Oct. 14), as the centerpiece of the new Smithsonian traveling exhibition, "Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission." Space Center Houston, the first of four museums to host the exhibit over the next two years, is also the only place where visitors can now see the Apollo capsules from the first and last (to date) moon landing missions.

October 11, 2017

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

Starry Knights

: When the UCF Knights take to the field on Saturday (Oct. 14), the Central Florida university football team will sport new uniforms celebrating the school's support for the U.S. space program. The "Space Game" wear will feature a mission patch and helmets adorned with Hubble Space Telescope imagery. The team uniforms also include a nod to NASA's historic Saturn V moon rocket.

October 9, 2017

/ 10:30 a.m. CT (1530 GMT)

Return to Houston

: Almost 50 years since it was last in Houston, the Apollo 11 command module Columbia will debut on public display at Space Center Houston, as the first stop of the Smithsonian's "Destination Moon: Apollo 11 Mission" traveling exhibit, on Saturday (Oct. 14). On its prior visit to Houston, Columbia was hidden from view.

October 6, 2017

/ 10:30 p.m. CT (0330 GMT Oct 7)

Coat of arms

: Sworn in on Monday (Oct. 2), Julie Payette is now the Governor General of Canada, the Queen's representative and the commander in chief of the Canadian Armed Forces. With her inauguration, also came the reveal of Payette's coat of arms, a design full of symbolism including nods to her being a former astronaut. A spacesuit helmet tops the art, representing Payette's shuttle missions to the International Space Station in 1999 and 2009.

October 5, 2017

/ 2:05 p.m. CT (1905 GMT)

Spacewalkers 'hand' it to Canadarm2

: The International Space Station's primary robotic arm had one of its hands replaced Thursday (Oct. 5), after 16 years of grappling vehicles and hardware. Two NASA astronauts, Randy Bresnik and Mark Vande Hei, removed the degraded hand, or latching end effector, from the Canadarm2 and installed a spare during a seven-hour spacewalk. The faulty LEE will be returned to Earth next year to be serviced for reuse.

October 3, 2017

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

'View from Above'

: Former NASA astronaut Terry Virts takes readers on a visual journey into space and back in "View from Above: An Astronaut Photographs the World," released by National Geographic on Tuesday (Oct. 3). The new book features the best 300 photos out of the more than 300,000 images taken by Virts during his 200 days off the planet. "I really wanted to capture what it is like to fly a space mission," Virts told collectSPACE in an interview.

September 27, 2017

/ 3:45 p.m. CT (2045 GMT)

Sputnik sale soars

: Sixty years after it was used to prepare for the launch of the world's first satellite, a Sputnik test model shot up to more than three-quarters of a million dollars on Wednesday (Sept. 27) at Bonhams' Air & Space sale in New York. The replica Sputnik sale preceded the 60th anniversary of the launch of the historic satellite by a week. The auction also included an Apollo intravehicular glove sized for Apollo 11 moonwalker Neil Armstrong.

September 26, 2017

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

Soyuz on UK tour

: Almost two years after it landed with British astronaut Tim Peake from a 185-day mission to the International Space Station and nearly a year after its acquisition by the Science Museum, London, the Soyuz TMA-19M is launching on a two-year, eight-stop tour of the United Kingdom. The spacecraft and its main parachute, as well as a related VR experience, will be seen by hundreds of thousands of visitors, including at a venue to be decided through a public competition.

September 18, 2017

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

'Turtles' on a post

: NASA's new astronauts are "The Turtles." The new nickname, which describes the 12 members of the 22nd U.S. astronaut class, as well as the two Canadian candidates training with them, was revealed by the director of the Johnson Space Center in Houston. A possible nod to a Mercury-era practical joke, the nickname plays off Hurricane Harvey and a joke about "post-turtles."

September 15, 2017

/ 7:05 a.m. CT (1205 GMT)

Cassini's end

: Twenty years after launching from Earth, NASA's Cassini spacecraft came to its end Friday (Sept. 15), breaking apart in Saturn's upper atmosphere. The dive, which protected the ringed planet's potentially life-supporting moons from contamination, concluded Cassini's 13 years orbiting Saturn, during which it captured 453,048 images and returned 635 gigabyte of data. Cassini's legacy includes finding icy plumes rising from the moon Enceladus and Earth-like weather, climate and geology on Titan.

September 14, 2017

/ 1:25 p.m. CT (1825 GMT)

Cassini's mark

: Telescopes on Earth will be pointed at Saturn on Friday (Sep. 15) on the chance they can capture the last moments of NASA's Cassini spacecraft as it plunges into the ringed planet and is destroyed. After two decades in space and 13 years circling Saturn, Cassini has reached its end. The mission leaves behind a rich scientific legacy, but looking back its 20-year history, Cassini's mark on pop culture may be as faint as its impact with Saturn.

September 12, 2017

/ 4:35 p.m. CT (2135 GMT)

Soyuz MS-06 launches

: Launching from the same pad where the Space Age saw its start 60 years ago, a Russian cosmonaut and two U.S. astronauts lifted off for the International Space Station on Tuesday (Sept. 12) aboard Russia's Soyuz MS-06 spacecraft. Alexander Misurkin, Joe Acaba and Mark Vande Hei will serve on the Expedition 53 and 54 crews during their five months in space together.

September 11, 2017

/ 8:00 a.m. CT (1300 GMT)

Sputnik on Soyuz

: Soyuz MS-06 will lift off on Tuesday (Sept. 12) from the same launch pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome where the world's first satellite departed Earth 60 years ago (less 22 days). To mark the anniversary, the Soyuz FG rocket that will loft the space station-bound spacecraft is adorned with a "First In Space" logo, while the crew, Alexander Misurkin, Mark Vande Hei and Joe Acaba, will use a mini model of Sputnik as their zero-g indicator.

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