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April 16, 2015 / 3:00 a.m. CT (0800 GMT)
Made In Space sale: Made In Space Inc., a company that focuses on 3D printing objects in space, announced Thursday (April 16) it is now selling its plastic feedstock for use with 3D printers on Earth. Made In Space's initial "terrestrial offerings" include "AstroABS," the same type of filament used onboard the International Space Station, and AstroABS Canister, designed for the zero-g 3D printer.

April 15, 2015 / 3:20 p.m. CT (2020 GMT)
A statue for Sally: California's State Senate voted on Monday (April 13) to erect a statue in honor of the late Sally Ride, the first U.S. woman in space, replacing a monument to a controversial missionary in National Statuary Hall. If approved by the state's assembly and governor, the statue for Ride would succeed the one for Father Junipero Serra, a Spanish priest, installed in the Capitol in 1931.

April 14, 2015 / 3:20 p.m. CT (2020 GMT)
Cargo and coffee: SpaceX's CRS-6 Dragon capsule launched for the International Space Station on Tuesday (April 14), carrying 4,300 pounds of cargo and research for the orbital laboratory's crew. Packed along with the live mice, artificial muscle material and asteroid-mining minisat on the Dragon was "ISSpresso," a commercially-developed espresso machine that will broaden astronaut hot beverage choices while adding to the study of fluid dynamics.

April 13, 2015 / 7:45 p.m. CT (0045 GMT April 14)
Behold the powerful Vulcan rocket: United Launch Alliance (ULA) on Monday (April 13) revealed Vulcan, its new launch vehicle that will replace the Atlas and Delta rockets. The Vulcan features Blue Origin BE-4 engines, a new upper stage (replacing Centaur) and a reuse approach that involves the mid-air capture of the first stage engines. ULA plans its medium-class Vulcan to first fly in 2019 with the heavy-lift configuration (and engine reuse) in 2024.

April 10, 2015 / 1:30 p.m. CT (1830 GMT)


Houston, we have... minifigs: Minifigs.me, a UK-based LEGO minifigure customizer, is celebrating the 45th anniversary of Apollo 13 in a big way: with minifigs! Now available are collectible figs modeled after the real Apollo 13 crew — Jim Lovell, Fred Haise and Jack Swigert — and flight director Gene Kranz. Designed with help from space enthusiast Chris Spain, the Apollo 13 LEGO minifigs come with detailed suits, flight plans and even a LiOH canister.

April 10, 2015 / 7:15 a.m. CT (1215 GMT)
Mission Moon: Chicago's Adler Planetarium on Saturday (April 11) will open to the public "Mission Moon," an interactive exhibit based on the life and spaceflights of astronaut Jim Lovell. Coinciding with the anniversary of his most famous launch on Apollo 13, Mission Moon displays many of Lovell's personal artifacts, as well as features the Gemini 12 spacecraft he flew aboard almost 50 years ago.

April 6, 2015 / 12:00 a.m. CT (0500 GMT)
Animated Apollo: Seeking a brief project to teach himself how to use rendering software, animator Neil Smith brought motion to some of NASA's most iconic mission patches. His resulting video of animated Apollo emblems offers a new take on the historic moon program insignias. From Apollo 1 through Apollo 17, the once-static patch art takes shape in Smith's impressive three-minute clip.

April 3, 2015 / 5:35 p.m. CT (2235 GMT)
LEGO station soars: More than a year after it was first posted to LEGO Ideas, Christoph Ruge's brick-built version of the International Space Station "Achieved Support," receiving its 10,000th vote on Friday (April 3). The toy model is just the fourth fan-created project based on a real spacecraft to qualify for LEGO's production review.

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April 3, 2015 / 12:25 a.m. CT (0525 GMT)
ShareSpace launch: They've flown together and celebrated together; now astronaut Buzz Aldrin and actor John Travolta will re-launch the moonwalker's nonprofit while marking 46 years since Apollo 11. Travolta will serve as host for a gala at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida benefiting Aldrin's ShareSpace Foundation and its initiative to raise science literacy and children's passion for science, technology, engineering, artistry and math (STEAM).

March 30, 2015 / 3:15 a.m. CT (0815 GMT)
SpaceShipOne lands: The National Air and Space Museum lowered SpaceShipOne, the first privately-built crewed spaceplane, to the ground on Friday (March 27), after almost 10 years in 'Flight.' The spacecraft landed next to Lindbergh's Spirit of St. Louis as part of the renovations to the Boeing Milestones of Flight Gallery, to be completed by next year. When SpaceShipOne rises again, it will be in a new overhead location and different flight configuration.

March 27, 2015 / 2:55 p.m. CT (1955 GMT)
342 days off the planet: The next time that Scott Kelly and Mikhail Kornienko step foot on Earth, the calendar will read March 2016. The astronaut and cosmonaut launched with cosmonaut Gennady Padalka aboard Soyuz TMA-16M to begin a historic first year-long mission on the International Space Station. Padalka will return to Earth in six months, but first he will set a new record for cumulative days in space, logging just under 900 days on five flights.

March 25, 2015 / 6:40 p.m. CT (2340 GMT)
To boulder go: NASA's planned mission to redirect an asteroid into orbit about the moon will go with "Option B" and retrieve a boulder off of an asteroid rather than bag a complete space rock. The decision will give NASA the opportunity to use the Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM) to demonstrate deflecting an asteroid, as well as test out new capabilities needed to send astronauts deeper in space.

March 24, 2015 / 3:45 p.m. CT (2045 GMT)
Scott Kelly's many mission patches: From his name tags found among rocket debris to the record number of flight insignia adorned with his name, the story behind Scott Kelly's many space mission patches is as dramatic as they are prolific. Set to launch Friday (March 27) to the International Space Station, Kelly together with cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko will spend a year in orbit collecting data to support even longer expeditions into deep space.

March 23, 2015 / 12:00 a.m. CT (0500 GMT)


Gemini 3 at 50: Fifty years ago on Monday (March 23), NASA launched its first two-man crew on the maiden manned mission of the Gemini program. Gemini 3 commander Virgil "Gus" Grissom and pilot John Young orbited the Earth three times, during which they performed the first orbital maneuver by a crewed spacecraft. The two also set another, less important but perhaps better recognized first, smuggling the first corned beef sandwich into space.

March 19, 2015 / 6:50 p.m. CT (2350 GMT)
14 seconds 45 years ago: Omega's "Apollo 13 Silver Snoopy Award" Speedmaster asks the question on its dial, "What could you do in 14 seconds?" The question is a nod to the 14-second mid-course correction that Apollo 13 astronaut Jack Swigert timed using his Speedmaster 45 years ago. Omega earned a NASA Silver Snoopy award as a result of that event, which the new watch also celebrates with the inclusion of Snoopy on its face and caseback.

March 18, 2015 / 12:00 a.m. CT (0500 GMT)


First spacewalk at 50: Alexei Leonov took a short (space) walk into history 50 years ago Wednesday (March 18), as he performed the world's first-ever extra-vehicular activity. The 12-minute EVA established that "leaving the spacecraft into outer space is quite possible and no longer mysterious to a man," as Leonov wrote in his official report for the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI).

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