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April 2, 2020

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


Return of the worm

: SpaceX's first Falcon 9 rocket to launch with astronauts will fly with a symbol from NASA's past. The booster's first stage will lift off emblazoned with the 'worm,' NASA's long-retired, but retro-cool logotype. NASA said the worm's use was chosen to "help capture the excitement of a new, modern era of human spaceflight."


March 25, 2020

/ 6:00 p.m. CT (2300 GMT)


Eagle v. Erie

: Though New York may not be the first state to come to mind when thinking about the moon landings, it was in Bethpage that Grumman built and designed the Apollo lunar module. That heritage was one of three themes reviewed by Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee for New York's 2021 American Innovation dollar coin. In the end, it was the Erie Canal, not the "Eagle," that landed.


March 18, 2020

/ 2:25 p.m. CT (1925 GMT)




Alfred Worden (1932-2020)

: One of only 24 people to fly to the moon, Alfred "Al" Worden has died at age 88. As the command module pilot on Apollo 15, Worden orbited the moon while his crewmates, David Scott and James Irwin, explored the lunar surface. He was the first astronaut to perform a spacewalk outside of low Earth orbit and set a record as "the most isolated that any human has been from another person" during his days circling the moon alone.


March 12, 2020

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




'X' marks the spot

: Visitors to Space Center Houston can now stroll under a twice-landed Falcon 9 rocket stage following a pathway in the shape of the 'X' in SpaceX's logo. Raised 14 feet above the ground, the booster shows the scorch and sot marks from its two launches to resupply the International Space Station in 2017. The Falcon 9 first stage is displayed intact, with its four landing legs, four grid fins and nine aft-mounted Merlin 1D rocket engines.


March 5, 2020

/ 5:15 p.m. CT (2315 GMT)


Perseverance

: NASA's next Mars rover now has a new name: Perseverance. Chosen out of 28,000 contest entries, NASA selected the name entered by seventh grade student Alex Mather to represent the six-wheeled science platform targeted to land on Mars in February 2021. Mather proposed Perseverance to complement the names of prior Mars rovers, including Spirit, Opportunity and Curiosity.


March 27, 2020

/ 5:05 p.m. CT (2205 GMT)


Dragon 'XL'

: NASA has awarded SpaceX a multi-billion-dollar contract to deliver supplies to the agency's planned lunar orbit Gateway. Adapting and expanding the spacecraft used to supply the International Space Station, the "Dragon XL" will launch on SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rockets and be capable of delivering 5 metric tons to the moon.


March 23, 2020

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


Sally Ride's notes

: The public can now help the National Air and Space Museum expand access to Sally Ride's handwritten astronaut training notebooks and papers. The museum has uploaded the scanned documents to the Smithsonian Transcription Center website for volunteers to retype and review. The project also extends to transcribing the notes Ride took while serving on NASA commissions.


March 17, 2020

/ 3:00 p.m. CT (2000 GMT)


'Spacewalker' satellites

: OneWeb is paying tribute to the world's first spacewalk 55 years ago. The company dedicated its next launch of broadband satellites to the late cosmonaut Alexei Leonov, who made history performing the first extravehicular activity on March 18, 1965. OneWeb designed the mission patch for the launch to depict Leonov on his spacewalk outside of the Voskhod 2 spacecraft.


March 16, 2020

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


COVID-19 closures

: As a health precaution, many of the NASA visitor centers and space history museums located across the U.S. are now temporarily closed, supporting the effort to contain the spread of the coronavirus. The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex closed on Monday (March 16), following closures by the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum and by Space Center Houston over the weekend. The COVID-19 safety precautions have also postponed Apollo 13 50th anniversary celebrations.


March 13, 2020

/ 7:00 a.m. CT (1200 GMT)


Apollo 13 in Real Time

: Despite their flight's designation and liftoff at 13:13 p.m. CDT, the Apollo 13 crew did not pay much attention to triskaidekaphobia. So when picking a date to launch Apollo 13 in Real Time, Ben Feist did not have a problem with Friday, March 13 (Friday the 13th). "The crew of Apollo 13 were not superstitious, and neither are we," he said. The website presents never-before-heard mission control audio synced with Apollo 13 multimedia.


March 9, 2020

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


Space for rent

: The Cosmosphere, home to the Apollo 13 command module, is launching a space artifact rental service with an exhibit timed to the Apollo 13 50th anniversary. The museum's SpaceWorks built the "Apollo 13: A Mission of Survival" traveling exhibit to feature an 8-foot-tall photo op with the Odyssey spacecraft and both real and replica displays pulling from the Cosmosphere's collection.


March 6, 2020

/ 11:05 p.m. CT (0505 GMT March 7)


Last of the first Dragons

: A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched late Friday night (March 6) with the last, first-generation Dragon capsule to deliver cargo to and from the International Space Station. The mission marked the 20th and final flight under SpaceX's CRS (Commercial Resupply Services) 1 contract with NASA. A new contract will use the cargo-configured version of SpaceX's Crew Dragon.


 
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