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September 28, 2016

/ 8:15 p.m. CT (0115 GMT Sep 29)


Starliner simulators

: Building 5 at Johnson Space Center housed the simulators used to train Gemini, Apollo, and shuttle crews. Now, Boeing has installed its first Starliner trainers in the historic facility. The simulators are able to replicate the controls of the commercial crew spacecraft using advanced, configurable touch-screen displays.


September 27, 2016

/ 11:00 p.m. CT (0400 GMT Sep 28)


Making Mars seem possible

: SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has revealed his plans for how to colonize Mars. On Tuesday (Sept. 27), Musk unveiled the Interplanetary Transport System (ITS), a four-part architecture designed to fly 100 people (per spaceship) to the Red Planet beginning as soon as 2025. The ITS would be larger and more powerful than the Saturn V, lifting off atop 42 Raptor rocket engines.


September 26, 2016

/ 3:35 p.m. CT (2035 GMT)


Xtronaut

: In Xtronaut, players compete to fly planetary science missions, such as sending a sample return probe to the asteroid Bennu. If that sounds like NASA's recently-launched OSIRIS-REx, there's good reason: the board game's designer is also the mission's principal investigator. Dante Lauretta developed Xtronaut to engage and educate the public, kids and adults, in solar system exploration.


September 24, 2016

/ 4:10 p.m. CT (2110 GMT)


Astronauts in NMAAHC

: Mae Jemison and Charles Bolden are represented by artifacts in the National Museum of African American History and Culture, which opened its doors on Saturday (Sep. 24). The first black female astronaut and the first African American to be confirmed as NASA Administrator, respectively, both have items included in the inaugural collection of the Smithsonian museum.


September 23, 2016

/ 3:25 p.m. CT (2025 GMT)


Apollo 1 Memorial Act

: U.S. lawmakers are calling for a new monument to be erected at Arlington National Cemetery to recognize the astronauts who tragically died in a fire on the launch pad 50 years ago this January. Texas Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson on Thursday (Sep 22) introduced the Apollo 1 Memorial Act to honor the crew, Virgil "Gus" Grissom, Edward White and Roger Chaffee.


September 20, 2016

/ 10:50 p.m. CT (0350 GMT Sep 21)


Jack Garman (1944-2016)

: NASA engineer Jack Garman was working in a back room of Mission Control when an alarm threatened to abort the first moon landing. Garman though, was able to identify the warning and give the okay for the flight controllers and Apollo 11 astronauts to go forward with the mission. Garman, who later worked on the software for the space shuttle, died on Tuesday (Sept. 20).


September 19, 2016

/ 3:30 p.m. CT (2030 GMT)


STS-1, STS-2 at T+35 years

: The Astronaut Scholarship Foundation hosted a celebration in Houston on Saturday (Sep. 17) to mark 35 years since the first two space shuttle flights. STS-1 pilot Bob Crippen reunited with STS-2 crew mates Joe Engle and Dick Truly to discuss the historic missions, together with their ascent capcom, astronaut Dan Brandenstein. The gala event, which was attended by more than 200 people, was held at Space Center Houston.


September 16, 2016

/ 3:35 p.m. CT (2035 GMT)


'Courage' for cancer patients

: Kate Rubins donned a very special flight suit on board the International Space Station on Friday (Sept. 16). Named "COURAGE," the flight suit was hand painted by the pediatric cancer patients recovering at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. The colorful garment, created as part of The Space Suit Art Project, is intended to raise awareness about childhood cancer and the benefits of art therapy.


September 15, 2016

/ 9:20 a.m. CT (1420 GMT)


Second space lab

: A Long March 2F rocket lifted off from China Thursday (Sept. 15) with Tiangong-2, the country's second space lab. The orbital platform, which is designed to be operational for two years, will support a two-person crew for 30 days. The first taikonauts are scheduled to launch to Tiangong-2 on board Shenzhou 11 in October. Among the space lab's experiments are fluid dynamics and plant growth studies, as well as a gamma-ray detector.


September 13, 2016

/ 1:30 a.m. CT (0630 GMT)


'Endurance,' the movie

: "Endurance," Scott Kelly's memoirs about his 340 days in space, may still be more than one year from release but that didn't stop Sony Pictures on Monday (Sept. 12) from acquiring the film rights. The book, which is being co-written by Margaret Lazarus Dean, will be published in November 2017. Scott and his identical twin brother Mark, also a former NASA astronaut, will serve as co-executive producers on the Sony Pictures' movie.


September 11, 2016

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


Hidden Figures

: Before the term "computer" came to refer to a digital device, it was a title given to mathematicians. The role of African-American female computers who worked for NACA and then NASA is the focus of Margot Lee Shetterly's new book, "Hidden Figures," soon to be the basis for a 20th Century Fox movie. collectSPACE recently spoke with Shetterly about revealing this untold history.


September 8, 2016

/ 9:00 p.m. CT (0200 GMT Sept. 9)




To Bennu and back

: The first U.S. asteroid sample mission launched Thursday (Sept. 8) atop an Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, starting a seven-year journey to and from a target 140 million miles from the Earth. The OSIRIS-REx, or Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security – Regolith Explorer, is now on its way to study and return soil and dust (regolith) from the asteroid Bennu. The probe will arrive in 2018, collect samples in 2020 and return to Earth in 2023.


September 8, 2016

/ 7:15 a.m. CT (1215 GMT)


50 years of "Star Trek" and NASA

: On this day 50 years ago (Sept. 8, 1966), "Star Trek" aired its first episode on television, launching the voyage(s) of the Starship Enterprise and a half century of crossovers between factual and fictional space history. From NASA images showing up in early episodes to astronauts donning Starfleet uniforms, "Star Trek" and NASA have shared the "final frontier."


September 6, 2016

/ 9:25 p.m. CT (0225 GMT Sept. 7)


Soyuz TMA-20M lands

: Jeff Williams, Oleg Skripochka and Alexey Ovchinin are back on Earth, having landed Tuesday (Sept. 6) after 172 days on the International Space Station. The three crewmates, who touched down on board Russia's Soyuz TMA-20M spacecraft, served on the Expedition 47 and 48 crews. Williams has now logged 534 days in space, more than any other American in history.


September 6, 2016

/ 1:45 a.m. CT (0645 GMT)


Duane 'Doc' Graveline (1931-2016)

: One of NASA's first six scientist-astronauts selected in June 1965, Duane 'Doc' Graveline died on Monday (Sept. 5) at age 85. Though his time as an astronaut was short, he resigned after two months for "personal reasons," Graveline's research as a flight surgeon advanced the study of countermeasures to zero-g deconditioning. Graveline also served as one of the medical monitors for the Mercury and Gemini missions.


September 5, 2016

/ 10:00 a.m. CT (1500 GMT)


Adventure's end

: Adventure, a mockup of a space shuttle nose section, will reach its end of "mission" this week. After almost 25 years on display at Space Center Houston, the full-size walk-through orbiter crew cabin is being removed to make space for an exhibit devoted to the future of Mars exploration. Some of Adventure's detailed parts will enhance the full-body space shuttle Independence mockup that is on outdoor exhibit at Space Center Houston.


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