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December 8, 2021

/ 1:50 a.m. CT (0750 GMT)

Soyuz MS-20 lifts off:

For the first time, two self-funded spaceflight participants launched together for a short stay on the International Space Station. Billionaire Yusaku Maezawa and his assistant Yozo Hirano, together with cosmonaut Alexander Misurkin, lifted off on Russia's Soyuz MS-20 spacecraft on Wednesday (Dec. 8) Maezawa paid for the mission as an introduction to spaceflight prior to him flying to the moon on a SpaceX Starship targeted for 2023.

December 5, 2021

/ 9:00 a.m. CT (1500 GMT)

Return to space:

Once just a mere washer among the myriad of parts that made up the first U.S. spacecraft to fly an astronaut into space, it then became a treasured keepsake suspended from a gold pendant worn by the astronaut's daughter. Now, 60 years after flying as a small piece of Alan Shepard's Freedom 7 capsule, the washer is returning to space with other memorabilia packed by Laura Shepard Churchley for her upcoming flight on Blue Origin.

November 26, 2021

/ 9:30 a.m. CT (1530 GMT)

Prichal docks, adds ports:

Russia's Prichal nodal module arrived Friday (Nov. 26) at the International Space Station, where it docked to the Nauka multipurpose laboratory (MLM). The node adds five more ports to be used by Soyuz and Progress spacecraft, as well as new modules. Prichal came to the station with the Progress M-UM cargo vehicle, which was launched from Baikonur on Wednesday.

November 24, 2021

/ 1:20 a.m. CT (0720 GMT)

Collision course:

SpaceX lobbed a DART in the direction of an asteroid on Wednesday (Nov. 24), in a planetary defense test for NASA. The Double Asteroid Redirection Test or DART will impact the moonlet of a small space rock in an attempt to nudge it off course. The target, Dimorphos, poses no risk of hitting Earth, but the mission will inform future capabilities to prevent an asteroid impact.

November 22, 2021

/ 12:00 a.m. CT (0600 GMT)

'The Infinite' to bring ISS to Houston:

The end product of the largest ever media project to be filmed in space, "The Infinite" is set to lift off in Houston on Dec. 20. In "The Infinite" up to 150 people at a time can explore a VR recreation of the International Space Station and discover immersive scenes shot in the same place on the outpost in Earth orbit. The Houston installation includes exclusive VR footage shot outside the station on a spacewalk. Tickets for "The Infinite," which begin at $29, are on sale now.

November 13, 2021

/ 5:45 p.m. CT (2345 GMT)

Astronaut Hall of Fame:

Three astronauts entered the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame on Saturday (Nov. 13) during a public ceremony hosted by the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida. Michael Lopez-Alegria, Pam Melroy and Scott Kelly became the 100th, 101st and 102nd astronauts to be enshrined since the hall's founding in 1990. The three were announced in January 2020, but the COVID-19 pandemic delayed their induction until now.

November 12, 2021

/ 5:00 a.m. CT (1100 GMT)

Snoopy (back) in Space:

Snoopy is Mars-bound and more in the second season of "Snoopy in Space," streaming on Apple TV+ beginning Friday (Nov. 12). After launching to the space station and exploring the moon in season one of the animated series, Snoopy, Woodstock and the entire Peanuts gang return to NASA in season two, this time to go out even further on "The Search for Life."

November 10, 2021

/ 8:15 p.m. CT (0215 GMT Nov 11)

Crew-3 launches:

Four astronauts lifted off for a six-month stay aboard the International Space Station Wednesday (Nov. 10), flying aboard SpaceX's third Crew Dragon to enter service. Raja Chari, Thomas Marshburn and Kayla Barron of NASA, along with Matthias Maurer of ESA, launched on "Endurance." Chari is NASA's first rookie to command a space mission in almost 50 years. Maurer has now become the 600th person to enter space. The Crew-3 astronauts will join the Expedition 66 crew on the station.

November 8, 2021

/ 9:55 p.m. CT (0355 GMT Nov 9)

Crew-2 splashes down:

The four members of SpaceX's Crew-2 have returned to Earth after spending 198 days on the International Space Station. Astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur of NASA, Aki Hoshide with JAXA and Thomas Pesquet of ESA splashed down on Monday (Nov. 8) in the Gulf of Mexico on the Crew Dragon Endeavour. The water landing occurred just 11 days before the capsule's 210-day on-orbit NASA certification rating.

December 6, 2021

/ 3:35 p.m. CT (2135 GMT)

Group 23:

NASA has chosen its 23rd class of astronaut candidates since the Mercury 7 were selected in 1959. The ten women and men, who will report for two years of training in January, were announced at a ceremony held at Ellington Field, near NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, on Monday (Dec. 6). The "ascans" are the first trainees recruited during the Artemis program, with its goal of establishing a sustainable presence on the moon.

December 2, 2021

/ 5:45 p.m. CT (2245 GMT)

'Gateway' to deep space:

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex has announced the March 2022 opening of "Gateway: The Deep Space Launch Complex." The new attraction will feature the exhibit of modern spacecraft and rockets (including a flown SpaceX Falcon booster), as well as immerse visitors in the future of spaceflight using a 4D "flying" theater providing a multi-destination experience.

November 26, 2021

/ 10:35 a.m. CT (1635 GMT) • Sponsored

Up above the world so high:

What twinkles like a diamond, is as precious as a diamond, but logs 75 million miles circling Earth 6,000 times? "Space Diamonds," the latest offering from The Space Collective, are diamonds that will be launched to and mounted on the exterior of the International Space Station for six months before returning to Earth. Together with the chance to send personal photos on the same launch, Space Diamonds can be ordered now.

November 23, 2021

/ 6:35 a.m. CT (1235 GMT)

Like father, like daughter:

Laura Shepard Churchley, the eldest daughter of the first American to fly into space, Alan Shepard, is set to follow in her father's footsteps aboard a rocket bearing his name. Blue Origin will launch Churchley, "Good Morning America" host Michael Strahan and four paying passengers on its next flight of the New Shepard scheduled for Dec. 9. The NS-19 mission is Blue Origin's third crewed flight and first with six full seats.

November 17, 2021

/ 1:00 a.m. CT (0700 GMT)

Space artifacts of the FUTURES:

The first forward-looking, building-wide exhibit staged by the Smithsonian, FUTURES explores the next horizons for humanity, including what was once seen as and what is now expected for the future of space exploration. Among the objects and art on display are the space artifacts of the future, including a solar sail and an android used to test spacesuits.

November 15, 2021

/ 6:15 p.m. CT (0015 GMT Nov 16)

Deep Space Food Challenge:

NASA and the Canadian Space Agency, together with the help of former astronauts and celebrity lifestyle expert Martha Stewart, announced the winners of the first Deep Space Food Challenge on Monday (Nov. 15). The international contest tasks students, chefs, businesses and others to come up with new ways of growing, cultivating and preparing food for future astronaut missions into the solar system, as well as for possible use in resource-scarce regions on Earth.

November 12, 2021

/ 2:15 p.m. CT (2015 GMT)

Snoopy (back) to the moon:

Snoopy is bound for the moon as the zero-g indicator on NASA's Artemis I mission in 2022. The Peanuts comic strip beagle will fly in plush form garbed in a one-of-a-kind, miniature version of NASA's Orion Crew Survival System (OCSS) pressure suit. A pen nib from the late Charles M Schulz's studio will also fly on board the uncrewed moon mission.

November 11, 2021

/ 12:15 a.m. CT (0615 GMT)

Turtles takeover:

Hey, Kayla Barron, Raja Chari, are you a turtle? You bet your sweet astronaut they are! The Crew-3 crewmates and first members of "The Turtles," NASA's 22nd class of astronauts, to fly into space, revealed a plush, sequined turtle as their zero-g indicator. The doll, which began to float upon them entering orbit on Wednesday (Nov. 10), appears to be "Emerald Tara Turtle," a now sold out, 11-inch sea turtle made by Aurora World.

November 9, 2021

/ 3:35 p.m. CT (2135 GMT)

Build to launch:

Four LEGO minifigures will launch on NASA's Artemis I mission in 2022 as a culmination to LEGO Education's "Build to Launch" digital series. The minifigure crew will include command pilot Kate and mission specialist Kyle from the LEGO Education SPIKE Prime sets and Julia and Sebastian from the LEGO City toy line. All of the minifigures, which are unique to the mission, will launch in the Artemis I official flight kit with other NASA mementos.

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