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May 27, 2022

/ 11:05 a.m. CT (1505 GMT)




Step into the Gateway:

NASA's Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is set to open its newest attraction, "Gateway: The Deep Space Launch Complex," on June 15. Here is your first look inside. Part museum of the now and part 4D experience of the future, Gateway invites guests to see and learn about the latest developments in spaceflight from NASA's 21st century multi-user spaceport.


May 25, 2022

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


Starliner OFT-2 lands:

Boeing's CST-100 Starliner Orbital Flight Test-2 (OFT-2) came to a successful end Wednesday (May 25) with a safe landing at White Sands Space Harbor in New Mexico. The uncrewed flight showed that the Starliner is capable of safely visiting the International Space Station, advancing Boeing's plans to use the commercial spacecraft to carry NASA astronauts.


May 21, 2022

/ 10:45 a.m. CT (1545 GMT)




Real-life Kerbalnaut:

A main character from a video game about launching rockets into space has actually made it into orbit aboard Boeing's CST-100 Starliner capsule. Jeb, an alien from Kerbal Space Program, has been revealed on the spacecraft in plush toy form, serving as the Orbital Flight Test-2 zero-g indicator. Jeb was kept a secret until the Starliner arrived at the International Space Station.


May 19, 2022

/ 6:30 p.m. CT (2330 GMT)


Starliner OFT-2 launch:

Boeing's second attempt at sending a Starliner spacecraft to dock with the International Space Station is now underway, having lifted off atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket on Thursday (May 19). The Orbital Flight Test-2 is aimed at completing the objectives that were missed on the glitch-ridden OFT-1 in 2019, including demonstrating a rendezvous and testing the capsule's ability to tie into the space station's systems.


May 16, 2022

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


Enter player three:

The ongoing space race between the United States and Soviet Union gains an unexpected new entrant in the third season of "For All Mankind," set for debut on June 10. Apple TV+ has released a trailer for the new season, providing a first extended look at the three way race to Mars in this alternate space history series.


May 6, 2022

/ 12:30 a.m. CT (0530 GMT)


Apavlova 14:

NASA's space food menu will soon include a dessert inspired by a moon-themed meringue. The dish was the judges' favorite on Thursday's (May 5) episode of "Top Chef: Houston." Buddha Lo's "Apavlova 14" was the cheftestant's take on Apollo 14 astronaut Alan Shepard's lunar golf swing. Featuring white chocolate golf balls and moon rocks made of freeze-dried meringue, Lo's creation will be adapted for spaceflight by NASA's food lab.


May 5, 2022

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




Space foodies:

Top Chef Houston moves to Space Center Houston on Thursday (May 5) where the show's six remaining cheftestants take on a space food challenge. Guiding and judging them are astronauts Cady Coleman, Tony Antonelli and Susan Kilrain. collectSPACE spoke with the three "space foodies" to let them dish about the show's dishes, one of which will fly into space on a NASA mission.


May 26, 2022

/ 10:00 a.m. CT (1400 GMT)




Moon bugs:

When it comes to containers to hold one's moon dust, the samples now up for sale by RR Auction have to be the most unexpected. The result of a NASA study to make sure that the lunar material collected by the Apollo 11 astronauts was not harboring dangerous "moon bugs," the regolith was fed to Blattellas germanica, or German cockroaches. Now there is an chance to bid on three of the test subjects remains as well as a sample of the moon dust extracted from the cockroaches' stomachs.


May 24, 2022

/ 6:10 p.m. CT (2310 GMT)


Carpenter's Cosmonaute:

Largely thought to be missing for the past 60 years, Mercury astronaut Scott Carpenter's flown-in-space watch has been found in the family archives of its maker. Breitling offered the first public viewing of the Navitimer Cosmonaute at an event in Zurich on Tuesday (May 24), the 60th anniversary of Carpenter's launch. Breitling also revealed a new Cosmonaute styled after the original, which was the first Swiss watch in space.


May 20, 2022

/ 8:00 p.m. CT (0100 GMT May 21)


Starliner OFT-2 docks:

Boeing's CST-100 Starliner crew spacecraft has docked to the International Space Station for the first time. The uncrewed capsule, flying on Boeing's second orbital flight test (OFT-2), linked up with the forward-facing port on the station's Harmony node on Friday (May 20), a day after its launch. The docking marks a major step towards the Starliner flying astronauts.


May 20, 2022

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


Mars missions land on UN stamps:

Three countries' ongoing missions at Mars are the focus of a new set of postage stamps issued by the United Nations Postal Administration. The six commemoratives and three souvenir sheets celebrate the UAE's Hope probe, China's Tianwen 1 orbiter, lander and Zhurong rover; and United States' Mars 2020 Perseverance rover and Ingenuity helicopter.


May 18, 2022

/ 11:30 a.m. CT (1630 GMT)


Endeavour endeavor:

Things are looking up at the Los Angeles home of space shuttle Endeavour, or at least will be soon. After 10 years displaying the retired orbiter alone, the California Science Center is ready to begin building the Samuel Oschin Air and Space Center and with it, Endeavour's launchpad-like exhibit. The groundbreaking for the new museum is scheduled for Wednesday, June 1.


May 10, 2022

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


Sally Ride statue:

A seven-foot-tall, bronze and gold monument to the first U.S. woman to fly into space is set to be unveiled in New York during a public ceremony on June 17. The Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City will reveal the statue at the center of its new Sally Ride Circle outside its main entrance. The installation will depict the astronaut raising a space shuttle model toward the sky.


May 6, 2022

/ 12:05 a.m. CT (0505 GMT)


Crew-3 splashes down:

Astronauts Raja Chari, Tom Marshburn and Kayla Barron, all of NASA, and Matthias Maurer of ESA are back on Earth, having safely splashed down aboard SpaceX's Dragon Endurance in the Gulf of Mexico. The landing marked the end of the 176-day Crew-3 mission to the International Space Station, during which the four astronauts conducted science, spacewalks and maintenance as Expedition 66 and 67 crew members.


May 3, 2022

/ 7:15 p.m. CT (0015 GMT May 4)


Deployed and delivered:

The James Webb Space Telescope will feature on a new U.S. postage stamp later this year. Announced by the USPS on Tuesday (May 3), the stamp will feature an illustration of the observatory by artist James Vaughan and be sold in sheets of 20 with a selvage image of a bright star taken by the telescope. More details, including the first day of issue, are still to come.


 
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[05/27]  Dumitru-Dorin Prunariu
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