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October 8, 2015

/ 4:05 p.m. CT (2105 GMT)

Apollo photos redux


Decade-old scans of Apollo astronauts' photos landed in the news this week, in response to tens of thousands of the raw unprocessed images being added to Flickr. Headlines described the photos as "never before seen" and posted by NASA, misrepresenting the gallery, which is composed of previously public images uploaded by the independent Project Apollo Archive.

October 6, 2015

/ 7:45 a.m. CT (1245 GMT)

Curating Sally Ride's life


The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum on Tuesday (Oct. 6) is celebrating its acquisition of Sally Ride's personal items and papers, which will serve to represent her life and legacy as the first American woman in space. The collection covers the full trajectory of the late astronaut's career, from the tennis racket she used as she became a nationally-ranked player to the checklists she used to train to the helmet she wore on NASA's jets to the many awards she was bestowed.

October 5, 2015

/ 3:05 p.m. CT (2005 GMT)

Paved with stars


Launched on Kickstarter, a new series of limited edition posters seeks to reinterpret astronauts' portraits as artwork. uniphi space agency, a division of the talent firm uniphi good LLC, has partnered with the New York design house Chop Shop to introduce the first of posters, which features 18 space shuttle and space station astronauts. Inscribed "The path less traveled is paved with stars," the poster is being crowd-funded together with a set of astronaut postcards, offered as is and autographed.

October 2, 2015

/ 12:35 p.m. CT (1735 GMT)

The real Mars lander in 'The Martian'


The new Ridley Scott film "The Martian" features NASA logos, NASA-inspired spaceships and NASA facilities all shown as how they might look in 2035. A historic spacecraft however, also appears in more than just a cameo. To fact check the film's replica of the real Mars lander, collectSPACE asked the mission's leaders to explain how their probe worked.

October 1, 2015

/ 12:15 a.m. CT (0515 GMT)

'The Martian' stamped spuds


In what may be one of the more unusual promotions for a movie, let alone for a film about an astronaut stranded alone on Mars, you can now mail a free potato to yourself, or a friend, complete with a custom postage stamp featuring the astronaut Mark Watney. 20th Century Fox has partnered with Mail a Spud to send 1,000 postmarked potatoes to fans of the new film "The Martian." (Suffice to say, potatoes play a part in Mark Watney's [Matt Damon] adventures on the Red Planet.)

September 30, 2015

/ 10:30 a.m. CT (1530 GMT)

Time to sell


Beginning Oct. 15, RR Auction of Boston will offer for sale the only privately owned wristwatch to be worn on the surface of the moon. David Scott, the commander of NASA's Apollo 15 mission in 1971, used the Bulova watch after his NASA-issued Omega Speedmaster broke. The unique timepiece was declared unauthorized for flight, unknown of by the public and then misidentified until last year, when Scott came forward with the details of the make and model of the wristwatch he wore on the moon.

September 29, 2015

/ 4:45 p.m. CT (2145 GMT)

'Apollo: The Panoramas'


A new book, now being funded on Kickstarter, presents a wide look at the photographs taken by astronauts while on the moon. "Apollo: The Panoramas" by Mike Constantine of Moonpans, contains more than 50 lunar surface panoramas, each spanning two full pages, with detailed descriptions and the comments of four moonwalkers. The panoramas provide "a much better sense of 'being there,'" Constantine told collectSPACE.

September 28, 2015

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

Water flowing on Mars


New findings from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter have offered the strongest evidence yet that liquid water is flowing intermittently on present-day Mars. Researchers have found the chemical signatures of hydrated salts on steep slopes where streaks are seen on the planet. "This is a significant development, as it appears to confirm water, albeit briny, is flowing today on the surface of Mars," stated John Grunsfeld, astronaut and NASA's associate administrator for science.

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September 25, 2015

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

Fireball Run: Space Race


Astronauts from the U.S., Brazil, India and France are set to launch on a 'space race' Sunday (Sep. 27) in support of finding missing children. The 9th season of the Fireball Run, a road rally trivia game, will take astronauts Jon McBride, Marcos Pontes, Rakesh Sharma and Jean-Loup Chretien, along with others competing, on a 2,000-mile, 8-day adventure to take part in challenges and give out missing child posters as they race from Hartford, Connecticut to Florida's Space Coast.

September 22, 2015

/ 9:00 a.m. CT (1400 GMT)

From flight crew to Flight


NASA selected five new flight directors on Monday (Sep. 21) including the first-ever flight crew member to be named Flight. Timothy "TJ" Creamer was chosen as an astronaut in 1998 and lived for 161 days on board the International Space Station in 2010. A former payload operations director, Creamer and his four classmates will help lead teams of controllers, engineering experts and support personnel from within the Christopher C. Kraft, Jr. Mission Control Center in Houston.

September 21, 2015

/ 4:35 p.m. CT (2135 GMT)

O Columbia


"O Columbia," a new chamber opera from the Houston Grand Opera about the risk and wonder of exploration debuts on Wednesday (Sep. 23). Inspired by interviews with astronauts and engineers, "O Columbia" traces a history of dreamers and explorers, from Sir Walter Raleigh to a teenager's heartbreak with a shuttle astronaut, to future crew members venturing into the solar system.

September 18, 2015

/ 8:05 a.m. CT (1305 GMT)

'Cosmonauts' launches in London


Billed as the greatest ever exhibition of Soviet-era spacecraft and artifacts to be shown outside of Russia, "Cosmonauts: Birth of the Space Age" opened Friday (Sep. 18) at the Science Museum in London. Featuring more than 150 objects from the archives of the Russian space program, "Cosmonauts" includes the Vostok capsule that launched the first woman into space and the most complete example of a Soviet LK moon lander still in existence. The exhibition, which covers the full history of Russia in space, runs through March.

September 17, 2015

/ 4:05 p.m. CT (2105 GMT)

The Eagle lands, again


The Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum has moved its original Apollo lunar module to the Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall, making it the latest addition to the gallery as part of its two-year renovation. The lander, which will represent the Apollo 11 lunar module in its final configuration, was moved from the building's east end to create a dramatic centerpiece for the prestigious Milestones hall. This was the first time that the artifact was moved since the museum opened in 1976.

September 16, 2015

/ 12:15 p.m. CT (1715 GMT)

'The Martian' lands at NASA


Two stars of the new 20th Century Fox film "The Martian" came to Johnson Space Center on Tuesday (Sept. 15), where they got a firsthand look at the progress toward NASA's journey to Mars and met their movie characters' real-life counterparts. The cast members, Sebastian Stan (Ares III mission astronaut and flight Chris Beck) and Mackenzie Davis (satellite com engineer Mindy Park) took a spin in a prototype planetary rover and spoke to astronauts aboard the space station.

September 15, 2015

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

171 days down, 171 days to go


Year-long mission crew members Scott Kelly of NASA and Mikhail Kornienko of Roscosmos logged their 171st day living, working and collecting data onboard the International Space Station on Tuesday (Sept. 15). They have 171 days to go. On their halfway point, the two said they were feeling positive about the rest of their mission, which is focused on learning more about how their bodies react to long duration spaceflight.

September 11, 2015

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

TMA-16M lands


A Russian cosmonaut with more time in space than any other person in history returned to Earth on Friday (Sept. 11) together with the first Dane in space and the first cosmonaut in the Kazakh corps. Soyuz TMA-16M returned from the International Space Station to a safe landing on the steppe of Kazakhstan with Gennady Padalka, Andreas Mogensen and Aidyn Aimbetov.

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