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May 17, 2013 / 10:30 p.m. CT (0330 GMT May 18)|
Auction's Apollo adjustments: RR Auction is currently accepting bids through Thursday (May 23) on some 800 lots of space history memorabilia, less three planned pieces. The rotation hand controller, or joystick, from the Apollo 11's command module, the original recording of Neil Armstrong's heartbeat at the moment he stepped onto the lunar surface and a tool kit from the final manned mission to the moon have been withdrawn from the auction to give NASA the time to research the items' ownership history.
May 16, 2013 / 8:05 a.m. CT (1305 GMT)
Shuttle(craft): The original prop shuttlecraft used to film "Star Trek" in 1966 is now being restored by fans for display at Space Center Houston, which serves as the official visitor center for NASA's Johnson Space Center. If the "Galileo" might seem better suited for a sci-fi museum, consider the somewhat-widely spread suggestion that Star Trek's use of the term "shuttlecraft" led to NASA using the name "space shuttle" for its reusable orbiters. But is this a case of life imitating art, or did the early proposals for real manned spaceflight give rise to Star Trek's shuttlecraft?
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May 14, 2013 / 4:50 p.m. CT (2150 GMT)
Apollo F-1 Conservation tour: The Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center will launch public tours of its SpaceWorks Observation Gallery on May 24, featuring the Apollo F-1 Conservation Project. Commissioned by the Bezos Expeditions F-1 Recovery Project, the new tour will give visitors a clear view of conservators as they preserve the mammoth engine parts that Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos salvaged from the sea floor in March. Tickets are required and the Cosmosphere recommends advance reservations.
May 14, 2013 / 9:00 a.m. CT (1400 GMT)
Skylab at 40: Skylab, America's first space station, launched 40 years ago Tuesday and provided the U.S. with its first experience at maintaining a long duration human presence in space. Two of the orbital workshop's nine crew members, Owen Garriott and Jerry Car, helped NASA commemorate the anniversary on Monday at a roundtable discussion about Skylab's legacy. Kevin Ford, who landed in March after four months aboard the International Space Station, credited Skylab for laying the foundation on which the ISS was built and, on behalf of NASA, presented Carr and Garriott with flags marking 40 years of life off Earth.
May 13, 2013 / 11:45 p.m. CT (0445 GMT May 14)
Soyuz TMA-07M lands: Three members of the International Space Station's Expedition 35 crew undocked from the orbiting outpost and returned to Earth Monday, wrapping up almost five months in space. The departure marked the beginning of Expedition 36. Chris Hadfield, the first Canadian commander of the space station, together with Roscosmos cosmonaut Roman Romanenko and Tom Marshburn of NASA touched down on Soyuz TMA-07M at 9:31 p.m. CDT, southeast of Dzhezkazgan, Kazakhstan.
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May 12, 2013 / 2:00 a.m. CT (0700 GMT)
Opening Atlantis' bay doors: The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is continuing to move forward with its preparations for the June 29 public opening of the Space Shuttle Atlantis exhibit. This past week, the orbiter's two 60 foot long payload bay doors were opened, revealing the cargo hold that deployed robotic probes to the planets, sent satellites into Earth orbit and delivered components to help assemble the International Space Station (ISS).
May 11, 2013 / 6:45 a.m. CT (1145 GMT)
Unexpected EVA: The first time that NASA astronauts made an unplanned spacewalk, it was an attempt to deploy a satellite from the space shuttle in 1985. Nearly three decades later, in what is still considered a rare event, Saturday's unexpected extravehicular activity (EVA) paired International Space Station crew members Tom Marshburn and Chris Cassidy in an effort to find and fix a coolant leak from the outpost's electricity-routing power channels.
May 9, 2013 / 10:00 p.m. CT (0300 GMT May 10)
Don't. Let. Go.: In the first trailer for director Alfonso Cuarón's new film "Gravity," posted online Thursday night, viewers get their first look at George Clooney and Sandra Bullock as astronauts stranded in space after their shuttle is destroyed. The film, which will be released in 3D, 2D and IMAX by Warner Bros. Pictures on Oct. 4, follows Clooney's Matt Kowalsky, a veteran commander flying his final mission, and Bullock's Dr. Ryan Stone, first-time flyer and medical engineer, as they realize their "only way home may be to go further out into the expanse of space."
May 8, 2013 / 9:15 p.m. CT (0215 GMT May 9)
National tribute to Sally Ride: "Sally Ride: A Lifetime of Accomplishment, A Champion of Science Literacy," a national tribute to the United States' first woman in space, will be held May 20 at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, DC. Presented by Sally Ride Science, the company Ride founded to motivate girls and young women to pursue careers in science, math and technology, in collaboration with NASA, the event will bring together journalist Maria Shriver, tennis legend Billie Jean King and Grammy award winning singer Patti Austin.
May 7, 2013 / 8:20 p.m. CT (0120 GMT May 8)
Buzz Aldrin's 'Mission to Mars': Apollo 11 moonwalker Buzz Aldrin released his eighth book Tuesday. After three biographies, two sci-fi novels and a pair of books for kids, the second man to walk on the moon turned his attention to the Red Planet in "Mission to Mars: My Vision for Space Exploration." To share his "unified space vision" and promote the book, Aldrin launched on a coast-to-coast tour, beginning in New York City. Over the summer, Aldrin will take his message to Washington, DC, San Diego, his current home in L.A. and his hometown in Montclair, NJ.
May 6, 2013 / 3:20 p.m. CT (2020 GMT)
Enterprise's exhibit reopening: The Space Shuttle Pavilion, housing NASA's prototype Enterprise, the original orbiter that paved the way for America's successful space shuttle program, is set to reopen to the public July 10 at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York. The new exhibit, which replaces the structure destroyed by Hurricane Sandy, is now being erected around Enterprise and will be completed over the coming weeks.
May 6, 2013 / 7:00 a.m. CT (1200 GMT)
Jump into Red Bull Stratos: Space Center Houston is now hosting the "world premiere" of the Red Bull Stratos suit and capsule that Felix Baumgartner used to break the speed of sound while free falling from 24 miles high last October. In addition to the space jump's artifacts, the "Mission to the Edge of Space" exhibition uses iPads and video displays to introduce visitors to the science behind the record-setting supersonic, stratospheric skydive.
May 2, 2013 / 5:40 p.m. CT (2240 GMT)
The Shuttle and 747 Carrier: Space Center Houston on Thursday accepted from NASA the title to the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) NASA 905, the original modified Boeing 747 jumbo jet that flew the space shuttles cross-country after they returned from space and later delivered them to their museum homes. The official visitor center for Johnson Space Center, Space Center Houston announced plans to mount its full-size space shuttle mockup atop the historic aircraft for a new $12 million outdoor exhibit, "The Shuttle and 747 Carrier," to open to the public in 2015.
May 2, 2013 / 1:15 p.m. CT (1815 GMT)
Canadarm on display: The space shuttle's original robotic arm, the Canadarm that flew on the second mission of the now-retired 30-year NASA program, was unveiled on public display on Thursday at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum in Ottawa. One of the five arms built for the shuttle, the Canadarm now on exhibit flew aboard all five NASA orbiters in the course of its 23 missions. Its last flight was aboard the final mission of Endeavour, when it had a hand, literally, in completing the assembly of the International Space Station. The original Canadarm is the second to go on display; the Smithsonian exhibits another.
April 30, 2013 / 3:20 p.m. CT (2020 GMT)
Canada's new space-robot fiver: Canada's robotic contributions to the space station are celebrated on the nation's new $5 bank note as was revealed Tuesday from on board the orbiting outpost. International Space Station commander Chris Hadfield, a Canadian astronaut, held up the new bill, which features images of the Canadarm2 and Dextre, which both helped assemble and now maintain the space station. The new bank note, which also depicts an unnamed astronaut, will enter circulation in November.
April 29, 2013 / 4:00 p.m. CT (2100 GMT)
Enterprise's exhibit taking shape: NASA's prototype space shuttle Enterprise will soon have a new home at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City. The metal framework for the new space shuttle pavilion now extends above and around the orbiter, as was recently captured in aerial photographs by WCBS 880 reporter Tom Kaminski. The pavilion, which is set to open this summer, replaces an air-supported structure that was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy in October 2012, just three months after the Intrepid debuted shuttle Enterprise on display.
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