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collecting space (history, stories, adventures, artifacts...)
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Harrison Schmitt has begun sharing his Apollo 17 diary, just in time for the 45th anniversary of the sixth, last and most recent moon landing mission.

The only geologist to fly to the moon, Schmitt has organized the transcripts, public affairs reports and science results to complement his own recollections in "Apollo 17: Diary of the Twelfth Man," which he is releasing in chapters online. "It is both technical and philosophical," he says.

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PTScientists, a German company planning to launch lunar rovers to revisit the last Apollo moon landing site in 2019, has pledged to ensure no harm comes to the historic artifacts present there.

The company announced a partnership with the non-profit organization For All Moonkind, which is working to develop a framework to preserve humanity's heritage in space. The news of the partnership coincided with the 45th anniversary of the launch of the Apollo 17 lunar landing mission.

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A storage bag used by the Apollo astronauts on their missions to the moon has inspired the style of a new tool bag designed by a former "Mythbusters" co-host.

The EDC One, as created by Adam Savage, draws its clamshell opening and other style points from the "McDivitt purse," a temporary stowage bag first proposed by Apollo 9 commander Jim McDivitt for use in space. The EDC One is even equipped with a mount for a "mission" patch.

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For five years beginning in 1981, John Chakeres photographed NASA's space shuttle orbiters as they launched and landed on their first flights.

But with the tragic loss of one of the ships, Chakeres put his negatives into storage, where they remained unseen for almost three decades. Now, with the support of a Kickstarter campaign, Chakeres is preparing to publish "First Fleet," a photo book documenting the space shuttle in its burgeoning years.

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Looking towards the day when astronauts enjoy "Bud on Mars," Anheuser-Busch on Tuesday (Nov. 21) revealed it will send 20 Budweiser barley seeds on a SpaceX Dragon cargo capsule to the International Space Station.

The seeds will be the focus of two experiments in malting and germination to learn how the grain reacts and grows in microgravity. The Bud-ding barley will be in orbit for 30 days before returning to Earth.

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The story of the 13 women who underwent physiological testing for spaceflight at the start of the space age is being developed by Amazon as a miniseries.

"Mercury 13" (working title) will be based on Martha Ackmann's 2003 similarly-titled book about the First Lady Astronaut Trainees, or FLATs. Amazon's "Mercury 13" is the second announced project about the women; another event series is in development by ITV Studios America.

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A statue will soon stand in Paris honoring the first, and perhaps only, cat to fly into space.

More than $57,000 was raised on Kickstarter to fund the bronze monument honoring Félicette, the black-and-white stray that France launched on a 15-minute suborbital spaceflight in October 1963. The crowdfunded memorial is intended to raise awareness of the oft-forgotten feline.

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Forty-nine years after it flew in space on the wrist of an Apollo astronaut, and 28 years after its theft from a museum in Ecuador, Donn Eisele's Apollo 7-used Omega Speedmaster chronograph has been recovered by the Smithsonian.

The watch, now back in the National Air and Space Museum, resurfaced with the help of space history enthusiasts working with authorities.

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Author Andy Weir ("The Martian") sets his new novel "Artemis" on the moon, near the site of the first moon landing.

Centered around a crime at the first and only moon base, "Artemis," in stores on Tuesday (Nov. 14), includes more than a few nods to NASA's Apollo missions. Weir described the role that real lunar exploration history plays in his fictional future story in an interview.

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Forty years and 16 days after the prototype orbiter Enterprise flew its fifth and final free flight approach and landing test, Sierra Nevada's Dream Chaser achieved a similar feat from the same place. The smaller commercial space plane dropped away from a helicopter above the lake bed at Edwards Air Force Base in California to glide to a landing on the same runway used by the shuttles to return from orbit. The flight advances SNC's plans to use the Dream Chaser to fly cargo to and from the International Space Station under a contract with NASA.
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