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collecting space (history, stories, adventures, artifacts...)
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Expedition 50 flight engineer Peggy Whitson set two worldwide records while out on a spacewalk at the International Space Station Thursday (March 30). Whitson, who was joined on the EVA by Shane Kimbrough, broke the records set in 2012 by NASA astronaut Sunita Williams for the cumulative career time and total number of spacewalks conducted by a woman.

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Orbital ATK on Tuesday (March 28) formally confirmed its donation of space shuttle-era solid rocket boosters to the California Science Center for display with the space shuttle Endeavour. The twin boosters include parts that launched more than 80 shuttle missions, including the first flight to use components previously flown. The announcement came as SpaceX is preparing to launch its first flown and recovered Falcon 9 rocket first stage.

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Pressurized Mating Adapter-3 (PMA-3), a docking tunnel used to attach two space shuttles to the International Space Station, was relocated at the complex on Sunday (March 26) to be used by Boeing and SpaceX crewed spacecraft. The move, commanded by flight controllers using the space station's robotic arm, was the sixth time that PMA-3 was repositioned since its launch on the space shuttle Discovery's STS-92 mission in 2000.

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"LIFE" director Daniel Espinosa said in an interview that his new science fiction thriller "has tons of small secrets," including references to classic sci-fi movies. But as the film takes place on board the International Space Station, he was also able to include references ("easter eggs") to space exploration history and nods to astronauts and other real-life orbiting outposts.

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In the new film "LIFE," opening in theaters on Friday (March 24), the International Space Station takes on a new role: haunted house. The sci-fi horror movie from director Daniel Espinosa, follows a crew of astronauts (Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson, Ariyon Bakare, Ryan Reynolds) as bring aboard and study a sample returned from Mars. Though a work of fiction, the filmmakers strove to ground "LIFE" in the reality of the ISS.

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The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy has the next year to assess how best to "protect and preserve" the Apollo moon landing sites per the NASA Transition Authorization Act of 2017 signed into law on Tuesday (March 21). The bill calls for the OSTP director to consult with other federal agencies to identify the risks and advise on additional legislation and international treaties needed to ensure the Apollo sites and artifacts on the moon are not disturbed or destroyed.

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He didn't know it at the time, but as David Scott walked on the moon in 1971, he had on him a secret stash of U.S. flags. Hidden by an engineer in Scott's oxygen purge system, the small flags were only discovered after he came back to Earth. Now, 46 years later, RR Auction is set to sell one of the flags, along with the bracket-mounted pouch in which it was stowed.

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Fifty-four years after she made history as the first woman to fly in space, Valentina Tereshkova helped open a new exhibit at the Science Museum, London dedicated to her life and career. The exhibit, "Valentina Tereshkova: First Woman in Space," which runs through Sept. 16, tells the cosmonaut's story using artifacts and photos from before and after her Vostok 6 mission that orbited the Earth 48 times over three days in June 1963.

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Budweiser has announced its long-term commitment to brew the first beer on Mars. The company revealed its "Bud On Mars" ambitions at a panel discussion at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas on Saturday (March 11). In the short term, Anheuser-Busch has begun exploring ways to use the space station to both advance its Mars goal and improve its beer here on Earth.

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The first American to orbit the Earth will be heading back to space — at least in name – atop a modern version of the rocket on which he made history. Orbital ATK on Thursday (March 9) revealed that its next Cygnus cargo spacecraft bound for the International Space Station has been christened the S.S. John Glenn. The ship, named for the late Mercury astronaut and U.S. Senator, will deliver science experiments and supplies to the station.
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