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The Russian Federal Space Agency invites kids from around the world to design a patch for the crew of the Soyuz mission scheduled to launch in March. The first place drawing will become the official Soyuz TMA-14 logo, and will be worn as a patch on the crew members’ space suits!
U.S astronaut Michael R. Barratt, a Russian cosmonaut, and space flight participant will be on board the Soyuz rocket to the International Space Station. The Soyuz TMA-14 crew members will help judge the drawings submitted in the contest.
The first, second and third place winners will have an opportunity to visit the Baikonur space port in Kazakhstan and participate in a pre-launch ceremony.
The contest ends December 25. For information on how to enter the contest visit NASA.
One of the Endeavour astronauts accidentally lost a tool bag during a spacewalk on Tuesday after a grease gun inside the bag exploded. Objects have been lost in space before, but this was one of the largest items ever lost by an astronaut on a spacewalk.
Photograph by Susan Poulton
The space shuttle Endeavour blasted off from Cape Canaveral in Florida at 7:55 p.m. EST on Friday, November 14. The shuttle docked with the International Space Station on November 15, and is scheduled to return with its crew of seven astronauts on November 27.
The shuttle carried important cargo to the space station, including a new toilet and a water purifier that will make sweat and urine into drinkable water!
See more pictures of the shuttle launch on National Geographic’s Breaking Orbit blog.
The next astronauts to land on the moon will be driving an all-new lunar rover. The new rover, called the Chariot, will contain several improvements over the old “moon buggies,” including an optional pressurized cabin with beds, a pantry, a waste-management system, and a pair of space suits, allowing astronauts to live and work “on the road” for up to two weeks.
The rover will need to pass several rounds of tests between now and 2019, when the final model will be complete.
Read more on National Geographic News.