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  • Astronauts are returning from space with mysterious eye problems

    07/12/2016 5:55:08 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 37 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 7/11/16 | Fiona MacDonald
    Space does plenty of whacky things to astronauts' bodies, like deteriorating their muscle mass and making them on average 5 centimeters (2 inches) taller. But scientists have uncovered another, more subtle side effect — space is totally ruining astronauts' perfect eyesight. In fact, 80 percent of astronauts who come back from long-duration missions display symptoms of a mysterious eye condition that causes nearsightedness, Shayla Love reports for The Washington Post. While it's a myth that all astronauts have to have natural 20/20 vision (they're allowed to have corrective laser surgery) by the time they launch, their vision does need to...
  • Space radiation may harm astronauts' brains

    05/01/2015 4:42:44 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 38 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 5/1/15 | AFP
    Miami (AFP) - Flying people to deep space -- like Mars or an asteroid -- is high on NASA's wish list, but research on mice suggested Friday that extended radiation exposure permanently harms the brain. Central nervous system damage and cognitive impairments were observed in lab animals that were exposed to highly energetic charged particles -- similar to the galactic cosmic rays that astronauts would encounter during long space flights -- said researchers at the University of California, Irvine. "This is not positive news for astronauts deployed on a two- to three-year round trip to Mars," said lead author Charles...
  • Yuri Gagarin, first human in space, was a devout Christian, says his close friend

    01/20/2015 2:58:06 PM PST · by NEWwoman · 78 replies
    beliefnet - inspire your everyday ^ | April 2011 |
    The first man in outer space 50 years ago believed fervently in the Almighty — even though the atheistic Soviet government put famous words in his mouth that he had looked around at the cosmos and did not see God. Mankind’s first space flight lasted 108 minutes on April 12, 1961. It was the height of the Cold War. Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin was proclaimed by the Soviet leadership to have announced, “I went up to space, but I didn’t encounter God.” However, he never uttered those often-quoted words, says a close friend. And it seems that the Soviet Union lied...
  • International Space Station astronauts celebrate Happy New Year 16 TIMES as it orbits the globe

    01/01/2015 6:27:40 AM PST · by Libloather · 7 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 12/31/14 | Darren Boyle
    International Space Station astronauts celebrate Happy New Year 16 TIMES as it orbits the globe at 17,500 miles per hour Astronauts on board the International Space Station will celebrate New Year's Day 16 times as it repeatedly crosses the globe. The 'official' New Year starts on the space ship at midnight GMT which is also known as the Universal Time Clock. However, Expedition 42 crew, who are travelling at 17,500 miles-per-hour will pass a point on the earth at the stroke of midnight today a staggering 16 times.
  • Apollo 11 patch flown on 1st moon landing to launch with astronauts to Mars

    07/21/2014 4:45:59 PM PDT · by workerbee · 42 replies
    Fox ^ | 7/21/14 | Robert Z. Pearlman
    When American astronauts make the next "giant leap" by launching to Mars, they will bring with them a memento from the first moon landing 45 years ago. NASA on Monday will present the Kennedy Space Center in Florida with a mission patch that Apollo 11 crew mates Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins carried to the moon in 1969, collectSPACE has learned. The patch will be held at the spaceport until the first crew is ready to lift off for the Red Planet on a mission NASA plans for the 2030s.
  • China: Volunteers test worm diet for astronauts

    05/27/2014 12:01:22 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 26 replies
    BBC ^ | 22 May 2014 Last updated at 07:13 ET
    Three researchers have been eating worms for 105 days, while living in a sealed laboratory in Beijing, to test whether astronauts could use them as their main source of protein. The volunteers fattened up the worms on plants grown inside the Moon Palace One biosphere at the Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the South China Morning Post reports. They had various preparations for eating the worms - using a bean sauce and other seasonings to make the dish as appealing as possible. The idea of feeding protein-rich mealworms to astronauts was apparently raised as early as 2009, but scientists...
  • Violence flares in Ukraine, deepening 'Iron Curtain' crisis (THREATENS ASTRONAUTS)

    04/29/2014 5:30:18 PM PDT · by FreeAtlanta · 13 replies
    NEWS.YAHOO.COM ^ | 4/29/2014 | Michel Moutot, with Anna Smolchenko in Moscow
    From Yahoo News: Lugansk (Ukraine) (AFP) - Fresh violence erupted in eastern Ukraine Tuesday as thousands of pro-Russian protesters stormed key buildings, escalating the crisis after Moscow hit back at "Iron Curtain"-style Western sanctions. A mob spearheaded by around 30 men carrying Kalashnikov assault rifles and grenade-launchers attacked the regional police headquarters in Lugansk, raising the heat in the worst East-West confrontation since the Cold War. They had earlier seized the regional prosecutors' office, tearing down the Ukrainian flag and replacing it with that of Russia, which the West blames for stoking the violence in the ex-Soviet Republic. More than...
  • Russia says US astronauts could be hurt by Ukraine sanctions

    04/29/2014 9:29:37 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 49 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 4-29-2014 | Anna Smolchenko, with Michel Moutot
    Russia warned Tuesday that American astronauts on the International Space Station could be hurt by new US-led sanctions over the escalating crisis in Ukraine, where pro-Moscow militants seized more public buildings in the east. Washington was resorting to "Iron Curtain" policies from its Cold War-era playbook with the new Western sanctions, which were driving the Ukraine crisis towards "a dead end", Moscow raged. A day after the United States and its EU and Japanese allies unveiled fresh punitive measures for what was seen as Russian interference in Ukraine, violence worsened on the ground. Thousands of pro-Moscow protesters in the city...
  • How Russia could strangle the US space program

    03/25/2014 2:36:15 PM PDT · by KeyLargo · 32 replies
    Global ^ | Mar 25, 2014 | Jean MacKenzie
    How Russia could strangle the US space program Jean MacKenzie If you use a cellphone, have a GPS system in your car, or get cash from ATMs, you should be worried. BUZZARDS BAY, Mass. — Think Russia has no way to put pressure on the United States? Think again. The US relies heavily on Russia to furnish the engines that power rockets that deliver both military and civil payloads into space. This includes GPS systems in cars and cellphones, and even systems that allow ATMs to function. Weather satellites are launched into space via Russian-powered rockets, and military systems such...
  • Barack Fighting Vlad on land, but paying him $424 million for space travel

    03/20/2014 7:53:19 AM PDT · by rktman · 14 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 3/20/2014 | Judi McLeod
    With Obama sparring with Vladimir Putin over the recent annexation of Crimea, his administration is playing big footsie with Russia now that NASA is paying a whopping $424 million to get Obama-grounded astronauts back into space.
  • Charles Seife's Jihad Against Human Space Flight Defies Scientific Conclusions

    02/12/2014 4:57:29 AM PST · by Marcus · 9 replies
    Yahoo Voices ^ | February 12, 2014 | Mark R. Whittington
    Now that Robert Park is in the winter of his life and James Van Allen is dead, an unlikely person named Charles Seife, not a scientist but rather a professor of journalism, has taken up the banner of the jihad to destroy NASA's human spaceflight program. In an article in Slate and a later post on his personal blog, Professor Seife compared the space agency to a Panda, cute but in danger of extinction. The reason, he suggests, NASA's "fixation" on human space flight. Like Van Allen, Park, and a slew of politicians before him, Seife would see NASA's human...
  • Cooling pump fails on International Space Station; six-man crew OK

    12/11/2013 8:33:11 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 21 replies
    CNN ^ | updated 8:22 PM EST, Wed December 11, 2013 | John Zarrella and Catherine E. Shoichet
    Officials discovered the malfunctioning loop was producing too much ammonia Wednesday morning, NASA spokesman Josh Byerly said. Teams have shut down some non-critical systems on the station as a result of the problem, NASA said. The space station's life support system is still up and running. Officials could determine that an emergency spacewalk is the best way to fix the failed pump -- something they've done in the past.
  • Global Effort Needed to Defend Earth from Asteroids, Astronauts Tell UN

    10/27/2013 4:35:54 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 27 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | Laura Poppick -
    NEW YORK — Members of the United Nations met with distinguished astronauts and cosmonauts this week in New York to begin implementing the first-ever international contingency plan for defending Earth against catastrophic asteroid strikes. Six of the space travelers involved in these U.N. discussions discussed the asteroid defense effort Friday (Oct. 25) in a news conference hosted by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson at the American Museum of Natural History. Their goal: to drive home the very-real threats posed by near-Earth objects (NEOs), or asteroids traveling within the radius of Earth's orbit with the sun. You can see a video of...
  • Scott Carpenter (1925 - 2013): Rare and Classic Photos of a NASA Legend

    10/13/2013 7:24:23 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 18 replies
    Life ^ | 1962 | Life
    In honor of Scott Carpenter, who recently passed away, Life is publishing a collection of previously unseen photographs of Scott Carpenter.Scott Carpenter (1925 - 2013): Rare and Classic Photos of an American Legend
  • Russia Triples Price to Fly U.S. Astronauts to Int’l. Space Station

    08/02/2013 10:29:16 AM PDT · by rktman · 82 replies
    CNSNews ^ | 8/2/2013 | Barbara Hollingsworth
    Russia will charge the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) $71 million to transport just one American astronaut to the International Space Station (ISS) aboard its Soyuz spacecraft in 2016. That’s more than triple the $22 million per seat the Russians charged in 2006, according to a July 8 audit report by NASA’s inspector general.
  • Com-moon-ion (Buzz Aldrin)

    07/22/2013 1:49:56 PM PDT · by NYer · 58 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | July 22, 2013 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    From the Daily Mail:Revealed: Buzz Aldrin took Holy Communion on the MOON (but NASA kept it secret)Former astronaut Edwin ‘Buzz’ Aldrin may have been the second man to walk on the moon, but he was the first – and only – person to celebrate Holy Communion on it. Inside the lunar module just hours before following Neil Armstrong onto the heavenly body in 1969, Aldrin celebrated the Christian sacrament with wafers and a bottle of wine – a fact the U.S. government reportedly refused to make public at the time. The Apollo 11 astronaut’s plan to broadcast the religious...
  • Valentina Tereshkova: "I almost remained in orbit"

    06/18/2013 2:19:39 PM PDT · by struwwelpeter · 9 replies
    USSR LIFE ^ | June 17th, 2013 | USSR Life
    Our country and the world marked a great moment: 50 years since the flight of the first woman in space: June 16th, 1963, by Valentina Vladimirovna Tereshkova. At the time of her space flight she was only 26. The first woman cosmonaut, Hero of the Soviet Union Tereshkova graduated from the Zhukovsky Air Force Engineering Academy with honors, and received a PhD in technical sciences. She was a professor and the author of over 50 scientific papers. She holds the rank of air force major general and was a deputy to the Supreme Soviet of the USSR. Valentina Tereshkova has...
  • Skyrocketing inflation: Russia now charging NASA $70 million per seat to fly US astronauts

    04/30/2013 6:31:11 PM PDT · by Nachum · 18 replies
    fox ^ | 4/30/13 | ap
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – NASA is paying $424 million more to Russia to get U.S. astronauts into space, and the agency's leader is blaming Congress for the extra expense. NASA announced its latest contract with the Russian Space Agency on Tuesday. The $424 million represents flights to and from the International Space Station aboard Russian Soyuz spacecraft, as well as training, for six astronauts in 2016 and the first half of 2017. That's $70.6 million per seat -- well above the previous price tag of about $65 million. Russia currently provides the only means of getting people to and from...
  • Russia charging NASA $70 million per rocket seat

    04/30/2013 10:39:06 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 30, 2013 1:23 PM EDT | Marcia Dunn
    NASA is blaming Congress for the need to pay $424 million more to Russia to get U.S. astronauts into space. NASA announced its latest contract with the Russian Space Agency on Tuesday. The $424 million represents flights to and from the International Space Station aboard Russian Soyuz spacecraft, as well as training, for six astronauts in 2016 and 2017. That’s $70.6 million per seat—well above the previous price tag of about $63 million. …

    08/28/2012 6:20:39 AM PDT · by shortstop · 72 replies ^ | 08/28/12 | Bob Lonsberry
    As long as mankind is a species of sentience and technology, as long as history is kept and read, the name of Neil A. Armstrong will be known. It will be Columbus and Magellan and Armstrong, each leapfrogging the other in the innate human impulse to explore, remembered as long as man remembers. Whether man walked out of Africa or was kicked out of Eden, he went where he’d never been, and his descendants did the same until the earth was peopled and the heavens were challenged. Some walked across the Bering Strait, others rowed through the nothingness of the...
  • China’s first woman in space arrives home

    06/29/2012 3:27:30 PM PDT · by cruise_missile · 28 replies
    ft times ^ | June 29, 2012 | Leslie Hook
    China’s Shenzhou 9 spacecraft thudded to earth in Inner Mongolia on Friday, capping a two-week space mission that has transfixed the world’s most populous nation and put the first Chinese female astronaut into space. Chinese leaders applauded the mission, which tested space docking procedures that are crucial steps toward China’s goal of creating a manned station by 2020.
  • Astronauts condemn NASA’s global warming endorsement

    04/14/2012 12:14:29 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    In an unprecedented slap at NASA’s endorsement of global warming science, nearly 50 former astronauts and scientists—including the ex-boss of the Johnson Space Center—claim the agency is on the wrong side of science and must change course or ruin the reputation of the world’s top space agency. Challenging statements from NASA that man is causing climate change, the former NASA executives demanded in a letter to Administrator Charles Bolden that he and the agency “refrain from including unproven remarks” supporting global warming in the media. “We feel that NASA’s advocacy of an extreme position, prior to a thorough study of...
  • Norah Jones Sings 'America the Beautiful' at Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony

    01/20/2012 9:31:09 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 24 replies
    You Tube ^ | Nov 16, 2011 | Uploaded by John Boehner
    Singer/songwriter Norah Jones sang 'America the Beautiful' at today's Congressional Gold Medal ceremony for astronauts Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and John Glenn.
  • China push to put astronaut on the moon

    12/30/2011 3:11:05 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    Financial Times ^ | 12/30/2011 | Simon Rabinovitch
    China has declared its intention to land an astronaut on the moon, in the first official confirmation of its aim to go where Americans last set foot nearly 40 years ago. While Chinese scientists have previously discussed the possibility of a manned lunar mission, a government white paper published on Thursday is the first public government document to enshrine it as a policy goal. China will “conduct studies on the preliminary plan for a human lunar landing”, the white paper said. Although manned moon mission is still some time off – Chinese experts say after 2020 – the statement highlights...
  • (clogged $90 million) Space Toilet Gives Astronauts Smelly Time in Orbit

    07/15/2011 5:25:32 AM PDT · by Libloather · 48 replies
    Scientific American ^ | 7/14/11 | Denise Chow and
    Space Toilet Gives Astronauts Smelly Time in OrbitThe downside to zero gravity: a lot of maintenance for waste disposal By Denise Chow and | July 14, 2011 HOUSTON — Even soaring high above Earth on a high-tech space station doesn't excuse astronauts from the most mundane household chores … especially when you're dealing with a smelly space toilet. The 10 astronauts on the International Space Station today (July 13) tackled the daunting chore of unpacking tons of supplies delivered by NASA's shuttle Atlantis this week. But one station crewmember, NASA astronaut Ron Garan, had a more pressing duty: fixing...
  • 6 station astronauts take shelter from space junk

    06/29/2011 8:45:19 AM PDT · by Liberty Valance · 19 replies
    AP - The Monitor ^ | June 28, 2011 | Marcia Dunn A/P
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The six space station astronauts took shelter in lifeboats Tuesday when a piece of orbiting junk came dangerously close. The unidentified object came within 1,100 feet of the space station — closer than any piece of space junk ever, said NASA's space operations chief, Bill Gerstenmaier. Mission Control ordered the astronauts into the two Russian Soyuz capsules parked at the space station Tuesday morning. NASA got just 14 hours' notice of the close approach, not nearly enough time to move the space station out of harm's way. The call to seek shelter came around 7:30 a.m....
  • Final spacewalkers of Nasa's 30-year shuttle mission complete construction of ISS

    05/29/2011 12:24:40 AM PDT · by Niuhuru · 6 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Last updated at 2:22 PM on 28th May 2011 | By Daily Mail Reporter
    These stunning images capture the final stage of the construction of the International Space Station. But as they marked the beginning of a new era in space exploration, the spacewalk undertaken by Gregory Chamitoff and Mike Fincke also represented an end - of Nasa's 30-year shuttle programme. All future spacewalks - including one during the final shuttle voyage this summer - will be performed by full-time space station residents.
  • Astronauts considered in NASA budget cuts

    12/01/2010 9:37:19 PM PST · by Nachum · 15 replies
    Orlando Sentinel [Florida] ^ | 12/1/10 | Mark K. Matthews
    The White House has called for a 10-month study of the appropriate 'role and size' of the 64-member astronaut corps after the final shuttle mission next year. Reporting from Washington — With NASA's budget under pressure and the space shuttle program set to retire, even the agency's most sacred cow — the 64-member astronaut corps — isn't safe from the possibility of cuts. At the behest of the White House, the nation's top science advisors this month began a 10-month study of the appropriate "role and size" of the astronaut corps after the final shuttle mission next year. The study,...
  • Astronaut Corps Shrinks As Shuttle Program Ends

    10/18/2010 10:00:30 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 7 replies
    Aviation Week and Space Technology ^ | 10/15/2010 | Irene Klotz
    With the final crews in training for NASA’s last three space shuttle missions, the number of astronauts in the corps is down to 65 – a 25% drop since last year. NASA plans to keep its roster of astronauts at 65 to support spaces station operations and other programs, including the development of the agency’s Orion deep space capsule and planned commercial crew vehicles, said Jerry Ross, a seven-time shuttle veteran who heads the agency’s Vehicle Integration Test Office, an engineering support team for the Astronaut Office. The 65-member corps does not include nine astronaut-candidates selected last year who are...
  • Work Continues on New NASA Spaceships, Despite Uncertainties

    08/20/2010 2:50:47 PM PDT · by The_Victor · 6 replies
    FoxNews/ ^ | August 20, 2010 | Clara Moskowitz
    NASA is pushing ahead with work on its new Orion space capsule and Ares rockets despite their ambiguous status as lawmakers discuss the agency's 2011 budget request.  Orion and Ares are part of Constellation, a NASA program designed to take astronauts back to the moon. Under his 2011 budget proposal, President Barack Obama called for canceling Constellation and urged NASA to work toward sending humans to an asteroid and then on to Mars. The outlook for Constellation's fledgling rocket and capsule spacecraft is not clear. Obama did recommend continuing development of Orion -- but only as an escape ship that...
  • The Space Ruse: Obama's New Frontier

    04/16/2010 6:44:49 PM PDT · by Nachum · 21 replies · 916+ views ^ | 4/16/10 | editor
    Competitiveness: The president spent Tax Day reassuring Florida voters that money will keep flowing to NASA. But in space as well as on Earth, we'll be an unexceptional nation. In space, no one can hear you scheme. President Obama's speech at the Kennedy Space Center will never be confused with President Kennedy's clarion call in 1961 to send an American to the moon within a decade. Rather it was an admission that we will now boldly go where no one wants to go.
  • One Giant Leap for Womankind: Four Female Astronauts to Set a Record for Most Women in Space...

    04/05/2010 3:55:12 PM PDT · by Cecily · 27 replies · 581+ views
    The Daily Mail (UK) ^ | April 5, 2010
    Space is about to have a female population explosion, with four women set to be in orbit at the same time. This week NASA will attempt to launch three women to the International Space Station, where they will join another female who is already circling earth in a Russian capsule. It will be the most women in space at the one time.
  • Astronauts angry as moon plans on hold

    03/13/2010 9:29:12 PM PST · by myknowledge · 67 replies · 1,000+ views
    Two United States astronauts have criticised president Barack Obama's shelving of American lunar missions. Speaking in London, the Apollo 13 commander Jim Lovell described the move as potentially catastrophic. The last man on the moon, Eugene Cernan, said it was "disappointing". "I'm quite disappointed that I'm still the last man on the moon," he said. "I thought we'd have gone back long before now. But I am absolutely committed to the fact that we will go back sometime, hopefully sooner than later." Mr Cernan, who made his final lunar landing mission in 1972, says the US has a responsibility to...
  • America: Lost In Space

    01/28/2010 5:39:11 PM PST · by Kaslin · 36 replies · 1,305+ views ^ | January 28, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Achievement: The nation that put the first man on the moon may have put its last as budget cuts slash NASA's plans to return. Men will return to the moon, but they will likely speak Chinese. On May 25, 1961, President Kennedy announced in front of a joint session of Congress the dramatic and ambitious goal of sending an American to the moon by the end of that decade. It was a clarion call to the American spirit and technology to rise up and prove that America's best days were still ahead. Forty-one years after Neil Armstrong set foot on...
  • Buzz Aldrin Turns 80

    01/20/2010 4:17:46 PM PST · by KevinDavis · 12 replies · 477+ views
    Discovery News ^ | 01/20/10 | Ian O'Neill
    On July 20, 1969, Buzz Aldrin became the second man to set foot on the Moon, following mission commander Neil Armstrong. That historic moment was over 40 years ago. Today, Aldrin is celebrating another milestone, his 80th birthday. Although the famous Apollo 11 mission was over four decades ago when NASA was in its infancy, Buzz continues to be very vocal in matters of human spaceflight. He is an outspoken critic of spaceflight policy and an expert in communicating all things space to the public.
  • No bananas on my space flight

    01/18/2010 4:17:07 PM PST · by KevinDavis · 7 replies · 521+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 01/18/10 | Jonathan Beard
    Astronauts experience weightlessness, and most of them also lose weight in space. Why? Because they are often nauseous, always busy, and the food on board their capsules, shuttles and space stations doesn't look, smell or taste like it does on Earth.
  • Thomas J O'Malley, Dead at 94, Sent John Glenn Into Space

    11/10/2009 9:26:20 AM PST · by originalbuckeye · 14 replies · 749+ views ^ | 11/09/09 | Patrick Peterson
    <p>COCOA BEACH, Fla. — Legendary space industry engineer Thomas J. O'Malley, 94, died Friday evening, shortly after a phone call from Mercury astronaut and former U.S. Sen. John Glenn, whom O'Malley launched into space in 1962 by pushing a button.</p>
  • A One-Way Ticket to Mars (megabarf)

    09/01/2009 5:50:01 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 59 replies · 1,565+ views
    New York Times ^ | August 31, 2009 | Lawrence W. Krauss
    ... The most challenging impediment to human travel to Mars does not seem to involve the complicated launching, propulsion, guidance or landing technologies but something far more mundane: the radiation emanating from the Sun’s cosmic rays. The shielding necessary to ensure the astronauts do not get a lethal dose of solar radiation on a round trip to Mars may very well make the spacecraft so heavy that the amount of fuel needed becomes prohibitive. There is, however, a way to surmount this problem while reducing the cost and technical requirements, but it demands that we ask this vexing question: Why...
  • On Friday, August 7, 2009, the President signed into law:

    08/07/2009 2:07:14 PM PDT · by Cindy · 1 replies · 327+ views ^ | August 7, 2009 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: THE BRIEFING ROOM THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary ___________________________________________________________________________ For Immediate Release August 7, 2009 STATEMENT BY THE PRESS SECRETARY On Friday, August 7, 2009, the President signed into law: H.R. 2245, the New Frontier Congressional Gold Medal Act, to award gold medals on behalf of the United States Congress to Neil A. Armstrong, the first human to walk on the moon; Edwin E. `Buzz' Aldrin, Jr., the pilot of the lunar module and second person to walk on the moon; Michael Collins, the pilot of their Apollo 11 mission's...
  • Astronaut's secret is out – he didn't change pants for month

    07/31/2009 8:39:50 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 12 replies · 711+ views ^ | Jacqui Goddard
    CROWDED on to the International Space Station (ISS) with as many as 12 colleagues, Koichi Wakata's laundry habits might not ordinarily have gone down well with his fellow astronauts. But thanks to the wonders of science, the Japanese spaceman's revelation that he had been wearing the same pair of underpants for the past month did not cause too much of a stink. After landing back at Florida's Kennedy Space Centre yesterday on board the shuttle Endeavour following 138 days in orbit, Mr Wakata told how an experiment designed to test the prototype pants held up well during the final stages...
  • First Communion on the Moon

    07/19/2009 3:06:20 PM PDT · by Young Werther · 38 replies · 1,938+ views
    Liturgy ^ | July 16, 2009 | Bosco Peterson
    On Sunday July 20, 1969 the first people landed on the moon. Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were in the lunar lander which touched down at 3:17 Eastern Standard Time. Buzz Aldrin had with him the Reserved Sacrament. He radioed: “Houston, this is Eagle. This is the LM pilot speaking. I would like to request a few moments of silence. I would like to invite each person listening in, whoever or wherever he may be, to contemplate for a moment the events of the last few hours, and to give thanks in his own individual way.”
  • How about remembering Apollo ONE as well as 11 [Vanity]

    07/20/2009 2:24:31 PM PDT · by SES1066 · 17 replies · 555+ views
    Self ^ | 7/20/09 | Self
    In this time of VERY JUSTIFIABLE pride in Apollo 11, can we also spare a few moments to remember our Apollo Martyrs of Apollo 1. On January 27, 1969, in a test of the new Apollo Capsule, Gus Grissom, Ed White and Roger Chaffee died in a horrible fire. In the next year the Apollo Capsule was so redesigned and reworked that it can hardly be called the same machine.
  • Astronauts deal with flooded toilet in orbit

    07/19/2009 9:33:13 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 41 replies · 1,526+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/19/09 | Marcia Dunn - ap
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – The bathroom lines just got a lot longer at the linked space shuttle and space station. One of the two toilets on the international space station malfunctioned Sunday morning. The pump separator apparently flooded. Mission Control advised the astronauts to hang an "out of service" sign on the toilet, until it can be fixed. In the meantime, the six space station residents will have to get in line to use their one good toilet. And Endeavour's seven astronauts will be restricted to the shuttle bathroom. There have never been so many people — 13 — together...
  • Canadian astronauts celebrate milestone

    07/18/2009 9:12:16 AM PDT · by buccaneer81 · 15 replies · 552+ views
    Canadian astronauts celebrate milestone Published Saturday July 18th, 2009 The Canadian Press LONGUEUIL, Que. - A bear hug in space between two Canadian astronauts marked a history-making moment as Julie Payette floated into the International Space Station and was greeted by fellow Canadian Bob Thirsk. It marked the first time two Canadian astronauts were in space together at the same time. Payette was a member of the seven-member crew of the space shuttle Endeavour who arrived at the space station Friday afternoon after five technical and weather-related delays. Thirsk was so excited about the Canadian rendezvous that he snapped pictures...
  • Unplugged: Buzz Aldrin Promotes Mission to Mars

    07/16/2009 5:36:11 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 7 replies · 290+ views
    CBS News ^ | 07/16/09 | Michelle Levi
    The second man to step foot on the moon, Buzz Aldrin, took some time away from celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11's mission to explain his ambitions for space exploration on "Washington Unplugged."
  • Astronauts Launch New Pro-Life TV Commercial After CNN, NBC Reject Ads

    07/16/2009 9:22:09 AM PDT · by julieee · 23 replies · 1,514+ views ^ | July 16, 2009 | Steven Ertelt
    Astronauts Launch New Pro-Life TV Commercial After CNN, NBC Reject Ads Washington, DC -- A pro-life group whose first two television commercials were rejected by NBC and CNN has unveiled a new ads that promote the potential of human life. The ads feature clips of astronaut Neil Armstrong and they have the support of top astronauts Dr. Joseph Kerwin and Gene Krantz. Full story and video of new pro-life ad at:
  • Buzz Aldrin calls for manned flight to Mars to overcome global problems

    07/05/2009 3:26:44 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 49 replies · 1,081+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 7/3/2009 | Richard Alleyne
    The NASA astronaut Buzz Adrin has called for the world to press on with establishing a human settlement on Mars to offer the younger generation much-needed objectives. The second person to walk on the moon said that setting up habitation on the surface of the red planet was a "wonderful objective" for humanity. Buzz Aldrin on the moon, 1969 Given the backdrop of the ailing world economy, space exploration could offer younger generations much-needed goals, the 79-year-old said. "I think we need to look quite a way down into the future to inspire our young people with that greatness. "America...
  • Obama's NASA selection is a boost for manned spaceflight

    05/24/2009 5:51:15 AM PDT · by anniegetyourgun · 10 replies · 493+ views
    LATimes ^ | 5/24/09 | John Johnson, Jr.
    President Obama's selection Saturday of former astronaut Charles F. Bolden Jr. to head NASA gives a boost to the agency's manned space program and its stated goal of returning humans to the moon by 2020. During the presidential campaign, Obama had seemed lukewarm toward NASA and its hugely expensive human spaceflight program. Space enthusiasts were particularly worried after Obama staffers floated the idea of taking money from the agency to fund domestic programs.
  • Astronauts hook up new camera for Hubble

    05/15/2009 3:07:03 AM PDT · by Talisker · 33 replies · 1,080+ views
    My Way News ^ | May 14, 1:23 PM (ET) | MARCIA DUNN
    John Grunsfeld and Andrew Feustel had trouble removing the old camera from the telescope because a bolt was stuck. They fetched extra tools, but none seemed to work. Finally, Mission Control urged the astronauts to use as much force as possible, even though there was a risk the bolt might break. If that had happened, the old camera would be stuck inside, leaving no room for its souped-up replacement. "OK, here we go," Feustel said. "I think I've got it. It turned. It definitely turned." And then: "Woo-hoo, it's moving out!"
  • NASA Spacewalk **Live Thread**

    05/14/2009 6:16:55 AM PDT · by TomGuy · 6 replies · 632+ views
    NASA TV ^ | May 14, 2009
    The spacewalk to start repairing the Hubble began about 8:00 CT this morning. They will be outside about 55 minutes. They are currently 23 minutes into the spacewalk.