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  • Touchdown! Yes, Astronauts in Space Can Watch the Super Bowl

    02/05/2016 5:28:37 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 19 replies
    space.com ^ | 02/05/2016 | sarah lewin
    While NASA astronauts Scott Kelly and Tim Kopra on the orbiting laboratory haven't announced their picks for the big game, they will be off duty and able to watch. (Kelly is a Houston Texans fan and watched football on Thanksgiving with former crewmember Kjell Lindgren.) "Crew will be able to watch in real time; it will be sent up as usual for live events from Mission Control Houston," NASA spokesman Dan Huot told Space.com in an email. "It's a nominal off-duty Sunday for the entire crew, so no additional tasks for them aside from exercise." After their day off, the...
  • ...Antarctic fungi survives Martian conditions...strapped outside the space station for 18 months

    01/28/2016 6:28:56 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    daily mail uk ^ | 01/25/2016 | cheyenne macdonald
    After a year-and-a-half long voyage aboard the International Space Station, a group of fungi collected from Antarctica has proven its ability to withstand harsh, Mars-like conditions. More than half of the cells remained intact over the course of the 18-month study, providing new insight for the possibility of life on Mars. These fungal samples, along with lichens from Spain and Austria, have allowed European researchers to assess the survivability and stability of microscopic lifeforms on the red planet. The tiny fungi taken from Antarctica are typically found in the cracks of rocks in this dry, hostile region. Scientists took samples...
  • Pentagon defends use of Russian engines to launch satellites

    01/27/2016 2:44:23 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 27, 2016 4:22 PM EST | Richard Lardner
    Senior Pentagon officials on Wednesday sought to defend the use of Russian-made rocket engines to send U.S. military satellites into space, telling exasperated lawmakers they are moving quickly to end the practice and rely on American-made rockets for the launches. But Air Force Secretary Deborah James and Pentagon acquisition chief Frank Kendall failed to stem sharp criticism from several members of the Senate Armed Services Committee who view Russia as the chief geopolitical threat to the United States. Led by the committee chairman, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., they said using the Russian engines enriches President Vladimir Putin's inner circle and...
  • 3 Private Spaceflight Companies Will Ferry Cargo to Space Station

    01/14/2016 7:23:01 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    Space.com ^ | January 14, 2016 07:17pm ET | Calla Cofield,
    NASA has selected SpaceX, Orbital ATK and Sierra Nevada Corp. to fly cargo to the International Space Station (ISS) starting in 2019, the agency announced today (Jan 14). Between 2019 and 2024, NASA will purchase a minimum of six uncrewed cargo missions from each of the three companies, agency officials said in a media briefing today. The space agency has the option to purchase additional re-supply missions from any of the three providers, and will likely do so, said Kirk Shireman, program manager for the ISS. SpaceX and Orbital ATK were selected as cargo providers in NASA's first round of...
  • Astronauts set for Friday spacewalk to fix power glitch

    01/14/2016 7:35:24 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 6 replies
    CBS ^ | 01/14/2016 | William Harwood/
    Two space station astronauts are gearing up for a planned six-and-a-half-hour spacewalk Friday to replace a presumably shorted out solar array voltage regulator that knocked one of the lab's eight power channels out of action late last year. They also plan to finish up ongoing work to route power and data cables needed for new docking mechanisms that will be installed later. The voltage regulator, a 200-pound box known as a sequential shunt unit, or SSU, is one of eight at the base of each of the station's solar power wings that serve to relay regulated 160-volt DC current to...
  • Space Zinnias Rebound from Space Blight on Space Station

    01/11/2016 7:52:57 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | 01/10/2016 | Ken Kremer
    Zinnia experimental plants growing aboard the International Space Station (ISS) have staged a dramatic New Year’s comeback from a potential near death experience over the Christmas holidays, when traces of mold were discovered. ... After suffering from a serious case of space blight on the space station, the 'Space Zinnias' growing inside the orbiting outposts Veggie facility are now on the comeback trail from space based trials and tribulations. ... At first the space station Zinnias made great progress, sprouting healthily into larger plants with bigger leaves than those growing on Earth. "These plants appear larger than their ground-based counterparts...
  • "Hello, is this planet Earth?" - astronaut dials wrong number

    12/25/2015 3:37:48 PM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    DPA international ^ | December 25, 2015
    London (dpa) - British astronaut Tim Peake has apologized for dialling the wrong number from space. "I'd like to apologise to the lady I just called by mistake saying 'Hello, is this planet Earth?' - not a prank call ... just a wrong number!" Peake posted on Twitter. Peake, 43, a former helicopter pilot, arrived at the International Space Station (ISS) on December 15. He was accompanied by American Tim Kopra, 52, and Russian Yury Malenchenko, 53. On Friday, the ISS passes over the Spanish-French border soon after sunset in England, Peake wrote on his blog. And stargazers are in...
  • Cygnus Docks at Station for Christmas Delivery to Successfully Resume American Resupply Chain

    12/09/2015 6:00:36 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 1 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | on December 9, 2015 | Ken Kremer
    The Orbital ATK Cygnus CRS-4 resupply vessel arrived in the vicinity of the massive orbiting outpost around 530 a.m. EST today with pinpoint accuracy after precisely firing its maneuvering thrusters to home in on the complex during a two day orbital chase. After moving close in to the station, NASA astronaut Kjell Lindgren deftly grappled the Cygnus - named the "S.S. Deke Slayton II" - with the space station 57-foot-long robotic arm, Canadarm2, at 6:19 a.m. EST, while operating the arm from a robotics work station inside the seven windowed domed cupola. The entire sequence was broadcast live on NASA...
  • NASA Counting on 1st US Space Station Shipment in Months

    12/03/2015 9:27:00 AM PST · by don-o · 21 replies
    AP via ABC ^ | December 3, 2015 | marcia dunn,
    NASA is looking to get back on track with the first U.S. delivery to the International Space Station in nearly eight months. An unmanned Atlas rocket is scheduled to blast off at 5:55 p.m. Thursday from Cape Canaveral, Florida, with 7,400 pounds of supplies. But clouds and rain could push the launch into Friday, when the weather worsens.
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Assembly of The International Space Station

    11/09/2015 12:21:09 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    NASA ^ | November 09, 2015 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: It is the largest and most sophisticated object ever built off the Earth. It has taken numerous spaceflights and over a decade to construct. The International Space Station (ISS) is currently the premiere habitat for humans in Earth orbit, and an amalgamation of sophisticated orbiting laboratories that have examined everything from the formation of new materials and medicines created in microgravity -- to the limitations of the human body -- to the composition of the universe. This month, the ISS is celebrating 15 years of continuous human habitation. The ISS has been visited by astronauts from 15 countries, so...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- ISS Double Transit

    09/11/2015 9:04:48 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 9 replies
    NASA ^ | September 12, 2015 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Not once, but twice the International Space Station transits the Sun on consecutive orbits of planet Earth in this video frame composite. The scene was captured on August 22 from a single well-chosen location in Schmalenbeck, Germany where the ISS created intersecting shadow paths only around 7 kilometers wide. Crossing the solar disk in a second or less, the transits themselves were separated in time by about 90 minutes, corresponding to the space station's orbital period. while the large, flare-producing sunspot group below center, AR 2043, remained a comfortable 150 million kilometers away, the distance between camera and orbiting...
  • NASA salvages old space shuttle parts for the ISS

    08/21/2015 3:17:33 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 25 replies
    engadget ^ | Mariella Moon
    NASA has apparently been stripping and reusing parts from old spacecraft, because when you have lofty goals and a limited budget, you gotta do what you gotta do. For instance, it's salvaging the four water tanks installed on the space shuttle Endeavour this week, so the agency can use them to build a new storage system for the International Space Station. Those tanks can store 300 liters in all that can last for 25 to 27 days: they're expected to help free more time for the crew to spend on their experiments. Also, according to NASA spokesperson Daniel Huot, they...
  • Watch HTV-5 Chase the International Space Station From Your Backyard

    08/19/2015 7:16:39 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 1 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | August 19, 2015 | David Dickinson
    HTV does not incorporate deployable solar panels, but instead, has panels wrapped around its body. This can also lend itself to some pretty bright flares as it passes overhead. The H-IIB is a two stage rocket, and ground observers should keep an eye out for the second stage booster during ISS passes as well... Grapple of the HTV-5 will occur Monday over central Asia. Keep in mind, the HTV-5 will have to perform several burns to reach the elevation of the ISS: this means its orbit will evolve daily. Heavens-Above and NASA’s Spot the Station tracker typically publish sighting predictions...
  • Cygnus Restarts Cargo Runs to the Space Station After Antares Rocket Explosion

    08/15/2015 11:00:26 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    The spacecraft will haul approximately 3,600 kilograms (4 tons) of material in a pressurized cargo module to the International Space Station in December 2015. This is the fourth Commercial Resupply Services cargo run by Orbital Sciences (OA-4). The Cygnus spacecraft is developed and produced by Orbital Sciences. Historically, it has always launched on an Orbital Antares rocket, but that rocket is still grounded for safety upgrades following the unscheduled rapid disassembly last fall. Instead, the Cygnus will be launched by a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. It will also be launching from a new pad — Cape Canaveral instead...
  • 'The ISS is being monitored by aliens': Conspiracy theorists spot yet another UFO hovering...

    08/11/2015 10:15:34 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 38 replies
    www.dailymail.co.uk ^ | Updated: 04:09 EST, 11 August 2015 | By Mia De Graaf
    Full Title: 'The ISS is being monitored by aliens': Conspiracy theorists spot yet another UFO hovering above the space station ============================================================================================================= Another UFO has been spotted hovering over the International Space Station, conspiracy theorists claim. Footage allegedly taken from a Nasa camera shows a pink and white object soaring across space. It has reignited claims the ISS is being 'monitored by extra-terrestrials'. The latest supposed sighting comes after another Nasa video, shot from the ISS in June, which showed mysterious lights 'leaving' Earth before the stream cut. The short clip, uploaded to YouTube, is the latest to fuel claims that...
  • ISS Astronauts to Sample Leafy Greens Grown on Space Station

    08/08/2015 10:54:29 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 16 replies
    Expedition 44 crew members, including Nasa astronaut Scott Kelly, are ready to sample the fruits of their labour after harvesting a crop of "Outredgeous" red romaine lettuce from the "veggie plant" growth system on the orbiting laboratory. The astronauts will clean the leafy greens with citric acid-based, food safe sanitizing wipes before consuming them. ... Nasa's plant experiment, called Veg-01, is being used to study the in-orbit function and performance of the plant growth facility and its rooting "pillows" which contain the seeds. The first "pillows" were activated, watered and cared for by Expedition 39 flight engineer Steve Swanson in...
  • NASA signing $490M contract with Russia

    08/06/2015 8:28:32 AM PDT · by rktman · 7 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 8/5/2015 | Rebecca Shabad
    NASA informed lawmakers on Wednesday that because Congress has failed to fully fund its Commercial Crew Program for the last five years, it is signing a $490 million contract extension with Russia to send Americans to space. The new contract, running through 2019, means that NASA will continue to depend on Russia to get its astronauts to space even as tensions between Washington and Moscow escalate. It will put money in Russia’s pockets even as U.S. economic sanctions seek to put pressure on Russian President Vladimir Putin’s government over the conflict in Ukraine.
  • Russian, Japanese, US crew reach ISS despite minor mishap

    07/23/2015 5:21:31 AM PDT · by csvset · 2 replies
    France 24 ^ | 23 july 2015 | Anna Smolchenko
    MOSCOW (AFP) - Astronauts from Russia, Japan and the United States Thursday docked successfully with the International Space Station after a two-month delay, despite a minor hiccup. The Soyuz TMA 17M rocket -- carrying cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, US astronaut Kjell Lindgren and Kimiya Yui of Japan -- blasted off from the Baikonur cosmodrome on schedule after a two-month delay caused by the failure of a Russian rocket during an unmanned resupply mission. The launch and the docking were successful even though one solar array -- a type of power supply that captures energy from the sun -- did not deploy...
  • Human Skin Gets Thinner In Space, International Space Station Study

    07/22/2015 1:16:51 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    newseveryday.com ^ | 22 Jul '15 14:43PM | Ashwin Subramania -
    "We use femtosecond laser pulses. We scan the skin and we get signals from the skin, particularly fluorescence, as well as another signal called second harmonic generation. So with these two signals we can build up images and get a precise look into the skin with a high resolution. The resolution is a factor of one thousand (times) better than ultrasound....." "So far we've got interesting results from three astronauts. It seems that there is a strong production of collagen; so suddenly these astronauts have more collagen. It means there is some sort of anti-ageing effect, at least in the...
  • ISS crew shelters from space junk

    07/16/2015 7:54:33 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    dw.com ^ | July 16, 2015
    A "close pass" by orbiting junk has forced the International Space Station's crew to scramble into its attached Soyuz capsule. It is the fourth time in ISS's 15 years that a collision risk has prompted such precautions. Three astronauts briefly fled the International Space Station (ISS) on Thursday as a fragment of a former Soviet weather satellite flew by. They sheltered in a Soyuz spacecraft, which normally transports crew members to and from Earth. A space industry source quoted by the Russian news agency Interfax claimed that US space monitors had spotted the space junk "very late." That had left...
  • SpaceX Capsule to Deliver New Parking Spot for Space Station

    06/26/2015 5:40:46 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    AP ^ | MARCIA DUNN
    Besides food and experiments, the Dragon cargo ship ordered up by NASA holds a new docking port, or parking place, for future commercial crew capsules. Liftoff is scheduled for 10:21 a.m. Sunday. Good flying weather is forecast for SpaceX's unmanned Falcon rocket. This shipment is especially critical because the space station has lost two deliveries since fall. A Russian supply ship spun out of control shortly after liftoff in April and burned up on re-entry with all its contents. In October, an Orbital Sciences Corp. cargo carrier was destroyed in a Virginia launch explosion. Once again, SpaceX is picking up...
  • National Space Society Opposes Senate Gutting of Commercial Crew Program

    National Space Society Opposes Senate Gutting of Commercial Crew Program [and investing in Russian economy] The National Space Society (NSS) strongly opposes the Senate Appropriations Committee’s $344 million (27%) cut of the 2015 Commercial Crew budget requested by the Administration. The Senate cuts were $100 million more than those recently passed by the House. NSS stands with NASA administrator Charles Bolden when he said “By gutting this program and turning our backs on U.S. industry, NASA will be forced to continue to rely on Russia to get its astronauts into space – and to continue to invest hundreds of millions...
  • [Space] Station Astronaut Snaps Super Sharp View of the Great Pyramids from Space

    06/14/2015 11:46:21 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 40 replies
    Universe Today ^ | 13 June 2015 | Ken Kremer
    On his last full day in space aboard the International Space Station (ISS), NASA astronaut Terry Virts at last captured a truly iconic shot of one of the “Seven Wonders of the World” – the Great Pyramids of Giza in Egypt. Virts snapped the exquisitely sharp view of the Egyptian pyramids at Giza on June 10 looking out from the stations windows, just hours before entering the Soyuz return spaceship and closing the hatches behind him for his planned plummet back to Earth. He proudly posted the spectacular photo on his twitter social media account from space while serving as...
  • Station Astronaut Snaps Super Sharp View of the Great Pyramids from Space

    06/13/2015 5:25:38 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 44 replies
    universetoday.com/ ^ | on June 13, 2015 | Ken Kremer
    On his last full day in space aboard the International Space Station (ISS), NASA astronaut Terry Virts at last captured a truly iconic shot of one of the “Seven Wonders of the World” – the Great Pyramids of Giza in Egypt. Virts snapped the exquisitely sharp view of the Egyptian pyramids at Giza on June 10 looking out from the stations windows, just hours before entering the Soyuz return spaceship and closing the hatches behind him for his planned plummet back to Earth. He proudly posted the spectacular photo on his twitter social media account from space while serving as...
  • Is Elon Musk Just A Billionaire Welfare King?

    06/12/2015 9:27:31 PM PDT · by Rabin · 32 replies
    oilprice.com ^ | 11 June 2015 | Gaurav Agnihotri
    Elon Musk our billionaire, whose Stimulus funded Tesla Motors, Solarandra City and (only option to Russia, NASA is out) Space X has received $4.9 billion in FedSlush. Is Elon Musk a billionaire welfare queen of Federal grants, discounted loans, tax breaks, government RICO & Carbon credits? Tesla is set to receive an incentive worth $1.3 billion from the state of Nevada. Anyone who buys a Tesla gets a $7,500 federal income tax credit, Californians receive an additional rebate of $2,500 from the state. In all, Tesla Motors Inc. has received close to $2.391 billion in form of government subsidies. SolarCity,...
  • Glitch [putting it mildly!] shifts position of International Space Station

    06/10/2015 10:12:18 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 26 replies
    miamiherald.com ^ | June 10, 2015
    Roscosmos said the engines of a Soyuz spacecraft docked at the station unexpectedly started during testing of the radio system that controls the docking procedure. Steps were taken to stabilize the station and specialists were now working to determine what caused the engines to start, the agency said. Two Soyuz spacecraft are docked at the station, and one of them is scheduled to return three of the six crew members to Earth this week. Roscosmos did not specify which capsule had the malfunction, but said the landing would go ahead as planned.
  • Watch SpaceX cargo ship depart from ISS Thursday morning

    05/20/2015 6:17:37 AM PDT · by Elderberry · 1 replies
    EarthSky ^ | May20,2015
    The SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft is set to leave the International Space Station tomorrow. Live coverage starts at 6:45 a.m. EDT (1045 UTC) on May 21. After delivering more than two tons of supplies and research to the International Space Station that will help prepare NASA astronauts and robotic explorers for future missions to Mars, the SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft is set to leave the orbital laboratory on Thursday, May 21. NASA Television will provide live coverage of Dragon’s departure beginning at 6:45 a.m. EDT. Watch here. The Dragon capsule, which arrived at the station April 17, will be detached...
  • Russian rocket pieces may crash on land after launch goes awry

    05/16/2015 1:45:19 PM PDT · by Lurch Addams · 31 replies
    CNN ^ | 5/16/15 | Ben Brumfield and Brian Walker
    A glitch in a Russian space launch may have sent part of a rocket and its payload -- a satellite -- plummeting down onto southeastern Siberia, according to Russian state-run media reports. It is the second space mission failure for the Russian Federal Space Agency, Roscosmos, in less than a month. And the mishap occurs on the anniversary of a similar loss in 2014.
  • Ever Wonder How You'd Go To The Bathroom On The Space Station?

    05/11/2015 5:06:08 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 38 replies
    popular science ^ | Loren Grush
    ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti demonstrates
  • Doomed Russian Spacecraft Is Falling From Space, But Where Will It Fall?

    05/06/2015 6:42:05 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 54 replies
    Space.com ^ | Leonard David,
    Round and round it goes, but exactly where a failed Russian space cargo ship will fall to Earth on this week is a guessing game. On April 28, Russia's uncrewed Progress 59 supply ship streaked into orbit atop a Soyuz launcher, intended to dock with the International Space Station. But shortly after liftoff ... Russian mission control team could not command the cargo vessel packed with nearly 3 tons of supplies. Current forecasts predict that the Progress should fall to Earth in an uncontrolled, destructive nose-dive on Thursday (May 8) between 3:11 a.m. and 5:26 a.m. EDT (0711-0826 GMT). Some...
  • Is Russia Planning to Disassemble the International Space Station?

    05/04/2015 12:03:29 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 47 replies
    The Motley Fool ^ | May 3, 2015 | Rich Smith
    Is Russia Planning to Disassemble the International Space Station? Goodbye, International Space Station. We hardly knew ye. For nearly two decades, since the launch of its first "module" in 1998, the International Space Station has been a symbol of global cooperation, and the site of actual cooperation among scientists from many nations. Comprised of 15 separate modules, and inhabited continuously since 2000, the International Space Station has hosted upward of 200 astronauts and cosmonauts from 15 different nations over 17 years in service. But in just a few more years, all this will come to an end. Like disassembling an...
  • Russian spacecraft Progress M-27M 'out of control'

    05/03/2015 12:52:04 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 23 replies
    BBC ^ | 29 April 2015 | BBC
    A Russian spacecraft delivering supplies to the International Space Station (ISS) is out of control and will fall back to Earth, officials say. The unmanned cargo ship was launched from Kazakhstan on Tuesday, but contact was lost with it soon afterwards. Russia's space agency says Progress M-27M is now orbiting in an uncontrolled spin. It cannot reach the ISS and is likely to break up on re-entering Earth's atmosphere. The craft carried on to a higher orbit after contact was lost. Igor Komarov, the head of Russia's space agency, Roscosmos, said: "The craft's continued flight and its docking with the...
  • Doomed Russian Spaceship May Re-Enter Next Week

    05/01/2015 12:44:29 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    discovery.com ^ | Irene Klotz
    An out-of-control Russian Progress capsule, loaded with more than 3 tons of cargo for the International Space Station, may burn up in the atmosphere as early as next week, NASA said on Friday. Ground controllers lost contact with the ship shortly after its launch on Tuesday from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Engineers tried for more than a day to rescue the craft, to no avail ... An investigation in the botched mission is underway. Preliminary findings indicate a problem with the capsule’s separation from its Soyuz launcher. Among the evidence: debris orbiting near the tumbling Progress capsule, the Air...
  • Musk blames SpaceX rocket landing FAIL on lazy 'throttle valve response'

    04/19/2015 2:52:20 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 47 replies
    theregister.co.uk ^ | Kelly Fiveash
    Billionaire biz baron Elon Musk has revealed a few more details about why SpaceX's latest attempt to land a rocket in one piece at sea had failed. The Register reported on the drama as it unfolded on Tuesday. Once again, Falcon 9 successfully launched the capsule payload to 'nauts on the International Space Station, only for the rocket to hit the "just read the instructions" deck hard on its shaky return to Earth.
  • Ammonia Leak Alarm on the ISS Forces Evacuation of US Side, Crew Safe

    01/14/2015 7:17:42 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | on January 14, 2015 | Ken Kremer
    NASA announced that an alarm sounded in the US segment at about 4 a.m. EST. indicating a possible ammonia leak. As a result, all six Expedition 42 astronauts and cosmonauts evacuated the US segment. “Flight controllers in Mission Control at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston saw an increase in pressure in the station’s water loop for thermal control system B then later saw a cabin pressure increase that could be indicative of an ammonia leak in the worst case scenario,” according to a NASA announcement.
  • NASA SELECTS SPACEX TO BE PART OF AMERICA’S HUMAN SPACEFLIGHT PROGRAM

    12/29/2014 4:10:39 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 27 replies
    SpaceX ^ | September 16, 2014 | SpaceX
    Today, NASA selected SpaceX’s Falcon 9 launch vehicle and Dragon spacecraft to fly American astronauts to the International Space Station under the Commercial Crew Program. SpaceX is deeply honored by the trust NASA has placed in us, and we welcome today’s decision and the mission it advances with gratitude and seriousness of purpose. Under the $2.6 billion contract, SpaceX will launch the Crew Dragon spacecraft atop the Falcon 9 launch vehicle from Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida.
  • ISS astronaut needs a wrench, NASA successfully 'emails' him one

    12/19/2014 2:44:12 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 43 replies
    cnet.com ^ | 19 December 2014 9:46 pm GMT | Anthony Domanico
    An astronaut aboard the International Space Station needed a socket wrench, so NASA engineers emailed him designs for 3D-printing one.
  • Astronauts Make a Water Bubble... IN SPACE… IN 3-D! (Video)

    11/07/2014 10:57:26 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 5 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 11-7-2014 | ALEX CHANCEY
    To quote the late, great author Douglas Adams, space “is big. Really big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mindbogglingly big it is.” So naturally, the astronauts of Expedition 40 to the International Space Station decided to explore that bigness by learning about water surface tension in microgravity. To put it in layperson’s terms, they made a softball-sized bubble out of water, stuck a GoPro inside and played with it.
  • Antares rocket explodes on lifetoff

    10/28/2014 4:41:34 PM PDT · by CivilWarBrewing · 62 replies
    YouTube ^ | October 28, 2014 | Brad Panovich
    The video says it all.
  • NASA rocket explodes during launch at Wallops Island

    10/28/2014 3:31:06 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 116 replies
    A space station deliver rocket scheduled launch Tuesday evening exploded and crashed as it took off from Wallops Island.
  • Cygnus Rocket blows Up After Launch

    10/28/2014 3:25:17 PM PDT · by hoagy62 · 35 replies
    10/28/14 | Hoagy62
    The Cygnus space cargo craft atop the Antares rocket exploded just after launch. The Rocket lifted off, gained about 100 feet, there was an explosion, then the rocket fell back down and exploded on the pad at Wallops Island.
  • SPACEX CRS-4 MISSION: CRS-4 Launch

    09/30/2014 5:42:32 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX
    SpaceX ^ | Fri Sep, 19 2014 10:50 PM PDT — Sat Oct, 18 2014 12:00 PM PDT | SpaceX
    6 days ago At 9:21am ET, Dragon is fully attached to the ISS, its home for the next four weeks. Astronauts will now prepare to open Dragon's hatch to unload cargo, including materials to support more than 255 science experiments.
  • NASA awards space taxi contract to Boeing and SpaceX

    09/16/2014 2:28:57 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 16, 2014 | James Rogers
    NASA has awarded the highly-anticipated space taxi contract to Boeing and SpaceX, a move which will end the agency’s reliance on Russian technology to transport U.S. astronauts to the International Space Station. The Commercial Crew Transportation Capability contract aims to restore an American capability to launch astronauts from U.S. soil to the International Space Station by the end of 2017. Since the end of the Space Shuttle program in 2011, American astronauts have been transported to space on Russian-built Soyuz vessels. …
  • Sea plankton 'found living outside International Space Station'

    08/22/2014 6:19:50 AM PDT · by shove_it · 52 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 21 Aug 2014 | Sarah Knapton,
    Sea plankton has been discovered living on the outside of the International Space Station, Russian cosmonauts have claimed. Scientists on board the ISS are reported to have discovered living organisms when taking samples from windows. Head of the Russian ISS orbital mission Vladimir Solovyev said the results of the experiment “are absolutely unique”. Solovyev told the Russian Itar-Tass news agency that the tiny marine life-forms were not native to the launch site in Kazakhstan. “Plankton in these stages of development could be found on the surface of the oceans,” he said. “This is not typical for Baikonur [in Kazakhstan]. It...
  • Russia Bans U.S. From International Space Station: America Strikes Back

    06/22/2014 5:56:42 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 41 replies
    The Motley Fool ^ | 22JUN2014 | Rich Smith
    Look! Up in the sky! Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's an International Space Station. But if Russia gets its way, it's going to be off-limits to the United States soon. For weeks now, there have been rumblings about Russia wanting to ban the United States from using the ISS while the two countries wrangled over Ukraine. While that would probably violate international law, it may be feasible from a practical perspective. Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin argued that "the Russian segment [of the ISS] can exist independently from the American one. The U.S. one...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Camelopardalids and ISS

    05/25/2014 1:29:44 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    NASA ^ | May 25, 2014 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: From a camp on the northern shores of the Great Lake Erie, three short bright meteor streaks were captured in this composited night skyscape. Recorded over the early morning hours of May 24, the meteors are elusive Camelopardalids. Their trails point back to the meteor shower's radiant near Polaris, in the large but faint constellation Camelopardalis the camel leopard, or in modern terms the Giraffe. While a few meteors did appear, the shower was not an active one as the Earth crossed through the predicted debris trail of periodic comet 209P/LINEAR. Of course, the long bright streak in the...
  • Dragon cargo capsule encounters water seepage

    05/21/2014 4:12:09 PM PDT · by Yossarian · 15 replies
    Spaceflight Now ^ | 5/21/14 | STEPHEN CLARK
    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo -- Sea water seeped into SpaceX's Dragon supply capsule when it parachuted into the Pacific Ocean on Sunday, the second such occurrence since the cargo carrier began flying to the International Space Station in 2012, but a NASA space station manager said Wednesday there is no indication the incident damaged any of the sensitive research samples stowed inside. The Dragon spacecraft descends to a parachute-assisted touchdown Sunday. Photo credit: SpaceX  "SpaceX did occur a minor incursion that they saw upon opening the hatch," said Dan Hartman, NASA's deputy space station program manager. "That has not caused us...
  • SpaceX Dragon returns to Earth from International Space Station (Who needs the Russians?)

    05/18/2014 6:05:35 PM PDT · by equalator · 20 replies
    Fox News ^ | 5-18-2014
    "Very nice to have a vehicle that can take your science, equipment and maybe someday even humans back to Earth," Swanson told Mission Control. The SpaceX Dragon is the only supply ship capable of returning items to Earth. The others burn up on re-entry. This was the fourth Dragon to bring back space station goods, with 3,500 pounds aboard; it came down off Mexico's Baja California coast.
  • Russia to ban US from using Space Station over Ukraine sanctions

    05/14/2014 6:22:32 AM PDT · by shove_it · 38 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 13 May 2014
    In retaliation for imposing sanctions, Russia will also bar its rocket engines from launching US military satellites Russia is to deny the US future use of the International Space Station beyond 2020 and will also bar its rocket engines from launching US military satellites as it hits back at American sanctions imposed over Ukraine crisis. Russia’s deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin announced a series of punitive measures on Tuesday against the US in response to sanctions imposed after Russia annexed Crimea...
  • Russia Restricts U.S. Access To Space Over Ukraine

    05/15/2014 9:15:21 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 18 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | May 15, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    World Leadership: In retaliation for imposing sanctions over Ukraine, Moscow will bar our use of its rocket engines in launching U.S. military satellites and deny the U.S. use of the International Space Station. It may come as news to some that the nation that once used the massive Saturn V launch vehicle to put men on the moon now imports Russian rocket engines, but we do. That supply is to be cut off in response to the sanctions imposed by President Obama in response to Moscow's annexation of Crimea and its actions against Ukraine. Also to be cut off is...