On March 24th, ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet was joined by NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough on a spacewalk outside the International Space Station. The outing was fairly routine, but this amazing footage captured by Pesquet gives all of us stuck here on Earth an amazing first-person look of what it’s like to be an…
After 172 days in space, three astronauts are heading back to Earth tonight. For NASA astronaut Jeff Williams, this brings his total days in space to 534 days across his four missions, the most an American astronaut has ever spent in space.
The idea of re-purposing an (ideally) empty rocket fuel tank and turning it into a space habitat has been around for a long time, because it’s a really appealing idea. America’s first space station, Skylab, was designed from a Saturn V rocket’s upper-stage fuel tank, albeit one that was never filled with fuel. Now…
Zero-gravity 3D printing is already operating on the International Space Station, but it can only crank out dinky pieces of plastic. Russian engineers think their space printer can do better—by creating viable replacement parts for the station on the station.
Just a couple of days ago, the first inflatable space station module was attached and successfully inflated on the International Space Station. It’s called the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM), which sounds a little like the place where astronauts will play kickball, but it’s really a bold experiment about…
Have you ever worried how real astronauts or cosmonauts can defend themselves or render harmless hostile life forms? What if an alien breaks into the International Space Station? Or a crew member loses his or her mind and goes berserk? The following set of images will put your mind to ease: aspacemen always carry some…
Normally, space and fire don’t mix well, but NASA is deliberately going to cause a “large fire” inside a Cygnus resupply vessel just to see what happens. The rocket’s launching tonight, and as always, you can watch live.
The passing of one of the world’s most beloved music artists is a hard pill to swallow. David Bowie impacted not just music and fashion, but also science fiction and even real astronauts. Nowhere is this better evidenced than in this cover of “Space Oddity,” recorded in space by International Space Station Commander…
The Cygnus has its wings again! After four attempts, the cargo tug is finally on its way to the International Space Station. The commercial spacecraft will deliver equipment and supplies to astronauts when it arrives at the station on December 9th.
There’s a new space race happening, much smaller in scope than the great US/USSR rivalry of the ‘60s, but one that still marks a huge milestone: the race to see who will be the first to launch a commercial crewed spacecraft. The race is now official as NASA has ordered a crewed mission from SpaceX as well as Boeing.
One minute you’re fooling around in a couple of short-lived space stations that stumble into the atmosphere and burn up, the next you’ve spent a decade and a half with continuous habitation of a major International Space Station. Time flies when you’re outside the gravity well!
The Martian has premiered... just not on this planet. The astronauts on the ISS managed to get the first exclusive screening of the upcoming Ridley Scott scifi movie about an astronaut who gets left behind in the vastness of space (Mars, specifically).
It’s not so much a “bed” “room,” as it is a hidey-hole with a sleeping bag rolled up, a bunch of computers, a loudspeaker to wake you up by blaring noise into your face if there’s an emergency, and some snacks. But such is the romance of outer space.
Ever since the shuttle program ended, NASA has been paying Russia to ferry U.S. astronauts to the International Space Station. But the price-per-seat aboard Russia’s spacecraft has gotten ridiculous. The solution is clear and cost-effective: The US needs its own space taxis. So why won’t Congress pay for it?
This is so cool. Stitched together from both old and new clips of Soyuz launch footage over the years, this video shows what a Soyuz flight from Earth to the International Space Station looks like. And it’s absolutely incredible. You get to see the launch, approach and how it docks to the ISS from multiple angles.
Yesterday morning, an unmanned SpaceX Falcon 9 v. 1.1 rocket carrying a Dragon cargo capsule to the International Space Station (ISS) exploded shortly after launch. While this is a setback to SpaceX, we have to view it in the context of a series of failures that have plagued commercial spaceflight in the last year.
Thursday, Samantha Cristoforetti, the first Italian woman in space, bounced back on earth in her Soyuz capsule. She’d spent nearly 200 days on a single spaceflight, the new record for a female astronaut, and probably 11th overall. That’s amazing. What really sets her apart, though, is how well she shared that…
There are many, many reasons why NASA is the greatest government agency ever created (just try and fight me, National Park Service.) One of the reasons, beyond all the rockets, is that they got the genius idea to attach GoPros to their astronauts. And then they uploaded all of that footage straight to the Internet.
This image, taken by Expedition 41 aboard the International Space Station, looks like the fine artwork of some extra-terrestrial, but it's actually decades old scarred earth and entrenchments of warfare along the Iraq/Iran border.