All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘ISS’

William Shatner and NASA Share Twitter Exchange

Iconic actor William Shatner tweeted to NASA on Saturday, and received an update on the status of the International Space Station. Back in April, NASA honored Shatner with its highest award bestowed upon civilians, the Distinguished Public Service medal. The medal cited Shatner for “outstanding generosity and dedication to inspiring new generations of explorers around the world, and for unwavering …

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William Shatner Honored by NASA for Service

NASA honored iconic actor William Shatner with its highest award bestowed upon civilians Saturday, the Distinguished Public Service medal. Shatner received the citation while attending his own Hollywood Charity Horse Show in Los Angeles, which raises money for children’s causes. The medal cited Shatner for “outstanding generosity and dedication to inspiring new generations of explorers around the world, and for …

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NASA Spacewalk Finishes 1.5 Hours Early

Without a doubt, the most awe-inspiring and visually stunning movie of 2013 was Gravity, a movie concerning space starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock. In Alfonso Cuarón’s film, both Clooney’s and Bullock’s characters are sent hurtling through space after their spacewalk goes awry following collision from space debris. Luckily for NASA, Saturday’s spacewalk saw none of the complications Clooney and …

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NASA 3D Printer Flying to ISS in 2014

Despite vast cuts to NASA’s budget over the past several years, the space agency still seems to be able to push beyond the boundaries of reality and make science fiction science fact. Just last week, the Mars Curiosity rover was able to find evidence of water on the Red Planet. Now, NASA has announced that it will send a 3D …

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Joint Russian/U.S. Crew Leaves for Space Station

The latest crew of the International Space Station left for orbit on a Russian Soyuz rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 4:58 PM EDT today, for a six-hour flight, before docking to the Russian-made segment of the facility. One can watch the event in the clip posted by NASA Television below: NASA astronaut Michael Hopkins joins Russian Federal …

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NASA Board to Investigate Spacewalk Malfunction

One week ago, ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano and NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy glided outside the International Space Station (ISS) to do routine maintenance and prepare rigging cables for the arrival of a new Russian laboratory module. Shortly into the spacewalk, Parmitano reported excessive water floating free inside his spacesuit helmet and the spacewalk, which was scheduled to last for over …

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Spacewalk Cut Short by Wardrobe Malfunction

Early this morning, European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Luca Parmitano and NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy exited the International Space Station to conduct assembly and maintenance on the spacecraft. The spacewalk was scheduled to last around 6.5 hours and was being streamed live by the space agencies. The mission was cut short, however, by a malfunction in one astronaut’s spacesuit. Shortly …

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Astronaut Luca Parmitano’s Selfie Puts Your Selfies to Shame

I know that your hair looked super awesome when you decided to snap that selfie in the girl’s bathroom of your local Target. Yes, your face looks super cute – I love the way you pursed your lips. Brilliant. But your selfies suck compared to space selfies. This sure beats any “selfie” I’ve done up to now | Il migliore …

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Washing Your (Long) Hair in Space Is Kind of a Pain [VIDEO]

Now that Astronaut McAwesomeMan Chris Hadfield has left the International Space Station (in incredible fashion, might I add), who is going to show us how even the most mundane tasks are incredibly interesting when performed in space? Expedition 36 crew member Karen Nyberg, that’s who. She shows us how washing your hair in space, considering you have long hair, is …

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Chris Hadfield Covers David Bowie’s Space Oddity Aboard the ISS

Canadian Space Agency astronaut Chris Hadfield has been doing awesome things in space, aboard the International Space Station, for some time now – now he’s on his way back to Earth after a stint as the ISS’ Commander. Well, here’s his goodbye. It’s a slightly tweaked version of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity.” Yep, “Space Oddity” performed in space. It just …

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Canada’s New Space-Themed $5 Bill Unveiled…in Space

Canada just unveiled their new polymer $5 bank note, and they had a little help from someone that’s out of this world. Literally. Well, not its orbit (apologies). Anyway, Canadian Space Agency Astronaut Chris Hadfield, Commander of the International Space Station, was part of the big reveal. For those of you who lost track, yes, Canada did just unveil a …

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Astronaut Wrings Out Water Aboard the ISS, Proving That Even Mundane Tasks Are Awesome in Space

Canadian Space Agency Astronaut Chris Hadfield is awesome, space is awesome, and everything he does in space is awesome. Proving once again that even the most mundane tasks are transformed into something incredible when performed in zero gravity, here’s Hadfield wringing out a soaking-wet washcloth aboard the ISS. Not only is the wringing-out part cool, but so is the whole …

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SpaceX Problem Alters Dragon Capsule Schedule

The second SpaceX mission to resupply the International Space Station (ISS) began early this morning as a Falcon 9 rocket lifted the Dragon capsule into orbit. Though the launch was successful, a problem with three of the capsule’s four thruster pods delayed the opening of its solar arrays. SpaceX engineers had to wait until the capsule was over its Australia-based …

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Watch Astronaut Chris Hadfield Make a Space Sandwich

Here’s Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield giving us a tour of his space kitchen and showing off his zero-gravity culinary prowess. When you’re done with this, make sure you catch his recent reddit AMA. It’s out of this world! (I’ll show myself out).

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NASA to Host Google Hangout From the International Space Station

NASA announced this week that it will host the first-ever Google+ Hangout live from the International Space Station (ISS). The Hangout will take place from 11 am to 12 pm EST on February 22. The event will allow NASA fans to interact with astronauts both on Earth and aboard the ISS. Astronauts Kevin Ford, Chris Hadfield, and Tom Marshburn will …

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Space Life Weakens Immune Systems, Shows Study

A new study performed aboard the International Space Station (ISS) has shown that being in space weakens astronauts’ immune systems. Researchers hope the findings can help prevent disease for those of us still on the planet. European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Thomas Reiter performed the experiments while on the ISS, as seen in the video below. Human immune cells were …

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NASA to Launch ISS Instrument to Monitor Ocean Winds

NASA announced this week that it will launch an instrument called the ISS-RapidScat to the International Space Station (ISS) next year to measure ocean winds. The instrument, originally built to test NASA;s QuikScat satellite, will measure the Earth’s ocean surface wind speed and direction. The data will improve weather forecasts and hurricane monitoring. “The ability for NASA to quickly reuse …

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New Crew Lifts Off to the International Space Station [VIDEO]

The next crew of the International Space Station (ISS) has left the Earth. The Expedition 34 crew today lifted off from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 7:12 am EST. The crew consists of NASA astronaut Tom Marshburn, Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) cosmonaut Roman Romanenko, and Canadian Space Agency astronaut Chris Hadfield. The crew is currently riding the Soyuz TMA-07M …

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NASA Issues Contracts For Future Manned Spaceflights

NASA today announced that it has awarded three different companies contracts to develop technology that will enable commercial manned spaceflight from U.S. soil. The Boeing Company, Sierra Nevada Corporation Space System, and Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) were all contracted for around $10 million. The companies will begin developing integrated crew transportation systems that will launch American astronauts to the International …

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Space Station Astronauts Safely Return To Earth

Three members of the International Space Station’s (ISS) Expedition 33 crew safely touched down on the surface of Earth this weekend. They landed just north of Arkalyk, Kazakhstan, in the first pre-dawn landing in darkness for an ISS crew since Expedition 12 returned in 2006. Expedition 33 Commander Sunita “Suni” Williams, Flight Engineer Akihiko Hoshide, and Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko …

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SpaceX Dragon Capsule Docks With the International Space Station

The Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) Dragon spacecraft successfully docked with the International Space Station (ISS) this morning. The docking represents another as-planned step in what is NASA’s first privatized cargo and resupply mission under its Commercial Resupply Services contract, after the launch of the spacecraft went perfectly on Sunday. Hours before docking, the Dragon was captured by the Canadian-made, 17.6-meter …

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SpaceX Tests Its New Rocket “Merlin 1D” [Video]

SpaceX continues to push its space dominating agenda forward with its newest test of the ‘Merlin 1D” rocket propulsion system. Building on the technology from its previous 3 launches, including the historic launch and recovery of the Dragon capsule, the Merlin 1D has achieved a full mission duration firing and multiple restarts at target thrust and specific impulse (Isp). In …

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Stellar Photos From the International Space Station

These fantastic photos were taken by Flight Engineer Don Petit during the Expedition 31’s current tenure aboard the International Space Station. He explains who he capture such stunning images on his flickr account. You know, if you ever happen to be aboard the International Space Station and want to try it yourself: “My star trail images are made by taking …

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China Planning Manned Mission To Its Space Station

China has a problem. They have such a fairly long history of blatantly stealing technology from other companies, that they were not invited to participate in the International Space Station program. So, to stick their tongues out at everyone, they decide to take the Soviet approach and make their own. Now they are ready to man that space station. Today …

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SpaceX’s Success May Lead To Military Contracts

SpaceX made history 2 weeks ago becoming the very first private company to launch a capsule into space and have it dock with the International Space Station. Now that the Dragon has successfully returned to earth, SpaceX can start working on it’s contract through the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The resupply contract for the International Space Station has …

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SpaceX Dragon Space Capsule To Return Home

Earlier today the Dragon space capsule departed from the International Space Station and began its trip back down from the heavens. The Dragon capsule spent 5 days connected to the ISS and it was able to deliver supplies and is returning nearly 1,400 pounds of old space station equipment and some science samples, a little more than it took up. …

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SpaceX Dragon Capsule From ISS [Photos]

Last week SpaceX did what had never been done before. They managed to become the very first private company to dock with the International Space Station. The momentous feat was part of an effort to shift some of responsibilities of cargo shipments to and from the ISS away from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and give it to SpaceX …

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SpaceX’s Dragon Docks With ISS [Live Feed]

So the time is finally here for the SpaceX capsule titled “Dragon” to dock with the ISS. After several tests yesterday NASA deemed that it was indeed ready to go ahead and start docking procedures. Part of these was matching speed with the ISS and moving it closer so it could be grasped with the robotic arm. They will then …

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SpaceX’s Dragon Gets Closer To Docking With ISS

Two days ago, SpaceX started a historic journey to become the first commercial company to dock to the International Space Station. Since the launch the Dragon space capsule has had one task to complete after another and it has done every one of them without complaining once. Early this morning, Dragon’s thrusters fired, bringing the vehicle 2.4 kilometers below the …

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SpaceX Finally Sets Date For Dragon Launch

On May 19th, private space firm SpaceX, will finally launch its vaunted Falcon 9 rocket into space. Aboard the rocket is the Dragon space capsule. The hopes of this launch is to have the Dragon capsule dock with the International Space Station and both deliver a payload and unload space garbage. The launch was originally suppose to take place on …

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