Here’s a way to keep in shape while in space: run a marathon. That’s what UK Astronaut Tim Peake will be doing tomorrow as he orbits above the Earth on the International Space Station.
The ISS has gotten quite a few improvements lately, but the latest addition is unusually impressive: a 12-foot long expandable room that astronauts will attach to the space station’s back and inflate to twice its original size.
Join us as the crew of the ISS tells us what they think of NASA’s plan to ignite a big fire in space, share what’s on their space bucket lists, choose the best space snack, and demonstrate some synchronized space gymnastics.
Do you ever wonder what it’s like to drift in a large tin can hundreds of miles above the Earth’s surface? Then tune in tomorrow morning when we’ll be joined by members of the current ISS crew and the new arrivals living aboard the International Space Station.
The Soyuz spacecraft will be blasting off into space this evening—and pulling a crew of new astronauts up to the International Space Station along with it. Watch it happen live right here.
Having logged almost a full year in space—340 days, more than any astronaut has even spent in space for a single stretch—astronaut Scott Kelly is leaving NASA.
If the thought of turning your gaze to a TV screen for election news this evening makes you want to vomit, then you might have some empathy for what two men will feel as they plummet toward the ground from 250 miles on high in a fiery metal can at a rip-roaring 17,000 miles per hour.
As America braces itself for another seven months of bickering over which suited flesh puppet most deserves to lead our country for the next four years, 250 miles up, a much more civilized transfer of power is taking place today.
We’re all looking forward to interstellar travel and colonizing Mars, but first, we’ve got a lot to learn about how the human body responds to the cold dark void of outer space. Scott Kelly’s stint on the ISS, which ends tomorrow, is helping us answer some critical questions—including what weightlessness does to our…
Astronaut Scott Kelly and cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko return from space next week, having spent a total of 340 days up there. They left March 27, 2015 but it may as well have been a lifetime ago. Here’s everything that happened on Earth while they were away.
In 1983, Sally Ride became the first American woman to travel into space. Today, PBS Digital Studio released a short animated film featuring an interview between Ride and Gloria Steinem from that very same year. It’s a great retrospective on Ride’s early career—but it’s also a reminder that obnoxious gender biases…
There are lots of things most of us never contemplate when we fantasize about living in space: What happens to your arms when they don’t naturally fall at your sides? Do you keep your callouses when you aren’t walking? What’s it like to sleep in free fall?
The first zinnias are blooming in space, but they almost didn’t make it from bud to flower. This is a story of how an experiment was saved by throwing out heavily regulated, detailed procedures in favor of using human judgement on the fly.
It’s just as true in space as it is on Earth: the best way to kick off the New Year is by doing all those nagging chores. A pair of astronauts are heading out of the ISS to replace a failed voltage regulator today. Astronaut chores are so much cooler than terrestrial ones.
NASA announced that it has booked three private companies to ferry supplies up to the International Space Station through the next eight years—and the new contracts will allow them to add one new astronaut to their roster.
After successfully growing (and eating) lettuce, astronauts on the International Space Station have graduated to zinnias. The new plants sprouted vigorously, and researchers are hoping the colorful flowers will bud soon.
It’s launch day for the next batch of astronauts to head to the International Space Station! Watch live as Yuri Malenchenko, Tim Kopra, and Tim Peake blast off on a Soyuz rocket out of Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan en route to the International Space Station.
Yesterday, the Cygnus cargo spacecraft safely made it to the International Space Station. But as it did so, it was lit up a little bit like a Christmas decoration.
Astronaut John Glenn was one of the Mercury Seven, the first Americans trained for spaceflight. Before Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth in his Friendship 7 mission on February 20, 1962, he went through a lot of training.