Listen to the radio diary of a zucchini plant aboard the ISS

Astronaut Don Pettit personifies one of the zucchini plants aboard the International Space Station in his series "Diary of a Space Zucchini." Now New Hampshire Public Radio has given that zucchini and its existential reflections a voice. » 9/22/13 9:32am 9/22/13 9:32am

So How Do You Weigh Things In Zero-Gravity?

With extremely controlled and strict diets, it's not like astronauts have to worry about gaining too much weight on the space station. But have you ever stopped and wondered how you would actually measure mass in a weightless environment? After all, the entire concept of weight and scales is entirely dependent on… » 7/17/12 6:40pm 7/17/12 6:40pm

This Photo Will Make You Brace For Impact

I love this image of a Soyuz TMA-03M spacecraft just one second from landing on the very hard soil of the tundra near the town of Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan. A perfect peaceful still moment—the calm before the rocking rumpus. » 7/02/12 7:20pm 7/02/12 7:20pm

How to Host a Dinner Party In Space

Like any other person, Don Pettit tweets, uploads YouTube videos, and maintains a blog. But unlike the rest of us, Don is doing it from the International Space Station. Blogging for Smithsonian's Air and Space magazine, Pettit tells us how to host dinner guests in Space. » 6/29/12 7:00pm 6/29/12 7:00pm

How Many Cameras Does One Astronaut Really Need?

Astronaut Don Pettit doesn't have the name recognition of Ansel Adams, but his work transcends cultures and borders around the globe, literally. Pettit is the photographer behind the amazing timelapses coming from the ISS and here he is with his cameras; all 10 of them. » 6/25/12 5:40pm 6/25/12 5:40pm

Astronauts Are So Smart They Can Generate Electricity in Space Using…

Astronaut Don Pettit has a knack for making life on the space station seem like more fun than you can ever have on Earth. And recently he used the station's Lego collection for some entertaining makeshift experiments with static electricity. » 6/14/12 1:20pm 6/14/12 1:20pm

The First Video of Earth Bombarded by Meteors From Orbit

See those explosions of light against the backdrop of our ever-spinning Earth? They are meteors burning through our planet's mesosphere, captured from the International Space Station in a time lapse made of 316 still frames by astronaut Don Pettit. » 6/05/12 7:00pm 6/05/12 7:00pm

Is This the Trippiest Image Ever Taken In Space? Most Probably

This image made at the International Space Station is not your usual ISS image. No firing auroras. No gleaming cities. No fuming catastrophes or crispy deserts or psychedelic rivers or turquoise seas. It looks as if the ISS were about to jump into hyperspace. » 5/14/12 12:40pm 5/14/12 12:40pm