The SpaceX Launch Is Sending Dinosaur Microbes to the Space Station

The SpaceX Dragon capsule that just left Earth for the International Space Station is carrying many an important item: a new laser communication system, coffee (which they just ran out of!), a planter for fresh produce, and billions and billions of microbes swabbed from dinosaur bones, sneakers, and spacecraft clean… » 4/18/14 4:45pm Today 4:45pm

Soyuz Thruster Malfunction Has ISS Crew Running Two Days Late

Yesterday afternoon's Soyuz launch has hit a snag. A thruster misfire means the planned six-hour flight, delivering U.S. astronaut Steven Swanson and Russian cosmonauts Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev to the International Space Station, will now take two days. Talk about a terrifying flight delay. » 3/26/14 1:30pm 3/26/14 1:30pm

Scientists Are Going to Create the Coldest Spot in the Known Universe

The universe is freezing. In spots like the Boomerang Nebula the temperature drops all the way down to one degree Kelvin. But if NASA scientists have their way, the known universe will have a new coldest place, and it's going to be inside the International Space Station. » 2/03/14 10:40am 2/03/14 10:40am

We Just Extended the International Space Station's Mission Until 2024

The White House has just announced that the United States has extended its lease on the International Space Station through the 2024 fiscal year. This is great news for both NASA and science in general. » 1/08/14 6:10pm 1/08/14 6:10pm

Watch Today's ISS Spacewalk Live, Right Here, Right Now

It may be Christmas Eve, but today's a working day for the astronauts on the International Space Station. NASA's Rick Mastracchio and Mike Hopkins are conducting the second spacewalk in four days to repair the ISS's cooling system, and you can watch it live right here. » 12/24/13 9:38am 12/24/13 9:38am

The ISS, Earth's Ultimate Outpost, Turns 15 Today

Where were you when the ISS launched its first module in November of 1998? Some of us watched, others were in school, still other weren't even alive yet. Either way, it's hard to believe that today is the International Space Station—the largest cooperative science project ever—is celebrating its 15h birthday today. » 11/20/13 10:47am 11/20/13 10:47am

This Photo From Space Makes Earth Look Like an Oil Painting

Astronaut Mike Hopkins tweeted this picture last night, taken from the International Space Station. Pretty cool, huh? It looks more like an oil painting of a tiger than the surface of what we call a "blue" planet. Just more proof that everything looks cooler from space. » 11/16/13 1:03pm 11/16/13 1:03pm

Astronauts Arrive Home in a Brilliant Ball of Fire

Without any context, it looks like something has gone terribly, terribly wrong in the photo above taken around midnight last night. But that little ball engulfed in flames is doing just fine—and so are the three members of the International Space Station Expedition 36 that were snuggly inside and on their way home. » 9/11/13 1:20pm 9/11/13 1:20pm

Watch How Hard It Is To Wash Long Hair In Space

Chris Hadfield may be back on the planet, but luckily for us, other spacestronauts are following his lead when it comes to making videos. Here we have Expedition 36 Crew Member Karen Nyberg making a fantastic case for getting a serious haircut before you go into orbit. » 7/10/13 11:52am 7/10/13 11:52am

This Map Shows Every Single Photo of Earth the ISS Has Taken—All One…

Astronauts' stays on the International Space Station generally last for around 6 months or more, so it makes sense that they'd start getting hit with a little nostalgia for the motherland they're so casually encircling. How nostalgic, you ask? Very: 1,129,177 photos worth, to be exact. Rocket scientist Nathan Bergey » 4/12/13 10:50am 4/12/13 10:50am

How to Get a Text Message Alert Whenever the ISS Passes Overhead

If you're a lazy astronomer, the kinda person who likes gazing into the night sky but never plans ahead, good news: NASA has launched a new service which will pop you a text message or email whenever the international space station is about to pass over your place, so you can dash outside and take a look. » 11/05/12 5:16am 11/05/12 5:16am