How NASA Deals With Odor Inside the International Space Station

Space may be a vacuum, but at least aboard the International Space Station, smells still have plenty of room to waft. And considering the ISS has 6 living, breathing, excreting human beings living in such close proximity, some of those smells could get to be a major problem. Fortunately, NASA's accounted for that. » 10/21/14 4:00pm Tuesday 4:00pm

Extraordinary video of the ISS floating in space taken from Earth

ESA's Optical Ground Station took this extraordinary video of the International Space Station on October 8 as it was being illuminated by a 3.6-Watt 532-nm green laser. The video was taken at 7 frames per second, but the final effects is amazing. It's incredible to see it moving like that. » 10/15/14 9:02pm 10/15/14 9:02pm

Dragon spacecraft quickly firing thrusters to adjust course

Astronaut Reid Wiseman captured this sequence of the Dragon spaceship "breathing fire as it rendezvoused with [the International Space Station] last week." The spacecraft was firing its thrusters to adjust its course. The original video was quite shaky, so I stabilized it for your GIFing pleasure. » 10/10/14 12:50am 10/10/14 12:50am

The entire planet seems shrouded in one aurora in this space video

I would never get tired of looking through the cupola of the International Space Station, which is how I imagine Darth Vader's Death Star bedroom window. Astronaut/Captain America Reid Wiseman used it to record this great clip of an aurora. It makes Earth look like a magic green marble—or a palantir. » 9/30/14 10:48pm 9/30/14 10:48pm

Space Station Defies Humans, Launches Satellites Without Permission

The International Space Station has a cannon that launches tiny CubeSat microsatellites into orbit. Most of the time, those launches are triggered by human scientists on board or back on Earth. But this week, the ISS launched two CubeSats entirely on its own. This is how the uprising begins. » 9/06/14 3:00pm 9/06/14 3:00pm

What it's like to see cities from the ISS like an astronaut

You know how when you look outside the airplane window and you're in awe of all the lights and the outlines of the city and how you're in the freaking air? Yeah, that's nothing compared to the fun that is spotting cities from the ISS. Watch as astronauts show us what cities look like from space. » 9/04/14 1:25am 9/04/14 1:25am

Space station cosmonauts find life in the vacuum of space

The Russian press agency ITAR-TASS is reporting something so surprising that I'm having a hard time believing it: Cosmonauts have found microorganisms on the exterior of the International Space Station. Russian scientists are shocked by this discovery and can't really explain how it is possible. » 8/21/14 11:02am 8/21/14 11:02am

What is the massive green oceanic glow that surrounds Bangkok at night?

This stunning picture of the city of Bangkok, Thailand at nighttime was taken from the ISS by astronaut Reid Wiseman. Well, the concentrated bright white light was the city at least. The emerald green surrounding it? The astronaut had no idea. Was it nuclear waste? Glow in the dark algae? Alien sea monsters? » 8/21/14 12:15am 8/21/14 12:15am

This Disposable Space Camera Will Record Its Own Destruction on Re-Entry

The European Space Agency's Break Up Camera might be the most badass disposable camera ever. When the agency's space station resupply ship completes its final journey and plunges to a fiery death in the Earth's atmosphere, the camera will record data up to the very last second—until it burns up with the rest of the… » 8/13/14 4:20pm 8/13/14 4:20pm