The Space Station Had to Change Its Orbit to Avoid Space Junk

If you've seen Gravity, you know how it goes: Even a tiny speck of paint shooting through space at 18,000 mph can be catastrophic. So when a hand-sized piece of space debris was going to fly by the International Space Station last week, the European Space Agency fired up the thrusters on a resupply ship docked at the… » 11/04/14 1:52pm 11/04/14 1:52pm

Amazing photo of the MIR space station against the immensity of Earth

Surprisingly enough for a space junkie like me, I've never seen this image of the MIR—the Soviet space station that was destroyed on reentry on 2001 after 5,519 days in orbit. The photo was taken from the space shuttle Atlantis on the mission STS-71, docked in the photo below. » 9/16/14 8:53pm 9/16/14 8:53pm

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

NASA Cuts All Non-ISS Ties with Russia Over Ukraine (Updated)

In an internal memo, NASA has stated that it will suspend all interaction with the Russian government, in response to Russia's violations of Ukraine's territorial independence (Update: official statement below). Fortunately for U.S. astronauts Rick Mastracchio and Steve Swanson, both currently orbiting on the… » 4/02/14 2:25pm 4/02/14 2:25pm

16 Names NASA Considered For The 1980s Space Station That Never Was

During his 1984 State of the Union speech, President Reagan announced that the U.S. would build a new permanently manned space station within a decade. The Space Shuttle program was underway, and a permanent space station seemed like the next logical step in our bold push into the final frontier. It didn't hurt that… » 7/29/13 1:32pm 7/29/13 1:32pm

How to Take Pictures—From the International Space Station

During his time aboard the International Space Station, astronaut Chris Hadfield has taken and shared some of the most amazing photos of our planet on his Twitter account. And in this video clip, he explains how he snaps those beautiful photos of Earth, and the wonderful camera equipment at his disposal. » 4/22/13 4:20pm 4/22/13 4:20pm

Even Wringing a Wet Cloth Is Magical in Space

Astronaut Chris Hadfield continues to make us all insanely jealous of the time he's been spending on the International Space Station with another video showing what day-to-day life is like orbiting the Earth. Except this time he shows what happens when you wring a soaking wet cloth in zero gravity, and the results are… » 4/18/13 1:40pm 4/18/13 1:40pm

In Six Hours, A Russian Robo-Freighter Sprints To the ISS with Tons of…

Two days might not seem that long for your latest Amazon order's arrival. But for the crew of the International Space Station, waiting 48 hours for fresh supplies must be an eternity. That's why NASA and Rosaviakosmos have melded new technology and an old technique to deliver supplies eight times faster than ever… » 8/03/12 11:30am 8/03/12 11:30am

Watch the SpaceX Falcon 9 Undergo Performance Anxiety With the Whole…

They say the first time never lasts as long as you'd want. Yesterday's failed SpaceX Falcon 9 launch is no exception. Watch the rocket tremble with anticipation and light its load, only to have its performance cut short at the last second. It's okay, Falcon, we've all been there. [AP YouTube via The Atlantic] » 5/20/12 3:00pm 5/20/12 3:00pm

Russian Cargo Spacecraft Set to Swan Dive into the Pacific — This…

Progress 46, a Russian cargo spacecraft carrying about a ton of space waste, is schedule to splash down into the Pacific ocean today, at approximately 6:45pm Moscow time. The spacecraft's specifically targeted "burial site" is in a remote region of the water, far from any shipping routes, though by the time it's… » 4/28/12 2:20am 4/28/12 2:20am