Fireballs and Wolves: The Horrifying Story of the First Spacewalk

Almost 60 years ago, we took our first steps into the big, black nothingness of space. Or more specifically, Soviet cosmonaut Alexei Leonov had the honor of taking the very first space-dip. But this was a rush job—a means for the Soviet Union to shame the US and win the space race once and for all. Which they did! … » 10/13/14 12:38pm 10/13/14 12:38pm

DIY home improvement in the space station looks hard and dangerous

I've never seen one of these ISS spacewalk fly-throughs. NASA TV always shows close-up views of their work, but this visualization of the yesterday's spacewalk narrated by NASA Spacewalk Officer Jaclyn Kagey puts everything in perspective. It is a very hard, tedious, and dangerous "home improvement" work. » 10/08/14 9:00pm 10/08/14 9:00pm

Watch Cosmonauts Install a Livestreaming HD Camera on the ISS Right Now

Everybody loves some good Earth porn, and if the mission currently in progress goes off without a hitch, we'll all be in for a lot more of it. A pair of cosmonauts are currently on a spacewalk to install an Earth-facing Ultra HD camera on the ISS that will eventually livestream our blue marble to the internet in… » 1/27/14 9:13am 1/27/14 9:13am

The best selfie ever is the one an astronaut takes from freaking space

Here's astronaut Mike Hopkins taking the selfie to end all selfies. It's over, you cant' beat it, give up, return your camera, become a horse jockey. Hopkins snapped a photo of himself in full astronaut suit outside of the ISS as he was spacewalking on Christmas Eve with the beautiful blue Earth in the background. And… » 12/27/13 5:11pm 12/27/13 5:11pm

Watch Today's ISS Spacewalk Right Here, Right Now

While you're just settling in at your desk, Russian cosmonauts Alexander Mizurkin and Fyodor Yurchikhin on the International Space Station have been awake for hours preparing for today's 10:40AM EST spacewalk to install cables (including ethernet) on the outside of the station. And you can watch the whole thing live,… » 8/16/13 10:38am 8/16/13 10:38am

Perfect Spacewalk Photos of the Real Luca Skywalker

No doubt: the following spacewalk photos are the best I have seen in a very long time. I just cannot stop staring at the stunning photos captured during the spacewalk of ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano and NASA's Chris Cassidy, on the 9th of July, released by the European Space Agency today on its webpage and on Flickr. » 7/11/13 10:03am 7/11/13 10:03am

ISS Astronauts Are Spacewalking Now and You Can Watch It Here Live

NASA's Chris Cassidy and his colleague from the European Space Agency Luca Parmitano are currently in the middle of a six-hour spacewalk. This is the first of two spacewalks the Cassidy-Parmitano duo will make this month as they prepare the ISS for a Russian laboratory module that will be installed at the end of the… » 7/09/13 9:30am 7/09/13 9:30am

ISS Astronauts Preparing Emergency Spacewalk to Fix Critical System

Yesterday, astronauts aboard the International Space Station noticed odd flakes floating about outside, which turned out to be ammonia leaking out of the radiator lines of the space station's power system. Now, after a day of deliberation, it turns out two astronauts will leave the ISS, and brave the great abyss to… » 5/10/13 5:38pm 5/10/13 5:38pm

Chinese Shenzhou 7 Space Walk a Success, and Here's Proof!

OK, so the Chinese space walk did happen, contrary to previous time-traveling propaganda spin » 9/28/08 11:00am 9/28/08 11:00am, and here's the proof. This video shows the Taikonauts exiting the Shenzhou 7 spacecraft and conducting a few simple experiments. Thanks to the riveting play-by-play commentary in the background, we know that one of these…

China Launch Success Hits Web Hours Before Actual Blast-Off

China has successfully launched their Shenzhou 7 mission this morning. It will be their first-ever spacewalk and a major steps toward their trip to the moon, so its completion is vital not only for their space program but also for Chinese propaganda. So vital that a full article describing the success of the launch… » 9/25/08 2:20pm 9/25/08 2:20pm

A Glimpse At the Tech Behind the Beijing Olympics Opening Ceremonies

So for those of you who caught the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony last night-Holy crap, right? The synchronization, the music, the timed fireworks; it was a spectacle so awesome that for entire stretches of it, I couldn't really think of anything to say but "woah." The show owes a lot of its splendor to the… » 8/09/08 10:00am 8/09/08 10:00am

Seiko Spring Drive Spacewalk Watch Brings Out Your Inner Space Cowboy

Just 100 of Seiko's Spring Drive Spacewalk watches, space-proof wristwatches being developed with a little help from the Russian Federal Space Agency, are expected to be made. Designed for Richard Garriott, the video-game honcho-turned-future space tourist, the titanium-encased timepiece weighs just 92.5 grams and is… » 4/05/08 11:00am 4/05/08 11:00am