50 Years Ago, The First Spacewalk Nearly Ended In Tragedy

On March 18, 1965, Alexey Leonov stepped outside the thin metal shell of Voskhod-2 to float in the harsh void of space. For 12 minutes and 9 seconds, Leonov opened the doors on an entire new branch of exploration as the first spacewalker. It was nearly a disaster. » 3/18/15 8:20pm 3/18/15 8:20pm

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 12:48pm 10/08/14 12:48pm

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 5:00pm 12/27/13 5:00pm

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

Two Russian cosmonauts have just begun a seven-hour spacewalk to install equipment on the exterior of the International Space Station. Watch them, live — because no matter what you do, their work day is way cooler than yours. » 12/27/13 9:27am 12/27/13 9:27am

Astronauts made a rare six hour spacewalk on Christmas Eve to fix ISS

For only the second time in NASA history, two astronauts made a spacewalk on Christmas Eve. Astronauts Rick Mastracchio and Michael Hopkins installed a new ammonia pump to fix the cooling loop on the ISS. You can't beat that Christmas Eve, even if you're Santa Claus. » 12/24/13 12:56pm 12/24/13 12:56pm

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

It's no lazy Saturday on the International Space Station: astronauts Rick Mastracchio and Michael Hopkins have just begun the first of three spacewalks to fix a faulty cooling loop on the outside of the ISS. And you can watch it live. » 12/21/13 7:24am 12/21/13 7:24am

The First Man To Walk In Space Almost Got Stuck Out There

Today I found out that the first man to walk in space almost got stuck out there. That lucky individual was Alexei Leonov, who was born in the Soviet Union on May 30, 1934. He was one of the twenty Soviet Air Force Pilots to be chosen for the first cosmonaut group. » 10/07/13 7:00am 10/07/13 7:00am

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

Here's What Went Wrong With That Leaky NASA Spacesuit

During last week's spacewalk aboard the ISS, astronaut Luca Parmitano suffered a slight—but terrifying—wardrobe malfunction: his helmet began filling with water. Today, astronaut Chris Cassidy shows us the suit in question and guides us through exactly how it failed. » 7/30/13 12:35pm 7/30/13 12:35pm

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 10:46am 7/11/13 10:46am

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

Watch NASA's Emergency ISS Spacewalk Live Right Now (Updating)

Two days ago, astronauts on the ISS discovered some little white flakes suspiciously floating away from the station. And now, they're already floating outside in zero gravity to fix it. From planning to go-time, this has been the most impromptu spacewalk in NASA history, and you can tune in below. » 5/11/13 9:17am 5/11/13 9:17am

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

Watch NASA's Six-Hour Space Walk Livestream For a Glimpse of an ISS…

While you're sitting slack-jawed at your computer, desperately trying to avoid work on a Friday, there are two Russian cosmonauts going to work floating in the zero-gravity abyss of space. The whole thing is streaming below for your procrastination pleasure. » 4/19/13 10:34am 4/19/13 10:34am

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