How do astronauts get from Earth to the International Space Station? Well, in a Soyuz spacecraft, of course. But do you know what kind of path the Soyuz takes to rendezvous with humanity's orbital outpost? It's probably not what you think.
Imagine the mild stress of tackling something new at your job for the first time. Now imagine that something is an extravehicular servicing mission, conducted at 17,000 miles per hour, on the outside of the International Space Station. Hey, at least your workspace has a view.
It's time for a crew swap on the International Space Station. Astronauts Reid Wiseman, Alexander Gerst, and Max Suraev had a flawless descent in the Soyuz spacecraft only to have their homecoming was marred by below-freezing temperatures and a sharp gust of wind tipping their capsule over after landing.
While the official purpose of Wednesday's spacewalk was to replace a power regulator and do a bit of structural housecleaning, I'm fairly certain the unofficial theme was, "How many unusual perspective photographs can we take?"
An astronaut popping up like a curious meerkat from within his International Space Station nest is my new favourite photograph. A close runner-up is the Milky Way spilling into the sky over yellow Sahara sands.
NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman captured this incredible photograph of super typhoon Vongfang this morning, from aboard the International Space Station.
Our Captain America in space, el comanderino Reid Wiseman, keeps making great little Vines. Here's him demonstrating the refraction properties of a sphere of water in zero gravity: Instant fisheye lens.
Always-eager astronauts Alexander Gerst and Reid Wiseman completed their first-ever spacewalks today, scrambling around the outside of the International Space Station. They completed their official objectives, but the beautiful part of today was their unadulterated happiness in their work.
Astronauts Reid Wiseman and Alex Gerst continue enacting the real-life space buddy-movie we never knew we always wanted. From sticking a video camera inside a water bubble in microgravity to carefully measuring out their living quarters, they supply a steady stream of surreal reality from the space station.
It's National Coffee Day in the United States, a non-holiday made far more entertaining by its celebration in low-Earth orbit by our astronauts on the International Space Station.
Despite a glitch with a solar array failing to deploy on Soyuz, three more astronauts arrived at the International Space Station on Thursday. Mission 41 is officially underway now that the station crew is back up to six people. The station is also once again at maximum capacity with five docked spacecraft.
Images like this really hit home what an unusual perspective the astronauts aboard the International Space Station have on our planet. Astronaut Reid Wiseman tweeted this "favorite view" of cloud shadows streaking across the Earth.
The Doves are a series of microsatellites designed to provide rapid whole-Earth satellite images, and to look good while doing it. Astronauts Alex Gerst and Reid Wiseman ejected two Dove satellites from the station on Tuesday to join the flock already in orbit.
Take this moment to be furiously jealous that the excellent view the astronauts on the International Space Station have of Earth can somehow get even more gorgeous with the addition of auroras.
Etna and Stromboli are a pair of Italian volcanoes currently gurgling away with glowing red lava flows and fingers of smoke. Astronauts Reid Wiseman and Alex Gerst cooperated for a bit of photography teamwork to capture both volcanoes in a pair of photographs spanning night and day.
From astronaut Reid Wiseman: "It is tough to concentrate at the gym when this is the view." Yes, Reid, your life sucks. The astronauts should actually install the toilet in the cupola. I'm sure the best ideas in the history of humankind would be produced there.
Flame, in microgravity. Reid Wiseman sends home the best Vines from Space.
I haven't mentioned astronaut Reid Wiseman in over a week. Clearly, that means it's time for him to spring a new bit of beautiful, soothing, incredible timelapse video of an S-curve aurora dancing above the southern hemisphere.
The International Space Station is getting a new experiment to track lightning, trying to figure out how they spark high-energy gamma rays. Until then, the always-enthusiastic resident of the station Reid Wiseman has captured footage of lightning strikes for his latest Vine from space.