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Category / Astronauts

Take a look at the first space suit that let Americans walk in space

The Gemini IV mission was a big deal. It was going to include America’s first attempt at walking in space. The mission debuted the Gemini space suit, which not only kept us cozy in the harshness of space, but also opened the door to future exploration. Read more…More about Space, Nasa, Mashable Video, Astronauts, and...CONTINUE READING
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Dramatic astronaut photos show extreme fires burning in California

So far the Carr fire has scorched more than 130,000 square acres of northern California, leaving a trail of destroyed buildings and damaged forests in its wake.  Photos from satellites have revealed just how arid California appears from space after reaching near-record levels of dryness from an extended drought.  SEE ALSO: Violent wildfire jumps a...CONTINUE READING
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Astronaut Jeanette Epps still can’t tell us why NASA pulled her from historic space mission

NASA astronaut Jeanette Epps should be in space right now. But instead, she’s stuck on Earth. In January, NASA unexpectedly announced that Epps — who was set to become the first African-American astronaut to live aboard the International Space Station for an extended period of time — would not be flying to the orbiting outpost...CONTINUE READING
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NASA’s tribute to Stephen Hawking will make you smile like he did in microgravity

NASA paid tribute to cosmologist Stephen Hawking following his death early Wednesday morning. SEE ALSO: The world reacts to the death of the much-loved Stephen Hawking NASA shared a video on Twitter that Stephen Hawking recorded for astronauts Rick Mastracchio and Koichi Wakata on the International Space Station in 2014. Remembering Stephen Hawking, a renowned...CONTINUE READING
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Astronaut expected to be the 1st African-American Space Station crewmember won’t fly in 2018 after all

Jeanette Epps, who was set to become the first-ever African-American astronaut to be a crewmember on the International Space Station, will not fly to space in 2018 as scheduled, NASA announced late Thursday.  It’s not clear why Epps was reassigned from her flight. The decision pulls her from her slated mission, which was expected to...CONTINUE READING
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A critical spacewalk is happening at the Space Station right now. You should watch it.

Two astronauts stepped out into the void of space this morning to repair a critical piece of hardware on the International Space Station during a quickly-planned “contingency” spacewalk. NASA’s Peggy Whitson and Jack Fischer are, at the time of this writing, floating around outside the Space Station to replace a faulty electronics box known as...CONTINUE READING
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Space Station astronauts watched ‘The Last Jedi’ from orbit 240 miles above Earth

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station watched Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi while in orbit about 240 miles above Earth on Saturday.  A picture posted to Twitter from NASA astronaut Mar. T. Vande Hei shows five of the six current occupants of the station gathered around a screen, watching what appears to be...CONTINUE READING
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