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Category / International Space Station

Photos taken after Russian rocket failure prove that human spaceflight is never routine

I never want to understand the kind of fear that the families of NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin experienced in the wee hours of Thursday morning.  Both crewmembers were aboard a Russian-made Soyuz rocket bound for a six-month stay on the International Space Station when their rocket malfunctioned, forcing an abort...CONTINUE READING

NASA video shows looming Hurricane Michael from space

Hurricane Michael is growing stronger, expected to make landfall on Wednesday as a Category 3 hurricane.  And there’s no better view than from the quiet safety of space. SEE ALSO: Hurricane Michael is primed to grow stronger and pummel the Florida coast. Here’s why. While the storm loomed over the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday,...CONTINUE READING

Photos of Hurricane Lane from space show the extreme size of the monster storm

The Hawaiian islands are battening down the hatches as they prepare for Hurricane Lane, a powerful, Category 4 storm barreling toward the state at 155 mph.  And now, photos taken from space show the extreme power of that storm as it makes its way toward possible landfall. SEE ALSO: Powerful hurricanes usually steer clear of...CONTINUE READING

Check out this incredible video of the Southern Lights from space

German astronaut Alexander Gerst captured an amazing timelapse of the Aurora Australis, aka the Southern Lights, glittering from the International Space Station.  The video shows 38 seconds of electric green lights dancing energetically to the tune of an upbeat piano song somewhere over the south pole. SEE ALSO: NASA is attempting to fly a helicopter...CONTINUE READING

Meet the creepy new AI system designed to help astronauts in space

While many of us were sleeping, SpaceX launched tons of supplies to the International Space Station for NASA.  Hitching a ride to the station aboard SpaceX’s Dragon capsule is the Crew Interactive Mobile Companion, or CIMON — a new artificial intelligence technology developed by a team of researchers from the European Space Agency, NASA, and...CONTINUE READING

8 perfect astronaut selfies for when you just need some space

Earth selfies are so two centuries ago.  If you want to impress us, you’ve got to take your picture from space.  Whether they’re outside performing maintenance on the International Space Station during a spacewalk or hanging out inside the flight deck, astronauts prove time and time again that the selfies we take on Earth are...CONTINUE READING

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

Stunning space photo shows orange glow of the Kilauea volcano from orbit

From the ground, the erupting Kilauea volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island looks like a hellish mouth opening up, revealing the Earth’s depths.  But from space, the volcano takes on a different look.  NASA astronaut Ricky Arnold snapped a photo of the oozing volcano from his post on the International Space Station. From orbit, Kilauea appears...CONTINUE READING

This is how wheat is growing in microgravity

The International Space Station is the last place where you’d expect to find wheat growing, but NASA researchers have been doing it for months. This research sheds some light on the studies of space-based agriculture, but also gives us more insights regarding the conditions that plants prefer when growing, which can be used to improve...CONTINUE READING

Trump’s NASA budget will say goodbye to the Space Station and send us back to the moon

It should come as no shock that President Donald Trump wants NASA to send its astronauts to the moon.  Trump revived the National Space Council with Vice President Mike Pence as its head in part to redirect NASA toward sending humans back to the moon for the first time in decades.  But in order to...CONTINUE READING
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