Reasons NOT to be an Astronaut -- Having to Wash Your Eyes

This photo here shows a spaceman washing his eyes. Because of the way water floats about in space thanks to gravity stuff, if something nasty gets in your eye up there there's no flapping a bit of water in your face from the sink. It's on with the eye-torture goggles for a rinse. Read More >>

What Happens to Bacteria in Space?

In the otherwise barren space 220 miles above Earth's surface, a capsule of life-sustaining oxygen and water orbits at 17,000 miles per hour. You might know this capsule as the International Space Station (ISS), currently home to six humans—and untold billions of bacteria. Microbes have always followed us to the frontiers, but it's only now that scientists at NASA and elsewhere are seriously investigating what happens when we bring Earth's microbes into space. Read More >>

Bacon Was the First Thing Ever Eaten on the Moon

Setting foot on the moon for the first time was perhaps one of the biggest technological, scientific and political achievements of our age. So what better way to celebrate, after exploring that new lunar landscape, than with bacon? Read More >>

The Human Heart May Not be Able to Handle a Trip to Mars

Anyone dreaming of casting off the shackles of Earth for the microgravity wasteland of Mars is in for some (more) bad news. In addition to a host of other problems, the necessary 18-month spaceflight would, apparently, lead to one very unhealthy (and spherical) astronaut heart. Read More >>

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Astronaut Suit Spins Out of Control Like a Real-Life Scene From Gravity

Watching this gives me the chills: a cosmonaut floats away from the International Space Station, spinning out of control as the camera follows it, orbiting planet Earth for seven months before plunging into the atmosphere, burning and disintegrating. A terrifying scene that looks like the movie Gravity, but the video above is real—except no human was inside that suit. Read More >>

NASA's Astronaut Escape Plan Uses Hand-Me-Down Army Trucks

Last December, a free shipment of four heavily armoured vehicles arrived at NASA courtesy of the U.S. military. The Mine-Resistant, Ambush-Protected Vehicles (MRAPs) are all veterans of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and they're about to embark on an unexpected second life as getaway vehicles in case something goes horribly wrong at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Read More >>

Sorry, Astronauts: It's Impossible to Fry Food in Zero G

Astronauts have hard jobs, and like anyone with hard jobs, they deserve some chips and a nice, deep-fried chicken after work. Don't we all? But there's bad news. According to a new study, it's impossible to fry food in zero g. Nooooooooooo! Read More >>

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Deep Space Exploration Trials Sure Look Boring

In order to prepare for the human exploration of the furthest reaches of our solar system, space agencies often run experiments to see how our bodies can cope with long periods of sedentary behaviour. And my, it looks boring. Read More >>

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. Read More >>

A Real Astronaut Uncovers the Gaping Plot Hole in Gravity (Potential Spoiler Alert)

Gravity looks pretty damn terrifying. Most philosophers would tell us that for a film to really be chilling to the bone, it must call to mind a real life existential fear that's buried within our souls. So Gravity is tugging at some deeply held fears we've got, then, right? Well, according to real astronaut Michael Massimino, the movie is a bunch of bull. Read More >>

ISS Crew "Flew Blind" on Their Way Back to Earth

While exciting in some ways, homecoming, yay!, the trip home from the International Space Station is a scary enough journey even when everything goes right. Now imagine doing it with no height sensors to tell you how far from the ground you are and when to brace for impact. That's exactly what happened earlier week. Read More >>

How Scientists Plan To Send Hibernating Astronauts to Mars

A lot of things are falling into place for NASA's inevitable moonshot to Mars. (Mars shot?) However, one of the original challenges remains one of the more elusive ones: How do you get the astronauts to live on a spaceship for six months without going crazy? You put them to sleep, that's how. Read More >>

This Is What Astronauts Use to Poop in Space (Ew. Awesome...Ew.)

So our dear friend Cmdr. Chris Hadfield shared a horrifying piece of trivia this morning: Soyuz astronauts get two enemas before launch. Which is a little uncomfortable, but necessary because, uh, Soyuz restroom looks like this. Read More >>

How Often Do Astronauts Wash Their Clothes in Space?

It's one of the most mundane tasks you probably undertake so, if you're anything like me, you probably put off doing your laundry until the absolute last minute. But do astronauts do the same in space? Read More >>

Mars Astronaut Barbie Is Nice and All But She's Going to Die in Space

Mattel is finally jumping aboard the mission to Mars with a new astronaut Barbie. This Mars Explorer edition features everything America's favourite anatomically impossible wonderdoll would need to survive in space (except... gloves? no matter!), and that striped and sparkly hot pink suit sure looks snappy/gender-normative. But... Barbie? We've got some bad news. Read More >>

What Happens to Your Skin in Space

Thought good old Commander Hadfield already taught you everything there is to know about space livin'? Shame on you — there's always more to learn. Like about how your skin moults and floats off your body in giant flakes and calluses, for instance. Read More >>


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