Soyuz Thruster Malfunction Has ISS Crew Running Two Days Late

Yesterday afternoon's Soyuz launch has hit a snag. A thruster misfire means the planned six-hour flight, delivering US astronaut Steven Swanson and Russian cosmonauts Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev to the International Space Station, will now take two days. Talk about a terrifying flight delay. Read More >>

Scientists are Going to Create the Coldest Spot in the Known Universe

The Cold Atom Lab will be an atomic refrigerator that aims to push temperatures down to unstudied depths of 100 pico-Kelvin. That is to say, one ten-billionth of a degree above absolute zero, at which point matter's movement stops entirely. In theory, anyway. At these ridiculously frigid temperatures, matter should stop being a gas, liquid, or solid and instead opt to assume totally quantum state of being. How could you not want to study that? Read More >>

The International Space Station's Mission Has Been Extended Until 2024

The White House has just announced that the United States has extended its lease on the International Space Station through the 2024 fiscal year. This is great news for both NASA and science in general. Read More >>

The ISS, Earth's Ultimate Outpost, Turns 15 Today

Where were you when the ISS launched its first module in November of 1998? Some of us watched, others were in school, still other weren't even alive yet. Either way, it's hard to believe that today is the International Space Station—the largest cooperative science project ever—is celebrating its 15h birthday today. Read More >>

This Photo From Space Makes Earth Look Like an Oil Painting

Astronaut Mike Hopkins tweeted this picture last night, taken from the International Space Station. Pretty cool, huh? It looks more like an oil painting of a tiger than the surface of what we call a "blue" planet. Just more proof that everything looks cooler from space. Read More >>

Astronauts Arrive Home in a Brilliant Ball of Fire

Without any context, it looks like something has gone terribly, terribly wrong in the photo above taken around midnight last night. But that little ball engulfed in flames is doing just fine—and so are the three members of the International Space Station Expedition 36 that were snuggly inside and on their way home. Read More >>

NASA Aborts Spacewalk After Water's Found in Astronaut's Helmet

Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano sat out a scheduled spacewalk on Tuesday after the crew found water leaking "inexplicably" into his helmet. Read More >>

Watch How Hard It Is To Wash Long Hair In Space

Chris Hadfield may be back on the planet, but luckily for us, other spacestronauts are following his lead when it comes to making videos. Here we have Expedition 36 Crew Member Karen Nyberg making a fantastic case for getting a serious haircut before you go into orbit. Read More >>

This Map Shows Every Single Photo of Earth the ISS Has Taken—All One Million of Them

Astronauts' stays on the International Space Station generally last for around 6 months or more, so it makes sense that they'd start getting hit with a little nostalgia for the motherland they're so casually encircling. How nostalgic, you ask? Very: 1,129,177 photos worth, to be exact. Rocket scientist Nathan Bergey had the ingenious idea to turn these ISS snapshots into the ultimate space scrapbook—by plotting the coordinates of every single image taken from space. Read More >>

In Space, Nobody Can Hear You Scream (Because It's F*cking Noisy)

This is how it sounds inside the International Space Station, as recorded by Commander Chris Hadfield inside the United States module of the ISS. [Soundcloud via Twitter] Read More >>

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This In-Depth ISS Tour Lets You Experience Life 205 Miles Above the Earth

Even the most opulent Beverly Hills home featured on Cribs can't even begin to compare to this half-hour tour of the International Space Station led by NASA ISS Commander Sunita Williams just hours before she returned to Earth on the Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft. Read More >>

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Watch a NASA Astronaut Describe the Complexities of Photography in Space

Donald Pettit is, as well as being a NASA astronaut, an exceptionally keen photographer — which is why he has over 10 top-of-line DSLR cameras littering the International Space Station. In this video, he talks about the complexities, and joys, of photography in space. Read More >>

How to Get a Text Message Alert Whenever the ISS Passes Overhead

If you're a lazy astronomer, the kinda person who likes gazing into the night sky but never plans ahead, good news: NASA has launched a new service which will pop you a text message or email whenever the international space station is about to pass over your place, so you can dash outside and take a look. Read More >>

How to Host a Dinner Party In Space

Like any other person, Don Pettit tweets, uploads YouTube videos, and maintains a blog. But unlike the rest of us, Don is doing it from the International Space Station. Blogging for Smithsonian's Air and Space magazine, Pettit tells us how to host dinner guests in Space. Read More >>

NASA Lost a Laptop with Unencrypted Space Station Codes

NASA is the target of some scary hacks and and digital espionage. But if someone out there has control codes to the International Space Station, it might be because the laptop of some NASA knucklehead was stolen, and it didn't have any of the data encrypted. Read More >>

International Space Station Astronaut Builds Lego ISS Inside ISS

Watch International Space Station astronaut Satoshi Furukawa building a Lego model of the International Space Station inside the International Space Station. I wonder if there's a minifig version of the International Space Station astronaut Satoshi Furukawa building a Lego model of the Lego International Space Station inside the Lego International Space Station. Read More >>


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