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How Life Would Look If the Moon Was as Close to Earth as the ISS

Even though it might not look like much when it's so far away, the Moon is pretty huge. In fact, if it was a little closer, as close as the ISS for example, it would monopolise the entire sky. Read More >>

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The First Cygnus Spacecraft Successfully Docked With The ISS

The Cygnus spacecraft, which launched from Wallops Island Flight Facility in Virginia on September 18th, successfully docked with the International Space Station this morning after astronauts aboard the ISS nabbed it with the station's robotic arm. Built by private aerospace group Orbital Sciences Corp., Cygnus was carrying 650 kilos of supplies. Read More >>

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An Experimental Cargo Ship Launched For the ISS Today

The first flight of the Cyngus, a new experimental spacecraft, lit off at 10:58AM today from NASA’s newly popular Wallops Island Flight Facility in Virginia. The Cygnus is an unmanned cargo vessel, and for this test mission it’s carrying about 590 kilos of supplies to the three astronauts currently orbiting in the ISS.
The newly-designed Cygnus cargo ship is built by private spaceflight company Orbital Sciences, which was responsible for the first moon mission launched from Wallops Island earlier this month. Since this is the first Cygnus space mission it's considered a "test" flight, but the payload of food and supplies, including a care package with chocolates for American astronaut Karen Nyberg, is probably pretty important to its recipients. Read More >>

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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 >>

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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 >>

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Apparently This Isn't a UFO Floating Around the Earth Like a Jellyfish

Yesterday, astronaut Chris Cassidy spotted something really weird floating outside the window of the ISS. Like a bright, shiny, golden jellyfish, the strange object was hovering around the space station's Progress cargo vehicle. He whipped out his camera and started filming. What the hell was it? Read More >>

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Watch Today's ISS Spacewalk Right Here, Right Now

While you're just sitting at your desk, Russian cosmonauts Alexander Mizurkin and Fyodor Yurchikhin on the International Space Station have been awake for hours preparing for today's spacewalk to install cables (including ethernet) on the outside of the station. And you can watch the whole thing live, right here. Read More >>

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How Insanely Fast the ISS Moves

The International Space Station orbits the Earth at 8 kilometres per second — but it's tough to visualise just how fast that is. When you think about it in terms of how far the thing moves during the course of a song you know, though, you'll be shocked. Read More >>

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This Is How NASA Will 3D Print in Space

NASA recently announced that it plans to take a 3D printer into space in 2014 — and now it wants you to see how it will work. Read More >>

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Inside the International Space Station's Tool Kit

When you're floating in space, it pays to be prepared, so it's perhaps no surprise that the International Space Station packs a pretty impressive tool kit. Those obsessed by workshops and making, prepare to drool. Read More >>

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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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Inside the Boeing Capsule That Could Be NASA's Next Space Taxi

The gumdrop-shaped module is 4.5 m wide and can fit up to seven astronauts. Bigelow Airspace constructed most of the exterior and Boeing handled most of the insides, which looks like what you'd expect from a commercial aircraft made by a company that makes half of the planes you regular Earth travellers fly in. The CST-100 has two rows of seats, plenty of cargo storage, and a freezer to transport scientific experiments. Controls feature shuttle-era switches, hand controllers, a touchscreen display, and are mounted above the first row of seats. There's also a giant front window with a portal on either side. Read More >>

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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 >>

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Views Don't Get Any Better Than This

Some people claim to have a great view from their bedroom window or work desk. Their claims are worth nothing compared to the view the astronauts onboard the ISS get. Read More >>

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Is This a Real Picture or a Frame from a JJ Abrams Movie?

That's not the USS Vengeance going supercritical, thankfully, just the massive 4.6 billion-year-old nuclear fusion reaction that is our Sun. A member of Expedition 36, the newly installed ISS crew, snapped this impressive shot as the station recently passed over Minnesota. Read More >>

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NASA Designs the Scientifically Perfect Space Meal

After being strapped onto the front of a 15-story controlled explosion and launched clear out of the atmosphere to live in an experimental laboratory orbiting around the Earth at thousands of miles an hour, the least NASA can do is give you a good meal. Read More >>

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