international space station

  • ISS beams down 4K footage of Earth shot with the RED Epic Dragon

    ISS beams down 4K footage of Earth shot with the RED Epic Dragon

    We get to see the Earth in high definition every day, it’s true, but we’re limited to a certain ground-level point of view. Not so much the astronauts aboard the International Space Station. And they’ve just sent down a batch of stunning 4K footage of the Earth taken with their fancy RED Epic Dragon camera. Read More

  • SpaceX is launching an inflatable space habitat

    SpaceX is launching an inflatable space habitat

    On its next trip to the International Space Station (ISS), SpaceX will be carrying an inflatable space habitat built by Bigelow Aerospace. The Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) will be folded up for its April 8th launch, and then fully inflated once it’s properly connected to one of the station’s nodes, essentially creating a new room on the ISS. SpaceX’s Dragon… Read More

  • Cygnus launches to space station with new experiments on board

    Cygnus launches to space station with new experiments on board

    The Cygnus cargo vehicle was successfully launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida at 11:05pm EST to begin its 3-day journey to the International Space Station (ISS). Launching on top of United Launch Alliance’s Atlas V rocket, Cygnus was carrying 7,500 pounds of food, water, science experiments, and other necessary supplies. Now that Cygnus has successfully launched, it will take 2 days… Read More

  • NASA is sending a 3D printer to space that you can use

    NASA is sending a 3D printer to space that you can use

    NASA is preparing to send its first commercial manufacturing facility to the International Space Station (ISS). The 3D printing company Made in Space has partnered with NASA to send their Additive Manufacturing Facility (AMF) to the space station on a launch scheduled to take place next Tuesday. Users on Earth can pay to use AMF, a 3D printer specially designed to operate in a microgravity… Read More

  • Here’s why NASA is setting fire to a cargo ship in space

    Here’s why NASA is setting fire to a cargo ship in space

    Next Tuesday, Orbital ATK will launch their Cygnus cargo vehicle to the International Space Station (ISS). Cygnus will bring the astronauts on station food, water, and a 3-D printer, among other supplies. Normally, after supplies are unloaded from Cygnus, the crew would fill the cargo ship with trash and send it back to Earth to burn up in the atmosphere. This time, before Cygnus breaks… Read More

  • European Space Agency’s ExoMars successfully starts its journey to the red planet

    European Space Agency’s ExoMars successfully starts its journey to the red planet

    The first phase of ExoMars, an uncrewed Mars mission from the European Space Agency (ESA), successfully launched today from Baikonur, Kazakhstan. Lifting off on a Russian Proton-M rocket, the Mars-bound spacecraft has begun its 7 month, 300 million mile long journey and is scheduled to arrive in October. Signal from #ExoMars @ESA_TGO confirmed! We have a mission to #Mars! Read More

  • Astronaut Scott Kelly will retire from NASA next month

    Astronaut Scott Kelly will retire from NASA next month

    After his nearly year-long mission on the International Space Station (ISS) and 20 years of service with NASA, Astronaut Scott Kelly will retire from the agency, effective April 1st. “This year-in-space mission was a profound challenge for all involved, and it gave me a unique perspective and a lot of time to reflect on what my next step should be on our continued journey to help further… Read More

  • NASA astronaut Scott Kelly breaks American spaceflight record

    NASA astronaut Scott Kelly breaks American spaceflight record

    When former International Space Station Commander Scott Kelly steps out of a Soyuz descent module on the Kazakhstan steppe at around 8.30PM PST later today, after 340 days on the International Space Station, he will have spent more continuous time in space than any other American astronaut. You probably best know the 52-year-old former United States Navy test pilot from his prolific… Read More

  • SpaceX Tests Parachutes That Will Bring Astronauts Back To Earth

    SpaceX Tests Parachutes That Will Bring Astronauts Back To Earth

    Today, NASA released footage from one of SpaceX’s final certification tests required under the Commercial Crew Program. The drop test, performed in Coolidge, Arizona, involved the four large parachutes that are part of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon landing system. For the drop test, the parachute assembly was carried thousands of feet above the ground on board a C-130 cargo aircraft. A… Read More