international space station

  • ISS installs networking tech that may soon connect the whole Solar System

    ISS installs networking tech that may soon connect the whole Solar System

    When you really need to get a signal in from Pluto, a direct connection isn’t always possible. Oh sure, when it’s a big project like New Horizons, you can make sure the line is clear and someone’s listening — but for routine updates from a Neptune orbiter or power-starved comet lander, there’s Delay Tolerant Networking, which just got its first big installation on… Read More

  • Astronauts have entered an inflatable habitat on the space station for the first time

    Astronauts have entered an inflatable habitat on the space station for the first time

    This week, astronauts successfully entered the International Space Station’s first inflatable habitat. .@Astro_Jeff enters @BigelowSpace #BEAM for first time to collect air sample and set up sensors.https://t.co/57FUupjcHN — Intl. Space Station (@Space_Station) June 6, 2016 Wearing a mask and a headlamp, NASA astronaut Jeff Williams opened the hatch to the Bigelow Expandable… Read More

  • 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