One thing that never gets old is watching a time lapse of Earth from space. NASA's just released a new four minute long time lapse featuring 14 different sequences of our planet taken from the ISS by the Expedition 30 crew and set to Howard Blake's "Walking in the Air." This is emotional stuff.
Producing a good whiskey is very much a science. The mix of ingredients react in complex ways to make the special flavors, so when the question arose whether zero gravity might change the reactions, the scientists on-board the International Space Station were up to the task of finding out.
Last month, an Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) arrived at the International Space Station with a load of oxygen, water, food, clothing, hardware, fuel and spare parts. One of the resident astronauts aboard the station snapped this image of the ATV firing its thrusters as it moved in for docking.
Dutch astronaut Andre Kuipers snapped an amazing photo of a glowing copper crater as the ISS passed over Africa recently. The shot is so otherworldly it would be easy to mistake this giant geological formation as something you'd find on Mars or Jupiter. The mysterious crater is known as the Richat Structure.
ISS astronauts were ordered into the space version of an emergency lifeboat last Friday when Mission Control identified an old piece of a Russian communications satellite was projected to come close to the space station. Normal procedure calls for the ISS itself to take evasive maneuvers, but the threat was spotted too late in this case to plot a move.
Mars500, a 520-day simulation conducted by the European Space Agency and Russia's Roscosmos, wrapped up late last year. Mars500 took place here on Earth; NASA, looking to conduct a similar test, is thinking of taking the project onto the International Space Station for more accurate conditions.
Private spaceflight has been inching along for the last several years, but next month may be a major stepping stone for the industry: SpaceX's Dragon capsule is scheduled to launch on April 30 on an unmanned cargo delivery mission to the International Space Station, offering NASA (and anyone else) a significantly cheaper way to get to orbit.
On Sunday, a group of amateur astronomers in San Antonio fired a one-watt blue laser up at the ISS and scored a direct hit, a first in ISS history. And instead of getting hunted down and arrested (which is what usually happens when you shoot lasers at flying things owned by the Feds), they got a congratulatory email from an astronaut.
Lego bricks are beloved all the world over — now they have made it into orbit as part of a joint NASA-Lego educational project. The model of the International Space Station (ISS) was created while in orbit as a way of engaging children as to what it is like living and working in zero gravity.
The lucky astronauts up on the ISS have one heckuva view. These recently released videos (put together from series of still images) show the space station flying over Mexio, the central and eastern United States, and Canada and the Aurora Borealis at night.