Last time a Google Nexus S smartphone and a Panasonic 3D video camera were sent up to the ISS along with the Atlantis' final journey, but this time, two iPads and a red Angry Bird plush toy are making the journey into outer space. Why?
Take a close look at this detailed time lapse video of Earth and its natural elements — taken from the International Space Station over the course of one night. It's beautiful, isn't it?
When a Russian Progress resupply capsule crashed on the way to the ISS last month, the worry was that a design flaw could mean the grounding of the only way to get astronauts to the station. Russia has now identified the cause of the crash, and while it's not a flaw in the design, it's something almost as bad.
That glowing orangeish line you see? That is the India-Pakistan border as seen from the International Space Station.
That Russian resupply capsule crash from last week is causing more problems than just a lack of Tang for the astronauts on the ISS. If Russia doesn't figure out the problem and fix it faster than you can say "что идет вверх, должно снизиться," the station may get mothballed this winter.
In case you weren't convinced that the fast-approaching Hurricane Irene is absolutely massive, this video of the storm taken from the International Space Station should erase any doubts you have.
This footage from six separate space shuttle crews, covering missions from 1983 to 1985, shows some of the trials and tribulations of living and working in space, including how to fly a paper airplane in orbit and whether or not it's possible to get a yo-yo to work in microgravity.
A rocket loaded up with cargo meant for the International Space Station crashed into remote Siberia just minutes after launch today, but luckily it was unmanned and no one was hurt.
It seems like we just barely finished putting the ISS all together, and already the Russians have decided that by 2020, the whole thing is going to be deliberately crashed into the ocean. Wonderful.
NASA's Space Shuttle Atlantis might have launched itself into space for the last time last Friday, but did you know that onboard were a few gadget firsts? Yep, a Google Nexus S smartphone and a Panasonic 3D video cam snuck on for a free trip to the ISS.