Well, this is no good: testing has revealed cracks in the Soyuz landing capsule that Russia was supposed to launch to the ISS, rendering it decidedly un-spaceworthy. The launch date has been rescheduled until April or May, meaning that SpaceX's Dragon capsule might be the next arrival at the ISS.
The United States Air Force's (USAF) second flight of the X-37B robotic mini space shuttle has exceeded its expected endurance limit of 270 days on orbit and the USAF has announced it is extending its flight. Doing what? Mum's the word.
Before the jokes start, a zero gravity washing machine is not just another government boondoggle. Spare a thought for the poor astronauts who often spend months at a time on the International Space Station (ISS). Given that space is at a premium and regular resupply is not an option, that's a lot of stinky socks and underwear.
Two months ago we had a taste. of what it would feel like to soar over Earth from within the ISS, but now we've got a much longer and smoother time lapse video of the ISS orbiting around Earth. What a spectacular view to have!
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.