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.
While most of us enjoy the high-speed information freeway through some sort of broadband, fiber, 3G or 4G connection, the same can't be said for the astronauts aboard the International Space Station.
A company called UrtheCast is going to bolt a pair of high definition video cameras with big zoom lenses onto the International Space Station. These cameras will send down live video of Earth 24/7, with a resolution comparable to Google Earth. In other words, you'll be able to see yourself waving. From space.
Whether or not they get their electricity from solar panels, satellites still need fuel to keep themselves from eventually crashing back to Earth in an apocalyptic fireball that might, but probably won't, land right on your head. The only way to extend their lifespan is with in-flight refueling, and a new gas station on the ISS might make that possible.
The first module of the ISS was launched in 1998. 13 years and somewhere between $35 billion and $100 billion later, the final assembly of the ISS was officially completed today with the installation of a laser-equipped extension boom for the station's robot arm.
There may be a little of color enhancement going on here, and it may also be a long exposure that's been mirrored over one axis, but, otherwise, this is exactly what it looks like when you burn a fuel droplet in microgravity.
As Endeavour launches for the last time, it will be carrying an absurdly expensive particle detector along with it. The Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer will mount on the ISS and search space for antimatter, dark matter, dark energy, and even stranger things, like strangelets.