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.
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.