NASA is in talks with Bigelow Aerospace to potentially acquire a new inflatable module for the International Space Station. Yes, that's right: they're going to blow up the ISS.
That tiny speck in front of the moon is the International Space Station, which is traveling nearly five miles a second relative to us Earthlings. That means French photographer Thierry Legault only had 0.55 seconds to make the shot. He got it — and got one with the sun, too (during an eclipse, no less).
Take a Space Shuttle and cut it into a fourth. What do you now have? Duh, a mini space plane. Orbital Sciences Corp.'s wants these little shuttles to transport crews to and from the International Space Station.
It's a crazy thought, but the world's only manned space station right now — one built by the sweat of countries all the world over — is celebrating ten years of being continuously inhabited by a crew. In fact, this very day marks that milestone, and to celebrate, we've scrounged up 25 of the coolest images showing what it's like to live in orbit.
As America's space ambitions wane on a national level — NASA is currently being retooled to pursue next generation technology and not manned missions — China is looking to expand its presence in orbit. The country wants to have both crew and lab modules in space by 2020.
Well, this is it, folks. Space Shuttle Discovery is preparing for its last mission and then, well, that'll be it for the shuttle. The launch will be historic in more ways than one, though, as our robotic buddy Robonaut will join human astronauts in space, too.
During his time on the International Space Station, astronaut Don Pettit captured what few of us terrestrials will ever get to see with our own eyes: the Earth from orbit. It's a breathtaking sight, and Pettit was good enough to turn his snaps into a gorgeous time-lapse.
NASA plans to retire the International Space Station in 2020, and the agency is currently looking at ways that the venerable orbiter could further serve the world's space exploration needs. One idea? Using a module from the station to go check out asteroids.
The apple tree that thumped Sir Isaac Newton on his genius little head and kicked off his theory of gravitation is finally getting its due, as a piece of it is going to enjoy a free ride up to orbit....
It was actually astronaut Naoko Yamazaki's seven-year-old daughter who posed the scientific question to be tested. She asked her space-bound mother why, in a bubble bath, bubbles appear to be clear even if the bubble bath mixture is a fun...