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Spot the Space Station From Dusk Till Dawn

Look, up in the sky. That unblinking white light is indeed the International Space Station.

Watch Stunning Live NASA Feed of Earth From Space

Cloud watching, that most ancient pastime, enters the modern age, thanks to the astronauts aboard the International Space Station. Ever wish you could just sit back in space and gaze as the Earth lazily rolled by beneath you, just like the astronauts? Well, NASA is offering the next best thing to being there in person,…

December 23, 2013: Meeting Mr. Everest, Singing Songs in Space and More

This week on National Geographic, join host Boyd Matson and his guests as they summit Everest seven times, train for an Antarctic speed record, chase water while dodging cats in Africa, sing along with an astronaut, and overcome a traumatic brain injury.

Spacesuit Flaw Prompts Christmas Eve Spacewalk

No place like home for the holidays? Two American astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) will be floating outside their orbiting home on Christmas Eve.   While a Saturday space walk to repair the orbiting laboratory’s faulty cooling pump was completed ahead of schedule, water leaks still plague one space-walk spacesuit. As a result,…

Top 5 Space Station Repair Spacewalk Dangers

Tensions are high as the astronauts aboard the International Space Station ready themselves to conduct a series of emergency spacewalks that start this weekend, ones intended to correct a critical cooling system failure. Acting much like a car’s radiator, the malfunctioning cooling pump prevents overheating of electronics and science experiments aboard the ISS. With one…

Space Station Cooling Unit Breakdown May Need Spacewalk Fix

Update: NASA has indeed decided to dispatch International Space Station astronauts on a series of spacewalks to repair the faulty cooling pump. A NASA briefing on the space walks will take place on December 18 at 3 p.m. The space walks have also forced the delay of a cargo resupply mission to the space station.…

SeaOrbiter: Help Build This Space Station of the Sea

SeaOrbiter, the first space station of the sea, is launching a crowdfunding campaign to finance the construction of the ‘Eye’ of the vessel, to start in spring 2014. Each person’s chance to own a small part of SeaOrbiter. Often compared to Star Trek’s Starship USS Enterprise, SeaOrbiter is a new generation of underwater exploration vessel…

NASA Shutdown Unleashes Beautiful Astronaut Photos on Twitter

Despite the two-week old  government shutdown and NASA’s official online presence going completely dark, astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) have still been tweeting away and sharing some pretty spectacular snapshots. During the shutdown, NASA has kept Mission Control lights on at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, making sure that all communication lines…

Live from Space, It’s the Videos of Chris “Space Oddity” Hadfield

Ground control to Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield: Your videos from the space station really make the grade, especially your music video in which you sing David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” and send your guitar for a floating journey. And the papers want to know: “What other videos have you made?” Here are some of my favorites:…

Serious Space Station Leak Provokes Weekend Spacewalk

The crew aboard the International Space Station (ISS) is  preparing for a spacewalk Saturday as it deals with what NASA calls, “a serious leak” of ammonia coolant in a power system. While NASA  officials in a news briefing  Friday afternoon said that the leak does not pose any danger to the six-person crew or the…

Great Time to Spot the Space Station

Skywatchers across most of North America and Europe are getting a chance to see the manned International Space Station (ISS) make a series of very bright flybys in the evening sky over the next couple of weeks. As long as you have some clear skies through the 26th, the orbiting laboratory will appear as a…

My God, It’s Full of Stars…

Here’s a wonderful time-lapse video made of photos taken from orbit as the International Space Station passed over Switzerland, western Europe and eventually Saudi Arabia on the night of December 22, 2011. A portion of the Station can be seen along the right side, reflecting the lights of the major cities passing 240 miles below.…

A Commanding View of a Comet

A time-lapse movie taken from the International Space Station shows a brightening view of Earth’s horizon at dawn on December 21. It features an orbital view of lightning storms, stars, airglow… and the dramatic appearance of “sungrazer” Comet Lovejoy as it rises above the atmosphere! Incredible!

STS-126 Mission Patch: The Story

A few years back, I learned that every patch designed for a NASA mission has a unique story behind it. All the elements of the patch are designed with a specific purpose. Flight insignia have had an interesting history, with the crew participating in the naming of early spacecraft and the design of the patches.…