What Happens When An Astronaut Falls In Love Right Before Hibernation?

In the short film Hibernation, Joseph is about to embark on a remarkable journey — entering hibernation so that he can explore parts of the universe where no human has ventured. But he can't shake the feeling that things have been left unfinished between him and his instructor, Claire. » 2/11/15 10:30am 2/11/15 10:30am

Giraffe-Handler, HVAC Repairman, Astronaut

The astronauts of Expedition 40 are continuing to have way too much fun. My highlights this week are Reid Wiseman bringing his fluffy giraffe into the cupola, accidentally trying to dump a bag out by flipping it over, and realizing that laughing so hard you cry is tricky when tears don't fall in microgravity. » 6/09/14 10:15am 6/09/14 10:15am

Alan Shepard: Astronaut, Pilot, Golfer

While astronauts are by definition cool, Alan Shepard holds a special place in my heart for his unique style. He was one of the original Mercury Seven astronauts, and the only one from the group to make it to the moon. ...where he played golf, because he's awesome. » 5/03/14 4:00pm 5/03/14 4:00pm

Astronaut-History 2048

It looks like we've got another astronomy-themed version of the addictive 2048, this time for astronaut-history of who walked on the moon. With no dead ends, it's less tricky than the stellar nuclear fusion version, but I can't object to anything that honours moon-golf. » 5/03/14 12:30pm 5/03/14 12:30pm

What Happens When A Lonely Woman Meets A Cosmonaut On Chat Roulette?

In the short comedy Russian Roulette, Lucy is chatting online one night when she is paired up with a cosmonaut stationed alone on an orbiting telescope. And talking to him, she feels a little less alone in the universe. » 4/03/14 8:40am 4/03/14 8:40am

Selfies In Space!

A selfie taken on Earth may not be that exciting, but snapped in space, the humble selfie suddenly becomes something pretty special. Here are some of the greatest spaces selfies ever to be snapped, ranging from the majestic, to the comic — even a few from before the selfie officially existed. » 1/22/14 3:30pm 1/22/14 3:30pm

When spacewalking becomes a spectator sport

Aquilla trained her entire life for synchronized spacewalk event, but after Dorna broke her back in a freak stratojump accident, she decided to perform their routine alone. Thousands of spectators swarmed the orbital skybox, gawking as she floated and flailed, untethered in space. A collage by Joseba Elorza. » 11/17/13 5:00pm 11/17/13 5:00pm

An animated astronaut leaves his love—and his arm—behind on Earth

Leaving a loved one can feel like cutting off a limb, and in Nicolas Ménard's lovely, otherworldly short film Somewhere, that feeling becomes literal. When an astronaut ventures to truly alien worlds, all he can think of is what he left behind. » 11/17/13 8:30am 11/17/13 8:30am

Microgravity adds authenticity to ISS astronaut's Superman costume

ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano wore a very simple Superman costume in honor of Halloween, but he gets extra points for floating around the International Space Station in a Superman pose. » 11/01/13 3:40pm 11/01/13 3:40pm

This stuffed dinosaur may be the first toy made in space

Astronaut Karen Nyberg's son is getting a special gift when she gets home from her latest mission: a toy Tyrannosaurus she made from scraps while aboard the International Space Station. » 9/28/13 5:00pm 9/28/13 5:00pm

The Cutest Way To Celebrate The Moon-Landing

Mankind's greatest achievement was celebrated almost every country in the world. The famous Hungarian china manufacturer, the Zsolnay Porcelain Manufacture made these children’s plates depicting astronauts on the Moon, in the early Seventies. My favourite is the one with two astronauts collecting soil samples with the… » 7/22/13 12:26pm 7/22/13 12:26pm

Chris Hadfield sings "Space Oddity" in the first music video in space

Tomorrow, Commander Chris Hadfield bids farewell to the International Space Station, meaning we won't get our usual dose of his tweets and videos sent from space. But he's signing off with a little David Bowie. » 5/12/13 3:31pm 5/12/13 3:31pm

This Astronaut Music Video Will Make You Cry

Allen Laseter put this nice video to Vimeo one year ago. It clearly deserves more than the 2,390 views has gotten so far. Allen says: » 4/24/13 9:56am 4/24/13 9:56am

To become an astronaut, all you need to do is pass the Kármán line

The Kármán line is an artificial boundary in Earth's atmosphere that divides space missions from aeronautics missions — passing the line turns a run-of-the-mill pilot into an astronaut. And this obscure boundary may become extremely important as we enter the era of space tourism.

A plane, aircraft, or other object… » 4/24/13 9:40am 4/24/13 9:40am

Wanna go to Mars? Better prepare your audition tape.

No, really. The Mars One Project, which is aiming to put a human on Mars by 2023, is holding tryouts in the time-honored tradition of such esteemed human achievements as The Real World, The Amazing Race, The Bachelor, and countless other reality shows. That is to say: with audition tapes. » 4/16/13 3:40pm 4/16/13 3:40pm

Awesome Underwater EVA Training Photo Of Astronaut Thomas Pesquet

In this recently issued magnificent image is ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet descending underwater during spacewalk training at NASA’s Neutral Buoyancy Lab in Houston, USA. Training and support divers follow his movements. Training underwater on a life-size mockup of the Space Station is one way astronauts prepare for… » 4/10/13 6:18am 4/10/13 6:18am

Astronaut Chris Hadfield is answering questions on reddit right now!

Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, who is currently aboard the International Space Station (and tweeting photos from space), is doing one of reddit's Ask Me Anything chats right now. So if you've been dying to ask him questions about life in orbit, now is your chance. » 2/17/13 1:07pm 2/17/13 1:07pm

A Skylab astronaut remembers his NASA career in animated form

Retired astronaut Jerry Carr was commander of Skylab 4 from November 1973 to February 1974 and logged more than 2,000 hours in space. In a recent TED Lesson, Carr shared his experience as a NASA astronaut, from training up until he was assigned to Skylab. It touches on the parts of astronaut life that don't happen… » 2/02/13 5:00pm 2/02/13 5:00pm