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. » 6/10/14 12:57am 6/10/14 12:57am

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 12:05pm 7/22/13 12:05pm

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.

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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… » 4/11/13 6:41pm 4/11/13 6:41pm

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

A touching animated tale of Challenger astronaut Ronald McNair's early…

In 1984, NASA physicist Ronald E. McNair became the second African-American man to fly in space. Tragically, McNair died just two years later in the Challenger disaster. With the help of StoryCorps, McNair's brother Carl pays tribute to McNair with this uplifting story of a young Ronald McNair trying to borrow books… » 2/02/13 10:00am 2/02/13 10:00am