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What Happens If A Fire Ignites When Astronauts Are Heading Into Space?

Currently, the only route from Earth to the International Space Station for astronauts is by hitching a ride on the Soyuz spacecraft. But what happens if a fire breaks out en route to the station? Without fire extinguishers or normal firefighting tools, astronauts have special procedures to return them safely to Earth. » 5/18/15 11:30am 5/18/15 11:30am

An Astronaut Tells Us The Hardest Part About Coping With Gravity Again

When you leave the bounds of Earth behind, you're also saying goodbye to gravity. So just what is it like to return from space and get gravity back all of sudden? Today, Astronaut Butch Wilmore, who until last week was stationed up on the International Space Station, stopped by to tell us all about it. » 3/19/15 4:20pm 3/19/15 4:20pm

A Freeze-Dried, Irradiated And Thermostabilized Thanksgiving Dinner

Astronauts on the space station get holiday feast, although the adjectives are less "juicy" and more "irradiated." The menu is irradiated smoked turkey, thermostabilized candied yams, freeze-dried green beans, mushrooms, and cornbread dressing, and a thermostabilized cherry-blueberry cobbler for dessert. » 11/27/14 6:40pm 11/27/14 6:40pm

Astronauts' Perfect Landing Is Thwarted By A Gust Of Wind

It's time for a crew swap on the International Space Station. Astronauts Reid Wiseman, Alexander Gerst, and Max Suraev had a flawless descent in the Soyuz spacecraft only to have their homecoming was marred by below-freezing temperatures and a sharp gust of wind tipping their capsule over after landing. » 11/11/14 2:56am 11/11/14 2:56am

In Space, Even Changing A Lightbulb Is Awesome

Always-eager astronauts Alexander Gerst and Reid Wiseman completed their first-ever spacewalks today, scrambling around the outside of the International Space Station. They completed their official objectives, but the beautiful part of today was their unadulterated happiness in their work. » 10/08/14 3:27am 10/08/14 3:27am