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

The Colbert Report Honors Sally Ride, America's First Woman In Space

Sally Ride, America's first female astronaut, passed away a little over two years ago. This past Thursday, Lynn Sherr – Ride's friend, and author of the recently published biography on the late astronaut – stopped by the Colbert Report to talk about Ride's role as a feminist, scientist, and role model. » 10/05/14 1:40pm 10/05/14 1:40pm

Life On The Space Station Is A Surreal Astronaut Buddy-Movie

Astronauts Reid Wiseman and Alex Gerst continue enacting the real-life space buddy-movie we never knew we always wanted. From sticking a video camera inside a water bubble in microgravity to carefully measuring out their living quarters, they supply a steady stream of surreal reality from the space station. » 10/01/14 1:31pm 10/01/14 1:31pm

Astronauts Arrive Safely At Station Despite Minor Spacecraft Malfunction

Despite a glitch with a solar array failing to deploy on Soyuz, three more astronauts arrived at the International Space Station on Thursday. Mission 41 is officially underway now that the station crew is back up to six people. The station is also once again at maximum capacity with five docked spacecraft. » 9/26/14 1:21pm 9/26/14 1:21pm

A 5-Year-Old Worries Voyager Will Get Lonely, Receives Best Answer Ever

This is, hands down, the sweetest thing you'll hear today. A five-year-old named Timor from British Columbia has been having trouble sleeping because he worries about the Voyager space probe. Won't it get lonely? What if it crashes? So the CBC arranged for him to get some reassurance. » 9/25/14 2:40pm 9/25/14 2:40pm

A Sober History of Shuttle Disasters is a Grim Reminder of the Dangers…

Space is beautiful, enchanting, awe-inspiring, and utterly unforgiving. We celebrate the victories, but don't let a string of successes deceive you into thinking spaceflight is easy. A new documentary investigates the major malfunctions, technical and procedural, that led to NASA space shuttle explosions. » 6/03/14 1:33am 6/03/14 1:33am