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Check Out NASA's New Spacewalk Documentary

Few human feats are as impressive—visually, technologically, existentially—as the spacewalk. Officially known as “extravehicular activity,” or EVA, the act of venturing beyond the confines of a spacecraft in low Earth orbit turned 50 this year. To celebrate, NASA just released this documentary about the history of the… » 6/01/15 11:20am 6/01/15 11:20am

Singer And Aspiring Space Tourist Sarah Brightman Postpones Her Launch

Her website is still awesomely space-themed, but soprano Sarah Brightman, who owned Broadway in the 1980s thanks to Cats and Phantom of the Opera, is scratching from her planned space-tourist trip to the ISS. She’d hoped to be “the first professional musician in history to perform live from orbit.” » 5/16/15 2:50pm 5/16/15 2:50pm

Russia's ISS-Bound Cargo Craft Is Spinning Out Of Control In Space

The unpiloted Russian Progress 59 cargo spacecraft, just launched yesterday, is spinning out of control. Mission controllers are unable to communicate with the craft, and it’s looking increasingly unlikely that it will be able to deliver more than 6,000 pounds of food, fuel, and supplies to the International Space… » 4/28/15 10:40am 4/28/15 10:40am

Did You Know Soviet Cosmonauts Carried A Bear-Killing Shotgun To Space?

Anything can happen during a launch or landing of a crewed spacecraft, and just in case the crew would end up stranded in a remote area of the world, astronauts and cosmonauts undergo survival training and carry survival kits. The kits contain items such as food rations, water, extra clothing, items for making a… » 2/08/15 7:30am 2/08/15 7:30am

Russia's Space Agency Is Helping Geckos Get It On In Microgravity

Animals in space just can't get a break. First, everything from kittens to snakes were sent on the vomit comet to confusedly tumble around in zero-gravity. Then, mice were recruited to live aboard the International Space Station. Now, Russia sent a harem of geckos to get lucky in orbit. » 8/01/14 1:01am 8/01/14 1:01am

Russia Severs Space-Science Ties With U.S. In A Curt Breakup Tweet

Yesterday, Russian deputy prime minister Dmitry Rogozin told reporters that Russia would decline America's request to work together on keeping the ISS operational through 2024, potentially dooming humanity's orbital outpost. Following his press conference, Rogozin reiterated his country's position over Twitter in more… » 5/14/14 2:10pm 5/14/14 2:10pm

Chris Hadfield's Cosmonaut Comrade Prepares To Colonize Mars

Soyuz TMA-07M Commander and ISS Expedition 34/35 Flight Engineer Roman Romanenko hasn't been slacking off since his Soyuz landing last Tuesday. According to Roscosmos, the Russian Space Agency, he has just simulated a landing on Mars and a spacewalk under simulated Martian conditions. Only four days after his return… » 5/23/13 2:12pm 5/23/13 2:12pm

The longest American spaceflight in history will launch in 2015

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station typically spend no more than six months in space before returning to Earth. But in spring 2015, NASA astronaut Scott Kelly will begin a yearlong sojourn aboard the orbital outpost — a voyage which, if successful, will become the longest spaceflight ever performed by an… » 11/27/12 6:40am 11/27/12 6:40am