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The International Space Station at Bedtime: In Space, No One Can Hear You Sleep

The International Space Station at Bedtime: In Space, No One Can Hear You Sleep
European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Alexander Gerst has been living in the International Space Station in the past five months. He’ll be back here later this month, but he sent his Halloween treat on time: photos…
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Italy Wants to Send Espresso Machine to the ISS

Italy Wants to Send Espresso Machine to the ISS
Growing up, I really wanted to be an astronaut. Since I was only eight and had little chance of actually making it into space I did the next best thing and drank lots of Tang. I…
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NASA to Test Inflatable Space Housing at ISS

NASA to Test Inflatable Space Housing at ISS
The International Space Station was a massively expensive construction project. Part of that huge cost was the expense of getting the individual modules into space. Those things were massive and very heavy. In the future, astronauts…
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Watch Earth Live from the International Space Station: Really Big Brother

Watch Earth Live from the International Space Station: Really Big Brother
Ever get the feeling that you’re being watched? Well, you probably are. From space. NASA worked with high school students to design the International Space Station High Definition Earth Viewing or ISS HDEV, an experiment that…
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NASA to Launch Laser to ISS This Month for Communications Testing

NASA to Launch Laser to ISS This Month for Communications Testing
NASA has announced that it is set to send the OPALS – or Optical Payload for Lasercomm Science – device to the ISS. What that means is that NASA is sending a laser up to the…
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NASA Experiments with Oculus Rift & Virtuix Omni: One Small Step for VR

NASA Experiments with Oculus Rift & Virtuix Omni: One Small Step for VR
Gamers and game developers alike are excited about the potential of the Oculus Rift headset and the Virtuix Omni walking surface. But these virtual reality devices have applications beyond gaming. The Human Interfaces Group of NASA’s…
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Kirobo Talking Robot Headed into Space

Kirobo Talking Robot Headed into Space
Kirobo is a 13-inch talking robot that will keep Japanese astronaut Kochi Wakata company on the International Space Station. He is now on his way to the ISS after being launched on an H-2B rocket from…
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Students to Pilot Robotic Spheres on the International Space Station

Students to Pilot Robotic Spheres on the International Space Station
Robotic sports were bound to involve balls in space at some point. Students from the U.S. and Europe can now sign up for what is described as “the ultimate robot game” in which they will navigate…
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Long Distance Remote Control: Astronaut Plays with LEGO Robot from Space

Long Distance Remote Control: Astronaut Plays with LEGO Robot from Space
Space exploration. We like to pretend it is about all kinds of noble things having to do with mankind’s place in the universe, blah blah blah. We all know it is really about all the cool…
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ISS Astronauts Finally Fix Stripped Bolts and Finish Power System Repairs

ISS Astronauts Finally Fix Stripped Bolts and Finish Power System Repairs
A few weeks back I was replacing a valve cover gasket on a race car and accidentally rounded off a bolt that was in a hard-to-reach spot. I was working on that bolt in the garage…
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ISERV Camera Headed to the International Space Station

ISERV Camera Headed to the International Space Station
The International Space Station is set to get a new camera that is specifically designed to image the Earth. The camera is called ISERV and it was launched on board the Japanese Aerospace exploration Agencies HTV-3…
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SpaceX Prepared to Make History on May 19

SpaceX Prepared to Make History on May 19
After multiple delays, SpaceX is set to hit a major milestone this Saturday, May 19. Saturday is the day set for the launch of the first privately funded cargo mission to the International Space Station. With…
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SAR-400 Robot is Russia’s Answer to NASA’s Robonaut 2

SAR-400 Robot is Russia’s Answer to NASA’s Robonaut 2
NASA and General Motors teamed up a while back to create a humanoid robot called Robonaut 2 or R2. R2 is now on the International Space Station where it will be used to conduct repairs and…
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Ardbeg’s ISS Whiskey Experiments: Boooze in Spaaace!

Ardbeg’s ISS Whiskey Experiments: Boooze in Spaaace!
Automated cargo vessels head to the ISS regularly to take astronauts new supplies and pick up trash. At times, these cargo ships also return experiments back to Earth. Leave it to the Scottish to send an…
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Train To Be an Astronaut with the ESA’s Actual Training Materials

Train To Be an Astronaut with the ESA’s Actual Training Materials
A while back, NASA opened up its astronaut program to normal people that didn’t have a military background. Naturally, a bunch of geeks that always wanted to be astronauts applied even though they’ll never get the…
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Debris Forces ISS Crew into Escape Ships

Debris Forces ISS Crew into Escape Ships
There’s suprisingly little empty space left in low Earth orbit these days. This is in part due to the ever-growing number of satellites orbiting the planet. Most of the debris orbiting the planet includes defunct satellites…
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