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How Star Trails Look from the ISS

How Star Trails Look from the ISS
If you’re in a dark enough place, and are patient enough to shoot lots of long exposure photos, you can capture some impressive star trail photography right here on Earth. The result are images which basically show the movement of the Earth relative to the stars around us. During expeditions…

The International Space Station Has an Adorable Camera Drone

The International Space Station Has an Adorable Camera Drone
Astronauts get all the cool robot toys, and the folks on board the International Space Station have a new robotic companion now. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has released the first images shot by the “Int-Ball,” a spherical camera that floats around alongside the rest of the crew in…
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Awesome 4K NASA Video Takes Aboard the ISS

Awesome 4K NASA Video Takes Aboard the ISS
When I was a kid all I wanted was to be an astronaut. Like 99.9% of all kids with that dream, it never came true for me. About as close as we normal folks can get to being an astronaut on the International Space Station is watching this awesome new…

NASA Sends Compact Workout Machine to ISS for Testing

NASA Sends Compact Workout Machine to ISS for Testing
Astronauts have to work out for at least two hours per day or they can experience muscle or bone density loss. I can only assume not working out for a few days means that their bodies will quit on them in the exact way that Rigby’s did in that episode…

Super-Hydrophobic Paddles Let ISS Astronaut Play Liquid Ping-Pong

Super-Hydrophobic Paddles Let ISS Astronaut Play Liquid Ping-Pong
If there were ever a reason to put Forrest Gump on the ISS, this would be it. NASA sent up a pair of special paddles to the space station that allow astronauts to play ping-pong with water globes. The paddles were laser etched and then coated with Teflon, making them …

Making Coffee in Space

Making Coffee in Space
It has to be strange living on the International Space Station for months at a time. Every time I see a video from inside the ISS, I think about how there are no true floors or ceilings . There is equipment placed on just about every surface. Take this photo…

NASA Shows off Flower Grown in Space

NASA Shows off Flower Grown in Space
Space is a hard place for humans to survive. We constantly need water, food, and protection from radiation, and then there is the little fact that space has no air, food, or water just floating around for us to use. That means we have to take it all with us…

ISS Astronaut Blows a Space Bubble

ISS Astronaut Blows a Space Bubble
Astronauts on the International Space Station get up to some cool experiment. Sometimes these experiments have limited scientific value, but look really cool. Take this video from the ISS shot with a fancy RED 4K camera. Astronaut Terry Virts first uses a syringe to drizzle a big orb of water…

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 of the ISS’ research center at bedtime. Turn the lights down and start playing…

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 learned quickly that one of the downsides to being an astronaut was crappy breakfast…

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 in space might not need a hard construct to live in.…

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 lets anyone with Internet access watch our lovely planet live from space.…

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 ISS that can be used to send messages including HD video back to the…

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 Jet Propulsion Laboratory used both devices to make simulations of space environments.…

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 Japan.…

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 floating spheres through the International Space Station for the Zero Robotics programming competition.…
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