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  • Russia Says It Will Keep Source of Hole (and Air Leak) on Soyuz Secret— But NASA Wants to Know...

    09/22/2019 8:29:40 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    Live Science ^ | 2019-09-22T12:40:29Z | Elizabeth Howell - Contributor
    Amid reports that the Russians will keep the cause of an air leak discovered at the International Space Station in 2018 secret, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine has promised to speak personally with the head of the Russian space agency. "They have not told me anything," Bridenstine said during a Houston energy conference question session Thursday (Sept. 19), according to the Houston Chronicle. But he emphasized that he wants to keep good relations with the Russians, one of the two chief partners on the orbiting complex. "I don't want to let one item set [the relationship] back, but it is clearly...
  • Launch pad fire scrubs Japanese ISS launch

    09/11/2019 8:41:18 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 7 replies
    Space News ^ | September 11, 2019 | Jeff Foust—
    Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) said the fire broke out on the platform carrying the H-2B rocket about three and a half hours before the 5:33 p.m. Eastern scheduled launch of the HTV-8 cargo spacecraft. The statement didn’t identify the cause of the fire or what damage it caused to the platform or the rocket. Neither MHI nor the Japanese space agency JAXA set a new launch date for the mission. Industry sources said they expect the launch to be delayed by at least several days in order to make any repairs to the launch platform and inspect the rocket itself...
  • Space station gets a new docking port in key upgrade for Boeing and SpaceX visits

    08/21/2019 1:53:04 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    cbs ^ | 08/21/2019 | William Harwood
    The new international docking adapter, or IDA, was launched to the station last month aboard a SpaceX Dragon cargo ship. The lab's robot arm pulled the docking mechanism out of the Dragon's trunk section earlier this week and positioned it directly atop a tunnel-like pressurized mating adaptor extending from Harmony's upper port. Working with electrical cables that were routed three years ago during two earlier spacewalks, Hague and Morgan connected the IDA to station power, allowing astronaut Christina Koch, working inside Harmony, to send commands driving internal hooks to close. After flight controllers confirmed the $22.5 million IDA was firmly...
  • NASA Has Announced The First Fruit They'll Grow on The ISS, And It's Hot

    07/15/2019 7:48:42 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 20 replies
    Science Alert ^ | 07/15/2019 | JACINTA BOWLER
    Researchers are hoping to send up Espańola chili pepper plants (Capsicum annuum), which could make peppers the very first fruit to be grown in space by US astronauts. "The astronauts have often expressed a desire for more spicy and flavourful foods, and so having a bit of hot flavour also seemed to be a good thing. Plus, many peppers are very high in vitamin C, which is important for space diets." Although there are thousands of different types of chili peppers, Espańola peppers have been chosen in part because they grow at high altitudes, have short growing periods, and can...
  • As NASA Aims For The Moon, An Aging Space Station Faces An Uncertain Future

    07/08/2019 8:37:01 AM PDT · by Jagermonster · 12 replies
    National Public Radio ^ | July 7, 2019 | Nell Greenfieldboyce
    When a rocket carrying the first module of the International Space Station blasted off from Kazakhstan in November of 1998, NASA officials said that the station would serve as an orbiting home for astronauts and cosmonauts for at least 15 years. It's now been over 18 years that the station has been continuously occupied by people. The place is impressive, with more living space than a six-bedroom house, two bathrooms and a large bay window for looking down at Earth. NASA and its international partners have spent decades and more than $100 billion to make the station a reality. The...
  • What IS this mysterious glowing object in the ISS live feed? Conspiracy theorists claim NASA [tr]

    01/23/2018 10:12:47 AM PST · by C19fan · 14 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | January 23, 2018 | Cheyenne MacDonald
    A bizarre YouTube video that some claim reveals a ‘golden UFO’ soaring over Earth has sparked fresh speculation among conspiracy theorists about an alien cover-up. The video focuses on a 2016 clip from the International Space Station’s live feed, showing a slow-moving view over our planet – and, a mysterious glow can be seen emanating from the bottom right corner. Just seconds later, the footage cuts out to reveal a standby message from the ISS, causing many to claim NASA was attempting to hide an object the YouTubers estimate to be ‘hundreds of miles long.’
  • WATCH: ISS Nasa live cam cuts after 'suddenly locking on to mystery glowing UFO'

    11/03/2015 7:42:59 AM PST · by Red Badger · 36 replies ^ | 02:53, Tue, Nov 3, 2015 | UPDATED: 08:17, Tue, Nov 3, 2015 | By Jon Austin
    A "UFO was intercepted" by the International Space Station (ISS), claim alien hunters, who allege footage from a NASA live camera feed which zoomed in on a mysterious glowing orb suddenly cut out. The "orb UFO" allegedly monitored by ISS crew ================================================================================================================== A UFO hunter claims the ISS camera locked on and zoomed into a “mystery glowing orb”, but after monitoring the ball of light, Nasa cut the live stream from public viewing. The "Unidentified Flying Object (UFO)" was visible in the distance between the ISS and Earth, according to Scott C Waring, editor of UFO Sightings Daily, before the...
  • Space station mold survives high doses of ionizing radiation

    06/28/2019 5:48:21 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 29 replies
    phys,org ^ | 06/27/2019 | American Geophysical Union
    Astronauts on the ISS spend hours every week cleaning the inside of the station's walls to prevent mold from becoming a health problem. Spores of the two most common types of mold on the ISS, Aspergillus and Pennicillium, survive X-ray exposure at 200 times the dose that would kill a human, according to Marta Cortesăo, a microbiologist at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in Cologne, who will present the new research Friday at the 2019 Astrobiology Science Conference (AbSciCon 2019). Pennicillium and Aspergillus species are not usually harmful, but inhaling their spores in large amounts can sicken people with weakened...
  • NASA will let tourists visit the International Space Station starting in 2020

    06/07/2019 2:37:57 PM PDT · by ETL · 49 replies
    The Sun, via ^ | June 6, 2019 | Sean Keach, Digital Technology and Science Editor | The Sun
    NASA plans to allow tourists to visit the International Space Station from 2020 – at an estimated cost of more than $50 million per trip. It means that private companies will be able to take "private astronauts" to the ISS for up to 30 days. "The agency can accommodate up to two short-duration private astronaut missions per year to the International Space Station," Nasa explained."These missions will be privately funded, dedicated commercial spaceflights."Transport will be provided by both Boeing and Elon Musk's SpaceX, who are currently developing capsules that can carry humans to the ISS. It's expected that a trip...
  • Here’s Looking at You! Astrobee’s First Robot Completes Initial Hardware Checks in Space

    05/20/2019 11:35:37 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 7 replies
    NASA ^ | 05/16/2019
    NASA astronaut Anne McClain performs the first series of tests of an Astrobee robot, Bumble, during a hardware checkout. To her right is the docking station that was installed in the Kibo module on the International Space Station on Feb. 15. Bumble, and another robot named Honey, launched to the space station on Apr. 17, aboard Northrop Grumman’s eleventh commercial resupply services mission from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. When needed the robots will be able to return to their docking station on their own and recharge their battery power. Astrobee is a free-flying robot system that will provide...
  • Making Skylab Human-Friendly

    05/20/2019 5:33:28 AM PDT · by vannrox · 16 replies
    airspace ^ | 3MAY19 | By Rebecca Maksel
    Making Skylab Human-Friendly Best known for his iconic designs, from the Lucky Strike logo to Air Force One, Raymond Loewy also consulted on NASA’s first space station. They dined on Lobster Newberg, fresh bread, and butter cookies, and slumbered in their own individual berths, which had the luxury of privacy curtains. But in the blackness of space, there was one thing the Skylab astronauts still craved: Color. As Skylab commander Gerald Carr told the New York Times in September 1994, the astronauts were so starved for color they would stare at the test color bars used to calibrate their cameras....
  • Sri Lanka woman loses daughter, son, husband, sister-in-law and 2 nieces in Easter attacks

    04/24/2019 9:24:06 AM PDT · by Shark24 · 13 replies
    Fox News ^ | Apr 24, 2019 | AP
    The toll was highest at St. Sebastian's Church in Negombo. Of the more than 350 people killed by the suicide bombings that the government blamed on Muslim extremists, about a third of them died at the church in the seaside fishing town while attending Easter Services. And perhaps no one lost more relatives than Kumari, whose daughter, son, husband, sister-in-law and two nieces were killed.
  • NASA cancels all-female spacewalk because it didn’t have enough spacesuits ready in the right size

    03/26/2019 9:51:54 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 60 replies
    Tech Crunch ^ | 03/26/2019 | Jonathan Shieber
    That sad trombone you hear is the sound of NASA’s attempt at a history-making spacewalk falling apart. After conducting the first spacewalk this week, astronaut Anne McClain noted that the large suit she was wearing did not allow her to move effectively. “McClain learned during her first spacewalk that a medium-size hard upper torso – essentially the shirt of the spacesuit – fits her best,” according to a statement from NASA. Because only one medium-size torso would be ready by the planned Friday spacewalk, NASA astronaut Christina Koch will use the suit.
  • Astronauts on The Space Station Liked SpaceX's 'Earthy' Toy So Much They Kidnapped It

    03/10/2019 10:14:47 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    Science Alert ^ | 03/10/2019 | Dave Mosher
    In the meantime, three Expedition 58 crew members living aboard the space station – NASA astronaut Anne McClain, Canadian Space Agency astronaut David Saint-Jacques, and Roscosmos cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko – have adopted "little Earthy" as an unofficial rookie in training. The crew opened the hatch and emptied the cargo, hailing SpaceX's arrival as historic. McClain immediately took to the Little Earth. "Earth will learn a lot during his busy week on @Space_Station — today he kept me company while we checked our suit sizing to account for space growth (I am 2 inches taller than when I launched!)" McClain tweeted....
  • SpaceX’s New Crew Capsule Aces Space Station Docking

    03/03/2019 8:04:04 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 40 replies
    While SpaceX has sent plenty of cargo Dragons to the space station, crew Dragon is a different beast. It docked autonomously under the station astronauts’ watchful eyes, instead of relying on the station’s robot arm for berthing. The capsule’s nose cap was wide open like a dragon’s mouth, to expose the docking mechanism. Behnken said that’s the way it should work when he and Hurley are on board; they may push a button or two and will have the ability to intervene, if necessary. As part of Sunday’s shakedown, the station astronauts sent commands for the Dragon to retreat and...
  • Space microbes aren't so alien after all

    01/08/2019 6:23:46 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    phys,org ^ | January 8, 2019, | Northwestern University
    While the team found that the bacteria isolated from the ISS did contain different genes than their Earthling counterparts, those genes did not make the bacteria more detrimental to human health. The bacteria are instead simply responding, and perhaps evolving, to survive in a stressful environment. As the conversation about sending travelers to Mars gets more serious, there has been an increasing interest in understanding how microbes behave in enclosed environments. "People will be in little capsules where they cannot open windows, go outside or circulate the air for long periods of time," said Hartmann. "We're genuinely concerned about how...
  • How Sierra Nevada's "Dream Chaser" Could Become a Nightmare for Northrop Grumman

    01/07/2019 7:43:44 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 16 replies
    The Motley Fool ^ | 01/06/2019 | Rich Smith
    Acquiring space launch company Orbital ATK in an all-cash $7.8 billion merger, Northrop took possession of Orbital's Minotaur and Antares medium-lift rocket families. It acquired Orbital's ongoing project to build a new "OmegA" class heavy lift rocket as well, with which to compete against the likes of United Launch Alliance and SpaceX for large commercial and military satellite launches. Northrop Grumman also inherited Orbital's ongoing NASA contract to resupply crew aboard the International Space Station (ISS) with needed consumables under the agency's CRS-1 and CRS-2 "Commercial Resupply Services" contracts -- missions valued at as much as $14 billion across the...
  • The International Space Station is infested with mysterious [bacteria]

    11/23/2018 6:45:02 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 41 replies
    Metro UK ^ | 11/23/2018
    Scientists have discovered a thriving ecosystem of ‘infectious organisms’ aboard the International Space Station. A Nasa team found five different varieties of Enterobacter, which are similar to bugs found in hospitals down here on Earth. The toilet of the orbiting space base was one of the main sites of infection along with the exercise area. Researchers calculated that there is a ‘79% probability that they may potentially cause disease’, although analysis has only been carried out on dead samples at this stage so this risk could prove to be higher or lower following further research. Dr Nitin Singh, who has...
  • China unveils new 'Heavenly Palace' space station as ISS days numbered

    11/08/2018 11:20:46 PM PST · by blueplum · 26 replies
    AFP via msn ^ | 06 Nov 2018 | WANG ZHAO
    China unveiled on Tuesday a replica of its first permanently crewed space station, which would replace the international community's orbiting laboratory and symbolises the country's major ambitions beyond Earth. The 17-metre (55-foot) core module was a star attraction at the biennial Airshow China in the southern coastal city of Zhuhai, the country's main aerospace industry exhibition. .... ....The International Space Station -- a collaboration between the United States, Russia, Canada, Europe and Japan -- has been in operation since 1998 but is due to be retired in 2024. China will then have the only space station in orbit, though it...
  • Elon Musk Is Squeezing Russia Out of Launchers Market, Space Chief Says

    10/02/2018 7:33:45 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 14 replies
    Moscow Times ^ | Oct 2, 2018 | Reuters
    The head of Russia’s space agency has accused tech billionaire Elon Musk of trying to squeeze Moscow out of the carrier rockets market by lowballing prices for commercial space flights. SpaceX has upended the space industry with its relatively low-cost Falcon 9 rockets. The company has completed more than 50 successful Falcon launches and snagged billions of dollars' worth of contracts, including deals with NASA and the U.S. Department of Defense. Dmitry Rogozin, the head of Russia’s Roscosmos Federal Space Agency, told state-run television on Monday that Musk sells launches from $40 million to $60 million “to squeeze Russia out...