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  • NASA to investigate unknown fungus found growing on the space station (This is how it Starts)

    04/26/2017 11:36:50 AM PDT · by brucedickinson · 87 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 4-26-2017 | Mark Prigg
    NASA is set to use a radical new 'tricorder' DNA sequencer to work out what a mysterious fungus found growing on the International Space Station is. Astronauts have reported funding the strange microbial growths on walls and surfaces, and it has even clogged waterlines. Now, two instruments onboard will be used to analyse it in orbit, allowing mission controllers to work out how to deal with it
  • St. Seraphim Relics to be Conveyed to the International Space Station

    09/14/2016 5:28:17 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    Interfax ^ | 9/14/16
    Nizhny Novgorod, September 14, Interfax - A particle of St. Seraphim relics will be conveyed to the crew of the International Space Station. The ceremony will take place in St. Seraphim Diveyevo Monastery on September 16 in the Nizhny Novgorod Region, press service of the local diocese reports on Tuesday. The members of the crewed spacecraft Soyuz MS-02, which consists of Sergey Ryzhikov, Andrey Borisenko, Shane Kimbrough (NASA), will deliver the particle to the ISS. After the flight, the particle will be conveyed to the Transfiguration Cathedral in Zvezdny Gorodok, the Moscow Region. As was reported, Ryzhikov is going to...
  • Spacewalkers attach docking adapter to space station for commercial vehicles

    Attached to the station’s no-longer-needed shuttle port at the front of the station, the Boeing-built International Docking Adapter will allow spacecraft from both companies to bring crews to the outpost, ending NASA’s sole reliance on Russian Soyuz ferry ships. A second IDA is expected to be attached in 2018. “It is amazing that now we’ve opened up a new chapter in the story of the International Space Station, putting the front door on this for future commercial vehicles,” radioed station commander Jeff Williams, who worked with astronaut Kate Rubins to attach and outfit the IDA. “Congratulations to the entire team.”...
  • Station Astronaut Snaps Super Sharp View of the Great Pyramids from Space

    06/13/2015 5:25:38 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 44 replies
    universetoday.com/ ^ | on June 13, 2015 | Ken Kremer
    On his last full day in space aboard the International Space Station (ISS), NASA astronaut Terry Virts at last captured a truly iconic shot of one of the “Seven Wonders of the World” – the Great Pyramids of Giza in Egypt. Virts snapped the exquisitely sharp view of the Egyptian pyramids at Giza on June 10 looking out from the stations windows, just hours before entering the Soyuz return spaceship and closing the hatches behind him for his planned plummet back to Earth. He proudly posted the spectacular photo on his twitter social media account from space while serving as...
  • [Space] Station Astronaut Snaps Super Sharp View of the Great Pyramids from Space

    06/14/2015 11:46:21 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 40 replies
    Universe Today ^ | 13 June 2015 | Ken Kremer
    On his last full day in space aboard the International Space Station (ISS), NASA astronaut Terry Virts at last captured a truly iconic shot of one of the “Seven Wonders of the World” – the Great Pyramids of Giza in Egypt. Virts snapped the exquisitely sharp view of the Egyptian pyramids at Giza on June 10 looking out from the stations windows, just hours before entering the Soyuz return spaceship and closing the hatches behind him for his planned plummet back to Earth. He proudly posted the spectacular photo on his twitter social media account from space while serving as...
  • Glitch [putting it mildly!] shifts position of International Space Station

    06/10/2015 10:12:18 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 26 replies
    miamiherald.com ^ | June 10, 2015
    Roscosmos said the engines of a Soyuz spacecraft docked at the station unexpectedly started during testing of the radio system that controls the docking procedure. Steps were taken to stabilize the station and specialists were now working to determine what caused the engines to start, the agency said. Two Soyuz spacecraft are docked at the station, and one of them is scheduled to return three of the six crew members to Earth this week. Roscosmos did not specify which capsule had the malfunction, but said the landing would go ahead as planned.
  • Departing Space Station Commander Provides Tour of Orbital Laboratory

    05/11/2015 2:53:04 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 5 replies
    Youtube ^ | NASA
    In her final days as Commander of the International Space Station, Sunita Williams of NASA recorded an extensive tour of the orbital laboratory and downlinked the video on Nov. 18, just hours before she, cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko and Flight Engineer Aki Hoshide of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency departed in their Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft for a landing on the steppe of Kazakhstan. The tour includes scenes of each of the station's modules and research facilities with a running narrative by Williams of the work that has taken place and which is ongoing aboard the orbital outpost.
  • Russian spaceship considered total loss

    04/29/2015 12:12:57 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 23 replies
    www.clickorlando.com ^ | Apr 29 2015 10:33:16 AM EDT | Staff
    Cargo ship spinning out of control, will re-enter atmosphere CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - The crew of the International Space Station says a Russian supply ship that went into an uncontrollable spin after launch has been declared a total loss. American astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko told The Associated Press on Wednesday that flight controllers have given up trying to command the cargo carrier. The unmanned vessel began tumbling shortly after its launch Tuesday from Kazakhstan. Kelly says the vehicle will fall out of orbit and re-enter the atmosphere sometime soon. He's not sure exactly when. The cargo...
  • Russia Bans U.S. From International Space Station: America Strikes Back

    06/22/2014 5:56:42 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 41 replies
    The Motley Fool ^ | 22JUN2014 | Rich Smith
    Look! Up in the sky! Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's an International Space Station. But if Russia gets its way, it's going to be off-limits to the United States soon. For weeks now, there have been rumblings about Russia wanting to ban the United States from using the ISS while the two countries wrangled over Ukraine. While that would probably violate international law, it may be feasible from a practical perspective. Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin argued that "the Russian segment [of the ISS] can exist independently from the American one. The U.S. one...
  • Russia Restricts U.S. Access To Space Over Ukraine

    05/15/2014 9:15:21 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 18 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | May 15, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    World Leadership: In retaliation for imposing sanctions over Ukraine, Moscow will bar our use of its rocket engines in launching U.S. military satellites and deny the U.S. use of the International Space Station. It may come as news to some that the nation that once used the massive Saturn V launch vehicle to put men on the moon now imports Russian rocket engines, but we do. That supply is to be cut off in response to the sanctions imposed by President Obama in response to Moscow's annexation of Crimea and its actions against Ukraine. Also to be cut off is...
  • Russia Will Cut Off US Access to the International Space Station Over Ukraine Sanctions

    05/13/2014 2:39:47 PM PDT · by lbryce · 37 replies
    The Verge ^ | May 13, 2014 | Adriana Jeffries
    Russia will reject a US request to use the International Space Station after 2020 in retaliation for trade sanctions imposed over Russia's aggressive annexation of Crimea, its deputy prime minister announced today. The space station is maintained by both American and Russian crews. But because NASA's shuttle program was decommissioned in 2011, the only way to get there is on board Russian spacecraft. The US currently pays Russia $60 million per person to ferry its astronauts to the space station, and had planned to continue working on it until 2024. "The Russian segment can exist independently from the American one....
  • Watch Live As Astronauts Conduct Urgent Spacewalk On Space Station

    04/23/2014 7:06:30 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 25 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | April 23, 2014 | Elizabeth Howell on
    The NASA spacewalk involving Rick Mastracchio and Steve Swanson is scheduled to start today (April 23) at 9:20 a.m. EDT (1:20 p.m. UTC), with coverage starting around 8:30 a.m. EDT (12:30 p.m. UTC). The spacewalk is scheduled to last 2.5 hours. Bear in mind that the times could change as circumstances arise. The computer, also called a multiplexer/demultiplexer (MDM), failed for unknown reasons a couple of weeks ago. While the primary computer is working perfectly and the crew is in no danger, things get more risky if the primary computer also breaks. That’s why NASA worked to get the spacewalkers...
  • Space station computer outage may force spacewalk

    04/11/2014 8:42:27 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    sfgate.com ^ | Friday, April 11, 2014
    NASA said Friday night that a backup computer on the outside of the orbiting lab is not responding to commands. The main computer, called an MDM or multiplexer-demultiplexer, is working fine, and the six-man crew is in no danger, officials said. But these computers control some robotic functions that would be needed for the upcoming supply run by SpaceX, one of two U.S. companies contracted by NASA to keep the space station well stocked. A backup computer would need to be operating for redundancy of those robotic systems.
  • Belligerent Russia Could Deny U.S. Access To Space

    03/05/2014 6:44:15 PM PST · by gooblah · 55 replies
    IBD ^ | Posted 06:38 PM ET
    Leadership: Putting an economic and political squeeze on Moscow over the Ukraine crisis could bring another Obama chicken home to roost — our president killed the U.S. space program and made us dependent on Putin. Since 2011, when America's space shuttle fleet was retired and our space program was dispersed to various museums, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, which proudly put the first human beings, Americans, on the moon some 45 years ago, has largely been fixated on things like monitoring nonexistent climate change and Muslim outreach. Read More At Investor's Business Daily: http://news.investors.com/ibd-editorials/030514-692270-russia-could-deny-space-access-over-ukraine.htm#ixzz2v9AKHsSL Follow us: @IBDinvestors on Twitter...
  • NASA orders series of spacewalks to fix space station

    12/17/2013 2:45:02 PM PST · by ColdOne · 17 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 12/17/13 | AP
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – NASA has ordered up a series of urgent spacewalks to fix a broken cooling line at the International Space Station. Station managers decided Tuesday to send two American astronauts out as soon as possible to replace a pump with a bad valve. It's a major job that will require three spacewalks — Saturday, Monday and next Wednesday on Christmas Day. "The next week will be busy with space walks so not much tweeting from here," NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio tweeted from space soon after the decision was announced.
  • Cooling pump fails on International Space Station; six-man crew OK

    12/11/2013 8:33:11 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 21 replies
    CNN ^ | updated 8:22 PM EST, Wed December 11, 2013 | John Zarrella and Catherine E. Shoichet
    Officials discovered the malfunctioning loop was producing too much ammonia Wednesday morning, NASA spokesman Josh Byerly said. Teams have shut down some non-critical systems on the station as a result of the problem, NASA said. The space station's life support system is still up and running. Officials could determine that an emergency spacewalk is the best way to fix the failed pump -- something they've done in the past.
  • China's Spaceflight Success Sets Stage for Big Space Station

    06/30/2013 6:29:58 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    SPACE.COM ^ | 06/29/2013 | Leonard David,
    The successful landing of China's latest manned space mission this week cast a spotlight on the country's growing human spaceflight skills as it hones the capabilities needed to build a huge, permanently crewed space station. During the 15-day Shenzhou 10 spaceflight, three Chinese astronauts accomplished both automatic and manual dockings to China's Tiangong 1 space laboratory, where they lived and worked during the mission. The crew also achieved a two-hour-long fly-around of the module, a first in space for China seen an effort to sharpen rendezvous expertise useful for future space station construction. Aboard the Tiangong 1, the Shenzhou 10...
  • First Music Video From Space? Astronaut Chris Hadfield Sings ‘Space Oddity’

    05/13/2013 3:41:31 PM PDT · by Main Street · 8 replies
    Variety ^ | May 12, 2013 | Pat Saperstein
    International Space Station commander Chris Hadfield was already becoming an Internet sensation with his 770,000 Twitter followers and videos of him strumming a guitar and cooking spinach in space. But now the Canadian astronaut has topped those short performances with a competently-sung rendition of David Bowie’s song “Space Oddity.” The performance of the classically spacey song while actually floating in space “wins the Internet” as some commenters have suggested. Hadfield plays his acoustic guitar alongside shots of the station zooming over earth in the video which the staff of the Canadian Space Agency helped mix. Hadfield handed over the station’s...
  • In rare unplanned spacewalk, astronauts hunt for mystery leak on space station

    05/11/2013 1:06:54 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    wapo ^ | Saturday, May 11, 11:41 AM | Joel Achenbach,
    <p>A mysterious leak of coolant on the international space station compelled two astronauts to make an extraordinary, unplanned spacewalk Saturday in which they tried in vain to find the source of the streaming ammonia....</p> <p>“So far no smoking gun, an hour and a half into the spacewalk,” an announcer said on NASA TV, which streamed images of the astronauts patrolling a truss of the station and aiming their cameras at the innards of machinery packed with tubes and wires.</p>
  • Space Station Leaking Vital (chilled liquid ammonia) Coolant, NASA Says

    05/09/2013 6:23:28 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 33 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | Clara Moskovitz - Space.com
    Astronauts on the International Space Station have discovered a leak of ammonia coolant on their orbiting habitat, and NASA is looking into the problem, though it poses no immediate danger to the crew, officials said today (May 9). The space station uses chilled liquid ammonia to cool down the power systems on its eight giant solar array panels. A minor leak of this ammonia was first noticed in 2007, and NASA has been studying the issue ever since. In November 2012 two astronauts took a spacewalk to fix the problem, rewiring some coolant lines and installing a spare radiator due...