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  • Russia says 'software failure' caused thruster misfire at space station

    07/31/2021 10:04:13 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 30 replies ^ | 07/31/2021 | Meghan Bartels
    Yesterday's unexpected tilting of the International Space Station was caused by a software glitch, according to Russian space agency Roscosmos. A new Russian module dubbed Nauka arrived at the space station Thursday morning (July 29). In development for more than a decade, Nauka is designed to host science experiments, anchor visiting vehicles and serve as a gateway for spacewalks. However, while the module's arrival appeared to go smoothly, about three hours after docking, the module unexpectedly began firing its thrusters in an incident that caused the space station to tilt from its typical position for about 45 minutes in what...
  • Russian Module Headed for the ISS Is Still Having Problems

    07/24/2021 7:22:38 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | July 22, 2021 | ByIsaac Schultz
    The first glitch in Nauka’s journey happened yesterday, when the spacecraft didn’t complete its first orbit-raising burn. This meant that the uncrewed Nauka wasn’t on track to actually intercept the ISS, which it’s scheduled to dock with on Thursday, July 29. The problem was attributed to a software issue in a computer aboard Nauka, which prevented the spacecraft’s main engines from firing. Nauka’s team was able to manage a remote course correction, but a second bout of course corrections were deemed necessary, and scheduled for today. One early report from journalist Anatoly Zak indicated that one of the spacecraft’s engines...
  • Russian govt allows Energomash to hold talks on concluding contract for supply of RD181M rocket engines to U.S

    07/19/2021 6:51:47 PM PDT · by elpadre · 21 replies ^ | July 16, 2021
    MOSCOW. July 16 (Interfax) - The Russian government has approved talks between NPO Energomash and America's Orbital Sciences LLC on a contract for the use of the RD181M engine in the Antares launch vehicle, under a directive published on the official website for legal information. "To accept a proposal by the Roscosmos State Corporation for Space Activities, which was agreed with concerned federal executive authorities, on conducting negotiation between the joint-stock company NPO Energomash named after Academic V.P. Glushko and Orbital Sciences LLC (United States of America) on the conclusion of a contract for the use of the RD181M liquid-propellant...
  • Fleet Of 10 UFOs Spotted Flying In Formation Over The International Space Station Captured On Nasa Live Stream Over The Atlantic Ocean

    07/08/2021 8:53:16 AM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 45 replies
    nteb ^ | 7/7/21 | Geoffrey Grider
    Two weeks ago, the long-awaited report by the Pentagon on 144 instances of UFOs, or as they say Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon, concludes that 143 of the cases looked at defied any sort of earthly explanation. They could not be connected to any military or technology program to any government of any nation on the face of the Earth. In short, the Pentagon has just admitted that UFOs existing outside of human technology do in fact exist. And boy, do they ever. Objects have been flying over the International Space Station, or ISS, for many years now, and many times that...
  • Space station robotic arm hit by orbital debris in 'lucky strike'

    05/31/2021 7:43:39 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 21 replies ^ | May 31, 2021 | By Elizabeth Howell
    A piece of space junk smacked into the robotic arm on the International Space Station, but near-term operations should not be affected, according to the agencies involved. Robotic operators noticed a hole in the station's Canadarm2 provided by the Canadian Space Agency, which has been in service in orbit since 2001, during a routine inspection on May 12, the CSA officials said in a blog post Friday (May 28). Officials called the hole a "lucky strike" given the relatively small size of the arm, which is 57.7 feet (17.6 meters) long and has a diameter of just 14 inches (35...
  • Elon Musk’s SpaceX launches astronauts on Crew-2 rocket to International Space Station

    04/23/2021 5:15:45 AM PDT · by SmokingJoe · 24 replies ^ | APRIL 23, 2021 |
    SpaceX launched its third crew to the International Space Station an hour before sunrise on Friday in Florida, recycling a rocket and spacecraft for the first time. The Crew-2 mission, the first involving a European, blasted off from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 5.49am Eastern Time (7.49pm AEST). “Endeavour launches once again — four astronauts from three countries on Crew-2, now making their way to the one and only International Space Station,” announcer Gary Jordan said to loud cheers and applause. The Crew Dragon entered orbit a few minutes later and is racing to catch up with the...
  • Lesbians in Space

    04/21/2021 7:31:11 AM PDT · by Heartlander · 30 replies
    Salvo Magazine ^ | April 15, 2021 | Michael Howard
    Lesbians in SpaceIs NASA Courting the Wrong Stuff?Does it matter that Sally Ride, NASA’s first woman in Space was a lesbian? It wasn’t like the diminutive five-foot-five female astronaut was advocating or promoting same-sex lifestyles, or openly grooming young girls to become future female partners. No one outside a very small circle even knew about her sexual proclivities until after her death from pancreatic cancer.Does it matter that NASA astronaut Lisa Novak was charged with the attempted kidnapping and murder of fellow astronaut William Oefelein’s girlfriend, or that “outed” astronaut Anne McClain was accused of identity theft and “wrongfully attempting...
  • These 4 Crew-2 astronauts are ready to ride a SpaceX rocket into orbit

    04/18/2021 6:14:19 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 15 replies ^ | By Amy Thompson
    The four astronauts are scheduled to launch to the International Space Station (ISS) on SpaceX's next crewed mission Thursday (April 22) at 6:11 a.m. EST (1011 GMT). They practiced that launch day today (April 18) with one last predawn dress rehearsal. The spaceflyers — NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur, France's Thomas Pesquet and Japan's Akihiko Hoshide — arrived at NASA's Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida on Friday (April 16) and have already begun their final preparations before liftoff, which included a quick chat with reporters broadcast from the astronaut crew quarters. The Crew-2 mission will see a...
  • Methylobacterium ajmalii sp. nov., Isolated From the International Space Station

    03/19/2021 10:32:32 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 27 replies
    Frontiers in Microbiology ^ | 15 March 2021 | Swati Bijlani, Nitin K. Singh, V. V. Ramprasad Eedara, Appa Rao Podile, Christopher E. Mason, Clay C
    Four strains belonging to the family of Methylobacteriaceae were isolated from different locations on the International Space Station (ISS) across two consecutive flights. Of these, three were identified as Gram-negative, rod-shaped, catalase-positive, oxidase-positive, motile bacteria, designated as IF7SW-B2T, IIF1SW-B5, and IIF4SW-B5, whereas the fourth was identified as Methylorubrum rhodesianum. The sequence similarity of these three ISS strains, designated as IF7SW-B2T, IIF1SW-B5, and IIF4SW-B5, was gyrB gene, with the closest being Methylobacterium indicum SE2.11T. Furthermore, the multi-locus sequence analysis placed these three ISS strains in the same clade of M. indicum. The average nucleotide identity (ANI) values of these three ISS...
  • Microbes Unknown to Science Discovered on The International Space Station

    03/17/2021 12:58:46 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 18 replies ^ | 16 MARCH 2021 | JACINTA BOWLER
    The menagerie of bacterial and fungal species living among us is ever growing - and this is no exception in low-gravity environments, such as the International Space Station (ISS). Three of the four strains were isolated back in 2015 and 2016 – one was found on an overhead panel of the ISS research stations, the second was found in the Cupola, the third was found on the surface of the dining table; the fourth was found in an old HEPA filter returned to Earth in 2011. All four of the strains belong to a family of bacteria found in soil...
  • ISS Ditches 2.9-Ton Pallet of Batteries, Creating Its Most Massive Piece of Space Trash

    03/16/2021 9:50:35 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 27 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | George Dvorsky
    It wasn’t the original plan for the pallet to be discarded like this. The failed launch of a Soyuz rocket in 2018, in which NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Roscosmos cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin were forced to make an emergency landing in the Kazakh steppe, caused a disruption to the spacewalking schedule, leading to the leftover pallet. NASA’s spacewalk on February 1, 2021, involving astronauts Mike Hopkins and Victor Glover, was notable in that it concluded a four-year effort to upgrade the space station’s batteries. These batteries store energy collected by solar arrays, but in 2011 NASA decided to make the...
  • Russian-Chinese pact to explore the moon is another sign the U.S. must change its approach to Moscow

    03/13/2021 9:49:11 PM PST · by blueplum · 25 replies
    CNBC via msn ^ | 13 Mar 2021 | Frederick Kempe
    This week Roscosmos, the Russian space agency, signed an agreement with the Chinese National Space Administration, to create an International Scientific Lunar Station "with open access to all interested nations and international partners." It was the most dramatic sign yet that Moscow sees its space future with China and not the United States, further underscoring its growing strategic alignment with Beijing. ...This week's agreement also marked an apparent rebuke of NASA's invitation for Russia to join the Artemis project, named for Apollo's twin sister, that aims to put the first woman and next man on the moon by 2024. With...
  • Scotty is finally beamed up - to the International Space Station - and the backstory is revealed

    12/29/2020 12:32:01 AM PST · by blueplum · 14 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 28 Dec 2020 | Theresa Braine
    Scotty, the chief engineer on the fictional U.S.S. Enterprise who was always scrambling to heed the cry, “Beam me up, Scotty!” has been transported himself. The ashes of James Doohan, the actor who portrayed the original “Star Trek” character Montgomery “Scotty” Scott, have been interred for a dozen years on the International Space Station (ISS). And on Monday, the backstory of how they came to be there was revealed in full....
  • Earthlings and astronauts chat away, via ham radio

    12/24/2020 6:31:30 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 16 replies ^ | December 23, 2020 | by Samantha Masunaga
    NASA astronaut Doug Wheelock was just a few weeks into his six-month mission at the space station when feelings of isolation began to set in. Wheelock would be separated from loved ones, save for communication via an internet phone, email or social media. At times, the stress and tension of serving as the station's commander could be intense. One night, as he looked out a window at the Earth below, he remembered the space station's ham radio. He figured he'd turn it on—see if anyone was listening. "Any station, any station, this is the International Space Station," Wheelock said. A...
  • This Week's Sky at a Glance, December 4 – 12 [Jupiter-Saturn very close together, Mars very bright

    12/06/2020 1:07:06 PM PST · by ETL · 36 replies
    Sky & Telescope Magazine ^ | December 4, 2020 | Alan MacRobert
    FRIDAY, DECEMBER 4 [basically the same as today (Sunday), tomorrow, and next few days] Bright Jupiter and Saturn are closer together now (1.8° apart).Jupiter and Saturn are closing toward their record-breaking conjunction on December 21st, when they will appear only 0.1° apart. That’s about the width of a toothpick at arm’s length!
  • Russia's Energia says ISS is close to ruin, nation should build its own space station instead

    11/28/2020 1:16:09 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 53 replies ^ | Kerry Hebden
    A recent report from Russian manufacturer RSC Energia, the prime developer and contractor of the Russian crewed spaceflight program, states that a number of elements aboard the International Space Station are on the verge of catastrophic failure. The damage has become so serious, it will become too costly to repair and as such Russia should focus on completing its own orbital station instead... The comments were made by Soloviev during a meeting of the Russian Academy of Sciences Council on Space, which took place on 25 November, 2020 and were reported by Scientific Russia on their website. Among the participants...
  • SpaceX set to launch first fully-crewed ISS mission Saturday

    11/10/2020 8:38:25 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 10 replies ^ | 10 November 2020 | Rafi Letzter
    Elon Musk's company has launched two people into space to date: NASA astronauts Douglas Hurley and Robert Behnken, who rode to the International Space Station May 30 aboard a Crew Dragon capsule mounted on a Falcon 9 rocket. That test flight, termed DEMO-2, marked the first-ever commercial crewed launch, and the first launch from American soil since the end of the Space Shuttle program in 2011. But it was a test flight, with just two astronauts aboard, lasting just 64 days with most of that time in zero-gravity spent on the International Space Station (ISS). On Nov. 14, if all...
  • The ISS Is Still Leaking Air, And The Hunt For a Hole Is Taking Longer Than Expected

    09/03/2020 6:27:05 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 50 replies
    Science Alert ^ | 3 SEPTEMBER 2020 | Suzie Neilson
    Officials first noticed a leak last September, but they didn't do anything about it for nearly a year, since the leak wasn't major. Plus, station operations like space walks and crew exchanges kept crew members too busy to collect enough data about the issue. Recently, however, technicians detected an increase to the already elevated leak rate. So NASA announced on August 20 that the three men aboard the station – NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy and Roscosmos cosmonauts Anatoly Ivanishin and Ivan Vagner – would begin a hunt for the source. That search is "taking longer than expected," NASA spokesman Daniel...
  • Russian ISS Astronaut Ivan Vagner’s Video Has Some Seeing UFO

    08/21/2020 11:25:17 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 26 replies
    van Vagner, a Russian astronaut with the International Space Station (ISS), claims he captured the sight of five unusual lights, which some are calling a UFO, on a video that has gone viral. “Cosmonaut Ivan Vagner recently captured footage of the auroras over the Antarctic. ‘5 objects’ appeared in the the time-lapse according to Vagner in a tweet. The imagery was sent to Roscosmos for analysis,” Video From Space wrote on YouTube, sharing the video. Vagner first revealed the video on Twitter. He wrote, “Space guests, or how I filmed the new time-lapse. The peak of aurora borealis when passing...
  • NASA investigating small air leak on International Space Station

    08/20/2020 12:23:02 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 22 replies
    space,com ^ | 20 August 2020 | Elizabeth Howell
    NASA is tracking down the source of a minor air leak on the International Space Station. Crewmembers of the station's current Expedition 63 are in no immediate danger and will spend the weekend in the orbiting laboratory's Russian segment, inside the Zvezda service module, NASA officials said in an update today (Aug. 20). Astronauts can work in a shirtsleeve environment inside the station, but the orbiting lab is never completely airtight; a little bit of air always leaks over time, requiring routine repressurization from nitrogen tanks that are sent up during cargo missions, NASA added in the update. This leak...