The biggest problem with photographing any astronomical object from the ground is that you have to look through the Earth’s atmosphere. Turbulence in the atmospheric gases can cause wobble and blurriness in your observations — it is this turbulence that causes stars to twinkle, after all.
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An American astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts are back on Earth today after a high-flying departure from the International Space Station.
Cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov backed a Russian Soyuz spacecraft away from the outpost about 4:18 a.m. EDT. Flying along with him: U.S. astronaut Dan Burbank and cosmonaut Anatoly Ivanishin.
According to NASA Public Affairs, the Russians plan to fly two iPads on the December 2011 Progress cargo mission as a replacement for the iPod they currently have on the ISS
The Russian Space Agency Roscosmos confirmed on Monday the list of next crew members who will fly to the International Space Station (ISS) on Nov. 14.
NASA and its Russian partners have set a launch date for the next manned mission to the International Space Station that will allow the orbiting lab to avoid being temporarily abandoned.
While Russia deals with problems with its Soyuz spacecraft, some are concerned the International Space Station may have to be abandoned.
The head of the Spaceport Research and Technology Institute at UCF tells us NASA is in a bad spot.
NASA and its Russian partners approved a plan Thursday that would keep the International Space Station staffed in the wake of an Aug. 24 Soyuz launch failure that raised the possibility that the outpost might have to be evacuated.
Three of the International Space Station’s live-aboard staff returned to Earth Thursday night, leaving a skeleton crew in orbit until replacements arrive in mid-November.
Riding inside a Russian Soyuz capsule, cosmonauts Andrey Borisenko and Alexander Samokutyaev and U.S. astronaut Ron Garan touched down in Kazakhstan just before midnight after a 3.5-hour ride. The trio had been in orbit for more than five months.
Four Atlantis astronauts are back at work hauling cargo to and from the International Space Station, and trying to figure out where to put it.
NASA has selected a Space Florida-led team called the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (Casis) to manage commercial, industrial and other non-NASA uses of the International Space Station (ISS).
Ten astronauts and cosmonauts will gather this morning on the International Space Station to field questions from journalists around the world as the final shuttle mission pushes past its halfway point.
After a hectic week in orbit, the astronauts on NASA’s last space shuttle flight got some time off Thursday to savor their historic experience.
“This is one of the first days we’ve been able to take a deep breath and appreciate what we’re doing up here,” said space shuttle Atlantis’ commander, Christopher Ferguson.
Armchair astronauts can take their dreams to the dining table on Thursday — NASA is hosting a virtual dinner with the shuttle Atlantis crew.
The dinner will include brie cheese, sausage and crackers to start the meal, grilled chicken or barbecue brisket, Southwestern corn and baked beans for the main course and apple pie for dessert.
Like many Americans, the NASA astronauts aboard the International Space Station will enjoy a long weekend to mark the Fourth of July holiday — though they won’t be celebrating with any fireworks inside the orbiting lab.
Specialists from the Russian Mission Control Centre corrected on Friday the ISS orbit to create the optimal altitude of the orbit, an MCC source told Tass.
The expert explained that the higher the orbit the thinner air is. This means that the speed of its lowering decreases, which means less fuel is needed to support the altitude of the flight.
International Space Station (ISS) crew commander Andrei Borisenko and engineer Sergei Volkov are busy repairing the treadmill of the Zvezda module.
“The repairs of the TWISS treadmill in the Russian segment of the station will last for several hours,” Russian mission control center head Valery Lyndin told Itar-Tass. The ISS has two treadmills (in the Russian and U.S. segments), two exercise bicycles and weight training equipment.
Shuttle Atlantis is scheduled to blast off July 8 on a 12-day mission to the International Space Station that will also be the final mission of the space shuttle era. In a throwback to the beginning of the shuttle’s career, Atlantis will have a crew of only four, rather than the now-standard six or seven.
Europe’s ATV-2 Johannes Kepler will perform the last task of its current mission by raising the orbit of the International Space Station (ISS) to 382 kilometers (237 miles) on Friday, Russia’s Mission Control said.
An American astronaut and two crewmates launching today from Kazakhstan will round out the International Space Station crew that will welcome the final space shuttle and possibly the first commercial spacecraft.