Archive for the ‘ISS’ Category

U2 concert adds a space surprise

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

The Irish supergroup U2 added a little zero-G to its 360° Tour stop in Seattle over the weekend, but what do you expect for a show with a stage that looks like a four-legged spaceship?

Cucumbers in space: astronaut’s horticultural mission

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

Satoshi Furukawa plans to grow vegetables on International Space Station after blasting off from Kazakhstan on Wednesday

NASA makes history with spacewalk, station finale

Friday, May 27th, 2011

NASA astronauts made history twice on Friday, venturing on the final spacewalk of the agency’s 30-year shuttle program and completing assembly of the $100 billion International Space Station.

For Spacewalking Astronauts, Itchy Eyes Are One Pain of Many

Friday, May 27th, 2011

When you have an itch you just can’t scratch, it can be an annoying experience. But imagine how it feels for an astronaut on a spacewalk, sealed inside a bulky spacesuit. With so much gear on, even the tiniest discomfort can be an astronaut’s worst nightmare.

Station Project Tops 1,000 Spacewalking Hours

Friday, May 27th, 2011

The 15-nation consortium operating the International Space Station just passed a significant milestone: Astronauts and cosmonauts now have performed more than 1,000 hours of spacewalking work in the assembly and maintenance of the orbiting outpost.

Lawmakers Wary of NASA’s Space Station Logistics Plan

Friday, May 27th, 2011

Members of a congressional panel questioned the wisdom of NASA’s plan to rely on two commercial companies to handle the critically important job of ferrying cargo to the international space station after the space shuttle concludes its final flight scheduled for July.

Europe honours Einstein with space freighter

Friday, May 27th, 2011

The fourth of Europe’s robot freighters, due to be launched to the International Space Station (ISS) in early 2013, has been named after Albert Einstein, the European Space Agency (ESA) said on Thursday.

Last Shuttle Crew Spacewalk On Tap At Station

Friday, May 27th, 2011

Endeavour mission specialists Mike Fincke and Greg Chamitoff are scheduled to exit the station’s U.S. Quest airlock around 12:45 a.m. Friday on the fourth and final outing of the shuttle’s stay at the outpost.

Successful spacewalk sets up Endeavour crew’s fourth — and final one

Friday, May 27th, 2011

The last planned spacewalk by U.S. shuttle astronauts is set to get under way early Friday after a highly successful excursion outside the International Space Station on Wednesday that had both spacewalkers awestruck by the view of Earth.

False Fire Alarm Blares Out At Space Station

Friday, May 27th, 2011

A beeping caution-and-warning alarm blared out on the Russian side of the International Space Station today but cosmonauts reported no signs of smoke or fire.

With space station nearly done, NASA looks ahead

Friday, May 27th, 2011

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station pondered the future of American space flight on Thursday as they neared the end of a decade-long project to build the $100 billion orbital outpost.

Endeavour Docks Safely At International Outpost

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

Shuttle Endeavour docked at the International Space Station today, capping a two-day commute that started with a cloud-covered launch Monday from Kennedy Space Center.

Astronauts to install 15,000-pound, $2 billion AMS device to space station early Thursday

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

Early Thursday morning, Endeavour’s team will get to the main job that sent them to the International Space Station this week – installation of the $2 billion, 15,000-pound Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer.

Endeavour Spacewalks Last Of Shuttle Era

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

STS-134 Astronauts Drew Feustel, Greg Chamitoff and Mike Fincke will rotate through four two-man spacewalks outside the International Space Station during their mission, marking the last extravehicular excursions scheduled for the shuttle era.

Italian Astronaut’s Mother Dies While He’s in Space

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

The mother of Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli, who is currently living on the International Space Station, has died in her hometown just outside Milan.

NASA Receives European Commitment To Continue Space Station

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

The Multilateral Coordination Board (MCB) for the International Space Station partner agencies met Wednesday, April 27, to discuss increased efforts to use the station as a test-bed for exploration. The MCB also congratulated the European Space Agency (ESA) on its recent decision to continue station operations to at least 2020.

Space station getting extra storage room

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

The International Space Station is getting an extra storage room.
Space shuttle Discovery delivered the new compartment over the weekend.
The orbiting astronauts will install the 21-foot-long chamber Tuesday morning. It’s loaded with supplies as well as a humanoid robot that will be tested as a potential astronaut helper.

Space duo overcomes crash by computer

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

Two spacewalkers overcame a critical computer crash Monday, pulling off their work outside the International Space Station as an injured astronaut once assigned the job watched from the ground.

Amazing Views of Space Shuttle Discovery’s Launch From Above

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

When NASA’s space shuttle Discovery blasted off on its final spaceflight last week, thousands turned out to watch the historic launch. But only a lucky few — including a jet passenger, a student balloon and a daredevil former astronaut on a skydive — spotted Discovery lift off from the air.

Spacewalkers Aim To Extend ISS Railway

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

Discovery spacewalkers successfully stowed a failed coolant pump at the International Space Station today and now are venturing off on a mission to properly locate a video camera outside the outpost.