astronauts

Rearranging the parking lot

Commander Gennady Padalka will back the Soyuz TMA-16M spacecraft from its Poisk module docking port Friday morning. One-Year crew members Scott Kelly and Mikhail Kornienko will come along for the 25-minute ride and redock to…


Quite a first-hand account

There’s no way to anticipate the emotional impact of leaving your home planet. You look down at Earth and realize: You’re not on it. It’s breathtaking. It’s surreal. It’s a “we’re not in Kansas anymore,…


Fashionable Spacesuit of the Future

For future astronauts, the process of suiting up may go something like this: Instead of climbing into a conventional, bulky, gas-pressurized suit, an astronaut may don a lightweight, stretchy garment, lined with tiny, musclelike coils….


At last: real spandex in Space

The Space Medicine Office of ESA’s European Astronaut Centre is managing a project that could help astronauts overcome back problems in space, simply by wearing a high-tech tight-fitting ‘skinsuit’. Floating in space, astronauts’ bodies adapt…



Go see the dentist at the ISS

They are skills everyone hopes an astronaut never has to use but they are vital for the International Space Station, where no ambulance can reach. ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst recently boosted his medical skills in…


Protective Moon bubbles to the rescue?

As any starship captain knows, should Klingons or Romulans ever attack your craft, the first thing you do is to raise the deflector shields. On Earth, scientists are busy trying to recreate this fictional concept,…