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Malfunctions in simulated space

A fun ride. ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet, NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson and Roscosmos commander Oleg Novitsky this week passed their final exams on the Soyuz spacecraft that will fly them to the International Space Station…


Nice, easy and splashing down

After delivering almost 5,000 pounds of supplies, experiments and equipment – including a docking adapter for future American commercial crew spacecraft – a SpaceX Dragon cargo craft is set to leave the International Space Station…


ATV Docking ring

The docking ring used by ESA’s Automated Transfer Vehicle cargo spacecraft for five missions to the International Space Station is displayed in the laboratory corridor of ESA’s technical heart in the Netherlands. Supplied by Russia’s…


Radiation, one rad at a time

Radiation is an invisible hazard of spaceflight, but a new monitoring system for ESA astronauts gives a realtime snapshot of their exposure. The results will guide researchers preparing for deep-space missions to come. A key…


The Milky Way

ESA astronaut Tim Peake posted this stunning image on his social media channels, commenting: “Watching the Milky Way rising over the horizon”. Tim’s six-month mission to the ISS is named Principia, after Isaac Newton’s ground-breaking…


Viagra needed. Yes, astronomy subject.

NASA and Bigelow Aerospace will make a second attempt at 9 a.m. EDT Saturday, May 28, to expand the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM), currently attached to the International Space Station. NASA Television coverage will…


ISS on your website

When the International Space Station is visible from Earth – typically at dawn and dusk – it is the night sky’s second brightest object, after the moon. A new companion tool to NASA’s popular Spot…