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Young John Glenn's Pillowcase Foretold His Future

Whimsical bedding that sold for $2.5K at estate sale was embroidered with celestial bodies

(Newser) - When future astronaut John Glenn nestled in his bed, it may not have been sugar plums that danced in his head, but celestial bodies. A recently discovered child's pillowcase that belonged to the late US senator and space hero depicts revolving planets, stars, and a view to outer space.... More »

They Had the Same DNA. Then One Spent a Year in Space

A fascinating look at the case of identical twin astronauts Scott and Mark Kelly

(Newser) - NASA is pointing to the "stresses of space travel" as the factor behind a fascinating phenomenon involving the only pair of identical twin astronauts in history. Per Live Science , even though Scott and Mark Kelly once boasted the same DNA makeup, Scott's nearly yearlong trip on the International... More »

Astronaut Was to Make History—Until NASA Intervened

Jeanette Epps was to be the first African American on the ISS

(Newser) - Jeanette Epps was to make history when she set foot on the International Space Station in June, as the first African-American astronaut to do so. Emphasis on "was." NASA on Thursday announced a shake-up to its crew assignments, stating Serena Auñón-Chancellor would be bumped from her... More »

Astronaut Sorry for 'Fake News' on Growth Spurt

He says he grew a lot less than 3.5 inches

(Newser) - Japanese astronaut Norishege Kanai says he is getting taller in space—but not at a rate that will make him too tall to return to Earth in the Soyuz spacecraft. The astronaut has apologized for claiming that he grew 3.5 inches after arriving at the International Space Station in... More »

Astronaut's Blessing and Curse: Growing 3.5 Inches in Space

Norishige Kanai was likely joking about it being a problem, but not about it happening

(Newser) - One fringe benefit of an astronaut's trip to space: He or she returns to Earth taller (though only temporarily). That's thanks to the lack of gravity, which elongates the distance between the vertebrae in one's spine. And for one Japanese astronaut, the change has been more extreme... More »

Pizza Delivery Arrives at Space Station

Astronauts' diet gets a little upgrade

(Newser) - Astronauts got a mouthwatering haul with Tuesday's Earth-to-space delivery—pizza and ice cream —when a commercial supply ship arrived at the International Space Station two days after launching from Virginia. Besides NASA equipment and experiments, the Orbital ATK capsule holds chocolate and vanilla ice cream for the six... More »

Apollo 12 Astronaut Who Flew to Moon Dies

Richard Gordon was 'the kind of guy you want when you go to the moon'

(Newser) - Apollo 12 astronaut Richard "Dick" F. Gordon Jr., one of a dozen men who flew around the moon but didn't land there, has died, NASA said. He was 88. Gordon was a test pilot when he was chosen for NASA's third group of astronauts in 1963. He... More »

Record-Breaking Astronaut Back on Earth

Peggy Whitson has spent 665 days in space

(Newser) - Astronaut Peggy Whitson returned to Earth late Saturday, wrapping up a record-breaking flight that catapulted her to first place for US space endurance. Whitson's 665 days off the planet—288 days on this mission alone—exceeds that of any other American and any other woman worldwide. She checked out... More »

From Biggest Pool of Applicants Ever, NASA Picks 12

Would-be astronauts include doctors, pilots, scientists

(Newser) - NASA chose 12 new astronauts Wednesday from its biggest pool of applicants ever, hand-picking seven men and five women who could one day fly aboard the nation's next generation of spacecraft. The astronaut class of 2017 includes doctors, scientists, engineers, pilots, and military officers from Anchorage to Miami and... More »

Surprise: Salty Diet May Make You Drink Less

Study could have implications for astronauts headed to Mars

(Newser) - An international team of scientists studying the effects of salt intake on our bodies has discovered a surprise: High-salt diets seem to make us less thirsty over time. Reporting in the Journal of Clinical Investigation , they confirm previous findings that more salt makes humans pee more, but added "seemingly... More »

Dollar-Store Solution to NASA's Poop Problem Wins $15K

It might just help save lives

(Newser) - When Thatcher Cardon considered NASA's Space Poop Challenge —seeking a solution that would allow astronauts to relieve themselves while wearing a space suit for up to six days—he thought about how doctors can "replace heart valves now through catheters in an artery" and concluded that a... More »

50 Years Ago Today, 4 Awful Words: 'Fire in the Cockpit!'

3 NASA astronauts perished during testing for an Apollo 1 moon mission

(Newser) - "We have a fire in the cockpit!" were words no one expected during a routine test for what was to be a momentous space mission. But that was what horrified NASA personnel heard on Jan. 27, 1967, as three astronauts prepping for a flight to the moon... More »

John Glenn Was a Hero to US, but His Hero Was His Wife

Annie Glenn suffered for years with stuttering disability until she overcame it

(Newser) - American lost a space pioneer this week with the death of ex-astronaut and Sen. John Glenn at age 95, but Annie Glenn, John's wife, lost a husband of 73 years. The Washington Post tells the story of what many saw as an "odd coupling": While John was gregarious... More »

Researchers Figure Out What's Hurting Astronauts' Vision

A buildup of spinal fluid around the eyes, say researchers

(Newser) - One serious drawback for astronauts who spend long periods in space is that they often return to Earth with degraded vision, and a new study may have pinpointed the problem. It's a buildup of spinal fluid around the eyes, say researchers from the University of Miami. This cerebrospinal fluid... More »

Soyuz Returns 3 From ISS

Including NASA astronaut Kate Rubins, after 4-month mission

(Newser) - A Russian Soyuz space capsule has landed in Kazakhstan, reports the AP , bringing three astronauts from the United States, Japan, and Russia back to Earth from a 115-day mission aboard the International Space Station. The landing took place Sunday morning near Dzhezkazgan on the treeless Central Asian steppes. Kate Rubins... More »

China Launches Its Longest Manned Space Trip

2 astronauts will touch down for 30 days on experimental space station

(Newser) - Two Chinese astronauts began the country's longest crewed space mission yet on Monday, blasting off on a spacecraft for a 30-day stay on an experimental space station as China steadfastly moves toward becoming a space superpower, the AP reports. Ahead of the launch, one astronaut shouted, "We are... More »

Traveling in Deep Space Is Bad for Your Heart

Apollo astronauts are much more likely to die of cardiovascular disease

(Newser) - Planning a trip to the moon? You might want to think about heart health first. According to a study published in Scientific Reports , travel in deep space dramatically raises the risk of cardiovascular disease. Florida State University researchers looked at America's Apollo astronauts, who are the only people ever... More »

Ex-NASA Astronaut Faces Murder Charges

2 young girls killed in car wreck involving James Halsell Jr.

(Newser) - A retired NASA astronaut who flew on five space shuttle missions has been charged with murder after an early-morning car crash in Alabama took the lives of two young half-sisters, per AL.com . A 2015 Chrysler allegedly being driven by James Halsell Jr., 59, smashed into a Ford Fiesta at... More »

Grandpa to Break Scott Kelly's Space Record

Jeff Williams will have spent 534 days in space by September

(Newser) - It's a good thing Scott Kelly nabbed two records during his year in space because one will soon be broken. NASA astronaut Jeff Williams—who is rocketing into space on Friday with Russian cosmonauts Alexey Ovchinin and Oleg Skripochka—will become America's most experienced space traveler during a... More »

Watch Scott Kelly Return to Earth

'The air feels great out here,' he says after triumphant landing

(Newser) - Astronaut Scott Kelly returned to Earth on Wednesday after an unprecedented year in space for NASA, landing in frozen Kazakhstan with a Russian cosmonaut who shared his whole space-station journey. Their Soyuz capsule parachuted onto the central Asian steppes and ended a science-rich mission at the International Space Station that... More »

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