International Space Station

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NASA May Turn Space Station Over to Private Sector

Document suggests some kind of commercial venture in 2025

(Newser) - The space industry is buzzing with rumors that the White House plans to phase out funding for the International Space Station. Now the Washington Post and SpaceNews have gotten a look at a NASA document that fills in some of the details: The US would fund the ISS through 2024,... More »

White House Eyes End of Funding for Space Station

Draft budget proposal gives 2025 end date, reports The Verge

(Newser) - The Trump administration looks poised to deliver bad news to advocates of the International Space Station. The White House plans to end NASA's funding for ISS by 2025, according to a draft 2019 budget proposal seen by the Verge . NASA supplies ISS with up to $4 billion annually, and... 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 »

A SpaceX First Brings Christmas, Bud Experiment to ISS

Though NASA's not saying what Santa might be bringing

(Newser) - A SpaceX capsule has returned to the International Space Station, just in time for Christmas. Astronauts used the station's big robot arm to grab the Dragon capsule out of orbit Sunday morning, reports the AP . It's the second visit for the supply ship, which made a delivery for... More »

SpaceX Scores Another Big First

Recycled rocket launched with recycled capsule

(Newser) - SpaceX racked up another first on Friday, launching a recycled rocket with a recycled capsule on a grocery run for NASA. The unmanned Falcon rocket blasted off with a just-in-time-for-Christmas delivery for the International Space Station, taking flight again after a six-month turnaround, the AP reports. On board was a... More »

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Is Heading to Space

NASA says International Space Station getting copy of 'The Last Jedi'

(Newser) - Star Wars is so popular now you can't even escape it by leaving the planet. The Verge reports astronauts aboard the International Space Station will soon be able to watch Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which opens here on Earth this Friday. “[I] can confirm the crew will... 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 »

NASA's Latest Space Station Supply Run Includes Ice Cream

Orbital ATK successfully launched rocket from Virginia on Sunday

(Newser) - A stash of frozen treats and other supplies rocketed toward the International Space Station on Sunday, this time from Virginia's cold eastern shore. NASA's commercial shipper, Orbital ATK, launched the cargo ship just after sunrise from Wallops Island, aboard an unmanned Antares rocket. The Cygnus capsule should reach... 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 »

Today's NASA Launch Signals End of an Era

'It's like our baby,' team member says of TDRS-M tracking satellite

(Newser) - NASA launched the last of its longtime tracking and communication satellites on Friday, a vital link to astronauts in orbit, as well as the Hubble Space Telescope. The end of the era came with a morning liftoff of TDRS-M, the 13th satellite in the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite network,... More »

Mouse Sperm Delivers Good News for Humanity's Future in Space

Experiment yielded healthy offspring

(Newser) - After nine months in space, mouse sperm has yielded healthy mice, Japanese scientists say. The freeze-dried sperm samples were launched in 2013 to the International Space Station and returned to Earth in 2014. The intense radiation of space caused slight DNA damage to the sperm. Yet, following in vitro fertilization... More »

Peggy Whitson Just Outdid All Fellow US Astronauts

She breaks the record of 534 cumulative days in space

(Newser) - Another day, another milestone for US astronaut Peggy Whitson: On Monday, she set the record for cumulative days in space by American. NASA tweeted that Whitson, currently on her third mission, surpassed Jeff Williams' record of 534 days. "It's actually a huge honor to break a record like... More »

Space Station Shield Lost During Spacewalk

US astronauts 'MacGyvered' a solution

(Newser) - In space, nobody can hear you scream, "Oh no, there goes the shielding"—apart from Mission Control. American astronauts Peggy Whitson and Shane Kimbrough suffered a frustrating setback during a spacewalk Thursday when one of the four fabric shields they were installing on the exterior of the International... More »

Space Station Is About to Get Much, Much Cooler

Cold Atom Lab is coming in August

(Newser) - You're about to feel much kinder toward Earth's chilly winter months. This summer, the International Space Station will become host to the coldest spot in the universe when NASA delivers a chamber that is more than 100 million times colder than deep space, which is itself far chillier... More »

SpaceX Cargo Ship Turned Away From ISS Landing

GPS snag has moved docking attempt to Thursday

(Newser) - Sometimes GPS leads drivers into bodies of water ; other times it keeps cargo ships from docking with the International Space Station. Reuters reports the latter happened Wednesday, with SpaceX calling off the rendezvous of its Dragon spacecraft with the ISS, saying there was a glitch with the capsule's navigational... More »

NASA Is Sending a Drug-Resistant Superbug Into Space

And that's hopefully less scary than it sounds

(Newser) - NASA and a biomedicine company are sending a drug-resistant superbug into outer space, where it will be researched aboard the International Space Station. And while Gizmodo notes the plan sounds like "Elon Musk's idea for a science fiction spec he's working on," it will—hopefully—have... More »

Space Station Gets a Christmas Delivery

Thanks, Kounotori

(Newser) - Christmas gifts have arrived at the International Space Station, courtesy of Japan. A Japanese cargo ship pulled up at the orbiting lab Tuesday, four days after launching. The capsule—called Kounotori, or white stork—contains nearly 5 tons of food, water, batteries and other supplies, reports the AP . NASA says... More »

Japan to Smack Space Junk With 2.3K-Foot Whip

If all goes well, a 6-mile tether could follow

(Newser) - Can a whip as long as six football fields destroy some of the 500,000 pieces of space junk spinning around Earth at 17,500 miles per hour? Japan's space agency sure hopes so. JAXA launched its Kounotori 6 spacecraft on Friday with tons of supplies bound for the... More »

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