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Always Wanted to Be an Astronaut? This May Be Your Chance

NASA has put out a call to the general public for applications

(Newser) - Calling all Buzz Aldrin wannabes—NASA is looking for you. Florida Today reports that the space agency will soon be accepting applications from the general public to vie for a spot in the next class of Artemis Generation astronauts, with a chance to possibly fly to the International Space Station... More »

This Is the Face of a Woman Who Just Set a Space Record

US astronaut Christina Koch 'happy' to be home after 328 days

(Newser) - Christina Koch just made space history. The US astronaut completed the longest-ever single spaceflight by a woman when a Russian Soyuz spacecraft carried her, European Space Agency astronaut Luca Parmitano, and Russian cosmonaut Alexander Skvortsov back to Earth—central Kazakhstan, specifically—early Thursday. Koch spent 328 days on the International... More »

Astronauts Try to Make Complicated Repair

Cosmic ray detector wasn't designed to be worked on in orbit

(Newser) - Spacewalking astronauts worked Saturday to complete repairs to a cosmic ray detector outside the International Space Station and give it new life. It was the fourth spacewalk since November for NASA's Andrew Morgan and Italy's Luca Parmitano to fix the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer, the AP reports. They installed... More »

Astronaut's Scary Rare Event, 200-Plus Miles Above Earth

Astronaut was found to have potentially dangerous blood clot, sending doctors scrambling

(Newser) - If "venous thrombosis" sounds menacing, that's because it can be—but even more so if you're an astronaut hovering more than 200 miles above the Earth at the International Space Station. Gizmodo reports on just that frightening scenario, as documented in a new paper in the New ... More »

Theory on Getting to Mars 'Not So Crazy'

Hibernating astronauts might do the trick, says new study

(Newser) - Hibernation might be the key to Mars travel. The European Space Agency says putting astronauts into a state of suspended animation could make it easier to reach other planets, per the AP . The agency said Monday that its researchers examined how hibernation would affect the design of a crewed mission... More »

2 Female Astronauts Just Made History

Christina Koch, Jessica Meir are first to make women-only spacewalk to fix the ISS power grid

(Newser) - For the past 50 years, the guys have gone out into space to carry out all needed repairs. On Friday, that all changed, thanks to Christina Koch and Jessica Meir. The two NASA astronauts became the world's first all-female team to do a spacewalk when they were sent out... More »

First Human to Walk in Space Is Dead

Soviet cosmonaut Alexei Leonov was 85

(Newser) - The first-ever spacewalk had an unexpected snag when Alexei Leonov was unable to get back in his space capsule. As the AP reports, Leonov's suit had ballooned in the vacuum of space so much that he needed to vent oxygen through a valve in his suit in order to... More »

First All-Female Spacewalk Will Happen This Month

Spacesuit issue forced earlier cancellation

(Newser) - A space milestone is set to happen later this month—the first all-female spacewalk, which was canceled earlier this year because of a lack of medium-sized spacesuits . NASA says American astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir will pair up Oct. 21 in one of five planned spacewalks to swap out... More »

Motorcycle Crash Kills Man Who Nearly Made Space History

Mandla Maseko had once been on track to be first black African in space

(Newser) - A few years ago, Mandla Maseko was on track to become the first black African in space. Today, his family is mourning the death of the 30-year-old nicknamed "Afronaut" and "Spaceboy" after a motorcycle crash in Pretoria, South Africa, reports the Guardian . Maseko made international headlines in 2014... More »

First Female Candidate for Astronaut Dies

'I would give my life to fly in space,' Jerrie Cobb said

(Newser) - America's first female astronaut candidate, pilot Jerrie Cobb, who pushed for equality in space but never reached its heights, has died. Cobb died in Florida at age 88 on March 18 after a brief illness, the AP reports. In 1961, Cobb became the first woman to pass astronaut testing.... More »

NASA Calls Off First All-Female Spacewalk Over Odd Problem

They don't have enough spacesuits of the right size

(Newser) - NASA officials didn't realize until after they had scheduled it that a Friday mission involving American astronauts Anne McClain and Christina Koch would be the first all-women spacewalk. But the milestone has now been called off because of a lack of medium-sized spacesuits, the New York Times reports. NASA... More »

Astronauts' Newest Health Concern: Herpes

Study finds dormant viruses can reactivate in individuals who've endured stresses of space travel

(Newser) - Astronauts who "boldly go where no man has gone before," as William Shatner's Captain Kirk once put it , likely anticipate their body will undergo certain changes while in space. But how many have guessed they might see a herpes flare-up? New research from NASA shows that the... More »

First Man on Mars Will 'Likely' Follow a Woman

Jim Bridenstine teases giant leap for womankind

(Newser) - Elon Musk won't be first off the spaceship at Mars. That privilege, and the privilege of being the first person to visit the moon in 50 years or so, is "likely" to go to a woman, NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine told listeners of the call-in radio show Science... More »

He Once Set His Sights on Stars. Now, the Senate

Retired astronaut Mark Kelly to run for US Senate out of Arizona

(Newser) - Retired astronaut Mark Kelly has announced his "next mission"—and it's an ambitious, albeit earthbound, one. "I care about people. I care about the state of Arizona. I care about this nation. So because of that, I've decided I'm launching a campaign for the... More »

Neil Armstrong's Spacecraft ID Fetches $465K

Memorabilia auction made $7.4M

(Newser) - Memorabilia that belonged to the first man to set foot on the moon has fetched more than $7.4 million at auction. Dallas-based Heritage Auctions says the item that sold for the highest price, $468,500, was Neil Armstrong's spacecraft ID plate from Apollo 11's lunar module Eagle.... More »

'The Boys Have Landed': 2 Astronauts' Close Call

American Nick Hague and Russian Alexei Ovchinin appear fine after rocket fails

(Newser) - Thursday morning's failure of a Russian rocket provided some white-knuckle moments for space officials in the US and Russia, but the two men who had to bail out for an emergency landing look to be unscathed. NASA posted images of US astronaut Nick Hague and Russia's Aleksey Ovchinin... More »

Minutes After Launch, Things Go Wrong for Astronauts

US, Russian astronauts survive emergency landing

(Newser) - Two astronauts from the US and Russia are safe after an emergency landing Thursday in the steppes of Kazakhstan following the failure of a Russian booster rocket carrying them to the International Space Station. NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Roscosmos' Alexei Ovchinin lifted off as scheduled early Thursday from the... More »

A Journey to Mars Could Mean Major Astronaut Health Woes

A study found that deep space radiation may cause cancer and intestinal issues

(Newser) - A study funded by NASA in a bid to determine what effects a journey into deep space might have on the health of astronauts has uncovered some startling possibilities for those brave souls who might one day venture to Mars. Per CNN , the findings out of Georgetown University Medical Center... More »

For First Time in Decades, Astronaut Quits During Training

Robb Kulin came to NASA from SpaceX

(Newser) - For the first time in 50 years, an astronaut-in-training is quitting NASA. Astronaut candidate Robb Kulin has resigned halfway through his two years of training at Johnson Space Center in Houston. A NASA spokeswoman says his departure is effective Friday and that he is leaving for personal reasons that the... More »

Reason Moon Warmed Up? Blame the Astronauts

They kicked around surface dirt, exposing darker soil that absorbed heat, says new study

(Newser) - Scientists have finally figured out the reason behind a small but noticeable uptick in the temperature of the moon's subsurface while it was under study by astronauts of the Apollo missions in the 1970s. The culprit? Blame those very same astronauts. The CBC explains: Astronauts walking on the moon... More »

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