International Space Station

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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 »

Baking Cookies in Space Takes Surprisingly Long Time

First space food baked from raw ingredients took 2 hours

(Newser) - The results are finally in for the first chocolate chip cookie bake-off in space. While looking more or less normal, the best cookies required two hours of baking time last month up at the International Space Station, per the AP . And how do they taste? No one knows. Still sealed... 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 »

SpaceX Delivers 'Mighty Mice' to ISS

And Christmas presents for astronauts who haven't been naughty

(Newser) - SpaceX made an early holiday delivery to the International Space Station on Sunday, bringing muscle-bound “mighty mice,” pest-killing worms, and a smart, empathetic robot. The station commander, Italy's Luca Parmitano, used a large robot arm to grab onto the Dragon three days after its launch from Cape... More »

US Astronauts Plan Historic Spacewalk Friday

All-female mission was delayed until a medium suit was delivered

(Newser) - Christina Koch and Jessica Meir plan to step outside the International Space Station on Friday to replace a broken part, but also to make history. It will be the first all-female spacewalk. "We don’t even really think about it on a daily basis," Meir told reporters in... 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 »

After Getting 'Stuck in Traffic,' ISS Now Has a New 'Bot

Russian humanoid robot Fedor is 'ready to work now' after a week's delay

(Newser) - A Russian space capsule carrying a humanoid robot has successfully docked at the International Space Station after a failed attempt last week. Russian space agency Roscosmos said on Tuesday that the capsule carrying the robot and other cargo docked at the orbiting lab early morning Moscow time. The robot, called... More »

This May Be First Allegation of a Crime From Space

It involves a custody dispute and an estranged spouse accessing a bank account

(Newser) - It's an unfortunate custody dispute between estranged spouses, with one element that makes it stand above all others—it has led to what the New York Times reports might be the first allegation of a crime in space. In the short version, astronaut Anne McClain is accused of improperly... More »

Space Station to Accept Tourists, Moviemakers

Private astronauts get the green light, starting next year

(Newser) - Get in line for the International Space Station. Starting in 2020, NASA will send private astronauts to ISS for up to 30 days, as part of a plan to open the 20-year-old station to tourism and other business ventures. Commercializing the ISS "will enable NASA to focus resources to... More »

Major Power Shortage Hits Space Station

Glitch has delayed SpaceX supply run

(Newser) - A major power shortage at the International Space Station has delayed this week's SpaceX supply run. SpaceX was supposed to launch a shipment Wednesday, the AP reports. But an old power-switching unit malfunctioned at the space station Monday and knocked two power channels offline. The six remaining power channels... More »

Musk After 'High-Stakes' Launch: 'Emotionally Exhausted'

SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule sent into space atop Falcon 9 rocket to International Space Station

(Newser) - America's newest capsule for astronauts rocketed Saturday toward the International Space Station on a high-stakes test flight by SpaceX. The only passenger was a life-size test dummy named Ripley, after the lead character in the Alien movies. SpaceX needs to nail the debut of its Crew Dragon capsule before... More »

Misdial Results in 911 Call ... From Space

A Dutch astronaut was trying to get an international line

(Newser) - A Dutch astronaut accidentally called 911 from the International Space Station, Newsweek reports. Speaking to the Dutch public broadcaster, André Kuipers recounted the incident: "First you dial the 9 for an outside line, and then 011 for an international line," he said. "I made a mistake.”... 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 »

Russia Says Space Station Hole Was Drilled by 'Human Hand'

Leak may have been sabotage, head of Russia's space agency says

(Newser) - The small leak found on the International Space Station was initially said to have been caused by a meteorite, but the chief of Russia's space agency now says the hole that caused last week's leak was drilled. The meteorite theory "has been rejected because the spaceship's... More »

Small Meteorite Hits Space Station

NASA and Moscow say the resulting 'minute' leak poses no danger to crew

(Newser) - The crew aboard the International Space Station is dealing with a unique workplace hazard, but NASA says nobody is in danger. It seems a small meteor caused a "minute" pressure leak, reports AFP . The six-member crew is now repairing the leak, which was found not on the station itself... More »

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 »

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