International Space Station

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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 »

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 »

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