November 26, 2013 |
Live streaming video by Ustream While you are pigging out on a turkey dinner here on Earth this Thanksgiving, the astronauts aboard the International Space Station will be enjoying their own Thanksgiving meal -- more than 250 miles above our planet. But is a Thanksgiving meal in space any good? On Wednesday morning, you can find out. Astronaut Tom Marshburn --veteran of two space missions-- will discuss the Thanksgiving menu with Vickie Kloeris, the agency's manager of the station's food system, in a live broadcast.
November 8, 2013 |
Live streaming video by Ustream The Olympic torch has arrived in outer space, and you can watch two cosmonauts take it out on a spacewalk, right here. If you live on the West Coast, you are going to have to wake up early to enjoy the show. Russian cosmonauts Oleg Kotov and Sergey Ryazanskiy of Roscosmos will be venturing out of the International Space Station with the torch in hand at 6:30 a.m. PST. ISS: International Space Station crews and images from space There will be a brief photo opp, and then they will return the torch to the ISS. Next they will take care of items such as relocating a foot restraint for use on future spacewalks and getting the ISS ready for a new high-resolution camera system.
November 2, 2013 |
Col. Chris Hadfield, who until recently was commander of the International Space Station, has a workout regimen that is out of this world. Sorry. Couldn't resist. Hadfield's new book, "An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth," goes into detail about what it takes to be in shape for space travel. What kind of shape do you need to be in to qualify for the space program? To qualify to live on the space station, you have to pass the hardest physical exam in the world. There has to be a high lack of a probability of a problem, whether it's your appendix or an injury.
October 15, 2013 |
A quirky habit of German insomniacs and "chill-out" music fans has come to world attention thanks to the U.S. government shutdown. "Space Night," a nearly 20-year-old late-night broadcast by Bavarian Television, provides a music-sharing platform against a backdrop of NASA's video feed from the International Space Station. But the 15-day-old U.S. government shutdown has idled the NASA archivists responsible for relaying the imagery beyond Mission Control, cutting off fresh backdrops to mix with the music for "Space Night" broadcasts that were to have launched a new season Nov. 1. NASA archivists were put on unpaid leave at the start of October, when 700,000 government workers whose jobs weren't deemed essential to defense and security were furloughed until the contentious U.S. Congress passes a budget for the new fiscal year.
October 14, 2013 |
SpaceX launched its reusable 10-story Grasshopper rocket more than 2,440 feet in a flight to test technologies needed to one day return a rocket back to Earth intact. During the flight, the rocket blasted off, hovered and landed safely on the launch pad. At its top altitude, the rocket flew twice the height of the U.S. Bank Tower, the tallest building in Los Angeles. SpaceX, the Hawthorne company that builds rockets and space capsules to resupply the International Space Station for NASA, is aiming to develop a rocket that can return to a launch pad for a vertical landing, instead of burning up as it reenters Earth's atmosphere.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 12, 2013 |
The space shuttle Endeavour arrived at the California Science Center nearly one year ago, and the Exposition Park museum is throwing its crown jewel quite the anniversary party. Saturday marks the second day of "Endeavour Fest," a three-day event featuring astronaut presentations, film screenings and other displays related to science and engineering. The museum will also have on display the SpaceX Dragon -- the first commercial spacecraft to make a successful delivery to the International Space Station -- and the capsule and pressurized suit Felix Baumgartner used when making his recent record-breaking leap from the stratosphere.