August 21, 2013 |
The barest details of Luca Parmitano's near-drowning in space are harrowing enough: The Italian astronaut's spacesuit helmet began filling with water as he floated outside the International Space Station. Now, Parmitano has published a first-person account on the European Space Agency website that brings the chilling ordeal to life. In an unprecedented malfunction, Parmitano's suit and helmet began to fill with about 1 to 1.5 liters of leaked water, officials said at the time. The floating liquid soon blocked the astronaut's ears, nose and sight, forcing officials to cut the spacewalk from roughly six hours to 1 hour and 32 minutes, the shortest in space station history.
July 16, 2013 |
A spacewalk outside the International Space Station was cut off after water began pouring into astronaut Luca Parmitano's helmet, NASA officials said Tuesday. You can watch a live briefing about what happened at 1:30 p.m. Pacific time in the video above. Parmitano, a European Space Agency astronaut who became Italy's first spacewalker after his first foray on July 9, was little more than an hour into the spacewalk when he reported that his head felt "really wet" and that the feeling was increasing.
July 10, 2013 |
Even an astronaut needs to wash her hair occasionally, and in a newly released video, astronaut Karen Nyberg demonstrates how it's done -- in space. Nyberg, 43, is currently the only female aboard the International Space Station, and the only member of the crew with hair that flows past her shoulders. In the zero gravity environment of the ISS, Nyberg's blond locks billow wildly around her head, even when her hair is pulled back in a ponytail. But when she lets her hair down to wash it, it sticks straight up above her head, troll-doll-style.
July 9, 2013 |
Everyone has to make time for a little home maintenance now and then, even when your home is orbiting 260 miles above the Earth. So bright and early Tuesday morning, Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano and NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy suited up for a six-hour-and-seven-minute spacewalk outside the International Space Station to knock a bunch of "to-dos" off their list. Tuesday's spacewalk was the fifth spacewalk of Cassidy's career, but the first for Parmitano, and the first for an Italian.
July 2, 2013 |
If astronaut Chris Hadfield can write as well as he can sing a David Bowie song, his upcoming book is going to be good. Hadfield has signed with Little, Brown to publish "An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth. " The book lands Oct. 29. During the five months Hadfield was commander of the International Space Station, he used social media to share his experiences, posting breathtaking photos and sharing videos. His personalized version of David Bowie's song "Space Oddity," which was posted online in May shortly before he returned to Earth, has been viewed more than 16 million times.
June 17, 2013 |
It's been two years since NASA's space shuttle program came to an end, but thousands of Americans still dream of becoming astronauts. Eight of them - four men and four women - were introduced Monday as NASA's astronaut candidate class for 2013. More than 6,300 people applied to become astronauts-in-training, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said in a video announcement . That is the second-most applications the space agency has ever received, according to a NASA statement . The bios of the eight people selected will probably make you feel like a bit of a slacker.
May 28, 2013 |
Two astronauts and one cosmonaut will blast off into space on Tuesday afternoon, arriving at the International Space Station about six hours later. You can watch both the launch and the docking of the spacecraft live right here, thanks to streaming video provided by NASA. NASA will start its live broadcast of the launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 12:30 p.m. (Pacific). The space agency will also be live streaming the docking of the spacecraft at the ISS. That broadcast will start at 6:30 p.m. (Pacific)
May 23, 2013 |
Streaming video by Ustream Three astronauts who recently returned to Earth after living aboard the International Space Station will answer questions from the public in a live Google Hangout on Thursday. The online chat starts at noon PDT, and you can watch it live right here. (The video stream above will switch to the hangout at noon.) If you've been wondering what it feels like to sweat through a heated reentry to Earth in the Soyuz capsule, or how foreboding a normal flight of stairs looks after months spent in zero gravity, now is your chance to ask three men with first-hand experience.
May 16, 2013 |
Free live streaming by Ustream "Star Trek" fans, set your alarms. And fans of the astronauts who live and work on the International Space Station, set your alarms too. At 9 a.m. Pacific time Thursday, the filmmakers behind "Star Trek Into Darkness" and a handful of NASA astronauts will come together in a live Google Hangout to discuss how science fiction is becoming a reality. And you can watch it live, right here. (The video player above will stream the hangout starting at 9 a.m. Thursday.)
May 16, 2013 |
A white-and-black space plane, very much resembling the now-retired space shuttle, was trucked to a NASA flight center in the Mojave Desert to begin a round of testing to see if it has the right stuff to carry astronauts one day. Tucked under a white tarp, the space plane called Dream Chaser arrived Wednesday at Dryden Flight Research Center inside Edwards Air Force Base. Tests at Dryden will include tow, captive-carry and free-flight of the Dream Chaser. PHOTOS: A 'new era': Private-sector space mission The tests come as part of a contract with NASA's Commercial Crew Program, which is aimed at helping private companies develop spacecraft and rockets capable of launching astronauts from American soil, now that the space shuttle fleet is retired.