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 |
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.
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 13, 2013 |
Space exploration and mass media always seem to travel in parallel orbits, like twin planets linked by an unseen tether. Now, a Twitter-happy Canadian who has been giving the Earth poetic glimpses of itself from the International Space Station is saying goodbye in a most peculiar way. Like a small metal moon, the ISS has orbited Earth for almost 13 years, which can make it easy to forget how cool it is. Cmdr. Chris Hadfield has been reminding us. "Arid fingers of sand-blasted rock look like they're barely holding on against the hot Saharan wind," Hadfield tweeted with one photo of Africa's largest desert. MORE: Chris Hadfield, coolest Canadian ever "Seven billion hearts, but I can see only one," he added, on Valentine's Day Feb. 14, tweeting a photo of an island formation resembling a heart . Although lower orbit is a good distance for beautiful color photography, it's a long way from home when tragedy strikes.
May 13, 2013 |
The cover of "A Space Oddity" by Chris Hadfield, International Space Station commander, is going galactically viral Monday. But it was a decidedly terrestrial affair. And it centered on a Silver Lake producer and a Canadian singer who once did vocals for Bowie, say those who were involved. Hadfield, who already reset the bar for social media with his tweets from space , is a talented singer and guitarist. He sat in with many a Canadian musician, and joined singer-songwriter Ed Robertson of Barenaked Ladies last month for a rendition of “Is Somebody Singing,” which the two co-wrote.
May 13, 2013 |
A Soyuz capsule has landed safely in the steppes of Kazakhstan, bringing to a safe end the space odyssey of Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, whose video of David Bowie's "A Space Oddity" has gone viral. The capsule containing Hadfield, along with fellow International Space Station crew members Tom Marshburn and Roman Romanenko, landed on its side, kicking up a cloud of dust, at 8:31 Tuesday morning local time. Crews were on site to extract them -- Hadfield was the last to emerge -- and take the three to a nearby medical tent.