On November 20, 1998, a relatively small man-made satellite was launched from Kazakhstan to begin an orbit that's still taking place today. Over the 15 years that followed, that first module was added on to and expanded like the most expensive set of tinker toys mankind has ever created to become the International Space Station. … Read more
In a scene the ancient Greeks could never have imagined, two Russian cosmonauts plan to carry an unlighted Olympic torch outside the International Space Station Saturday, staging a symbolic spacewalk relay as part of the buildup to the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
Soyuz TMA-10M commander Oleg Kotov and flight engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy plan to open the hatch of the Russian Pirs airlock compartment around 6:30 a.m. PT (5 GMT) Saturday.
"We will take a picture of it with the space station in the background, with the Earth in the background," Kotov said in a NASA interview. "I think these will be very interesting videos and pictures that will be used to promote the Olympic Games."… Read more
What's the best thing to do with a $600 million spacecraft when you're finished with it? Watch it burn, of course.
The International Space Station requires regular shipments of air, water, propellant, and other cargo. Some of those resupply duties are carried out by expendable Automated Transfer Vehicles (ATVs) from the European Space Agency.
When the unmanned Albert Einstein ATV-4 undocked from the ISS late last month, astronauts positioned themselves to watch as it burned up on re-entry. … Read more
"Robots take their first step for a future of hope," the first talking space robot has said in its inaugural message from the International Space Station.
Kirobo's voice sounds more like a squeak than the mighty baritone of say, Megatron, but the 13-inch droid's message heralds a new era for astro-companions.
Made in Japan, Kirobo arrived at the ISS last month after a Japanese H-IIB rocket ride. It'll orbit our planet for about a year and a half, and ISS crews will have to learn to love its nasal whine. … Read more
Michael Dell and Silver Lake Partners have received a key endorsement for their $24.4 billion buyout offer for Dell.
Institutional Shareholders Services (ISS), a firm that advises public company shareholders on proxy voting and corporate governance, has endorsed the deal that Michael Dell and Silver Lake have offered to take the company private.
Under the terms of the deal, Dell shareholders will receive $13.65 per share for all outstanding stock not currently held by Michael Dell. After obtaining the shares, Dell and Silver Lake will take the company private and plan to focus its operation on several core … Read more
MONTREAL -- Guitar-strumming astronaut Chris Hadfield is hanging up his spacesuit and quitting the astronaut biz, with plans to pursue "private interests." Does that mean a Leonard Nimoy-style album?
Heralded as the most popular spaceman since Neil Armstrong, the social-media phenom announced his retirement Monday at Canadian Space Agency headquarters outside Montreal, his first Canadian appearance since returning to Earth in May after five months on the ISS.
"I've decided to retire from government service after 35 years of serving our country," Hadfield, 53, told a press conference, adding that he's making good on a promise he made to his wife 30 years ago. … Read more
In another sign of ever-increasing commercial spaceflight activity, Sierra Nevada's Dream Chaser space plane has arrived at NASA for testing.
Wrapped in plastic, the craft arrived at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., where it will eventually undergo its first autonomous free flight Approach and Landing Test (ALT).
Part of NASA's Commercial Crew Program along with SpaceX and Boeing, the Dream Chaser is designed to launch vertically on top of an Atlas 5 rocket, dock with the International Space Station, and then return to Earth like a glider, landing on a runway. … Read more
How do you top months of amazing photos, demos, and tunes done aboard the International Space Station? If you're Chris Hadfield, you cover David Bowie's "Space Oddity" in a showstopping finale.
On the eve of his return to Earth, the Canadian astronaut released a beautifully done video of himself singing the 1969 classic.
Mixed with the help of staff at the Canadian Space Agency, musician Emm Gryner, and others, the cover features a somber piano intro and modified lyrics that reference the Soyuz capsule that will return Hadfield to Kazakhstan. … Read more
Saturday saw a first for NASA and the International Space Station, as two astronauts conducted an impromptu spacewalk to try to locate the source of a problem on the craft's exterior.
The space agency hadn't yet ordered such a spur-of-the-moment maneuver in regard to the ISS, according to the Associated Press, but when crewmembers on the craft spotted ammonia flakes floating through space beyond a window Thursday, the spacewalk was hastily planned.
After Mission Control and the ISS crewmembers prepped intensely -- for less than 48 hours -- astronauts Thomas Marshburn and Christopher Cassidy exited a hatch and … Read more
By far the coolest thing Canada has in space is Chris Hadfield, commander of the International Space Station. He's all over social and news media with his wacky zero-g demos, guitar playing, and amazing photos of Earth.
Today Hadfield notched another first: unveiling a banknote in space. At a Bank of Canada press conference in Ottawa, the mustachioed colonel appeared via ISS video link. He plucked the bank's latest polymer bill from a bracket on the wall, gave it a few weightless twirls, and pointed to the robots it features.
"I just want to tell you how proud I am to be able to see Canada's achievements in space highlighted on our money," Hadfield told Bank of Canada Governor Mark Carney. "To feature Canadarm2 and Dextre for the theme of the $5 note, it really marks Canada's contribution to the International Space Station Program, and especially our longtime area of expertise in robotics." … Read more