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Unwanted Space Station Discovery: Cracks

'This is bad and suggests that the fissures will begin to spread over time,' says engineer

(Newser) - The first part of the International Space Station to arrive in space has developed cracks that experts fear are likely to spread. Russian cosmonauts discovered "superficial fissures … in some places on the Zarya module ," a Russian-built, US-funded section of the space station also known as the Functional...

'No One’s Ever Sent Me a Spaceship for My Birthday Before'

Ice cream delivery arrives on astronaut Megan McArthur 50th birthday

(Newser) - A space station astronaut is celebrating her 50th birthday with the coolest present ever—a supply ship bearing ice cream and other treats. SpaceX’s latest cargo delivery showed up Monday at the International Space Station after a day in transit. Overseeing the automated docking was NASA astronaut Megan McArthur....

Russian Module's Arrival Triggers Emergency at ISS

Surprise rocket firing moved space station out of position for nearly an hour

(Newser) - Routine is definitely not a word with which to describe Russia's Thursday docking of a module at the International Space Station, its first in more than a decade. The long-delayed Nauka laboratory module, the largest space lab ever launched by Russia, reached ISS after several "hiccups in orbit"...

Astronauts Install Solar Panel to Power Up Space Station

More will be coming in plan to increase electrical capacity

(Newser) - Spacewalking astronauts equipped the International Space Station with the first in a series of powerful new solar panels Sunday, overcoming suit problems and other obstacles with muscle and persistence. It took two spacewalks for French astronaut Thomas Pesquet and NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough to install and unfurl the panel to...

Space Station to Receive a Whole Lot of Squid

Astronauts hope to learn survival tactics from 128 baby squid, 5K tardigrades

(Newser) - A cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station, scheduled for Thursday, will see astronauts enjoy apples, avocado, and other fresh food—not including the 128 baby squid along for the ride on SpaceX's Dragon, launched by the Falcon 9 rocket . These glow-in-the-dark baby bobtail squid will become part...

Russia Apparently Aims to Beat Tom Cruise to Space

Yulia Peresild, actor-director Klim Shipenko to set off for ISS on Oct. 5

(Newser) - Russia is saying not so fast to the plan to have Tom Cruise star in the first narrative action movie filmed in space . In what the Guardian is calling "space race 2," a Russian actor and director will set out for the International Space Station in early October,...

Wine &#39;Matured in Unique Environment&#39; Could Fetch $1M
This $10K Wine
Could Sell for $1M

This $10K Wine Could Sell for $1M

Because bottle of French wine spent 14 months on the International Space Station

(Newser) - The wine is out of this world. The price is appropriately stratospheric. Christie’s said Tuesday it is selling a bottle of French wine that spent more than a year in orbit aboard the International Space Station. The auction house thinks a wine connoisseur might pay as much as $1...

SpaceX Crew Makes Safe, Rare Splashdown

4 astronauts are back after record-setting stay at International Space Station

(Newser) - A four-member SpaceX crew returning from the International Space Station made a piloted landing in the Gulf of Mexico early Sunday, the first such nighttime landing in almost 54 years. After the gentle water landing just before 3am, aided by four parachutes, the Resilience capsule was lifted onto a recovery...

Elon Musk Adding Something Unexpected to Resume

Billionaire will host SNL

(Newser) - Elon Musk is again doing something unlikely for one of the world's richest people : hosting Saturday Night Live. As the AP notes, it's not a typical choice for the sketch comedy show, either. But the timing may be just right for the self-anointed "Technoking" of Tesla, whose...

ISS Now Has Highest Population in a Decade

SpaceX arrival brings number of astronauts to 11

(Newser) - The International Space Station's population swelled to 11 on Saturday with the jubilant arrival of SpaceX's third crew capsule in less than a year. It's the biggest crowd up there in more than a decade. All of the astronauts—representing the US, Russia, Japan, and France—managed...

Russia Plans to Build Its Own Space Station

If all goes well, nation would ditch ISS by 2025, have its own version by 2030

(Newser) - Relations on Earth between Russia and the West are strained at the moment, with the country mired in controversy over the health status of dissident Alexei Navalny and the buildup of Russian forces at the Ukraine border. Now, there could soon be a distancing in outer space, too: The head...

Space Station Rids Itself of 2.9 Tons of Trash

A pallet of used batteries will fall to Earth ... eventually

(Newser) - Last Thursday was apparently garbage day at the International Space Station, which rid itself of a 2.9-ton pallet of used nickel-hydrogen batteries. It's the biggest mass of space junk the ISS has unleashed, and NASA wrote that the pallet is "safely moving away from the station and...

Astronauts Deal With Toxic Ammonia
Astronauts Deal With
Toxic Ammonia

Astronauts Deal With Toxic Ammonia

Mission Control feared cabin could become contaminated during spacewalk

(Newser) - Spacewalking astronauts had to take extra safety precautions Saturday after possibly getting toxic ammonia on their suits from the International Space Station's external cooling system. Victor Glover and Mike Hopkins had no trouble removing and venting a couple of old jumper cables to remove any ammonia still lingering in...

Astronauts Will Have 'Ultimate Nosebleed Seats' for Big Game

The space station will pass over Raymond James Stadium during the Super Bowl

(Newser) - The International Space Station will pass over Tampa's Raymond James Stadium on Sunday evening as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Kansas City Chiefs face off for Super Bowl LV. If the weather is clear, the seven astronauts aboard the station will be able to glimpse the stadium, per Space...

First Private Space Station Crew Will Pay $55M Each

First private flight to ISS will launch next year

(Newser) - The first private space station crew was introduced Tuesday: Three men who are each paying $55 million to fly on a SpaceX rocket. They'll be led by a former NASA astronaut now working for Axiom Space, the Houston company that arranged the trip for next January. "This is...

Some of Scotty's Ashes Were Smuggled Aboard the ISS

Story of James Doohan's final resting place kept secret until now

(Newser) - Star Trek's beloved Scotty was beamed up to his final resting place back in 2008, though the story wasn't made public until now. As Richard Garriott explains to the Times of London, he smuggled some of actor James Doohan's ashes when he became one of the first...

SpaceX Sends Another Dragon to Space Station

Supplies include research materials and Christmas dinner

(Newser) - SpaceX launched a newer, bigger version of its Dragon supply ship to the International Space Station on Sunday, marking the first time the company has two capsules in orbit at the same time, the AP reports. The Dragon—packed with Christmas treats and presents—should reach the space station on...

SpaceX Capsule Reaches ISS
SpaceX Capsule Reaches ISS

SpaceX Capsule Reaches ISS

Historic first such 'taxi' ride is complete

(Newser) - SpaceX’s newly launched capsule with four astronauts arrived Monday at the International Space Station, their new home until spring. The Dragon capsule pulled up and docked late Monday night, following a 27-hour, completely automated flight from NASA's Kennedy Space Center, the AP reports. The linkup occurred 262 miles...

A Historic First for SpaceX, NASA
A Historic First
for SpaceX, NASA

A Historic First for SpaceX, NASA

Four astronauts are due to reach International Space Station Monday

(Newser) - SpaceX launched four astronauts to the International Space Station on Sunday on the first full-fledged taxi flight for NASA by a private company . The Falcon rocket thundered into the night from Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral with three Americans and one Japanese national, the second crew to be launched...

The ISS&#39; End Will Be Fiery, but Not Fiery Enough
The ISS
Is Doomed
to Die by Fire
in case you missed it

The ISS Is Doomed to Die by Fire

A look at how the International Space Station could come to its end

(Newser) - Monday marked two decades of humans occupying the International Space Station, but whether it'll make it to the end of its third decade remains unclear. Space.com explains that to stay in orbit, the ISS relies on fuel injections from the cargo ships that visit it. Such visits have...

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