Space Flight

Shiny: Astronaut Wears ‘Firefly’ T-Shirt In First Instagram From Space

by Elizabeth Howell April 15, 2014

Want to stay on top of all the space news? Follow @universetoday on Twitter And now, time for some thrilling heroics. NASA astronaut Steve Swanson sent out the first Instagram from space last week wearing none other than a Firefly T-shirt. There’s something to be said about a space-faring guy evoking images of Captain Mal […]

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How Not To Get Bored During A Year On Space Station

by Elizabeth Howell April 14, 2014

When planning for long-duration space travel, many people would think along the lines of not forgetting a towel or something of that nature. But we on Earth who are spoiled by the astounding pictures beamed from space must realize that even astronauts can get tired of looking at the same few walls for months at […]

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SpaceX Cargo Launch to Station “GO” for April 14 – Watch Live Here

by Ken Kremer April 13, 2014

Following closely on the heels of Thursday’s spectacular Atlas V rocket blastoff from Cape Canaveral and a last moment computer failure at the ISS over the weekend, an upgraded Space X Falcon 9 rocket is now poised to launch on Monday (April 14) and complete a double barreled salvo of liftoffs from the Florida Space […]

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Contingency Spacewalk Planned Next Week, But Dragon Must Arrive At Space Station First

by Elizabeth Howell April 13, 2014

As contingency spacewalks go, the urgent task should be easy: a quick 2.5-hour run to swap out a failed backup computer that controls several systems on the International Space Station, including robotics. But NASA doesn’t want to go ahead with it until spare spacesuit parts arrive, in the aftermath of a life-threatening suit leak that […]

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Failed Space Station Computer Spurs Contingency Spacewalk Plans

by Elizabeth Howell April 12, 2014

NASA is preparing a contingency spacewalk to deal with a broken backup computer component on the International Space Station, the agency said in an update Saturday (April 12). While there’s no timeline yet for the spacewalk, the agency must consider carefully when to do it given a cargo ship is supposed to arrive at station on […]

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