Astronaut Salary

by Elizabeth Howell April 16, 2014

Talk about a high-flying career! Being a government astronaut means you have the chance to go into space and take part in some neat projects — such as going on spacewalks, moving robotic arms and doing science that researches the nature of the human body. Behind the glamor and the giddiness of flight, however, astronauts […]

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Chris Hadfield Tells Conan O’Brien What Happens to Underwear in Space

by Jason Major November 12, 2013

Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield appeared on Conan last night, and if you missed it here’s a clip in which Conan O’Brien asks Chris to answer one of his most nagging questions about life in orbit: “Do you guys do laundry in space? How do you take care of that issue?” Like Conan, you might be […]

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Astronaut Luca Parmitano’s Chilling First-Hand Account of His Mishap in Space

by Jason Major August 21, 2013

On July 16, Expedition 36 astronauts Chris Cassidy and Luca Parmitano had to cut a planned 7-hour spacewalk short after only an hour and a half due to a malfunction in Parmitano’s space suit, leaking water into his helmet and eventually cutting off his vision, hearing, and communications. Fortunately the Italian test pilot was able […]

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Want to be an Astronaut? Learn How to Speak Russian

by Elizabeth Howell April 8, 2013

A fire breaks out on the International Space Station while the orbiting complex is over Russian mission control. How, as an English-speaking astronaut, would you keep up with instructions? The answer is years of Russian training. In between time in simulators, jet airplanes and underwater, neophyte astronauts spend hours learning to read Cyrillic characters and pronounce […]

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How a Good Narrator Can Mean Life or Death on Mars

by Jason Major January 28, 2013

Stranded on an alien planet, ejected from your burning ship and with only minutes of breathable air left, your chances of survival look slim indeed. And with — something — tearing holes in your suit, you’ll likely be dead before you know it. That is, of course, unless you have a good narrator. “Voice Over,” […]

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