If you've always wanted to wear that space suit and try out the espresso machine in the international space station, or (merely) to contribute to research about the Red Planet, now's your chance to get that application in on time.
Man is one step closer to setting foot on the Red Planet, according to NASA. The space agency, which recently announced the historic discovery of flowing water on Mars, has just announced an updated plan for 'The Journey to Mars.'
It looks like they may need to start building an aviary in space. A Kounotori, which translates from Japanese to "white stork," is currently escorting a flock of fourteen Doves to the International Space Station.
Leaf lettuce can be kept alive with red and blue targeted LEDs.
If there ever is a time astronauts are reminded why they do what they do, it's when they get to witness stunning sights like this.
Do you think you know your geography? Well, astronaut Scott Kelly, who is spending an entire year aboard the International Space Station (ISS), is looking to test your meddle.
Experts have some new plans for the International Space Station (ISS), and they have absolutely nothing to do with space, exploration, or even astronauts. A new investigation will be using the uniquely high vantage point of the orbital space station to help track animals in trouble - the results of which could improve conservation strategies around the world.
Ants: they are tenacious little bugs that can be found just about anywhere. Nothing stops an ant from foraging for food and finding new nooks and crannies to explore - not even, it seems, an absence of gravity.
The final preparations are underway to put a Russian and American astronaut into space for a full year - an important step as each country's respective space agencies prepare to move humanity's explorers into deeper space.
Try to stare through a metal. Go ahead... I'll wait. Unless you're Superman, it simply can't be done. That's because metals are opaque, making it very difficult even for scientists to understand what exactly goes on when metals turn from a liquid into a solid. Now, with help from NASA, experts are running a series of experiments with special transparent alloys, allowing them to better understand how solidification occurs for the first time.
If you have been following the headlines, then you very well know that this was a brilliant year for space exploration. There were hardships and tragedies along the way, but it certainly must be acknowledged that humanity has come very far, and is closer than ever before to becoming a multi-planet species and civilization.
No, it's not exactly Star Trek, where we are replicating meals on demand, but astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS) are actually "printing" their own tools for the first time, successfully using a 3D printer that was brought up to the station earlier this year.
It used to be that we knew so little about the microgravity of space that we'd send dogs up in pressurized cabins just to see how they fared. Now, we know enough to the point where we are actually using space as ideal conditions for medical research, exposing secrets of the human immune system.
If you think that astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS) are still sipping up their Thanksgiving turkey through straws, you're behind the times. Modern astronauts will be enjoying a "somewhat traditional" dinner with all the trimmings. It just sounds a little stranger.
Astronauts Reid Wiseman of NASA and Alexander Gerst of the European Space Agency (ESA) took a casual stroll around the exterior of the International Spaces Station (ISS) yesterday performing minor repairs and one important installation - all of which occurred without a hitch.