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.
Last Wednesday, NASA's Earth-observing Rapid Scatterometer was turned on for the first time, immediately launching into a mission that will collect data on the speed and direction of the Earth's all-important oceanic winds.
The International Space Station (ISS) will soon be fully crewed with six astronauts and cosmonauts once more, enabling a full start of the 41st expedition. The current crew of three are expecting the arrival of the SpaceX CRS-4 Dragon today and soon-after will receive the next batch of crewmates with open arms.
NASA officially announced today that private companies Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) and Boeing aerospace will be the lucky pioneers who will be bringing human space travel back to the United States and into the private sector.
As autumn approaches, the International Space Station (ISS) can soon expect some care-packages from NASA - namely loads of next generation lab technology that will drastically improve the United States National Laboratory.
Now retired astronaut Frank Culbertson was the only American not on the planet the day of the 9/11 strike, but that certainly doesn't mean that he didn't feel the impact of this tragedy. In fact, as he recalls in letters and a recent video, hearing about the attack from so far away was a profoundly heart-wrenching experience.
Three crew members of the International Space Station (ISS) touched down on solid earth for the first time in 169 days on Wednesday, marking an end to one of the most intensive research stints that NASA astronauts and Roscosmos cosmonauts have ever been on.
In a distinctly delicious marriage between clever marketing and scientific curiosity, samples of single malt scotch whiskey found themselves rocketing up to the International Space Station (ISS) in October 2011. Now, years later, that whiskey is on its way back to Earth so experts can determine if it matured in microgravity any differently than its Earthling counterparts.
In some bizarre twist of fate, plankton from Earth's sea has reportedly wound up on the outside of the International Space Station (ISS). Experts know that certain bacteria can survive in space given the right conditions, but plankton is certainly not one of them. This of course raises the question, "how the heck did they get there?"
Later this year, rats could be scampering around the International Space Station (ISS). However, to the likely relief of the station's crew, there will be no need to call in the exterminators. NASA astronauts plan to play host for a group of test rodents for up to three months in an attempt at better understanding how long-term micro-gravity life can impact animal health.
Spacewalking astronauts launched a tiny Peruvian research satellite Monday off the International Space Station, setting it loose on a mission to observe Earth.
After a month-long visit at the International Space Station, a commercial cargo ship is diving towards Earth - filled with 3,500 pounds of trash, according to a NASA news release.
Astronauts aboard the International Space Station finally flight tested their prototype flying robot assistants last Friday, setting the stage for an international robot programming competition that is slated to officially begin this fall.