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Life, Unbounded

Watch the Earth From Space, Live!

ISS from STS118 Shuttle (NASA)

Live streaming video by Ustream It doesn’t get much better than this (well, of course being in space might be better, albeit colder). The above is streaming video, live from the International Space Station and the High Definition Earth Viewing (HDEV) experiment that was lofted to orbit by a SpaceX Dragon craft just days ago. [...]

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Life, Unbounded

Oh Extravagant Planet!

Cumulonimbus clouds over the Gulf of Mexico 1984 (Shuttle image, NASA)

Sitting here in New York after a night of listening to the roar of hurricane Sandy I, along with everyone else here, am feeling a little bit worn. And I’m lucky, many people are still in the midst of dealing with a very real disaster in the city and the states up and down the [...]

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Life, Unbounded

A Dragon in the Sky: Space X

Dragon capsule during 'fly-under' of ISS at a distance of 2.4 kilometers (May 24th 2012). Image taken from ISS (NASA). Click for bigger view.

As the docking attempt between the Dragon cargo vehicle and the International Space Station gets underway, here are some of the latest images, plus the LIVE stream to the Dragon/ISS docking at the bottom! [Note: recorded video of final moments of capture by ISS arm now added below] …and shortly before this fly-under took place [...]

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Observations

Astronaut Chris Hadfield Covers David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” in Space [Video]

Chris Hadfield is an astronaut for the 21st century. The Canadian former fighter pilot and current commander of the International Space Station has shown a supreme mastery of social media. He has hosted an “Ask Me Anything” session on Reddit from space and has filmed several hugely popular YouTube videos demonstrating what it looks like [...]

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Commercial Spaceflight Industry Drifts Back to Earth

SpaceX launch of Dragon 9

As the brash, stylish new kid on the block, SpaceX was sure to win its share of admirers. But last week’s launch hiccup showed that the private space operator, helmed by Elon Musk, has a few issues to work out, just like stodgy old NASA. Don’t get me wrong: SpaceX has done unbelievably impressive things. [...]

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Observations

Forget Human Spaceflight: Send Worms Instead!

Spaceflight is hard on the body, but, even so, a new study has found that the tiny nematode (or roundworm) Caenorhabditis elegans appears to age more slowly in space than on the ground. Whether the same is true of human tissue remains to be seen, although many genes in the millimeter-long worm have analogues in [...]

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YouTube Space Lab Winners’ Experiments to Fly on ISS

YouTube Space Lab Winners, Amr Mohamed, Sunita Williams, Dorothy Chen, Sara Ma

Two future experiments set to take flight aboard the International Space Station have some unusual creators: teenagers who won the first YouTube Space Lab video competition today, sponsored by YouTube, Lenovo and Space Adventures. Students around the globe entered two-minute videos describing their idea for tests to conduct in low-Earth orbit. Judges, including NASA, ESA [...]

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Observations

The Best Video of Earth from Space Ever Made

This timelapse video of photographs taken from the International Space Station between August and October is just stunning: The photographs were taken by astronaut Ron Garan, whose photographs were the subject of a Compound Eye post from a few weeks back. In them you can see the aurora (both Borealis and Australis), pinprick cities, and [...]

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Truckin’ Up to Low Earth Orbit, Part 3: The Shuttle Gives Science a Boost

This is the third of a three-part series that looks back at the 30-year history of the U.S. space shuttle program. Before the 1986 Challenger disaster made safety paramount and new constraints had been established, the shuttle could carry fueled upper-stage rockets to launch space probes, which embarked for planetary destinations. From low orbit to [...]

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Truckin’ Up to Low Earth Orbit, Part 2: Deadly Reality-Check: Challenger and Columbia

This is the second of a three-part series that looks back at the 30-year history of the U.S. space shuttle program. Any summary of the shuttle program cannot go on without mentioning 14 lost astronauts and two doomed vehicles—Challenger on launch in 1986 and Columbia on reentry in 17 years later. Both events punctuated periods [...]

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Truckin’ Up to Low Earth Orbit, Part 1: The Shuttle Era Is Go for History

  This is the first of a three-part series that looks back at the 30-year tenure of the U.S. space shuttle program. "The orbiter is a completely different vehicle than anything that has ever flown in space. It was a work platform, a spacewalk platform, a construction site with a robotic arm, a laboratory, a [...]

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Space shuttle Discovery lands in Florida, capping its 39th and final mission

Discovery glides in for its final landing on March 9, 2011

It took space shuttle Discovery several months to get off the ground on its final mission, but the shuttle’s landing came off without a hitch. Discovery touched down on schedule, just before noon March 9, putting an end to its 26 years of service, in which the orbiter made 39 trips to space and logged [...]

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Rep. Giffords’s husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, plans to command April space shuttle flight

Gabrielle Giffords

Three-time shuttle veteran Mark Kelly, husband of wounded Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona, will fly once more. Kelly will resume training with the rest of his crew for the STS-134 mission, currently scheduled for April 19, NASA announced February 4. He had been on personal leave, and his status as commander of the penultimate space [...]

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Commander Hadfield Shows Us What Science Communication Could Be. Visually.

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Science communication has seldom had a better champion than Canadian astronaut Commander Chris Hadfield who just returned to Earth last night. Astronauts tweeting and talking from space is not a new phenomena, and though interesting scientific experiments abound way up on the ISS, they weren’t what caught the public’s imagination this go round. It was [...]

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