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I bet these astronauts don’t even want to come back to Earth

October 21st, 2020

Astronauts that traveled to the International Space Station back in April will be coming back to Earth this week. The three-person crew will return to Earth in a Russian Soyuz spacecraft and land in Kazakhstan. The crew is likely to be isolated after returning to Earth to ensure they aren’t infected with the coronavirus. When …

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The ISS astronauts had one heck of a night last night

October 20th, 2020

The International Space Station had a number of breakdowns and malfunctions on Monday night. A toilet, oven, and oxygen supply system all broke down within hours of each other. The breakdowns were fixed and the crew is not in any danger. The International Space Station has had more than its fair share of problems over …

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An air supply system on the ISS just failed

October 15th, 2020

The oxygen supply system on the Russian half of the International Space Station failed on Wednesday. The crew is safe thanks to a second oxygen system on the U.S. half of the spacecraft. Repairs to the oxygen system will be carried out today. When you’re living in space there are a few things you need. …

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A Russian rocket just carried a NASA astronaut to the ISS… but why?

October 14th, 2020

NASA astronaut Kate Rubins took a seat aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft headed for the International Space Station. The trip is the last of the seats that NASA will have to lease from Russia now that its own commercial crew program has matured. NASA’s next U.S. launch is scheduled for early-to-mid November. NASA’s Commercial Crew …

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Here’s how astronauts vote from space

September 29th, 2020

NASA has a system in place so that astronauts who are in space can still cast their votes in elections. The process is relatively straightforward, with a unique ballot sent electronically that only the voter can access. The ballot is then beamed back to Earth and tallied just like every other vote. This year’s presidential …

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The space station air leak mystery just got even weirder

September 29th, 2020

The International Space Station sprung a leak many weeks ago and NASA has yet to find out exactly where it is. The leak appeared to get worse on Monday night, but NASA now says that may have been due to a temperature change. The crew has isolated it to one module, but haven’t found the …

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Why can’t NASA find the source of the ISS air leak?

September 25th, 2020

NASA and Russia’s Roscosmos still haven’t figured out where the International Space Station is leaking. It’s possible the leak is present in one of the modules where the crew took refuge while the rest of the spacecraft was being monitored for the leak. The leak is minor and NASA says it doesn’t pose a risk …