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The International Space Station just dodged a collision with space junk

September 23rd, 2020

The International Space Station had to perform an avoidance maneuver to ensure it didn’t collide with a piece of unidentified debris orbiting Earth. The crew took refuge in the Soyuz spacecraft as mission controllers used thrusters to push the space station on a safer course. Space debris is a growing problem and poses a serious …

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Researchers sent mice to space and they came back super buff

September 8th, 2020

Mice sent to the International Space Station returned with more muscle than they had when they arrived thanks to a new treatment. Muscle loss in space affects humans as well as mice, and this new treatment could help prevent muscle loss during long trips in space. Trips to Mars could be more bearable if humans …

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Earthly bacteria survives for years in space, study proves

August 26th, 2020

An experiment has proven that bacteria can survive in the harsh conditions of space for years on end. A Japanese mission placed bacteria pellets in panels outside of the International Space Station, and the bacteria managed to survive for up to three years before being retrieved. Ensuring that such bacteria don’t contaminate other worlds is …

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The International Space Station is still leaking

August 26th, 2020

A minor leak has developed on the International Space Station, and NASA officials are still trying to figure out exactly where it is. US astronauts spent the weekend isolated in the Russian segment of the spacecraft as NASA monitored different sections for possible leaks. NASA says it will spend this week working on isolating the …

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The ISS has sprung another leak, NASA says

August 21st, 2020

An increased amount of atmosphere loss in the International Space Station has prompted astronauts to go into lockdown in one half of the station while they search for the source. The leak doesn’t pose a danger to the residents aboard the ISS, NASA says. The various ISS modules will be sealed off while NASA measures …

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The International Space Station looks awesome in front of the Sun

June 29th, 2020

A new photo released by NASA shows the International Space Station transiting in front of the Sun’s disk. The image captures the space station as it travels nearly five miles per second while speeding around Earth. The ISS completes roughly 16 orbits of Earth every single day. The International Space Station is an incredible machine …

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Astronaut loses tool during spacewalk, will never see it again

June 26th, 2020

An astronaut totally lost his mirror while performing a space station spacewalk. The mirror became detached shortly after the spacewalk began, and it was lost to the vacuum of space. The mirror’s fate is unknown, but it’ll likely tumble toward Earth and be destroyed when it hits the atmosphere. Spacewalking astronauts have plenty to worry …

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Here’s what NASA thinks of its ISS manager retiring

June 17th, 2020

NASA’s head ISS program manager retired yesterday, just weeks after the first Commercial Crew mission made a successful flight to the space station. The departure has left NASA in a bit of a tight spot, but it announced that the deputy program manager for the ISS will be taking over in an acting role immediately. …

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NASA shakeup continues as ISS manager steps down

June 16th, 2020

NASA’s International Space Station program manager Kirk Shireman has decided to retire, just weeks after the first Commercial Crew mission to the ISS was a success. Shireman reportedly had plans for retirement well in advance of the SpaceX launch, and had planned to step down from his post this year regardless of external factors.  NASA …

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The International Space Station is about to get an upgrade

June 16th, 2020

NASA astronauts Chris Cassidy and Robert Behnken will conduct a pair of spacewalks to replace old batteries on the exterior of the International Space Station. The excursions will take place on June 26th and July 1st. The astronauts will be removing old nickel-hydrogen batteries and installing new lithium-ion batteries that provide power for the space …