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Following upgrades, ISS ejects 2.9 tons of old batteries

March 15th, 2021

The International Space Station is a massive laboratory that has produced some incredible scientific discoveries over the past couple of decades. It’s been manned on a continuous basis for the majority of that time, and while that’s awesome for science, it also means that the space station produces a steady supply of trash as well. …

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NASA once again needs Russian help to get into space

March 11th, 2021

NASA’s Commercial Crew Program didn’t work out exactly as the space agency had planned, but it has produced at least one suitable spacecraft for taking astronauts to and from the International Space Station. NASA has already flown missions to the ISS using SpaceX’s Crew Dragon, and another mission is already on the schedule, but if …

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Spacewalking NASA astronauts just gave the ISS a major upgrade

March 2nd, 2021

The International Space Station is, well, old. It’s still working great and fulfilling the needs of NASA, Russia’s Roscosmos, Japan’s JAXA, and the European Space Agency, among others, but it’s definitely not as cutting-edge as it once was. The groups responsible for maintaining the spacecraft have done a great job of keeping it up and …

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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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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 …