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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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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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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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Japan’s cargo ship is just chilling out on the ISS, looking awesome

June 9th, 2020

Japan’s H-II Transfer Vehicle-9 is hanging out on the International Space Station, holding a bunch of discarded batteries and waiting for its eventual release and destruction. The cargo ships are designed to be destroyed after use, burning up in Earth’s atmosphere after leaving the ISS. HTV-9 arrived at the space station on May 20th, and …

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NASA astronaut duo returns to a very different Earth

April 17th, 2020

NASA’s Andrew Morgan and Jessica Meir are back on Earth, along with Russia’s Oleg Skripochka after departing the International Space Station late Thursday. The trio made it safely back to Earth, but now a new adjustment period begins. The coronavirus pandemic will prevent the astronauts from celebrating with friends and family. Visit BGR’s homepage for …

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Scientists solve mystery of space bacteria on the ISS

February 20th, 2020

When you’re living in a remote, isolated environment, things like bacteria and viruses can wreak havoc in a very short period of time. The International Space Station definitely qualifies as being remote and isolated, so when a pair of bacteria species were detected in a water dispenser onboard the space station, scientists wanted to know …

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ISS astronauts may have finally fixed a $2 billion ISS instrument

January 27th, 2020

The International Space Station is a complex thing. It’s a massive laboratory, living space, and observation platform all in one. But, like any machine, sometimes things break, and that means the scientists aboard the spacecraft have to perform delicate repairs, often while floating in the vacuum of space. Among the objectives of recent ISS spacewalks, …