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It's going to be a little while before humanity sets foot on Mars, but in the meantime NASA has a bundle of robots exploring the planet for us. The data they're collecting is valuable, but now researchers want to give their operators greater control. Specifically, they're interested in force feedb...

August 31st 2015 at 9:45am 0 Comments
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NASA recently paid Russia $490 million to continue ferrying its astronauts to the ISS, but Maj. Gen. Charles Bolden says "it doesn't have to be this way." In a piece/open letter the space agency's head honcho wrote for Wired, he explains how the Congress is holding back the agency from launching a...

August 29th 2015 at 4:58pm 0 Comments
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NASA has apparently been stripping and reusing parts from old spacecraft, because when you have lofty goals and a limited budget, you gotta do what you gotta do. For instance, it's salvaging the four water tanks installed on the space shuttle Endeavour this week, so the agency can use them to bui...

August 21st 2015 at 2:06pm 0 Comments
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Recycling water is key for astronauts on the International Space Station since sending water to the crew is heavy and expensive. The current systems work well and the tech is being used here on Earth in places where clean drinking water is in short supply. In an effort to increase efficiency, astr...

August 20th 2015 at 1:40pm 0 Comments
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NASA has launched a contest to design a smartwatch app interface for use by International Space Station (ISS) astronauts. Nobody will be entering it for the $1,500 prize money, but you'll certainly get some pride and fame out of it. The app will be no less than "the general user interface for smar...

August 13th 2015 at 9:44am 0 Comments
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The Cities at Night project organizers began compiling hundreds of thousands of nighttime photos of metropolises taken from the ISS in order to study light pollution last year. NASA even asked the public for help to sort through millions of images to be used for the initiative. Now, Cities at Nigh...

August 12th 2015 at 9:48am 0 Comments
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Virtual reality is big on immersing you in cool new environments, and what's cooler than space? Nothing, if you ask SpaceVR. It's crowdfunding a project that will send a 12-camera video array to the International Space Station, where it'll record 360-degree VR videos from the Cupola Observatory...

August 10th 2015 at 2:55pm 0 Comments
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With only a bit of fabric preventing certain death, spacewalks are one of the most thrilling and dangerous jobs (among many) that ISS astronauts and cosmonauts do. You'll be able to watch one (here or in the video below) shortly as Russian cosmonauts Gennady Padalka and Mikhail Kornienko exit the...

August 10th 2015 at 10:04am 0 Comments
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For most of us, visiting the International Space Station is little more than an impossible dream -- but if you know what you're doing, talking to the orbiting laboratory is surprisingly plausible. No, really: just ask Adrian Lane, a Gloucestershire UK Ham radio operator who called up an ISS astron...

August 6th 2015 at 5:52pm 0 Comments
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We have a strong whisky bias, so when Suntory revealed that it would be sending products into orbit, we had to know more. The company will fire six samples of its beverages to the International Space Station (ISS), including its Yamazaki Single Malt Sherry Cask 2013, aka the best whiskey in the wo...

July 31st 2015 at 12:51pm 0 Comments
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NASA's International Space Station team recently got a big camera upgrade in the form of RED's Epic Dragon, and it's more than a little eager to show off what this high-resolution gear can do. The agency has started posting 4K videos (sorry, no 6K yet) that show what life is like in orbit in excep...

July 27th 2015 at 8:21pm 0 Comments
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A Soyuz spacecraft carrying three astronauts -- Kjell Lindgren of NASA, Oleg Kononenko of the Russian Federal Space Agency and Kimiya Yui of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency -- launches out of Kazakhstan today at about 5PM ET, but you can watch Expedition 44 from wherever you are, right here...

July 22nd 2015 at 3:40pm 0 Comments