The International Space Station (ISS) is celebrating its 20th birthday. Russian space agency Roscosmos kicked off the project to build a successor to the Mir and Skylab stations on 20 November 1998 when it launched its Zarya module from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Two weeks later, Nasa followed suit with its own component, Unity. The pair were joined in low-earth orbit and started a 13-year construction effort that would see a vast artificial satellite produced, serving as an observatory, laboratory and staging post from which mankind could advance its understanding of our own world and those beyond. The ISS was also a landmark act of co-operation between the United States and Russia, the old Cold War foes definitively laying to rest decades of nuclear tensions to share the expertise both sides had accumulated during and after the Space Race of the 1960s to further the common good. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of this … [Read more...] about Twenty facts about the International Space Station on its 20th birthday
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Second shipment of supplies blasts off for space station BelfastTelegraph.co.uk A load of space station supplies has rocketed into orbit from Virginia, the second shipment in two days. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/world-news/second-shipment-of-supplies-blasts-off-for-space-station-37538090.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/world-news/article37538086.ece/808e3/AUTOCROP/h342/bpanews_8ea0693b-f435-43eb-b427-bad6c8617e1f_1 Email A load of space station supplies has rocketed into orbit from Virginia, the second shipment in two days. Northrop Grumman launched its Antares rocket from Wallops Island before dawn, delighting chilly early-bird observers along the Atlantic coast. The Russian Space Agency launched its own load of supplies to the International Space Station on Friday, just 15 hours earlier. The US delivery will arrive at the orbiting lab on Monday, a day after the Russian shipment. Among the 7,400lb of goods inside the Cygnus capsule are ice cream and … [Read more...] about Second shipment of supplies blasts off for space station
Budding astronauts and aspiring scientists, this one's for you! TripAdvisor has unveiled some of the world's most popular space-themed tours and attractions, across continents including Europe, North and South America and Asia. There's everything from exhibitions dedicated to the progress humans are making in space travel to museums filled with awe-inspiring rockets and rovers, some of which have returned from exploring other planets. Meanwhile, there are still countless discoveries being made every day so there's no time like the present to get up to speed and find out what other discoveries could be in the pipeline! Whether you're after a family day out or simply just have a keen interest in all things space and science , there's plenty of choice in TripAdvisor's handy guide. We take a look at the space-themed days out on offer around the globe and why they should be top of the itinerary on your next holiday... Europe Space Camp Turkey One of the only three space camps in … [Read more...] about Best space-themed tours and attractions that are out of this world
Rocket blasts off carrying AI robot and strong coffee for space station crew BelfastTelegraph.co.uk A SpaceX rocket that flew just two months ago with a Nasa satellite has roared back into action, launching the first orbiting robot with artificial intelligence and other station supplies. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/world-news/rocket-blasts-off-carrying-ai-robot-and-strong-coffee-for-space-station-crew-37063777.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/world-news/article37063773.ece/f6e98/AUTOCROP/h342/bpanews_8cbd8d75-b9d4-45ec-99b6-2c135ab72ecb_1 Email A SpaceX rocket that flew just two months ago with a Nasa satellite has roared back into action, launching the first orbiting robot with artificial intelligence and other station supplies. The used Falcon rocket blasted off hauling nearly 2,700kg of cargo, including the spherical AI bot named Cimon; genetically identical mice, or mousetronauts; and super-caffeinated coffee for the crew of the International Space … [Read more...] about Rocket blasts off carrying AI robot and strong coffee for space station crew
During the early weeks of his 167-day stint aboard the International Space Station in 2014, astronaut Barry “Butch” Wilmore noticed that a torque wrench was missing. “It’s not uncommon for things to disappear in space,” he tells me over the phone from the Johnson Space Center in Houston. “You just don’t have gravity keeping stuff in place.” Wilmore mentioned the missing tool to Nasa’s mission control as he was tending to a 3D printer, a microwave-sized box that extrudes heated plastic to build up objects layer by layer, which was being tested on the space station. About a week later, Wilmore opened the door to the 3D printer to find a perfect replica of his missing wrench. He was thrilled, a moment captured in a photo that was shared with the world’s media at the time. Until that point, the machine had produced only very simple objects. “This was a printed, all-inclusive wrench, with a ratchet mechanism, that … [Read more...] about ‘It’s about expanding Earth’: could we build cities in space?