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(14 Nov. 2013) — Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Koichi Wakata, Expedition 38 flight engineer, prepares to exercise in the Tranquility node of the International Space Station, using the advanced Resistive Exercise Device (aRED).

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Koichi Wakata, Expedition 38 flight engineer, gets a workout on the advanced Resistive Exercise Device (aRED) in the Tranquility node of the International Space Station.


Next time when you’re at the gym, complaining about the mess of the dumbbells, spare a thought for the ISS astronauts who NEED to work out to avoid the worst cases of muscle atrophy. 

Space Station Crew Returns with Olympic Torch

Two astronauts and a cosmonaut returned to Earth on Monday after a 166-day mission, bringing the Olympic torch back from the International Space Station after a historic space walk. Read more

'Gravity': Science vs. Fiction

We went to the movies with ex-NASA astronaut Leroy Chiao…

Mars Explorers Face Huge Radiation Problem

A radiation sensor inside NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover shows that even under the best-case scenario and behind shielding currently being designed for NASA’s new deep-space capsule, future travelers will face a huge amount of radiation.


Space Oddity: Astronaut Ends Mission With Music Video

Wonderful tribute to a Bowie classic. Have a safe trip home, Hadfield, Marshburn and Romanenko!

Remembering Space Shuttle Columbia

On Feb. 1, 2003, shuttle Columbia broke up during reentry over Texas. As we remember the STS-107 astronauts Rick Husband, Willie McCool, Michael Anderson, Kalpana Chawla, David Brown, Laurel Clark and Ilan Ramon, also celebrate their legacy and all astronauts who live and die pushing mankind’s frontiers into space.

Mission to Mars Could Mess With Your Brain: The high-energy particles that buzz around outside of our protective magnetosphere aren’t only a trigger for nasty cancers, they may also trigger certain brain defects, such as Alzheimer’s disease.

Just add it to the list of “reasons why humans don’t belong in space” — a list that will never stifle our urge to explore other worlds.


Launched Dec. 7, 1972, Apollo 17 was the last space mission to land astronauts on the moon. 

today marks 50 40* years since we last set out to land on the moon.

today is a sad day.

*It’s a sad day, Trace, but it’s not THAT sad! ;) ~Ian

Astronaut, Cosmonaut to Spend Year in Space: NASA and its partners in the International Space Station are interested in learning more about how the human body fares during long-duration stays in space. Typically, crews spend four- to six months living aboard the station, which orbits about 250 miles above Earth.

Would you spend a year on the space station? Might need a good book… Read more

even astronauts can cast a ballot!

How Space Station Astronauts Can Vote

Two U.S. citizens may be hundreds of miles above the nearest polling booth, but they still cast their ballots.

Astronauts residing on the orbiting lab receive a digital version of their ballot, which is beamed up by Mission Control at the agency’s Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston. Filled-out ballots find their way back down to Earth along the same path.

This system was made possible by a 1997 bill passed by Texas legislators (nearly all NASA astronauts live in or around Houston). It was first used that same year by David Wolf, who happened to be aboard Russia’s Mir space station at the time.

so cool!

Strap In: What It’s Like to fly on SpaceShipTwo

After a three-day training program, passengers will leave Virgin’s terminal at the newly built Spaceport America, located near Las Cruces, NM, and climb aboard SpaceShipTwo, which they’ll find hanging beneath the twin-boomed White Knight carrier aircraft.

The six-passenger, two-pilot vehicle is based on the prize-winning SpaceShipOne prototype, which now hangs in the Smithsonian Institution’s Air & Space Museum.

Their fliers won’t go far — just 65 miles or so above the southern New Mexico launch site — and they won’t be gone long. The supersonic sprint beyond the atmosphere will last only a few minutes.

Virgin Galactic is betting that the ride, albeit short, is sweet enough to warrant its $200,000 fare. As of last week, 545 people had put down deposits or paid the full fee to find out for themselves.

read more…

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