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Aging $100 billion International Space Station a space lab of ‘unlimited’ opportunity

It may be 350 kilometers (215 miles) above Earth and a place that only a privileged few will ever visit, but the International Space Station is crucial to advances in science, health and technology, experts say. Earlier this month, NASA said the life……

International Space Station in partial shutdown due to cooling pump problem

Crew members shut down minor systems to reduce power load, though Nasa says issue is not an emergency at the moment A possible coolant leak on the International Space Station has led to a partial shutdown, NASA has said. Astronauts hope to fix the problem by altering the software. But…

Russia sends Olympic torch to International Space Station

Three new crew members blast off Thursday for the International Space Station (ISS) on a Russian rocket, taking with them the precious cargo of an Olympic torch for the 2014 Winter Games in the Black Sea resort of Sochi. In an unprecedented move, the Olympic torch will on Saturday be…

WATCH: U.S.-Russia crew begins shortened trip to International Space Station

An American and two Russians blasted off Thursday for the International Space Station atop a Soyuz rocket that will slash more than a day off the usual travel time. Michael Hopkins of NASA and Oleg Kotov and Sergei Ryazansky of Russia took off without a hitch from the Baikonur space…

Astronauts ‘flew blind’ from International Space Station as sensors failed

The three crew of the International Space Station (ISS) who returned to Earth this week endured a hair-raising descent after their height sensors failed, a Russian cosmonaut revealed on Friday. Pavel Vinogradov said that he and the two other crew of the Soyuz capsule which touched down in Kazakhstan Wednesday…

Millionaire plans to send man and woman to Mars and back

A US millionaire who became the first private space tourist has unveiled ambitious plans to send a man and woman – probably a married couple – on a round trip to Mars when planetary alignment allows in 2018. Dennis Tito, 72, a former rocket scientist who made his fortune through…

Astronaut teams up with ‘Barenaked Ladies’ for interstellar duet

Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield took one small step into the record books on Friday, taking part in the first real-time musical duet from space from the observation deck onboard the International Space Station. According to Space.com, Hadfield was joined from Earth by his friend and countryman Ed Roberson and members…

Europe makes its heaviest space launch ever

An automated craft laden with supplies for the International Space Station (ISS) headed into space on Friday in the heaviest launch ever undertaken by Europe. The 20-tonne vessel, named after 20th-century Italian physicist, Edoardo Amaldi, blasted off atop a heavyweight version of the Ariane 5 launcher at 01:34 am (0434…

Russian satellite crashes into Siberia after launch

MOSCOW — A Russian satellite on Friday crashed into Siberia minutes after its launch due to rocket failure, the defense ministry said, in the latest humiliating setback for Russia’s embattled space programme. The failure of the Soyuz-2.1B rocket — a member of the same family that Russia uses to send humans to…

‘Weightless’ teachers eye giant science leap

“Excited,” “nervous,” “terrified” — just three emotions described by a group of US teachers about to take a dizzying “weightless” flight all for the cause of science, naturally. The 30 classroom professionals donned blue “astronaut” jumpsuits to defy gravity in the skies above California, in a project designed to help…

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