December 2013

Astronaut Mark Kelly joins World View’s near-space balloon team

December 10th, 2013|Categories: News, Photography, Video|Tags: , , , , , |

Retired astronaut Mark Kelly, who commanded the second-last space shuttle mission — and spent months at the side of his wife, Gabrielle Giffords, while the congresswoman recovered from a near-fatal shooting in 2011 — has joined a venture to send tourists 100,000 feet up to get their own space-style view [...]

NASA Astronauts To Fly as ‘Participants’ on Commercial Space Taxis, FAA Rules

December 8th, 2013|Categories: News, Photography|Tags: , , , , , , |

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — NASA astronauts will fly as “space flight participants” aboard commercial spaceships being developed to taxi crews to and from the international space station, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Office of Commercial Space Transportation has determined. “NASA astronauts do not meet the definition of ‘crew’ as [...]

November 2013

Russian android may take on outer space operations at ISS

November 29th, 2013|Categories: News, Photography|Tags: , , , , , , |

Russia has presented a new humanlike robot, which may be delivered to the International Space Station to perform 90 percent of risky operations in open space instead of cosmonauts. The SAR- 401 prototype was revealed to journalists at the Yury Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Moscow Region’s Star City on [...]

Two Americans on ISS Prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving in orbit

November 28th, 2013|Categories: Events, News, Video|Tags: , , , , |

Grab sealed pouch of two-year-old, irradiated sliced turkey from pantry. Place in suitcase warmer and heat 15 to 20 minutes. Slice open pouch. Eat carefully so crumbs don’t float away. Following those simple instructions, six astronauts aboard the International Space Station Thursdayday will be able to enjoy a Thanksgiving feast [...]