November 2013

On Space Station’s Birthday, Questions About its Future

November 21st, 2013|Categories: News, Photography|Tags: , , , , |

International lab may orbit until 2028 or meet its end in just 8 years The movie "Gravity" may have taken some liberties with the physics of outer space, but one thing it nailed was the scope of the International Space Station. In the film, Americans were introduced to a research [...]

Real-Life ‘Gravity’ Space Debris Spells Business for Astrium

November 15th, 2013|Categories: News, Photography|Tags: , , , , |

“Gravity,” in which satellite debris sets astronauts Sandra Bullock and George Clooney adrift in space, turned into a blockbuster for Warner Bros. Astrium wants real-life spatial waste to do the same for the company. The European satellite and rocket maker can -- together with the region’s space agencies -- help [...]

September 2013

What Happens If An Astronaut Floats Off In Space?

September 30th, 2013|Categories: News, Photography|Tags: , , , , |

In short: he's in trouble. In the film Gravity, which opens this month, two astronauts are on a spacewalk when an accident hurtles them into the void. So what would actually happen if you went, in NASA's terminology, "overboard"? NASA requires spacewalking astronauts to use tethers (and sometimes additional anchors). [...]