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NASA Is Funding A New Space Plane To Take Cargo To The ISS

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Almost five years after the iconic Space Shuttle was retired, NASA has announced it is funding a new space plane that is sure to evoke nostalgic thoughts of its predecessor.

The Sierra Nevada Corporations (SNC) Dream Chaser spacecraft is one of three unmanned vehicles developed by private companies that NASA has awarded cargo contracts to resupply the International Space Station from 2019 to 2024, as part of the CRS-2 (Commercial Resupply Services Continue reading NASA Is Funding A New Space Plane To Take Cargo To The ISS

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Live Webcast: Three Astronauts Head to ISS

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At 3:57 EDT, three astronauts will launch aboard a Soyuz TMA-13M spacecraft, bound for the International Space Station, where they will serve as the crew during the Expedition 40/41 missions. Expedition 41 will end in November.

The astronauts heading into space today will be: Reid Wiseman (NASA), Alexander Gerst (ESA), and Maxim Suarev (RKA). They will be joining Steve Swanson (NASA), Alexander Skvortsov (RKA), and Oleg Artemyev (RKA). This is the first trip into space for Wiseman and Gerst, but t Continue reading Live Webcast: Three Astronauts Head to ISS

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Watch The ISS Fly Over Spectacular Aurora

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Coronal mass ejections (CME) are huge eruptions of gas and magnetic field lines that come from the Sun. Earth’s magnetosphere protects us from damage, but they do interact and cause a spectacular show of light near the magnetic poles known as an aurora. Last week’s CME created an aurora that occurred as the ISS was passing overhead. 

Check out this video released by the ESA:

 

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How To Watch The ISS Fly Overhead On Christmas Eve

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If you’re still disappointed that you’ll never see Santa zipping across the skies on Christmas Eve, don’t worry, there’s something infinitely better to gaze upon tonight – at least if you’re in the UK.

People of Britain will be treated to a spectacular view of the International Space Station tonight after darkness falls at around 5.20pm. Provided there are no clouds, it will appear as a bright light traveling in an arc across the twinkling nigh Continue reading How To Watch The ISS Fly Overhead On Christmas Eve

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Here’s How Astronauts Exercise On Board The ISS

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Exercise for Earth-bound people is a choice, but for astronauts up there in the International Space Station (ISS), it is anything but. Without exercise in an environment with extremely low gravity, their bone density and muscle mass will rapidly decrease, so NASA mandates that their astronauts spend at least two hours per day working out. According to the Huffington Pos Continue reading Here’s How Astronauts Exercise On Board The ISS

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Watch The ESA’s Ariane 5 Rocket Launch Live!

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The European Space Agency (ESA) will be launching an Ariane 5 rocket tonight at 7:47 pm EDT from Kourou, French Guiana. NASA will be streaming the event live beginning at 7:15 pm EDT, and you can check it out right here!

The rocket will be transporting an Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV-5) into orbit that contains goods for the crew aboard the International Space Station. The vessel will reach the ISS in about 14 days and will deliver a Continue reading Watch The ESA’s Ariane 5 Rocket Launch Live!

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Boeing Delays Launch Of Its New Manned Spacecraft To 2018

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Well have to put the new era of spaceflight on hold for just a little bit, because one of the two companies NASA was relying on to start flying astronauts from American soil next year has delayed its first flight to 2018.

Boeing, together with SpaceX, is being heavily funded by NASA (to the tune of $4.2 billion) to begin launching astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS), a capability the U.S. has been without since the Space Shuttle was retired in July 2011. This has left them relying on Russian transportation, the Soyuz spacecraft, s Continue reading Boeing Delays Launch Of Its New Manned Spacecraft To 2018