Day and Night

The International Space Station was again the stage for novel European science and routine operations during the first half of August. Plenty of action in the form of bubbles and sounds added to the mix in the run-up to a spacewalk and the comings and goings of visiting vehicles.

ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano installed the Multiscale Boiling experiment, known …

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Elon Musk's Official SpaceX Spacesuit

Earlier today, Elon Musk released the first image of the official SpaceX Spacesuit on Instagram. Here’s What he said:

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First picture of SpaceX spacesuit. More in days to follow. Worth noting that this actually works (not a mockup). Already tested to double vacuum pressure. Was incredibly hard to balance esthetics and function. Easy to do either separately.
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Deep Space Habitat Concept

NASA has selected six U.S. companies to help advance the Journey to Mars by developing ground prototypes and concepts for deep space habitats.

Through the public-private partnerships enabled by the Next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnerships-2 (NextSTEP-2) Broad Agency Announcement, Appendix A, NASA and industry partners will expand commercial development of space in low-Earth orbit while also improving deep space …

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ISS Solar Panels

Sunrise strikes the solar panels that power the International Space Station, caught by ESA astronaut Tim Peake on 31 December 2015.

Follow Tim and his time in space via timpeake.esa.int.

Image credit: ESA/NASA…

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André Schiele and rover

ESA’s head of telerobotics, André Schiele, introduces journalists to the rover that astronaut Andreas Mogensen is scheduled to operate from orbit next week.

This is the Interact Centaur rover that Andreas, launched into orbit on Wednesday, will be controlling from the International Space Station. He will drive it into position and then perform a task requiring submillimetre precision.

The test, …

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Commercial Space Flight Astronauts

NASA has selected four astronauts to train and prepare for commercial spaceflights that will return American launches to U.S. soil and further open up low-Earth orbit transportation to the private sector. The selections are the latest major milestone in the Obama Administration’s plan to partner with U.S. industry to transport astronauts to space, create good-paying American jobs and end the …

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ESA IXV

Here’s a replay of the press conference at the Paris Air Show on the first results from ESA’s Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle (IXV). After a perfect mission on 11 February 2015, IXV travelled from the splashdown site in the Pacific Ocean just west of the Galapagos islands, to Le Bourget. In the five months since the mission, the initial analysis has …

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After more than six months of performing scientific research and technology demonstrations in space, three International Space Station crew members are scheduled to depart the orbiting laboratory Thursday, June 11. NASA Television will provide coverage of their station departure and return to Earth.

Coverage begins at 10:40 a.m. EDT Wednesday, June 10, when Expedition 43 Commander Terry Virts of NASA …

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ESA’s fifth and last Automated Transfer Vehicle tested a new technique before docking with the International Space Station in August, at the same time revealing the orbital complex in a new light.

ATV Georges Lemaître demonstrated a set of European sensors that offers future improvements on the autonomous rendezvous and docking that these ferries have completed five times since 2008. …

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Actor John Barrowman (somewhat cringeworthy at the end of the vid!) would like to introduce you to NASA’s new spacecraft.…

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