Wonderful animation explains why the ISS is so amazing

You don’t even have to think that hard to know that the International Space Station is a truly incredible thing that humans have done. Good job us (or people much smarter than us). It’s an amazing feat of engineering, it’s an example of what can be done when different countries work together with one goal, and it taps… »9/29/15 9:00pm9/29/15 9:00pm

The First Permanent Astronaut Aboard the ISS Could Be a Robot

Humans only live aboard the International Space Station for a few months, maybe a year. Robots, on the other hand, don’t need food or water or comfort, and can work on the station for as long as need be. Useful! And they’ll be even more useful with a new method of memory storage that can store years of information.… »9/13/15 9:30pm9/13/15 9:30pm

This Is Just Too Much: Lightning Illuminates the ISS With the Milky Way As a Backdrop

What could be more majestic than seeing a flash of lightning on Earth reflecting on the solar panels of the International Space Station, soaring at 17,150 miles per hour 250 miles above us? How about all of that, with the expanse of the Milky Way twinkling in the background. I can’t imagine a view better that this… »9/05/15 2:00am9/05/15 2:00am

An Astronaut On the ISS Will Control a New Type of Haptic Rover Here On Earth

This has been a year of haptics: From the widespread use of it in consumer electronics through the Apple Watch, to the boom in development of touchable interfaces. Soon, an astronaut aboard the ISS will attempt a major haptic experiment—by controlling a super-precise robot here on Earth using force feedback from… »9/04/15 6:00am9/04/15 6:00am

A Successful Launch Means it's About to Get Crowded on the Space Station

The latest trio of astronauts are safely space-bound after an early morning launch out of Kazakhstan. Soyuz will take the scenic route to meet the International Space Station, which is in a higher-than-usual orbit after avoiding space junk. After docking, the station’s crew will temporarily grow to nine astronauts. »9/02/15 1:01am9/02/15 1:01am

White Stork Delivers Metal-Levitating Furnace, Backup Toilet, and Whiskey to Space Station

Astronauts on the International Space Station are resupplied with the safe arrival of JAXA’s HTV-5 “White Stork” cargo tug. The spacecraft delivered a metal-levitating furnace, a high-energy radiation observatory, whiskey, extra food, and experimental materials to the space station on Monday morning. »8/25/15 8:00am8/25/15 8:00am

Dammit, Congress: Just Buy NASA its Own Space Taxi, Already

Ever since the shuttle program ended, NASA has been paying Russia to ferry U.S. astronauts to the International Space Station. But the price-per-seat aboard Russia’s spacecraft has gotten ridiculous. The solution is clear and cost-effective: The US needs its own space taxis. So why won’t Congress pay for it? »8/21/15 11:15am8/21/15 11:15am