The shiny blue mosaic of solar cells set against the clean bronzed lines of the solar panel support structure make this photograph of the solar array panels outside the Zarya Functional Cargo Block on the International Space Station into a true piece of art.
The Unity Module is the core of the International Space Station, the hub connecting all the specialized modules into a functional structure. When joined with the Zarya module, the pair turned an isolated module floating in space into a a space station.
It’s proving hard for the Cygnus spacecraft to get off the ground for its return-to-flight! After getting rained out Thursday and shoved around by gusts of wind Friday and Saturday, this is the fourth attempt for the cargo craft to deliver supplies to the space station. Watch live as we count down to the 4:44pm ET…
After getting rained out yesterday, it’s time to start preparing for the next launch window for the Cygnus spacecraft. If it succeeds, this will be the first launch for the cargo tug since the previous one blew up in October 2014. UPDATE: Gusts of wind caused first delays and finally a scrub for the launch attempt…
After a long wait, NASA’s Orbital ATK Cygnus is headed up to the space station today, carting 7,000 pounds of gear along with it. Count down with us and watch the whole thing happen right here. UPDATE 6:25 p.m. EST: The launch has been rescheduled due to weather. The new date is tomorrow, Friday December 4th, at 5:33…
NASA has announced that the International Space Station has suffered a small electrical fault that’s reduced the number of power channels available to the astronauts aboard.
Bagpipes. IN SPACE. And the touching reason why they’re being played.
What happens when you pair a space station with a space shuttle and tuck them in orbit far above our planet? This oddly insectoid monster machine.
Let’s play a quick game of hide-n-seek. In this photo, NASA astronaut Kjell Lindgren is seen working outside the International Space Station during a spacewalk on November 6th. Can you find him among the structure of the ISS?
When the ISS was being designed, they wisely concluded that installing physical interfaces into the structure of the ISS was not a good idea.
Aurora and solar panels seen from the International Space Station are even more beautiful in combination than they are apart.
One minute you’re fooling around in a couple of short-lived space stations that stumble into the atmosphere and burn up, the next you’ve spent a decade and a half with continuous habitation of a major International Space Station. Time flies when you’re outside the gravity well!
Most ghost costumes are half-assed at best: no matter how good your mask and bedsheet might be, ghosts are meant to float. So if you’re really committed to a good costume, you should take it into zero gravity—up on the International Space Station, for example.
Solar arrays are the unsung heroes of the International Space Station, drawing power from the sun to create an oasis of warmth and safety in the vast darkness of space.
Today, Scott Kelly breaks NASA’s record for longest single spaceflight of an American astronaut, surpassing the previous record of 215 days held by Michael Lopez-Alegria. Kelly is currently on a one-year mission, scheduled to return to Earth in March 2016.
We’ve all seen sunsets, but most people never see a sunset like this one, with its last rays filtered through the solar panels of the International Space Station. ISS astronauts, of course, see sunsets like this regularly — several times a day, in fact.
Astronauts on the International Space Station have stepped up the entertainment factor of their fluid dynamics antics. They’ve added food colouring to the already-excellent combination of zero gravity, water droplet, and antacid tablet, creating a sparkly disco ball of pure joy.
This web of lights is one of the most ancient cities in the world, seen from 249 miles above the Earth. Athens, Greece, is the ancient home of Plato and Aristotle, but in this photo taken from the International Space Station, it’s a sprawling modern metropolis.
This was astronaut Scott Kelly’s view from the International Space Station before he went to bed last night. Those primary colors are really quite incredible.
One of the most important research works take place aboard the International Space Station is to find out how astronauts can grow their own food. In August, Expedition 44 astronauts Scott Kelly, Kjell Lindgren, and Kimiya Yui tasted lettuce entirely grown in space, for the first time in history.