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Tag: International Space Station

Spacex, NASA Send Four Astronauts To International Space Station In Milestone Commercial Flight

Washington: SpaceX launched four astronauts to the International Space Station on the first full-fledged taxi flight for NASA by privately owned spacecraft. The Falcon rocket on Sunday thundered into the night from Kennedy Space Center with three Americans and one Japanese, the second crew to be launched by SpaceX. The Crew Dragon lifted off atop […]

SpaceX Crew Dragon Flight To Fly 4 Astronauts To International Space Station

Washington: The second operational SpaceX Crew Dragon flight to the International Space Station, Crew-2, will have four astronauts on board, NASA has said. NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur will serve as spacecraft commander and pilot, respectively, for the mission, the US space agency said on Tuesday. Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Akihiko […]

NASA, SpaceX Reassess Weather Conditions As Get Ready For 2nd Attempt

Washington: NASA and SpaceX will reassess weather conditions before they make another attempt to send two astronauts to the International Space Station onboard a historic flight on Saturday. The first attempt to launch the “Crew Demo-2” mission on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida was […]

Dragon Spacecraft Delivers Cargo To ISS

Washington: A Dragon cargo spacecraft belonging to private space services company SpaceX delivered its payload to the International Space Station (ISS), providing the crew with 2,587 kilos of supplies, including materials, such as mice, worms and a robot, for scientific research. ISS commander Luca Parmitano, of Italy, and other astronauts used a large robotic arm […]

NASA astronauts conduct first all-women space walk

Washington: NASA astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir ventured out of the International Space Station on Friday for the first all-women space walk to replace a failed power controller, also known as a battery charge-discharge unit (BCDU). Koch and Meir ventured out into the vacuum of space at 7.38 a.m. EDT (5.08 p.m. India time) […]

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1st all-woman spacewalk set to take place this week

Washington: The first all-woman spacewalk is set to take place this week itself as NASA astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir are scheduled to venture outside the International Space Station (ISS) on October 17 or October 18. The spacewalk will last approximately six and a half hours, according to NASA. “@Space_Station update: our first all-female […]

First UAE Astronaut Enters ISS

Dubai: Hazzaa AlMansoori has become the first astronaut from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to enter the International Space Station (ISS) after the Soyuz spacecraft carrying him and two others successfully docked at the ISS. AlMansoori, 35, headed to space with Russian commander Oleg Skripochka and Nasa astronaut Jessica Meir on Wednesday onboard a Soyuz […]

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ISS infested with bacteria like gym on Earth: NASA

Washington: A team of NASA researchers, including an Indian-origin scientist has found the surface inside the International Space Station (ISS) is littered with microbes just like in a gym or office on Earth — threatening astronauts’ health at the orbiting laboratory. The knowledge of the composition of the microbial and fungal communities on the ISS can […]

Russia launches cargo ship to space station

Moscow: Russia on Thursday successfully launched a Progress MS-11 unpiloted cargo resupply spacecraft to the International Space Station (ISS), the Russian state space corporation Roscosmos said in a statement. The launch of the spacecraft by the Soyuz-2.1a carrier rocket was carried out at 14.01 Moscow time (1101 GMT). The spacecraft, scheduled to dock with the […]

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SpaceX's Crew Dragon docks with ISS

Washington: The Elon Musk-owned SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule docked with the International Space Station (ISS) on Sunday on its debut unmanned flight. After making 18 orbits of Earth since its launch, the spacecraft attached to the ISS via “soft capture” at 5:51 a.m. EST (10:51 GMT), Xinhua news agency reported. Flight computers guided the spacecraft […]

NASA replaces astronaut for 1st Boeing mission to ISS

Washington: The US space agency has replaced one of the astronauts assigned to fly on the first crewed test launch of a first-time Boeing capsule to take passengers to the International Space Station (ISS). NASA announced late Tuesday that astronaut Eric Boe will no longer fly on the mission owing to unspecified “medical reasons.” NASA […]

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After lettuce, astronauts could grow beans in space in 2021

London: After cultivating lettuce in space three years ago, crew members aboard the International Space Station could be growing beans in 2021, new research suggests. The beans could be planted in high-tech planters developed at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). The planters can regulate all the water, nutrients, gas and air the […]

Spacewalk: Russian cosmonauts to check hole in Soyuz docked to ISS

Washington: Two Russian cosmonauts will go for a six-hour-long spacewalk on Tuesday to check a hole in the external hull of the Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft currently docked to the International Space Station (ISS). Oleg Kononenko and Sergey Prokopyev of Russian space agency Roscosmos are scheduled to begin their spacewalk at 11 am EST, NASA said. […]

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3 astronauts set to launch to space station on Monday

Washington: Three space travellers, including two astronauts on their first flight, are scheduled to launch to the International Space Station (ISS) on Monday for a six-and-a-half month mission, NASA said. The launch comes less than two months after a booster failure forced a Soyuz spacecraft carrying Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin and US astronaut Nick Hague […]

NASA to send organs-on-chips to space

Washington: NASA is planning to send small devices containing human cells in a 3D matrix — known as tissue chips or organs-on-chips — to the International Space Station (ISS) to test how they respond to stress, drugs and genetic changes. Made of flexible plastic, tissue chips have ports and channels to provide nutrients and oxygen […]

First manned SpaceX mission set for June 2019, Boeing mission in August: NASA

Washington: The first human spaceflight aboard a SpaceX rocket to the International Space Station (ISS) is expected to take place in June 2019, while a flight on a Boeing spacecraft is set to follow in August 2019, NASA said. It is the first crewed mission by the US since the retirement of the space shuttle […]

NASA working for better cancer treatments in space: Report

Washington: Astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) are conducting a blood cell experiment which may improve treatments for cancer, the media reported. In a new video published by the US space agency as part of the AngieX Cancer Therapy study, the team led by NASA astronaut Serena Aunon-Chancellor were shown examining endothelial cells that […]

Tupperware containers to help NASA astronauts eat fresh food

Washington: Tupperware, a household name when it comes to keeping food fresh, is now helping NASA improve astronauts’ diet with its airtight plastic containers at the International Space Station (ISS). Since 2015, NASA astronauts have supplemented their space diet with fresh greens grown in the Vegetable Production System known as “Veggie” on the ISS. One […]

NASA postpones second spacewalk to mid-February

Washington:  NASA has postponed the second planned spacewalk at the International Space Station (ISS) scheduled for this week to mid-February, after developing a software patch for a glitch that two astronauts had expected to fix during the first spacewalk. Astronauts Mark Vande Hei from NASA and Norishige Kanai of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency — crew […]

Soyuz capsule carrying 3 astronauts blasts off for ISS

Washington: A Russian Soyuz spacecraft carrying a team of three astronauts from the US, Russia and Japan blasted off for the International Space Station (ISS) on Sunday from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The capsule with the three crew members — NASA’s Scott Tingle, Anton Shkaplerov of the Russian space agency Roscosmos and Norishige Kanai […]

NASA looks at Artificial Intelligence to communicate with space

Washington: As collection of space data increases, NASA is exploring the infusion of Artificial Intelligence (AI) into space communications networks to meet demand and increase efficiency. Software-defined radios like cognitive radio use AI to employ underutilised portions of the electromagnetic spectrum without human intervention. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) permits a cognitive radio to use […]

Microbes found on ISS resembles homes on Earth: Study

Washington: The International Space Station (ISS) has a ‘very diverse’ community of microbes that more closely resembled that of homes than of humans, researchers said on Tuesday. The conclusion is of a citizen science project called Project MERCCURI that analysed bacteria found on 15 locations on the ISS and compared them with samples from homes […]

NASA to launch E. Coli into orbit to study antibiotic resistance

Washington: To study microgravity’s effect on bacterial antibiotic resistance, scientists are set to send E. coli, a common bacterial pathogen linked to urinary tract infections and foodborne illnesses, to the International Space Station (ISS). The E. coli AntiMicrobial Satellite (EcAMSat) mission is scheduled to launch to the ISS on Orbital ATK’s Cygnus cargo spacecraft on […]

SpaceX launches Chinese experiment, supplies to ISS

Washington: US space firm SpaceX on Saturday launched supplies to the International Space Station (ISS), including an experiment from a Chinese university that will test the effects of space environments on DNA. The SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft lifted off on the company’s Falcon 9 rocket from the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida, Xinhua reported. About […]

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NASA astronauts gear up for emergency spacewalk on Tuesday

Washington: Two astronauts aboard the International Space Station will conduct an emergency spacewalk on Tuesday to replace a failed data relay box which is part of a system to control key station hardware, NASA has said. Tuesday’s spacewalk, which expected to begin around 8 a.m. EDT and last for about two hours, will be conducted […]