Your mom may be cool and all, but she’s not ISS astronaut cool. She’s certainly not “make you a stuffed dinosaur toy in space” cool like Karen Nyberg, who made the above dino toy for her son while floating around in near zero g.
If you were hoping to be the first one day to record “Danny Boy” in space, astronaut Chris Hadfield has you beat
Continuing his streak of being one of the most awesome astronauts ever, Canucknaut Chris Hadfield recorded “Danny Boy” on acoustic guitar from the ISS, just for St. Patrick’s Day. Audio is below.
So this entire Twitter conversation happened recently, between Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield and several members of Starfleet. This is absolutely the best thing to happen on Twitter ever.
Getting enough exercise in space, without the benefit of gravitational resistance, is absolutely necessary to prevent muscles from atrophying and bones from becoming weak. Astronauts go through length workout routines to keep their muscles going and their heart healthy, but in the future, they might not rely as much on things like treadmills as much as a special exoskeleton designed for exercise.
When NASA’s Sunita Williams and Japanese astronaut Akihiko Hoshide couldn’t seem to get a bolt attached to the outside of the space station, ground crews came up with a clever solution: Fix the problem with a toothbrush.
Earlier today, former astronaut Sally Ride died at the age of 61 from pancreatic cancer. Ride made history in 1983 when at the age of 32, she became the first American woman in space.