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.
China’s young manned space program takes a new step today, when the country sends its first woman into space. Liu Yang is a highly skilled fighter pilot, described as having a “cool head”. I don’t know, her head looks pretty normal to me. She’s one of a three member team scheduled to lift off aboard the Shenzhou-9, accompanied by Jing Haipeng and Liu Wang.
“Afronauts” by Spanish photographer Cristina De Middel is a fictional photo essay inspired by the true story of Zambian school teacher and eccentric Edward Makuka Nkoloso, who started an unofficial amateur space program in his home country in 1964, during the height of the Space Race.