Right now, the jump-off point for all astronauts headed to the ISS is Kazakhstan, where the Soviet Union built their rocket launching site. Kazakhstan, though it was once part of the USSR, is quite different from Moscow. And when the astronauts of ISS Expedition 34 landed, they were greeted by women in traditional Kazakh dress. Because… Kazakhstan.
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.
Astronaut Chris Hadfield, who may I remind you, is the first astronaut to record a song in outer space also used his recording equipment to capture the ambient sounds that are always going on inside the ISS. It’s very loud, and it’s one reason that sleep deprivation is such a problem up there… you’re pretty much living inside a small tin can of an engine that’s keeping you alive, and all that machinery isn’t quiet.
This Christmas song, “Jewel in the Night” was written and performed by astronaut Chris Hadfield and recorded in outer space aboard the ISS on December 23rd. SPACE MUSIC.
The view is always better from up in orbit. All day today, watch the ISS live stream on USTREAM in which you can see the earth calmly passing by below the International Space Station, not ending, if you haven’t noticed.
There’s already been one humanoid robot deployed to the International Space Station, but it’s goal has been research. When Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata arrives in 2016, he’ll be bringing along a small robot not as much as a helper but as a little robot friend.
Data about where the International Space Station is at any given point is not a secret, but now NASA has a new, easy way to let you know when you can catch a glimpse of the space station just as it’s about to pass over your location.
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.
While I’m sure being on the International Space Station is incredibly awesome, until now it was sorely lacking a fish tank. But this fish tank isn’t just for amusement and relaxation. It’s serious science to measure the effects of marine animals in microgravity. FISH IN SPACE.