Posts tagged with ‘iss

The ISS is getting a 3D printer for printing all kinds of plastic space stuff

With the next batch of astronauts going up to the ISS will also go the space station’s first espresso machine, but the space lounge in the sky is also getting another, cooler, more useful piece of technology— a 3D printer. As you can imagine, if you can get 3D printing working well in microgravity, it makes space station maintenance and upgrading far easier and cheaper. Some doo-dad that breaks and astronauts have to make do until a replacement part can be hand delivered from Earth? Or you could just print a replacement. 

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Italy’s first female astronaut is coming to the ISS and she’s bringing a space espresso machine awwwwww yeah

As new people come and go, as different nations send astronauts back and forth to the International Space Station, the interior of the space lounge changes little by little. And when Italy sends a woman into space for the first time in November, she’ll be bringing a super badass espresso machine specially built to offer space explorers the finest in hot caffeinated refreshment.

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Soccer in space looks pretty amazing. Instead of Qatar, we should hold the next World Cup in space.

United States astronauts Reid Wiseman, Steve Swanson and German astronaut Alexander Gerst show off their ‘futbol’ moves in microgravity.

Astronaut Reid Wiseman creates the first Vine in outer space

It’s a single orbit condensed into 60 seconds, showing what a “sunset” looks like from the ISS. 

Russia may abandon the ISS by 2020 over this whole little Ukraine situation

Russia’s aggression towards Ukraine and rumors that they might be stirring the pot in other former Soviet republics such as Moldova and Azerbaijan isn’t just bad for international politics, it’s also bad for space exploration. After being a leader in international space cooperation and research aboard the International Space Station, this week, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin announced it would no longer cooperate with the US on the ISS past 2020. Yay for peace.

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Russian astronauts have managed to infect the ISS with the Stuxnet virus. Skynet can’t be far behind.

See what happens when America and Russia are friends and are hanging out in space together? The Russians and their shitty software have apparently managed to accidentally infect the International Space Station with the Stuxnet virus. Oh, and before that, they got it all up in a nuclear power plant as well. Dammit Russia, stop using all that shitty torrented software.

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Coolest astronaut mom ever makes a stuffed dinosaur toy for her son while in space

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.

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Watch the little Japanese robot Kirobo utter its first words in space

Inspired by Astro Boy, Kirobo is the first companion “toy” robot on the International Space Station, brought into orbit by JAXA astronaut Koichi Wakata.

Japanese astronaut will be bringing a small talking robot into space. Don’t let it operate the pod bay doors.

When astronaut Koichi Wakada heads up to the International Space Station in August, he’ll have with him a little friend— a 13 inch tall robot named Kirobo. The robot will be able to carry on conversations with the astronauts on board to a certain extent. Or it, may gain self-awareness, realize the hopelessness of its predicament and murder everyone on board. Flip a coin.

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Morning music: Astronaut Chris Hadfield sings David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” while in outer space


ISS astronauts return to Earth, greeted by traditional Kazakh folk characters

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.

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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.

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