The actual docking (spaceship sex) happened at around 930am EST this morning, but the UStream live feed is up, so you can see the Dragon capsule snugly attached to side of the ISS with the video link below. This is history being made, even if it looks kind of boring. Okay, so little is boring in space, but there isn’t much going on from the outside.
This incredible photo was snapped from the International Space Station last week when the European Space Agency’s Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) Eduardo Amaldi docked with the orbiting outpost. The ATV can be seen in the background, with its four solar panels extended and illuminated by the spacecraft’s thrusters. Below, the eerie glow of the Earth’s atmosphere and smeared city lights provide an astounding backdrop.
“Bow down, mortal meatbags”
Until this morning, NASA’s Robonaut 2 space station robot has been safely packed away in his crate. This morning, they awoke the machine for initial bootup and testing before they put him to sleep again.
‘Apogee of Fear’ is the first horror movie shot in space, but NASA isn’t sure if they want to release it
In 2008, British game developer Richard Garriott went to space as a space tourist, and with him, he brought a video camera to document his unique vacation. While he was on the International Space Station, he shot a short horror film called “Apogee of Fear” starring two American astronauts and a Russian cosmonaut. Because fuck, he paid $30 mil to get there, why not?
One of the problems of relying on a single country for transportation back and forth to the International Space Station is that if that one country is having technical difficulties, you’re sort of up shit creek without a paddle. Or a rocket. Such is the case right now, with the failure of Russia’s unmanned supply rocket that was supposed to go to the ISS. Now they’ve got to figure out what went wrong, and the clock is ticking for the astronauts aboard the station.
Just because we don’t have a space shuttle anymore doesn’t mean that the human appetite for space travel is quelled in the least. Now begins the era of private commercial space flight, and SpaceX is spearheading that frontier. This November, SpaceX will be sending a test pod full of cargo to the ISS and bringing back home again.