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Astronauts fix the International Space Station with a toothbrush

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.

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The ISS gets its own aquarium. All it needs now is a lava lamp.

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.

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A short film about Robbie, NASA’s International Space Station robot butler

Robbie is a brilliant short film from Australia’s Neil Harvey. Created entirely of NASA archival footage, Harvey, through editing and the writing of Robbie’s monologue, constructs a touching, powerfully elegiac narrative around his robot main character, one which, in true sci-fi fashion, transverse boundaries of human nature, and vast amounts of time.

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ISS astronaut, upon seeing the inside of the SpaceX Dragon capsule says “it looks like sci-fi”
André Kuipers, a Dutch physician and astronaut with the European Space Agency, was on board the ISS when the SpaceX Dragon vehicle berthed. He took this photograph, and wrote, Inside of the Dragon module. Beautiful. Spacious, Modern. Blue LEDs. Feels a bit like a sci-fi filmset. Of course it is from Los Angeles.  He wrote more about the historic space milestone here, on his blog. Last Friday was a special day on my mission. Don and I docked the SpaceX’s cargoship Dragon to the Space Station. Dragon brings new equipment for the crew. On the 31st of May it will return to Earth with supplies from the others and myself. The Dragon mission is the operational highlight of my mission. But it is also a milestone for international spaceflight. This is the first time that a commercial spacecraft has flown to the ISS and docked with the Station. You could say a new era of spaceflight has begun. Soon private companies will take people to and from space.
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ISS astronaut, upon seeing the inside of the SpaceX Dragon capsule says “it looks like sci-fi”

André Kuipers, a Dutch physician and astronaut with the European Space Agency, was on board the ISS when the SpaceX Dragon vehicle berthed. He took this photograph, and wrote,

Inside of the Dragon module. Beautiful. Spacious, Modern. Blue LEDs. Feels a bit like a sci-fi filmset. Of course it is from Los Angeles.

He wrote more about the historic space milestone here, on his blog.

Last Friday was a special day on my mission. Don and I docked the SpaceX’s cargoship Dragon to the Space Station. Dragon brings new equipment for the crew. On the 31st of May it will return to Earth with supplies from the others and myself. The Dragon mission is the operational highlight of my mission. But it is also a milestone for international spaceflight. This is the first time that a commercial spacecraft has flown to the ISS and docked with the Station. You could say a new era of spaceflight has begun. Soon private companies will take people to and from space.

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The SpaceX Dragon capsule is now attached to the ISS, watch it live

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.

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Amazing photo of a robotic resupply ship docking with the ISS

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.

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Saturday moment of zen: The stars as viewed from the International Space Station

Timelapse videos depicting the stars from low earth orbit, as viewed from the International Space Station. Images edited using Adobe Lightroom with some cropping to make the stars the focal point of each shot, and with manipulation of the contrast to bring out the stars a bit more.

Astronaut builds a Lego International Space Station while aboard the real International Space Station

International Space Station astronaut Satoshi Furukawa constructed a two-foot long Lego model of the International Space Station inside the actual ISS. The process took about two hours, and the Lego ISS had to be assembled inside a sealed glovebox, so no pieces would get loose and become jammed in the station’s equipment or even become a fire hazard.

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NASA switches on its Robot Astronaut for the first time. THE BEAST AWAKENS

"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.

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Moment of zen: Storms over Africa with the Milky Way in the background as seen from the ISS

Not only is this gorgeous, it makes me feel so very tiny in the scope of it all.

'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?

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Comet Lovejoy passes behind Earth for this gorgeous photo op
International Space Station Commander Dan Burbank captured spectacular imagery of Comet Lovejoy as seen from about 240 miles above the Earth’s horizon on Wednesday, Dec. 21.
See Commander Burbank talking about the comet here

Comet Lovejoy passes behind Earth for this gorgeous photo op

International Space Station Commander Dan Burbank captured spectacular imagery of Comet Lovejoy as seen from about 240 miles above the Earth’s horizon on Wednesday, Dec. 21.

See Commander Burbank talking about the comet here

Evening moment of zen: Breathtaking time lapse from the ISS

City, continents, northern lights… Earth is really fucking gorgeous from high above.

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This is what it looks like inside the International Space Station during a reboost

The International Space Station (ISS) occasionally has to boost itself into a higher altitude to counteract the effects of microgravity drag. Recently, the ISS boosted itself about two miles up, and video cameras caught what happened inside to Commander Mike Fossum and Flight Engineers Satoshi Furukawa and Sergei Volkov as the ISS floats away from them with them inside.

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