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Astronaut News

Astronaut launches 'space meal' contest

British Astronaut Tim Peake has launched a competition for a 'space meal.' Major Peake has asked schoolchildren to create the ideal meal for him to eat in space.

White Lies astronaut cover wins Best Art Vinyl Award for 2013

London - An oil painting of an astronaut featured on the cover of White Lies' album "Big TV" has won an award for 2013's best album artwork.

Remembering a legendary astronaut — Scott Carpenter

Scott Carpenter, a prominent space pioneer and the second American to orbit Earth, passed away Thursday at the age of 88 after having suffered complications following a recent stroke.

Perfect NASA job: $18,000 for doing nothing during 70 days

Houston - It seems the ideal job for "couch potatoes". NASA announced this week that is looking for people who can lay down doing nothing for 70 days as part of a study that will test the physical conditions that astronauts encounter while traveling in space.

Review: Gravity's survival story will leave you breathless Special

Toronto - "I got a bad feeling about this mission," says George Clooney's astronaut character in one of the more foreboding lines in the upcoming film Gravity. Thanks to skilled direction and awe-inspiring visuals, this lost-in-space story surpasses expectations.

NASA designates panel for failed spacewalk investigation

London - The latest spacewalk for ISS maintenance is forced to end quickly after astronaut almost drowns to death due to excessive water formed inside his helmet.

Hamburger flies into space

Five students from Harvard sent a hamburger into space in what they call "Operation Skyfall". A camera attached filmed its space mission.

Radiation risk from Mars could pose a problem for astronauts

An instrument aboard the spaceship that carried Curiosity to Mars has found that deep space travelers would face worrying levels of radiation.

Latest astronaut trio returns home from the ISS (video)

After a delay of 1 day due to bad weather, a Soyuz capsule has now safely landed in northeast Kazakhstan, bringing home 2 Russian cosmonauts and 1 American astronaut from their 5 month stint on the ISS. The next trip is planned to arrive in record time.

Interview with Canada's first astronaut Marc Garneau Special

Ottawa - Dr. Marc Garneau stepped into history as Canada's first astronaut. In 2013 he entered the race for leader of Canada's Liberal Party in an ultimate quest to serve as chief executive: The Prime Minister of Canada.

NASA Astronaut competes in triathlon, while still aboard ISS

NASA Astronaut Sunita “Suni” Williams competed in the Malibu triathlon while still being on board and commanding the International Space Station, becoming the first person to complete a "spaceathlon".

Astronaut Neil Armstrong, first man on the Moon, is dead at 82

Former U.S. astronaut, Neil Armstrong, the first man on the Moon, has died at the age of 82, Reuters is reporting on Saturday.

First moonwalker Neil Armstrong undergoes heart bypass surgery

Cincinnati - Neil Armstrong, who turned 82 on Sunday, has undergone heart surgery to relieve four blocked coronary arteries. He is doing great, according to his wife.

First American woman in space dies of pancreatic cancer

Sally Ride, who became the first American woman astronaut to go into space, has died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 61.

What does it take to be China's first woman in space?

She's in top physical shape. She's a skilled fighter pilot. If these traits seem important for China's first female astronaut to have before launching into space this Saturday, so is this: No body odor.

What does it take to be China's first woman in space?

She's in top physical shape. She's a skilled fighter pilot. If these traits seem important for China's first female astronaut to have before launching into space this Saturday, so is this: No body odor.

Astronaut Jerry Ross retires after three decades with NASA

Houston - NASA astronaut Jerry Ross, the first person to fly into space seven times, has retired from a career spanning over 30 years.

Apollo 14 astronaut gives up claim to moon camera

Miami - The sixth man to walk on the moon Edgar Mitchell, has agreed to relinquished claim of ownership of a "moon camera" he was keeping as souvenir of his 1971 moon mission. He took the decision to avoid a federal lawsuit contesting ownership.

Buzz Aldrin, second man to walk on the Moon, leaps again for love

Los Angeles - He took a giant step for man. Now, at 81, former astronaut Buzz Aldrin is exploring the dating atmosphere with a woman 30 years his junior. He's divorcing his third wife of 23 years, a woman who is branding her competition a predator.

Gabrielle Giffords to write memoir, Mark Kelly retires from NASA

Houston - Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, Astronaut and Shuttle Commander Captain Mark Kelly, have made two major announcements this week, including a memoir the pair are working on and Kelly's retirement from NASA and the United States Navy.

Rep. Giffords' husband Mark Kelly to rejoin Endeavour space crew

Astronaut Mark Kelly, whose wife Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is currently undergoing rehab after being shot in the head, is going back to space in April following the announcement by Endeavour's space shuttle commander Friday.

Soyuz back from International Space Station lands in Kazakhstan

Arkalyk - A Russian cosmonaut and two NASA astronauts came safely back to Earth from the International Space Station (ISS) in a Soyuz capsule Friday, Russian Mission Control said.

Man pleads guilty to stealing Astronaut's flight suit

Houston - A Texas man charged with stealing a NASA flight suit once worn by United States astronaut Sally Ride as she trained to be the first woman in space, plus thousands of dollars worth of other NASA equipment, pleaded guilty to the crime last week.

Magic in Space - First Card Trick in Space with Astronaut Ed Lu

In 2003, physicist and astronaut Ed Lu and world-renowned magician James Randi performed what is believed to be the first card trick ever performed in space. The recording of this event can now be seen on YouTube.

Astronauts 'disappointed' with cancellation of moon plans

Former NASA astronauts who travelled to the moon have voiced their dismay over president obama´s plans to cancel future plans to go to the moon.

Canadian Robert Thirsk returns from International Space Station

Canadian astronaut Robert Thirsk is returning to Canada Tuesday after a six-month mission at the International Space Station.

Canadian astronaut prepares for Space Voyage

The first Canadian to spend six months at the International Space Station, Dr Robert Thirsk is preparing for his blast-off aboard a Soyuz rocket this May-end from Baïkonur, Kazakhstan.

Columbia Astronaut's Diary to go on Display in Jerusalem

The remains of a Columbia astronaut's diary has been restored and two pages of the book are going on display in Jerusalem this weekend.

Nukes not the best option to stop asteroids, says Apollo astronaut

Apollo 9 legend Rusty Schweickart slammed NASA's plan to stop earth bound asteroids out of space with nuclear weapons saying that nukes is not the best option to deal with the threat.

So, You Want to be an Astronaut?

The European Space Agency (ESA) is recruiting. It is inviting applications from citizens of ESA member states, starting Monday May 19 for four weeks. Successful applicants will be boldly going to the International Space Station, the Moon and beyond.
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NASA astronaut Andrew Feustel, STS-134 mission specialist, participates in the mission's second spacewalk.
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During the STS-131 mission s first spacewalk  which lasted about 6.5 hours  NASA astronaut Rick Mast...
During the STS-131 mission's first spacewalk, which lasted about 6.5 hours, NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio helped move a new 1,700-pound ammonia tank from space shuttle Discovery's cargo bay to a temporary parking place on the station, retrieved an experiment from the Japanese Kibo Laboratory exposed facility and replaced a Rate Gyro Assembly on one of the truss segments.
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An astronaut takes a "selfie" in space. Oxford Dictionaries' word of 2013 was "selfie"
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The Soyuz TMA-19 spacecraft with Expedition 25 Commander Doug Wheelock and Flight Engineers Shannon ...
The Soyuz TMA-19 spacecraft with Expedition 25 Commander Doug Wheelock and Flight Engineers Shannon Walker and Fyodor Yurchikhin touches down near the town of Arkalyk, Kazakhstan on Friday, Nov. 26, 2010
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Astronaut and engineer Jose Hernandez will be one of the science lecturers at the "Mex I AM" festival.
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STS-108 Commander Dominic L. Gorie and Pilot Mark Kelly  in their stations during rendezvous operati...
STS-108 Commander Dominic L. Gorie and Pilot Mark Kelly, in their stations during rendezvous operations with the International Space Station
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Former Canadian astronaut Marc Garneau
Former Canadian astronaut Marc Garneau
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Yi So-yeon had previously spoken about how grateful she was over being an astronaut but some signs w...
Yi So-yeon had previously spoken about how grateful she was over being an astronaut but some signs were there.
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Former Canadian astronaut Marc Garneau
Former Canadian astronaut Marc Garneau
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Astronauts Doug Wheelock, Shannon Walker and Cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin have returned home from the International Space Station, landing at 11:46 p.m. EST Thursday night in Kazakhstan.
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Suni Williams competes in the Malibu Triathlon while aboard ISS
Suni Williams competes in the Malibu Triathlon while aboard ISS
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