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Astronauts' year-long mission will test limits

Miami - Two men are about to spend a year at the orbiting International Space Station, in an experiment that will test the limits of the human body and mind.

Astronauts figure out how to clean the ISS

Houston - Cleaning and controlling debris on a space station is tricky work. Microgravity can turn gasses, dust, fluids and sharp objects into a floating hazard. A science team have come up with a solution.

Video: Three-man ISS crew returns safely to terra firma

The Expedition 36 crew members, comprising two Russian Cosmonauts and one NASA astronaut returned safely to Earth on Wednesday after 166 days in space, on board a Russian Soyuz spacecraft.

China sends 3 astronauts into space

In what has been China's fifth, longest manned launch into outer space, three astronauts have been sent to the Tiangong-1 Chinese space 'station', to transport materials to the lab, as well as enhance docking and manned space operations.

Video: Astronauts play music in the 'International Song Station'

The latest musical endeavor from the International Space Station is the "International Song Station." Astronauts on the ISS have been teaming up with musicians back down on Earth to make some cosmic tunes.

Toothbrush key tool in repairs at International Space Station

Recently, astronauts encountered a problem at the International Space Station when they needed to fix a problem with an electrical unit that needed replacing. Using resourcefulness, they were able to make the necessary fix using an ordinary toothbrush.

Canadian astronaut searching for life in caves

Using the same safety protocols as those of spacewalks, a multicultural team of six astronauts is set to begin a search for life deep underground rather than in space.

Want to know what space smells like?

Have you ever wondered what it smells like out in space? Now NASA has hired a scent chemist to try to reproduce the odour.

Video: Shenzhou-9 successfully docks with Tiangong-1

In China's first manned space flight, the three astronauts on Shenzhou-9 have successfully docked with the Tiangong-1 module and are settling into their new home-from-home.

Zero-gravity fun on the ISS prior to returning home (video)

Before returning home after six months aboard the International Space Station, the astronauts had a little fun with zero-gravity.

Discovery arrives at Air & Space Museum's Udvar-Hazy Center Special

Chantilly - Today Space Shuttle Discovery completed its final voyage as it now embarks upon its next mission. This morning the space shuttle arrived at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum in Chantilly, Va.

Video: Astronaut builds LEGO model of space station in space

A Japanese astronaut Satoshi Furukawa, built a LEGO replica of the orbiting International Space Station (ISS) while living aboard the real-life station in space.

As the shuttle era ends, astronauts ponder their fate

The Shuttle Atlantis roars back to earth this Thursday marking the end of the U.S. Space Missions, a casualty of budget cuts. Now, what's to happen to the generation of people who trained long and hard to be astronauts?

Boldly go to Mars on a one way ticket

It’s always cheaper to fly one way, even to Mars. But are scientists proposing a suicide mission? An article in the latest issue of the Journal of Cosmology finds out.

End of the world: Canadian, U.S. astronauts warn of 'the big one'

Montreal - Astronauts from Canada and the United States are urging governments to get ready for an asteroid that could potentially end civilization as we know it. Ignoring it, says astronauts, would be "foolish" and "ignorant."

Study: Mission to Mars would result in muscle loss for astronauts

Milwaukee - A new study recently released suggests that a 10-month mission to Mars would result in astronauts losing half of their muscle strength and upon arrival to the red planet, the astronauts could have the strength of an 80-year-old.

Astronauts finish last spacewalk

Astronauts aboard the Discovery space shuttle have now finished their final spacewalk. Three walks were carried out to complete some installation work on the International Space Station.

Chinese astronaut wannabes can't have bad body odour, cavities

In addition to all the rigorous physical requirements and demands placed on those entering China’s space program, those wannabes with bad breath, body odor or runny noses have been banned from training. Read on, but hold that sneeze.

Astronauts on board Endeavour begin spacewalks

Astronauts today started the first spacewalk of five which are set to be carried out by members of crew on board Endeavour. The shuttle featured heavily in the news recently after it's launch was delayed a number of times.

Space Travel Takes its Toll on Human Appearance

Scientists now claim that traveling in space for many years will adversely affect human appearance because travelers will not be required to exert any effort to either move or keep warm. Read on for balder, shorter and chubbier details.

Astronauts Watch Star Trek Movie From Space

NASA officials fulfilled the wishes of a Star Trek fan who didn’t want to miss the premiere because of his space journey. They beamed the movie to the International Space Station. Three astronauts enjoyed the special preview of the movie at the station.

Astronauts Make Repairs on Hubble Telescope

The Shuttle Atlantis and its crew of astronauts have ended the first day of their mission in space, repairing and adjusting gears to insure that the Hubble Space Telescope can make higher resolution photographs.

NASA Astronauts Vote From Space

It's time for everyone in the U.S. to vote; there are no excuses, not even if you're in space, says NASA astronauts. U.S. astronauts voted from the International Space Station, sending their ballots back electronically to election officials.

NASA Astronauts: 'Space smells like fried steak and hot metal'

NASA astronauts claim that outer space smells like fried steak, hot metal and a welded motorbike. NASA wants chemists to recreate that smell in labs so astronauts can get acclimatized to space.

Astronauts attach space station addition

Astronauts attached a bus sized compartment to the International Space Station Friday. Two spacewalkers attached this compartment without any major problems, which will be used as a live in quarters for the current and future crew members.

Report: NASA Astronauts Didn’t Booze It Up Before Space Missions

A recently released NASA report debunks claims that astronauts are hitting the bottle before they launch into space. But the report still recommends tabling a code of conduct to avoid any health problems in the future.

Court holds hearing in NASA love triangle case

Washington - A former NASA astronaut charged over an alleged attack on a romantic rival for another astronaut's affections appeared in court Friday for a pre-trial hearing, in which her lawyer asked much of the evidence against her to be thrown out.

One Step for Space Fashion, One Giant Leap for Astronaut Safety

A U.S. research team recently introduced a prototype spacesuit that resembles a wetsuit, but it's tough enough to handle an atmosphere like Mars. The BioSuit could one day replace the clunky outfit worn by today’s astronauts.

Astronauts Flew While Drunk: Report

Today, Nasa will release what has been dubbed a "shocking report" claiming two of its astronauts flew while intoxicated and managers just turned their heads, doing nothing about it.

Panel Finds Astronauts Flew While Intoxicated

You should not drink and fly to space. After the Lisa Nowak arrest. a review found that they were allowed to fly after flight surgeons and others warned they were so intoxicated that they posed a flight-safety risk.
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