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SpaceX to launch supercomputer to Space Station Monday

On Monday, a SpaceX CRS-12 rocket will be launched from Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, headed to the ISS. The payload will include an HP Enterprise (HPE) supercomputer, called the Spaceborne Computer.

Essential Science: Space agencies are looking at space microbes

Moscow - Wherever you find people you find microorganisms and life onboard the International Space Station is no exception. Do these organism behave differently and do any differences pose a threat to astronauts?

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket to launch from historic Apollo-era site

On Sunday afternoon, SpaceX completed a successful static fire test on its Falcon 9 rocket in preparation for a planned cargo launch this Saturday to the International Space Station (ISS).

Astronaut sets record, throws football more than 500,000 yards

Houston - It was “sort of a record” and there are a lot of “buts” associated with it. The ball was thrown by Astronaut Tim Kopra while orbiting the Earth on the ISS and it travelled 564,664 yards. The distance was measured relative to the Earth.

NASA announces first African-American space station crew member

While African-American astronauts have flown on the space shuttle and have visited the ISS on technical or supply missions, none have ever been a member of the crew. NASA announced Jeanette Epps will become the first black ISS crew member next year.

Astronaut Peggy Whitson became oldest woman to walk in space

When she took off for the International Space Station (ISS) in November, Peggy Whitson became the oldest woman to go into space. Yesterday the 56-year-old became the oldest woman to take part in a spacewalk.

Essential Science: Fungi become more pathogenic in space

Deep space missions will carry risks to the health of astronauts and research is underway to examine risk factors like radiation, developing brittle bones and psychological effects. Also included in the mix are infections.

Astronaut’s photo of space flower a global milestone

Scott Kelly isn’t the first astronaut to tweet while in space, and he probably won’t be the last. However, on Monday morning he became the first astronaut to ever tweet a photo of a flower in full bloom grown in space.

A zinnia boldly grows where no zinnia has grown before

Another first in the annals of space travel will go down in the history books, now that U.S. astronaut Scott Kelly has tweeted a picture of a zinnia bloom grown on the International Space Station on January 16.

SpaceX gets new NASA contract to supply space station

Hawthorne - NASA agreed Friday that a private California aerospace company could continue to build an experimental launch vehicle expected eventually to ferry astronauts to the International Space Station.

Watch ISS astronaut play bagpipes to honor deceased scientist

Kjell Lindgren is an American astronaut currently up on the International Space Station. He honored a deceased colleague recently by playing “Amazing Grace” on the bagpipes in zero gravity.

Russian cargo ship brings food to space station, finally

Korolyov - A successful liftoff for a Russian Soyuz rocket on Friday from Kazakhstan was recorded by NASA TV. The mission will deliver a cargo ship loaded with food, water and equipment to the International Space Station.

How well do microbes grow on the ISS?

Houston - Scientists are curious to know whether microbes isolated from Earth grow in the same way on board the International Space Station (ISS). Such information is important for long-distance space travel.

Russian spacecraft unresponsive — 'spinning out of control'

A Russian cargo ship launched on Tuesday is now spinning out of control after ground crews lost contact with it shortly after launch, jeopardizing 2.7 tons of fuel, food and supplies intended for the International Space Station.

Harper government extends International Space Station commitment

Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his Conservative government re-upped their commitment to the International Space Station (ISS), signing on for an extra four years. Canada will now be a part of the project until at least 2024.

Astronauts complete 3 spacewalks, fix ISS for future space taxis

NASA astronauts Terry Virts and Barry Wilmore completed a series of three spacewalks that began on February 22, to prepare the International Space Station (ISS) for future "space taxis."

Studying worms in space to boost astronaut health

Tokyo - A special study is taking place aboard the International Space Station. Astronauts are studying a roundworm to find out what the effects of being in zero gravity have on muscles.

Mars once had a massive lake, NASA reports

According to reports released by NASA, Mars' Gale Crater once contained a massive lake. NASA presented evidence that also suggests the lake existed for millions of years, long enough to sustain life.

Russian spacecraft delivers cargo to International Space Station

Moscow - The robotic Russian spacecraft Progress 57 has successfully delivered almost three tons of cargo to the International Space Station not many hours after a commercial US rocket suffered a catastrophic explosion shortly after it was launched.

Investigation opens into U.S. spaceship mishap

Wallops Island - NASA is warning coastal Virginia residents not to touch any debris they find from Tuesday night's explosion and crash of a rocket and supply capsule headed for the International Space Station.

Antares Rocket explosion sparks investigation and stock debacle

An unmanned Anares rocket carrying a Cygnus spacecraft to resupply the International Space Station (ISS) exploded on Tuesday evening a few seconds after it launched from Wallops Island, sparking a drop in share price.

Space station 'same day delivery' service operational by 2016

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station will soon have their own same day delivery service, courtesy of the soon to be developed Terrestrial Return Vehicle.

Extraterrestrial enthusiasts claim ISS cameras show several UFOs

NASA may not have realized that streaming video from the International Space Station (ISS) would lead to UFO enthusiasts claiming the videos have captured numerous UFOs, but that is exactly what is happening.

Commercial rocket launches space station supply capsule

Accomac - Orbital Sciences Corp.'s Antares rocket took off Sunday from a NASA facility on the Virginia coast, carrying more than 3,500 pounds of supplies and equipment to the International Space Station.

ISS astronauts lose hair along with World Cup bet (Video)

It seems the World Cup mania has even hit the International Space Station and the astronauts on board have been following the various matches with interest. Then the US was set to play Germany, and that is when the fun really began.

Russia could bail on space station as tensions with U.S. worsen

Moscow - The Russian Federation is threatening to stop participating in the International Space Station project after 2020 in what appears to be a further deterioration of East-West relations.

Russian sanctions have boomerang affect on U.S. space program

Russia has announced that after 2020 they will no longer use the International Space Station. This notification comes two weeks after warning the U.S. that sanctions against the Russian space industry would have a "boomerang" effect.

Mars attacked! How microbes pose the risk

Most sci-fi movies show Martians attacking humans. The real worry for scientists is from microbes from Earth reaching Mars and growing.

International Space Station to test immune cells

Scientists are conducting an experiment on the International Space Station (ISS) to study whether human cells are tuned into Earth’s gravity. This will test whether deep space missions will affect the body.

Space technology fights cancer

Houston - Using the microgravity environment aboard the International Space Station, a particular series of research investigations are taking place into new types of cancer therapy.
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Chris Hadfield photographs a view from the International Space Station
Chris Hadfield photographs a view from the International Space Station
Via Chris Hadfield's Twitter feed
The International Space Station is seen in 2008 in a photo taken from the shuttle Discovery.
The International Space Station is seen in 2008 in a photo taken from the shuttle Discovery.
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Progress 47 redocks at ISS.
Progress 47 redocks at ISS.
NASA video screen capture
The International Space Station is featured in this image photographed by an STS-133 crew member on ...
The International Space Station is featured in this image photographed by an STS-133 crew member on space shuttle Discovery after the station and shuttle began their post-undocking relative separation. Undocking of the two spacecraft occurred at 7 a.m. (EST) on March 7, 2011
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Three crew members from Expedition 36 on the ISS return to Earth.
Three crew members from Expedition 36 on the ISS return to Earth.
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Doug Wheelock and fellow astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson completed the third  of three spacewalks to ...
Doug Wheelock and fellow astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson completed the third of three spacewalks to remove a failed ammonia coolant pump module on the station's S1 truss.
NASA
Astronaut Tim Kopra throwing football the length of the ISS.
Astronaut Tim Kopra throwing football the length of the ISS.
NASA
Progress 47 redocks at ISS.
Progress 47 redocks at ISS.
NASA video screen capture
Dragon capsule docking at ISS
Dragon capsule docking at ISS
Screen capture from live feed
The Integration Facility at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan  the upper stage of the Soyuz boos...
The Integration Facility at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the upper stage of the Soyuz booster rocket containing the Soyuz TMA-03M spacecraft
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Progress 47 redocks at ISS.
Progress 47 redocks at ISS.
NASA video screen capture
Dragon capsule on its way to the ISS.
Dragon capsule on its way to the ISS.
Screen capture of live feed
Musicians from Earth and the ISS play duets.
Musicians from Earth and the ISS play duets.
YouTube
Dragon capsule on the way to the ISS.
Dragon capsule on the way to the ISS.
Screen capture from live feed
Hurricane Harvey as seen from the International Space Station on Friday evening.
Hurricane Harvey as seen from the International Space Station on Friday evening.
NASA
STS-134 Crew Arrives at Kennedy. From left are Mission Specialists Greg Chamitoff  Andrew Feustel  C...
STS-134 Crew Arrives at Kennedy. From left are Mission Specialists Greg Chamitoff, Andrew Feustel, Commander Mark Kelly, Pilot Greg H. Johnson, Mission Specialist Mike Fincke and European Space Agency astronaut Roberto Vittori.
NASA/Bill Ingalls
Musicians from Earth and the ISS play duets.
Musicians from Earth and the ISS play duets.
YouTube
The eye (center of frame) of Hurricane Earl is seen in this image taken as the International Space S...
The eye (center of frame) of Hurricane Earl is seen in this image taken as the International Space Station passed over the storm on Wednesday, Sept. 1 2010.
NASA TV
STS-116 Shuttle Mission Imagery of International Space Station Dec. 2006
STS-116 Shuttle Mission Imagery of International Space Station Dec. 2006
NASA
Endeavour s Final Roll: Space shuttle Endeavour moves along the crawlerway from the Vehicle Assembly...
Endeavour's Final Roll: Space shuttle Endeavour moves along the crawlerway from the Vehicle Assembly Building to Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
NASA / Terry Zaperach

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