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3D printer successfully used in space

A 3D printer has been used in space for the first time on board the International Space Station (ISS). The first item produced was a ratchet and the technology paves the way for astronauts to produce their own essential items.

Old and new aerospace firms win NASA contract for 'space taxi'

Cape Canaveral - Boeing and SpaceX have been chosen for nearly $7 billion in U.S. funding to develop a commercial space capsule to bring astronauts to the international space station.

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.

Space station science offers clues about pathogenic fungi

During an investigation dubbed "Microbe," using the environment aboard space shuttle Atlantis, researchers gained a better understanding of pathogenic fungi.

NASA: New space station crew members to launch September 25

NASA Television has announced it will provide live extensive coverage of the launch of three crew members of Expedition 37-38 tomorrow as they travel to the International Space Station. The launch will be from Kazakhstan tomorrow.

Private rocket Antares launches successfully

Orbital Sciences, a company contracted by NASA to take supplies to the International Space Station, launched a test rocket Sunday, according to Newsy (video above).

10 amazing photos astronaut Chris Hadfield posted from space

Very few of us get a glimpse of space and how Earth looks from orbit, but thanks to Canadian mission specialist Chris Hadfield's recent photos aboard the International Space Station, we can learn more about the life of an astronaut.

2013 space mission moves China closer to space station goal

Beijing - China has announced plans to launch the manned Shenzhou-10 spaceship in early June 2013, moving the country one step closer to its goal of constructing a space station.

Fish bound for space station

An aquarium of fish has been sent to the International Space Station by Japanese scientists to assess the effects of low gravity and radiation.

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.

China launches 1st manned space flight, with woman astronaut

Three Chinese astronauts, including China's first female astronaut, blasted off in the Shenzhou-9 spacecraft today in the country's first manned space flight.

NASA releases time-lapse space video of Earth

An amazing series of time-lapse sequenced photographs captured by the Expedition 30 crew has been published with commentary in USA Today.

Soyuz spacecraft prepares for Wednesday launch to Space Station

The Soyuz TMA-03M spacecraft and its booster were rolled out to the Baikonur Cosmodrome launch pad in Kazakhstan on Dec. 19, 2011. Preparations for this Wednesday's launching to the International Space Station is set for 7:16 p.m., Kazakhstan time.

Op-Ed: America quits race for space

It's official. America has left the space race. Once Endeavour is cleared for launch and its mission completed NASA's shuttle program will be over.

SpaceX successfully launches private capsule into orbit

A private company has today launched a space capsule into orbit. In a move that NASA hope could lead to the first commercial space station supply run. It is hoped supply runs could start as early as next year - and eventually the capsules would be manned.

NASA's human-like Robonaut to join Space Station crew

Houston - NASA has announced a delay for Discovery's liftoff to the International Space Station but it's not just the team of six astronauts who are experiencing the three week wait. They will be joined by a Robonaut who will stay packed in a box until launch day.

Exciting experiment leaves for Space Station 26 Aug

The departure of one of the most exciting scientific instruments ever built to the International Space Station (ISS) has been scheduled for 26 August. European media have been invited to witness this event.

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.

The COLBERT is on the space station

During the spring, comedian Stephen Colbert won the right to have a treadmill named after him on the International Space Station. His $5 million namesake is now on board, ready to be installed.

Op-Ed: Colbert Gets Last Laugh on NASA, Wins Room-Naming Contest

The long arm of Stephen Colbert’s comedy reaches all the way to outer space and he got the last laugh on NASA by winning the space agency’s online room-naming contest.

Space Junk Comes Too Close For Comfort to Space Station

It was a close call this morning for the three-member crew of the International Space Station when a one-third-inch wide piece of space junk, speeding at 22,000 miles per hour came within 2.8 miles of the orbiting station.

Space Station Works To Convert Sweat and Urine Into Yummy Drinking Water

The International Space Station spent Sunday working on a piece of equipment that converts sweat and urine into drinkable water. Once that is up and functioning the crew can grow to six members.

Fresh food, Christmas gifts arrive at space station

The American astronauts and Russian cosmonaut at the International Space Station have received their Christmas gifts along with food supplies from a Russian cargo spacecraft that docked with the station.

Chinese Officials Deny Media Reports of Space Station Launch by 2020

Chinese officials are denying state media reports indicating the country plans to launch a space station by 2020. The China Daily newspaper reported the country's planned space station would be "a small-scale, 20-ton space workshop."

How to hit a golf ball at zero gravity

Russian Cosmonaut, Mikhail Tyurin, will do so in a publicity stunt paid for by Element 21 Golf at the space station.

Cargo ship hits snag docking to space station

An uncrewed cargo ship experienced an electronic glitch when it was trying to dock to the International Space Station (ISS) on Thursday.

Russia Launches Unmanned Rocket to Deliver Cargo to Space Station

BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan (voa) - Russia has launched an unmanned cargo ship on a flight to the International Space Station (ISS), one day after the U.S. Space Shuttle Columbia broke-up on re-entry, leaving no survivors. Russia's Progress cargo ship wil...

NASA Launches Solar Flare Probe

WASHINGTON (voa) - NASA has launched a satellite to study gigantic explosions on the surface of the sun called solar flares - and how the particles emitted by the flares disrupt life on Earth. The HESSI satellite was launched into orbit Tuesday by ...

Power Cuts To Russian Facility Could Endanger Space Station

VLADIVOSTOK (voa) - The Russian military is warning that any more cut-offs of electricity to a crucial space communications base could have catastrophic consequences. The power company that provides power to the the communications base in Russia's ...
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Astronauts Doug Wheelock  Shannon Walker and Cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin have returned home from the...
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.
The International Space Station in orbit above Earth. The ISS is in a micro-g environment
The International Space Station in orbit above Earth. The ISS is in a micro-g environment
An unidentified flying object?
An unidentified flying object?
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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
Astronaut Alexander Gerst shows Gaza war in  saddest  photo from space:  My saddest photo yet. From ...
Astronaut Alexander Gerst shows Gaza war in 'saddest' photo from space: "My saddest photo yet. From #ISS we can actually see explosions and rockets flying over #Gaza and #Israel"
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US astronaut Randy Bresnik gets ready to enter a prototype CST-100 spacecraft built by the Boeing Co...
US astronaut Randy Bresnik gets ready to enter a prototype CST-100 spacecraft built by the Boeing Co. at its manufacturing facility in Houston last year.
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TAKEOFF: Photo shows Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida  where a plann...
TAKEOFF: Photo shows Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, where a planned resupply mission to the International Space Station is expected to be launched Thursday.
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