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We Chatted With the World’s Coolest Astronaut About Inspiring Kids and Sending Dogs to Space

Leland Melvin is a unicorn of a human being. He’s been drafted to the NFL, flown in the final frontier (twice), and now, written a book called Chasing Space. On the internet, the former NASA astronaut is best known for this unforgettable photo with his two dogs, Jake and Scout, who grace the cover of his new memoir. Gizmodo sat down with Melvin to talk about diversity in STEAM fields, education, and of course, Good Dogs in Space. Read More >>

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Watch NASA’s Glorious 200th Space Walk Live

Two hundred tangos in space and counting: today, NASA astronauts Peggy Whitson and Jack Fischer are performing the 200th American spacewalk outside the International Space Station (ISS). NASA is streaming the entire four hour endeavour on its channel here. Read More >>

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Astronaut Peggy Whitson Just Smashed Another Record

Last month, astronaut Peggy Whitson performed her eighth spacewalk outside the ISS, setting the record for most spacewalks by a woman. Today at 6:27am BST, she made history yet again by breaking astronaut Jeff Williams’ record for cumulative time in space by an American astronaut, which was 534 days, 2 hours and 48 minutes. Read More >>

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Astronaut Peggy Whitson Just Shattered a Spacewalking Record

Astronaut Peggy Whitson is no stranger to breaking barriers: In addition to becoming the first female commander of the International Space Station (ISS), the Iowa native has logged 377 days in space between two missions—the most of any American spacewoman to date. Now, on her third mission aboard the ISS, Whitson is racking up even more impressive feats—today, she performed her eighth spacewalk, setting the record for most spacewalks performed by a woman. Read More >>

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Eugene Cernan, the Last Human on the Moon, Has Passed Away

Former astronaut Gene Cernan has died at the age of 82. He holds the distinction of being the most recent man to walk on the Moon and his legacy as one of humanity’s greatest explorers will live on. Read More >>

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Can You Spot the Astronaut in This Picture?

Let’s play a quick game of hide-n-seek. In this photo, NASA astronaut Kjell Lindgren is seen working outside the International Space Station during a spacewalk on November 6th. Can you find him among the structure of the ISS? Read More >>

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SpaceX Wants Future Astronauts to Look “Badass” in Space With New Sexy Suits

Spacesuits of the future are going to do much more than just keep us alive – they’re going to make us look damn good. Because clearly, the most important thing when landing on other planets is that we look extra cool doing it. Read More >>

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Astronaut Scott Kelly’s Instagram Kicks the Crap Out of Yours

The chances that any of us will travel to space are about one in a billion. That’s why astronaut Scott Kelly has been spending his lucky year in orbit helping the rest of us Earthlings imagine what that might be like. Read More >>

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What Happened to the Flags on the Moon?

On July 10, 1969, Apollo 11 touched down on the moon. At 10:56 pm (EST), Neil Armstrong accomplished another first. With the immortal words, "That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind," (or something like that) Neil Armstrong became the first human to step foot on a major celestial object. Soon after, Buzz Aldrin joined Armstrong on the alien surface. The two of them spent the next two and half hours exploring, taking pictures, and collecting samples. Read More >>

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This Crazy Machine Let Astronauts Experiment With Fluids 30 Years Ago

It might look more like an engine from an ageing car than a piece of engineering fit for space, but this machine was a pioneering piece of apparatus that allowed astronauts to experiment with fluids in space. Read More >>

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Astronauts Arrive Home in a Brilliant Ball of Fire

Without any context, it looks like something has gone terribly, terribly wrong in the photo above taken around midnight last night. But that little ball engulfed in flames is doing just fine—and so are the three members of the International Space Station Expedition 36 that were snuggly inside and on their way home. Read More >>

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Inside the International Space Station’s Tool Kit

When you're floating in space, it pays to be prepared, so it's perhaps no surprise that the International Space Station packs a pretty impressive tool kit. Those obsessed by workshops and making, prepare to drool. Read More >>

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How to Put on a Space Suit

If you think wriggling into your cycling lycra or trussing yourself up in a tux is tricky, think again. Donning an astronaut's space suit is no mean feat—as this video shows. Read More >>

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This In-Depth ISS Tour Lets You Experience Life 205 Miles Above the Earth

Even the most opulent Beverly Hills home featured on Cribs can't even begin to compare to this half-hour tour of the International Space Station led by NASA ISS Commander Sunita Williams just hours before she returned to Earth on the Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft. Read More >>

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Watch a NASA Astronaut Describe the Complexities of Photography in Space

Donald Pettit is, as well as being a NASA astronaut, an exceptionally keen photographer — which is why he has over 10 top-of-line DSLR cameras littering the International Space Station. In this video, he talks about the complexities, and joys, of photography in space. Read More >>