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Incredible Photo from the Space Station Shows Raikoke Volcano Erupting

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station caught the spectacular eruption of the Raikoke volcano off of Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula over the weekend. Read More >>

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NASA Is Opening the ISS to Tourists – but Don’t Worry, You Can’t Afford It

Starting as early as next year, NASA will make the International Space Station available to space tourists and other business ventures. Sounds exciting, but the associated costs are far beyond what most of us can afford. Read More >>

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The International Space Station is a Cesspool of Bacteria and Fungi, Study Finds

An extensive survey of bacteria and fungi on surfaces inside the International Space Station has revealed an astonishing number of microorganisms living among the astronauts – the health impacts of which aren’t entirely clear. Read More >>

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NASA: All-Women Space Walk Is ‘Inevitable,’ But Sorry, Not the Right Spacesuits This Time

Astronauts on the International Space Station have completed 214 spacewalks in the past 21 years, but none have been all-women endeavours. So it was very exciting earlier this month when NASA publicised what was supposed to be the first all-female spacewalk in history. But just days before the planned walk, a spacesuit sizing problem means one of the female astronauts will be replaced by a man. Read More >>

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The First All-Women Spacewalk Is Finally Happening

NASA astronauts Anne McClain and Christina Koch will make history on 29 March by becoming the first all-women team to perform a spacewalk, which they’ll do outside the International Space Station. Read More >>

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SpaceX’s Crew Dragon Capsule Successfully Docks With ISS, Without Use of Robotic Arm

A day after its launch atop a Falcon 9 rocket, SpaceX’s uncrewed Crew Dragon spacecraft successfully docked with the International Space Station, CNN reported on Sunday. Read More >>

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Watch Russian Cosmonauts Inspect Mysterious ISS Hole in ‘Unprecedented’ Spacewalk

Russian cosmonauts inspected a mysterious hole on the exterior of a damaged Soyuz capsule yesterday, a complex spacewalk that took numerous hours to complete. Read More >>

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In Video Debut, CIMON the ISS Robot Throws an Unexpected Tantrum

In terms of glitchy behaviour, we’re not quite at HAL 9000 levels just quite yet — but during the debut demonstration of the International Space Station’s new AI-powered robot, CIMON, the free-floating device displayed some rather questionable behaviour. Read More >>

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Soyuz Space Crew Makes Emergency Landing After Terrifying Booster Failure 

The two-person crew aboard a Russian-made Soyuz rocket made an emergency landing in Kazakhstan today shortly after launch. The crew, which was travelling to the International Space Station, is reportedly safe and in “good condition” after the scary failure was broadcast on the web. Read More >>

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What the Hell Is Going on With the ISS Drill Hole Story?

A tiny hole in a Soyuz spacecraft attached to the International Space Station has turned into a strange game of international telephone. Read More >>

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Russian Space Agency Says ISS Leak Caused by Human Error—or Sabotage

Last week’s air pressure leak aboard the International Space Station was not caused by a micrometeorite, Russian space agency Roscosmos is now claiming, but rather the result of human error, or possibly even a deliberate act of sabotage. Either way, the incident points to poor oversight and lack of quality control measures at the Russian space agency. Read More >>

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America Could Lose Its Access to the International Space Station for Nearly a Year

Boeing and SpaceX, owing to manufacturing delays and certification hurdles, are unlikely to provide NASA with the vehicles required to transport astronauts to the International Space Station next year, according to an alarming government report. As a result, and starting in late 2019, the US might not have a crew aboard the ISS for nearly an entire year. Read More >>

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Russian Cargo Ship Reaches Space Station in Record Time

A Russian-built spacecraft has reached the International Space Station in less than four hours, making it the fastest supply mission to space in history. Read More >>

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The International Space Station’s New AI-Powered Bot Is Actually Pretty Cool

Introducing CIMON, a floating, basketball-sized robot that will serve as a companion and assistant to crew members aboard the International Space Station. Infused with artificial intelligence, the floating bot is reminiscent of HAL from 2001: A Space Odyssey, but far less evil. We hope. Read More >>

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NASA’s Administrator Is Talking to Private Companies About Commercial Takeover of the ISS

You may have heard about the White House’s plans to privatise the International Space Station and turn low-Earth orbit into a place of business that NASA can become a customer of, rather than its sponsor. Now, according to an interview with the Washington Post, NASA’s recently confirmed Jim Bridenstine has begun speaking to companies about how that might work. Read More >>