Lego ISS Review: Deceptively Big, and Annoyingly Fiddly

2018 was the tenth anniversary of the Lego Ideas programme, and to help commemorate that fact Lego decided to pull one of the old rejects from the pile and bring it to Lego store shelves. Why they did it late I don't know, but a fan vote was held and the winner (by a long shot) was the International Space Station. Several months after the news was announced, the set is here, for the fairly reasonable price of £65. But in case you can't decide whether to pick one up or not, we put it together to see how it was. Read More >>

NASA, SpaceX Still Aiming to Launch Manned Crew Dragon Demo-2 Test as Early as May

NASA and SpaceX are still planning on conducting the first manned commercial crew program launch to space as early as May, indicating that the timetable for the mission has not shifted despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Read More >>

NASA Picks Axiom to Add a Garish Space Hotel to the ISS

One small step for a startup, one giant leap into finally launching the filthy rich into space: NASA announced on Monday that it has selected Houston-based startup Axiom Space to build the first commercial destination module for the International Space Station. Read More >>

The 864-Piece Lego Ideas International Space Station Only Costs £65

Yesterday Lego teased the International Space Station set would be revealed later today, and it seems it's good on keeping those promises. Now we know that the latest lego Ideas set comes with 864 pieces, goes on sale on 1st February, and will cosy £65 - which isn't that bad considering. Read More >>

ISS Sees Thunderstorm Beaming Electromagnetic Pulse into Space, Producing Gamma Rays and ‘Elves’

At 8:01 p.m. on October 10, 2018, a bolt of lightning flashed inside of a storm cloud just east of the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. The International Space Station was passing overhead at the time, and a suite of instruments observed as the bolt produced a flash of gamma radiation – and, simultaneously, emitted a glowing ring of ultraviolet and visible light in the topmost layer of the atmosphere. Read More >>

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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

Report: ISS Hole Drilled From the Inside, Cosmonaut Says

Russian cosmonaut Sergei Prokopyev said that the mysterious hole in a Soyuz capsule docked to the International Space Station was drilled from the inside, according to the Associated Press. Read More >>

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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

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 >>