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China Has the Only Way to Get Humans to Space Right Now

Yesterday, the Soyuz rocket carrying an American astronaut and a Russian cosmonaut failed, forcing the crew capsule to make a dramatic ballistic descent back to Earth, just as the abort system is intended to do. The rocket failure means the Soyuz spacecraft and booster will be grounded until the problem is found,…

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After Soyuz Failure, Space Is Now Weirdly Inaccessible to Astronauts

All crewed launches have been suspended by Russia’s space agency following yesterday’s Soyuz rocket failure. That’s a problem, because much of the world relies on Russian rockets to get both cargo and people into space. Consequently, we’re now facing the very real possibility of having an uncrewed International Space…

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Inflatable Space Modules Are Older Than You Think

Just a couple of days ago, the first inflatable space station module was attached and successfully inflated on the International Space Station. It’s called the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM), which sounds a little like the place where astronauts will play kickball, but it’s really a bold experiment about the future of space habitats. Surprisingly, it’s not the first inflatable module to go into space or even house a human.

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The Ultimate List of Weapons Astronauts Have Carried Into Orbit

Have you ever worried how real astronauts or cosmonauts can defend themselves or render harmless hostile life forms? What if an alien breaks into the International Space Station? Or a crew member loses his or her mind and goes berserk? The following set of images will put your mind to ease: aspacemen always carry some kind of weapon or at least a special tool which can be used as a weapon.

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Watch NASA’s Space Fire Experiment Launch Tonight

Normally, space and fire don’t mix well, but NASA is deliberately going to cause a “large fire” inside a Cygnus resupply vessel just to see what happens. The rocket’s launching tonight, and as always, you can watch live.

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Watch NASA’s Space Fire Experiment Launch Tonight [Update: Good Launch!]

Normally, space and fire don’t mix well, but NASA is deliberately going to cause a “large fire” inside a Cygnus resupply vessel just to see what happens. The rocket’s launching tonight, and as always, you can watch live.

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SUCCESS! Cygnus Launches in First Mission Since Antares Rocket Explosion

SUCCESS! Cygnus Launches in First Mission Since Antares Rocket Explosion

The Cygnus has its wings again! After four attempts, the cargo tug is finally on its way to the International Space Station. The commercial spacecraft will deliver equipment and supplies to astronauts when it arrives at the station on December 9th.

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NASA Orders Crewed Vehicle From SpaceX And Starts A New Space Race

There’s a new space race happening, much smaller in scope than the great US/USSR rivalry of the ‘60s, but one that still marks a huge milestone: the race to see who will be the first to launch a commercial crewed spacecraft. The race is now official as NASA has ordered a crewed mission from SpaceX as well as Boeing.

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Holy Crap, We’ve Been Living in Space for 15 Years!

One minute you’re fooling around in a couple of short-lived space stations that stumble into the atmosphere and burn up, the next you’ve spent a decade and a half with continuous habitation of a major International Space Station. Time flies when you’re outside the gravity well!

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The Martian has premiered… just not on this planet.

The Martian has premiered… just not on this planet. The astronauts on the ISS managed to get the first exclusive screening of the upcoming Ridley Scott scifi movie about an astronaut who gets left behind in the vastness of space (Mars, specifically).

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