Astronauts identify microbes in space for the first time

We really do contaminate everything we touch — and space is no exception.

ISS bacteria is almost the same as in your home, and that’s a good thing

Microbes seem at home in the space lab.

Astronaut shows what fidget spinners can do in outer space

NASA just wins, can everyone stop with the fidget spinner videos now?

China’s first space station is about to come crashing down on Earth, and we don’t really know where

No reason to worry, just an 8-ton space station crashing down on Earth.

You can now take a virtual walk on the International Space Station. Here’s how

It’s the best place to get lost — and trust me, you will.

ISS astronauts will bake the first crumb-free, space bread in 2018

One small step for bread, one giant leap for mankind.

NASA to install new ISS module for space taxis

Astronauts will be installing a new module on the ISS for space taxis.

British Astronaut runs London Marathon from space

British astronaut Tim Peake ran the London Marathon on a treadmill aboard the International Space Station.

Inflatable habitat attached to the ISS. Next, space hotels!

Beam is basically a huge inflatable structure which is easy to carry and provides ample living space for astronauts once it expands. Props to SpaceX for yet another successful Dragon mission, but also to Bigelow Aerospace — a company which might become a household name in the coming decade if their plan works: build the first space hotel!

An inflatable habitat module will soon be attached to the ISS

SpaceX will launch as early as April 8 an inflatable habitat module destined for the International Space Station.

This common bacterium grows 60% better in space than on Earth

When researchers started raising 48 bacteria species aboard the International Space Station, they weren’t really sure what to expect. They wanted to see how the microorganisms would adapt to living in microgravity, but one species hasn’t only adapted – it’s doing better than on Earth. According to a recent study, Bacillus safensis JPL-MERTA-8-2 – a strain first discovered on one of

NASA astronaut Scott Kelly returned to the U.S. 2 inches taller

Astronaut Scott Kelly returned to planet Earth on Thursday, after a landing in which everything went smoothly, as expected.

NASA awards ISS cargo duties to a third private corp that uses a mini-shuttle

There’s a now a third private space entity that’s been screened and granted permission to ferry cargo to and fro the International Space Station. Joining SpaceX and Orbital will be the Sierra Nevada Corp. which plans to use a reusable winged craft that looks like a mini-shuttle. The design allows for a soft landing on a runway, instead of dropping the ocean, that might prove more effective for retrieving sensitive scientific instruments.

NASA’s Top 15 ISS Pictures of 2015

NASA just released their famous pictures taken from the International Space Station in 2015. The images were shot by astronauts aboard the ISS and the list was selected by NASA Johnson Space Center’s Earth Observations team. It wasn’t an easy job with many bedazzling photos fighting for the top positions. 1. Lake Chad and a Bodele Dust Plume, Sahara The arid landscapes

Three astronauts docked the Space Station

For the first time in history, the UK has a representative on the International Space Station. This morning, British astronaut Tim Peake made his first visit to the station, alongside two seasoned: Russia’s Yuri Malenchenko and NASA’s Tim Kopra. It was a flawless launch, as you can see below. Malechenko had to take manual control after the automated docking attempt was unexpectedly aborted,

Mother Earth: photo-documented from space by astronaut Scott Kelly

Veteran astronaut Scott Kelly launched in March, 2015 aboard a Soyuz rocket for a record breaking one-year stay at the ISS. Instead of three to six months, Kelly along with his Russian colleague, Mikhail Korniyenko, will spend 12 months so scientists can assess how his body responds to the stress. For instance, we know that living in microgravity atrophies muscles and deteriorates vision. Kelly isn’t too worried, though. When not busy operating the International Space Station, Kelly is engaged in one of the most pleasing hobbies (for those of us living back on Earth, that is): space photography. Here are just a couple of his most amazing shots shared by Kelly on his facebook or twitter account. He updates these very frequently, even a couple of times a day, so be sure to tune in for some more gems.

Space-grown veggies are delicious, astronauts say

As we were telling you yesterday, astronauts aboard the International Space Station were preparing for the first meal that involved space-grown veggies. It’s a remarkable moment, which might pave the way for future space exploration… and it’s delicious!

Astronauts to eat food grown in space, for the first time

Back in 2013, we were telling you about about a small agricultural project on the International Space Station – now, the space veggies are ready to be harvested; for the first time, astronauts will be eating food grown in space.

Watch: astronauts dock at the International Space Station

It took more than was expected, but the three astronauts set for the International Space Station docked with the International Space Station at 10:46 p.m. E.T. You can watch them here: The rocket had a successful launch at 5:02 p.m. EDT (2102 GMT) to experienced Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko and rookie astronauts Kjell Lindgren with NASA and Japan’s Kimiya Yui into orbit. The crew

Lucky shot: Photographer catches space station racing past the moon

Dylan O’Donnell, an amateur photographer, took one of the luckiest shots ever: the International Space Station past the moon. Any astro buff would be envious.