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2014 Olympic torch to be carried in space

2014 Olympic torch to be carried in space

The Winter Olympics are set to begin in 2014, which means the Olympic torch will once again be carried around the world before it finally lands in the Olympic Stadium in Russia to mark the beginning of the sporting event. However, the torch will take a trip to space where it will be taken on a spacewalk for the first time ever.

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Space rock rips through ISS solar panel, gives hull a miss

Space rock rips through ISS solar panel, gives hull a miss

Space is a dangerous world. Debris is flying around everywhere, including small space rocks (read: bits of asteroid or meteoroid), which means that the International Space Station is constantly prone to getting hit by these small objects, and when you're traveling at 4.8 miles per second, even small objects can have a big impact. ISS Commander Chris Hadfield tweeted a photo of a hole in the one of the solar panels where a space rock ripped through.

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Russian cargo fail no block to today’s ISS dock

Russian cargo fail no block to today’s ISS dock

Today the unpiloted Russian cargo ship known as Progress 51 has reached the International Space Station and docked successfully. This news is extra positive due to the failure of the craft's antenna after initial launch, both Russian mission control and NASA confirming earlier this week. The craft has now docked - at 1225 GMT to be precice - after extra care was given to the landing due to the unopened antenna.

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ISS experiment confirms state of wrung-out wet towel in space

ISS experiment confirms state of wrung-out wet towel in space

Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield has this week returned a request from a couple of high school science students to perform a simple experiment aboard the International Space Station: wringing out water from a wet washcloth. It's shown first that a washcloth on the ISS is stored in a sort of hockey puck form, smashed down to its smallest physical form to avoid taking up any unnecessary space aboard the space station. From there it's a lengthy task just unfolding the piece of material for basic use.

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Expedition 35 crew successfully docks to the International Space Station

Expedition 35 crew successfully docks to the International Space Station

Just a week or so after Expedition 34 left the International Space Station, a new set of crew members have joined the three already on board. Expedition 35 successfully docked to the International Space Station last night at 10:28 pm ET carrying one American astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts. The Soyuz capsule launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at around 4:30 pm ET.

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SpaceX Dragon capsule returns to Earth: what’s in that 2,668 pounds of cargo?

SpaceX Dragon capsule returns to Earth: what’s in that 2,668 pounds of cargo?

Today the SpaceX capsule that'd three weeks ago visited the International Space Station has splashed down into the Pacific Ocean. This trip was planned and executed precisely, with NASA's announcement of a landing (today) being issued back on the 22nd of this month. What we've got inside of this lovely machine is a set of science samples from the space station from areas of human research, biology and biotechnology studies, and physical science investigations, as well as education activities.

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