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Opera singer Sarah Brightman to spend ten days on the ISS

Opera singer Sarah Brightman to spend ten days on the ISS

If you aren't a fan of British opera singers, you might not recognize the name Sarah Brightman. She is a 54-year-old soprano singer who started singing on stage in Phantom of the Opera. Word has surfaced that the singer is currently in training for an out of this world trip- literally. Brightman has reportedly spent a whopping $52 million to spend ten days in space on the ISS.

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ISS crew to return to US sector: no ammonia detected

ISS crew to return to US sector: no ammonia detected

Early this morning, a potential ammonia leak on the International Space Station forced a trio of astronauts to move from the US segment of the ISS into the Russian segment, sealing off the US segment in the process until further data could be collected. An alarm had been triggered that could have indicated an ammonia leak, and in addition the ISS's protection software proceeded to shut down one of a pair of redundant cooling loops. Fortunately, all has ended well.

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NASA emailed new socket wrench to ISS astronauts

NASA emailed new socket wrench to ISS astronauts

We have a winner for the most interesting email attachment of 2014! NASA recently provided the astronauts currently aboard the International Space Station (ISS) with a new tool via little more than a standard email. The attachment was actually instructions for a special 3D printer the astronauts have thanks to a delivery from a SpaceX Dragon capsule back in September. The printer is specially made to work in low gravity, and the emailed instructions included the design for a socket wrench that was specifically needed.

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3D printer on ISS makes first item: a part for itself

3D printer on ISS makes first item: a part for itself

Made In Space’s 3D printer, which is currently housed on the International Space Station, has printed its first item. While Earthbound printers might be used for toys or other trinkets, the 3D printer in space has a better idea: parts. The first item the printer printed was a spare part. For itself. the 3D printer orbiting the one on your desk is very similar, too: ABS plastic, fed through a filament, that lays out items on a base. The printer arrived via SpaceX’s Dragon ship.

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Astronauts trap GoPro in floating water orb on ISS

Astronauts trap GoPro in floating water orb on ISS

This week NASA posted a video on its YouTube page of astronauts playing with a GoPro and an orb of water they had floating around. Like magic, they trapped the action camera in the sphere of water while it was recording, showing what the world looks like from inside of a water bubble, as well as what a GoPro looks like when encased and floating. As you'd expect, this took place on the International Space Station, and was part of a look at water surface tension as experienced in a microgravity environment.

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Boeing CST-100 puts Astronauts on ISS with style

Boeing CST-100 puts Astronauts on ISS with style

How do you get to the International Space Station? If you’re in a Boeing CST-100 — comfortably. The new capsule is designed for one thing, and that’s getting Astronauts to their destination and back. Like an interstellar taxi, the CST-100 is also pretty roomy and comfy, and seats more than your average road-going ferry.

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Break Up Camera will record satellite re-entry from space

Break Up Camera will record satellite re-entry from space

Disposable cameras might be a relic of our past, but they’re still useful! Okay, we’re not talking about those plastic ones you used to buy at Walgreens, but this one is still a throwaway camera. Instead of snapping pics of grandma’s birthday party, the Break Up Camera captures pics in space.

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ISS to Earth: Hello World sent via laser

ISS to Earth: Hello World sent via laser

NASA has reached another milestone, and probably a world record, in its efforts to speed up communication between a spacecraft and Earth. It has just sent a short high-definition video from the International Space Station 260 miles above the planet to its ground base in California, using a laser beam instead of the traditional radio wave.

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Dice rolled in space: a collection of space photography

Dice rolled in space: a collection of space photography

Dice -- or perhaps just a singular die -- was rolled in wide-open space for what may be the first time by American astronaut Reid Wiseman, who snapped a picture of the little red cube as it floated above the Earth. Despite how it might appear, the die is entirely real, and is accompanied by some other nifty images.

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Chris Hadfield’s Space Oddity goes “offline” today

Chris Hadfield’s Space Oddity goes “offline” today

Those of you familiar with the internet - and how removing things from the internet go - will understand how odd the following bit of news will sound. Back a year ago, NASA and/or Chris Hadfield himself received permission from David Bowie and his labels - Philips, Mercury, RCA - to play and record the song Space Oddity. This resulted in a YouTube video sensation.

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International Space Station’s robotic crew member gets legs

International Space Station’s robotic crew member gets legs

Robonaut 2 is a robot living aboard the International Space Station with its many scientists, taking on tasks that allow the crew to do more scientific research while it does menial labor. This beast was developed by NASA and GM (General Motors) and will - as of this week - be getting its own pair of Climbing Legs. These legs will allow the robot to be much more versatile than ever before.

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ISS experiment will beam video to Earth using a laser

ISS experiment will beam video to Earth using a laser

NASA is getting ready to conduct its first optical communications experiment aboard the ISS orbiting the Earth. The experiment is called the Optical Payload for Lasercomm Science or OPALS. The experiment payload will head to the ISS aboard the SpaceX mission set to launch to the station on April 14.

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