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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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Space X’s delayed cargo mission to ISS will launch March 30

Space X’s delayed cargo mission to ISS will launch March 30

Space X was the first private company to make commercial deliveries to the ISS carrying food, water, science gear and more. Space X has now made several successful deliveries to the ISS since its contract began. We mentioned a few days ago that the ISS had to fire its boosters and push itself into a slightly higher orbit to avoid space junk.

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ISS has another coolant problem says NASA

ISS has another coolant problem says NASA

The ISS is having another cooling issue according to NASA. The coolant system aboard the orbiting space station is giving NASA fits. Last year NASA authorized a spacewalk to fix the coolant system in late December. The new leak is in one of the large coolant loops.

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ISS thrusters fired Sunday to dodge space junk

ISS thrusters fired Sunday to dodge space junk

The ISS has been orbiting the Earth for years as astronauts from multiple countries live aboard the space station and use it as a science platform. Multiple times in the many years the ISS has been in orbit, the orbit has been changed to allow the station to dodge debris and other space junk.

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Orbital Sciences Cygnus lifts off for first of eight ISS resupply missions

Orbital Sciences Cygnus lifts off for first of eight ISS resupply missions

Yesterday marked the liftoff of the first of eight official missions to the International Space Station for Orbital Sciences. Orbital sent its Cygnus spacecraft to the ISS atop its Antares rocket. The rocket launched successfully from the NASA Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

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ISS gets financial backing from White House through 2024

ISS gets financial backing from White House through 2024

The fate of the ISS beyond the year 2020 has been rather dire for a while now. The budgeting for the ISS was set to expire in 2020 resulting in the decommissioning of the space station. The White House has now agreed to extend the funding for the ISS for a few more years.

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Cosmonauts break a spacewalk record, but HD camera telemetry fails

Cosmonauts break a spacewalk record, but HD camera telemetry fails

Yesterday's spacewalk outside the International Space Station resulted in a record-breaking amount of time spent moving around in the vacuum of space by a Russian. Commander Oleg Kotov and Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy spent 8 hours and 7 minutes on the mission, breaking the previous Russian record of 7 hours and 29 minutes set by Flight Engineers Fyodor Yurchikhin and Alexander Misurkin Aug. 16, 2013. The achievement was a little softened, however, as the mission didn't go entirely as planned.

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HD cameras installed on ISS for Russia/Canada study

HD cameras installed on ISS for Russia/Canada study

The International Space Station is seeing quite a bit of activity this Christmas week, with today’s action surrounding the installation of two high-fidelity cameras. This installation was initiated under Expedition 38 and executed by Commander Oleg Kotov and Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos). This mission happens just three days after a US-based expedition (as seen in the hero image of this article) to replace faulty water pumps on the station.

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ISS spacewalks complete, astronauts send back some stunning images

ISS spacewalks complete, astronauts send back some stunning images

The astronauts who this week took to the vacuum of space to repair a malfunctioning ammonia coolant pump on the exterior of the International Space Station are safely back inside. The electrical systems that depend on the cooling loop run by the pump are now back online. Today astronauts Rick Mastracchio, Mike Hopkins, and Koichi Wakata took the time to reflect back on the spacewalks and provide us with some photos of the operation.

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ISS repairs could be complete with Christmas Eve spacewalk

ISS repairs could be complete with Christmas Eve spacewalk

We have been following the efforts by NASA and astronauts on the ISS to repair the coolant system issues that have plagued the ISS. NASA ordered a spacewalk to fix the cooling system problem on December 18. On the 22 of December, the astronauts finished the first of possibly three spacewalks to make the repair.

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ISS astronauts finish first of two, possibly three spacewalks

ISS astronauts finish first of two, possibly three spacewalks

Astronauts today completed the first spacewalk to repair the cooling system on the International Space Station. The spacewalk went off without a hitch. In fact, it was so efficient, the scheduled number of spacewalks in coming days may be pared down from three to two. The next spacewalk, originally scheduled for Monday, will take place Tuesday, Dec. 24.

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NASA orders spacewalk to fix ISS coolant system

NASA orders spacewalk to fix ISS coolant system

Earlier this month we mentioned that the ISS had a failure in one of its cooling systems that might require a spacewalk to fix. NASA has now ordered that spacewalk to happen to fix the broken cooling line. The repair job is a serious undertaking and could last all the way through Christmas Day.

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