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Russia working to put a robot on the ISS

Russia working to put a robot on the ISS

General Motors and NASA collaborated to build the US robot called Robonaut 2 that is now aboard the international space station. The goal of that project was to develop a teleoperated humanoid robot that can be used for missions too hazardous for humans and general repairs aboard the space station. Interestingly, Russia has been at work on its own humanoid robot that will be sent to the ISS within the next two years.

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SpaceX gets the green light for mission to ISS

SpaceX gets the green light for mission to ISS

SpaceX has been getting ready for its first mission to the international space station for months now. SpaceX is going to be the first private spacecraft to dock with the ISS after receiving the green light from NASA for a scheduled launch on April 30. The flight readiness review was approved at the Johnson Space Center this week.

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Malt whiskey experiment aboard the ISS

Malt whiskey experiment aboard the ISS

If you're a fan of scotch or other malt whiskey beverages, the latest experiment headed to the ISS might grab your attention. An experiment in the chemistry of whiskey maturation is being conducted on the ISS. A liquor company with headquarters on the island of Islay in Scotland called Ardbeg Distillery announced this week that it had sent vials of raw materials to the ISS aboard a Russian cargo flight that took off last October.

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YouTube Space Lab experiments to be performed… IN SPACE!

YouTube Space Lab experiments to be performed… IN SPACE!

Recently Google held a competition called “YouTube Space Lab”, challenging students to come up with suitable experiments that could be performed in space. The winners have now been picked, with both experiments determining the effects of microgravity, but on different subjects. The first is to establish how it can affect a jumping spider catching its prey, while the second observes the virulance of bacillus subtilis.

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Lego geek astronaut builds Lego ISS on the ISS

Lego geek astronaut builds Lego ISS on the ISS

If you follow the ISS on you know that you all kinds of experiments aboard the space station. Most of those experiments are things that most of us consider boring. Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency flight engineer Satoshi Furukawa had a chance to do something really cool a lot Lego geeks will love onboard the ISS. He constructed a Lego replica of the ISS, on the ISS, in about two hours.

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ISS astronauts snap pics of aurora borealis from space

ISS astronauts snap pics of aurora borealis from space

Astronauts in orbit on the ISS take some of the coolest pics of earth that I have ever seen. The latest picture to be shared from the International Space Station is this one of the famed Northern Lights, otherwise known as aurora borealis. This particular photo is showing a north to northeastward view, and it was shot as the space station flew over the Midwest on January 25. Thick clouds that can't be seen in these photos are making the identification of the bright cities you see difficult.

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Russian Soyuz space capsule fails during testing ahead of ISS mission

Russian Soyuz space capsule fails during testing ahead of ISS mission

Lately, it doesn't seem like such a good idea that American astronauts are hitching a ride to the ISS aboard Russian Soyuz vehicles. Russia has lost a resupply vehicle in the past, not to mention the recent failure of the Phobos-grunt probe. Astronauts were set to go to the ISS on March 29 as part of a crew rotation aboard a Soyuz space capsule. Russian space officials were testing the Soyuz capsule that was to take astronauts on a mission by over pressuring it on the ground.

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ISS orbit raised to avoid Chinese satellite fragment

ISS orbit raised to avoid Chinese satellite fragment

The ISS and its international crew have been silently orbiting the Earth for many years now. Typically, the ISS maintains a consistent orbit, but at times, that orbit has to be tweaked to avoid any debris that might be in the path of the space station. The smallest chunk of space trash traveling at the very high velocities that are achieved in orbit can destroy the space station and risks the astronauts' lives.

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