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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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Cosmonaut Pavel Vinogradov becomes world’s oldest spacewalker

Cosmonaut Pavel Vinogradov becomes world’s oldest spacewalker

NASA is live-streaming a spacewalk right now, which involves two cosmonauts going out into the deep, dark space in order to fetch some equipment off the exterior of the International Space Station. One of those men is Flight Engineer Pavel Vinogradov, who is 59 years old and is now the oldest person ever to go out on a spacewalk.

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NASA live-streaming six-hour ISS spacewalk right now

NASA live-streaming six-hour ISS spacewalk right now

This isn't the first time that NASA has live-streamed a spacewalk, but we certainly don't get treated to them very often. Today, NASA is live streaming a six-hour spacewalk aboard the International Space Station, as two Russian cosmonauts venture their way out into deep, dark space to fix a broken reflector and install weather monitoring equipment on the exterior of the station.

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NASA chooses TESS and NICER projects for 2017 missions

NASA chooses TESS and NICER projects for 2017 missions

NASA has decided on two "low-cost" missions that it plans on launching in 2017. The first project involves the MIT-led Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) project, and the second project involves the Neutron Star Interior Composition Explorer (NICER), which will be mounted onto the International Space Station. NASA will spend a total of $255 million for both projects.

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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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SpaceX Dragon to depart ISS next week

SpaceX Dragon to depart ISS next week

Earlier this month, SpaceX launched its Dragon resupply ship to the international space station. Early on, the mission encountered some problems with solar power that threaten to leave the cargo ship stranded. However, those problems were fixed and the resupply ship continued on to the ISS.

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SpaceX Dragon to dock with International Space Station on Sunday

SpaceX Dragon to dock with International Space Station on Sunday

SpaceX's Dragon capsule is officially confirmed to be docking with the International Space Station beginning Sunday, March 2nd, at 6:00 AM Eastern Standard Time, or 3:00AM Pacific Standard Time. The attachment should be completed around 10:00AM EST/7:00AM PST. Dragon experienced some issues shortly after entering orbit, which resulted in a one-day delay of its arrival. But the ISS should be receiving their supplies come tomorrow.

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NASA to test data transmission using lasers

NASA to test data transmission using lasers

If you could only choose two things to love, it would probably be space and lasers, right? It's your lucky then, because NASA has announced that it will begin testing new communication and data transmission technologies using lasers starting in October. The system will be called OPALS, or Optical Payload for Lasercomm Science, and it "has the potential to change the way data is transmitted from space to Earth."

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NASA’s ISS Google+ Hangout is live right now [UPDATE]

NASA’s ISS Google+ Hangout is live right now [UPDATE]

A couple of weeks ago, NASA announced that it would be conducting a live Google+ Hangout from the International Space Station today starting at 10:30 am ET. Of course, the space agency is sticking to their promise and have officially started the Hangout, which means you can watch live as astronauts answer all your hankering questions.

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SpaceX Dragon capsule to make third trip to ISS on March 1

SpaceX Dragon capsule to make third trip to ISS on March 1

It seems like only yesterday when the SpaceX Dragon capsule launched its way to the International Space Station for the first time back in May, and now it's reporting for duty yet again for the third time. NASA has announced that the capsule will be planned to launch on March 1 to bring even more supplies on board the ISS, as well as take back some materials when the capsule returns to Earth.

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ISS astronaut Chris Hadfield to host Reddit AMA February 17 at 4 pm ET

ISS astronaut Chris Hadfield to host Reddit AMA February 17 at 4 pm ET

Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, currently on board the International Space Station, will be answering all your hankering questions on Reddit come Sunday, February 17 starting at 4 pm ET. Hadfield will be hosting an AMA ("Ask Me Anything"), in which popular figures and interesting subjects answer all sorts of questions from Redditors.

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