space travel

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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Library of Congress to preserve first-ever audio message sent from space

Library of Congress to preserve first-ever audio message sent from space

The first-ever audio message that was sent from space occurred on December 19, 1958 when President Dwight Eisenhower said, "America's wish for peace on Earth and goodwill toward men everywhere." The message was broadcast from the world's first communications satellite called the Project Signal Communications by Orbiting Relay Equipment (SCORE). Now, the Library of Congress will be preserving that audio message.

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Voyager 1 exits solar system, experiences massive changes in radiation levels

Voyager 1 exits solar system, experiences massive changes in radiation levels

We've talked about the Voyager 1 spacecraft in the past, and it's most known for being the farthest man-made object from the Earth, and it's been announced that the 1,600-pound space probe has exited our solar system, as well as the heliosphere beyond the influence of the Sun. However, the probe has been experiencing drastic changes in radiation levels since leaving the solar system.

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Europe and Russia teaming up for mission to Mars

Europe and Russia teaming up for mission to Mars

NASA may have already landed several rovers on the surface of Mars, but that isn't stopping other countries from trying it themselves. The European Space Agency (ESA) and Roscosmos have signed a deal to launch an orbiter in 2016 that will orbit the Red Planet, as well as plans to put a rover on Mars in 2018 as part of the ExoMars program.

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SpaceX shows impressive Grasshopper rocket demonstration

SpaceX shows impressive Grasshopper rocket demonstration

SpaceX released a video detailing its most recent launch of its Grasshopper reusable rocket. The video demonstrates the continuous advancements SpaceX is making, and how Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX, is working hard to achieve his goal of making space travel much more cost friendly. On March 7th, 2013, the Grasshopper was able to hover 262.8 feet, which is over twice the amount it was able to hover back in December.

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