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NASA in talks to turn the ISS into a commercial space lab

NASA in talks to turn the ISS into a commercial space lab

NASA wants to turn the International Space Station into a private space lab managed by a consortium of private companies. Details about the plan were recently given by NASA's Administrator Jim Bridenstine in a new interview, during which he explained that he's been talking with "many large corporations" about getting involved. The White House previously revealed that it plans to cut direct government funding for the ISS by 2025.

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Today’s SpaceX launch is special, but not for the reason you think

Today’s SpaceX launch is special, but not for the reason you think

On the heels of last week's successful Falcon 9 launch that carried 10 Iridium satellites into orbit, SpaceX is ready to take to the skies again today. Assuming the weather cooperates, another Falcon 9 rocket will launch from Cape Canerval today at 4:30 PM Eastern. This time around, the destination is the International Space Station, where it will drop off about 5,800 pounds of supplies to the astronauts currently residing there.

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CIMON the floating robot head brings AI to the ISS

CIMON the floating robot head brings AI to the ISS

The folks at AIRBUS and IBM will bring a Crew Interactive MObile CompanioN (CIMON) disembodied robot head to the International Space Station this summer. This robot head was never really attached to a robot body - it was built specifically for the ISS - and a free-floating environment in which it'll function. This robot head will bring artificial intelligence to the ISS - almost like DAVID in Prometheus, or Ash in Alien. Not to worry!

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ISS Expedition 54 crew return to Earth in Kazakhstan

ISS Expedition 54 crew return to Earth in Kazakhstan

NASA has announced that three of the crew from ISS Expedition 54 have safely returned to Earth. The trio includes NASA astronauts Mark Vande Hei and Joe Acaba. The crew members landed on Tuesday after spending months in low-Earth orbit aboard the ISS performing research and spacewalks.

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Trump administration wants ISS to be privately run after 2024

Trump administration wants ISS to be privately run after 2024

The ISS has been in orbit for many years now and in 2024 the US could stop providing federal funding for the space station. That doesn't mean that the space station will be retired or destroyed though. What Trump is hoping is that after 2024 the space station will become a privately run endeavor.

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ISS spacewalk sets record but almost ends in disaster

ISS spacewalk sets record but almost ends in disaster

A space walk lasting over eight hours broke International Space Station records, but a technical glitch could have made the whole thing a waste of time. Russian cosmonauts spent eight hours and 13 minutes outside of the orbiting research platform on Friday, installing an upgrade to a key antenna with which the ISS communicates with Mission Control in Russia.

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be screened on the ISS

Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be screened on the ISS

Star Wars fans currently located in space will get a chance to watch the latest series installment before returning to Earth, NASA has confirmed. Astronauts located on the International Space Station will be given a special movie night, allowing them to watch the movie alongside the rest of the world. Disney is working with NASA to make sure the ISS crew gets this opportunity, but some of the details are still missing.

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ISS crew video shows how to make and eat pizza in space

ISS crew video shows how to make and eat pizza in space

The International Space Station crew recently made some pizzas in microgravity, filming the fun for everyone on Earth to enjoy. It's a pizza night unlike any other, involving assembling pizzas while the ingredients try to float away. If that sounds like fun, just watch the video they shared: the completed pizzas are tossed past a camera, where they slowly float in the microgravity environment, their ingredients held on by sauce.

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Budweiser will send barley to ISS for space brewing experiments

Budweiser will send barley to ISS for space brewing experiments

Following Anheuser-Busch's previous announcement about brewing beer on Mars comes an update that'll actually get the project started. The company has revealed that it will send barley to the International Space Station early next month for a series of experiments in space. This will help the company understand how microgravity affects the ingredients used to make Budweiser beer.

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First ever 360-degree spacewalk video is out of this world

First ever 360-degree spacewalk video is out of this world

The first ever 360-degree video taken in space has been released. The video was shot while a pair of Russian cosmonauts were launching nanosatellites from outside of the International Space Station. In the video you can see the pair working and you can pan around and see what the duo is doing.

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Sony A7s II shoots in outer space from outside ISS

Sony A7s II shoots in outer space from outside ISS

It came from outer space! Actually, it went to outer space. We’re talking about Sony’s nearly two-year old full-frame mirrorless camera, the (alpha) A7s II. In addition to its boasted top of the line (as of 2015) features, the camera can now boast of being the first commercial camera to have the honor of staying outside the International Space Station to capture 4K video of the Earth, of space, and of everything in between.

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Street View in Space: Google Maps on the International Space Station

Street View in Space: Google Maps on the International Space Station

Google Street View has escaped Earth and made it to the International Space Station, with the first-person Google Maps add-on venturing out into zero gravity. European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Pesquet spent half a year on the ISS, returning to Earth last month. While on the orbiting research platform he captured numerous Street View images which Google has now released publicly.

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