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Virgin Galactic will offer trips to ISS in NASA private astronaut program

Virgin Galactic will offer trips to ISS in NASA private astronaut program

Virgin Galactic will run private spaceflights to the International Space Station, inking a deal with NASA that will see it create a new space tourism program. The newly-signed Space Act Agreement will see Virgin Galactic train private astronauts, take them into orbit, and help demonstrate how the ISS could be used as more than the research platform it is today.

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ISS lab test success on path to coldest lab in known universe

ISS lab test success on path to coldest lab in known universe

Aboard the International Space Station, physicists worked in a unique laboratory to create a Bose-Einstein condensate. With this quantum matter, scientists will be able to further (and better) explore the wide universe of quantum physics. The results of the proof-of-principal released in a research paper in Nature this week show that this Cold Atom Lab can "successfully exploit the microgravity of space in ways that should allow scientists to create phenomena that would be impossible on Earth."

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NASA details precise microbial ‘fingerprints’ astronauts leave in space

NASA details precise microbial ‘fingerprints’ astronauts leave in space

NASA has detailed a new study that found precise microbial 'fingerprints' that astronauts left behind on the International Space Station. According to the research, microorganisms transferred from astronauts' bodies to the ISS environment retained a close resemblance to their source and scientists were able to determine which part of the astronaut's body they came from.

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Tom Cruise, SpaceX to shoot a film on the International Space Station

Tom Cruise, SpaceX to shoot a film on the International Space Station

There have been countless movies that have been set in outer space but not all of them can make a claim to be really based on reality. For that to happen, one will have to actually be in space or at least shoot some scenes there. Considering the logistics, not to mention legal and regulatory requirements, of that stunt, it's no surprise that almost no one has even bothered to do so. Tom Cruise and SpaceX, however, want to change that and they have their eyes on the ISS from the get-go.

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A new study looks at how long spaceflights impact astronaut brain volume

A new study looks at how long spaceflights impact astronaut brain volume

The human body undergoes a lot of stress when in the microgravity environment of space that causes physiological changes to astronauts. One point of study for long-term space travel is how to determine what long-term impacts spaceflight will have on the body and how to mitigate them. A new study has been published that was investigating known vision problems in astronauts after extended periods in space. The study suggests that the impact of long-duration space travel is more far-reaching than previously believed.

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Space veggies may be healthy, but watering them is tricky

Space veggies may be healthy, but watering them is tricky

A newly published study reveals that lettuce grown in space is just as healthy as its counterpart grown on Earth, joining a previous taste test that determined the green and red leaves were 'tasty.' Watering plants in a microgravity environment isn't simple, however, and though a syringe-based watering system worked well enough for lettuce, NASA says it needs something more sophisticated for bigger vegetables.

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Most epic LEGO sets you can buy now

Most epic LEGO sets you can buy now

Remember the times you would stare at the biggest LEGO display sets in the toy store wishing you could persuade your parents to buy you one? But like the most of us, you probably had to settle for one of the smaller boxes below $30. The good news is, it is not too late.

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NASA says 2019 was the ISS National Lab’s ‘most prolific year’

NASA says 2019 was the ISS National Lab’s ‘most prolific year’

NASA's Kennedy Space Center has announced the publication of the International Space Station U.S. National Laboratory's 2019 Annual Report. The publication details many of the accomplishments and various highlights related to the ISS National Lab during the space agency's 2019 fiscal year, which ended on September 30, 2019. Among other things, the ISS National Lab broke two of its own records last year.

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NASA chose Axiom space to build and launch three ISS modules

NASA chose Axiom space to build and launch three ISS modules

NASA has announced that it has chosen Axiom Space to design, build, and launch a trio of pressurized modules for the ISS and a large Earth observation window. The partnership between NASA and Axiom is part of Appendix I of NASA Next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnerships 2. The agency hopes that the program will stimulate commercial development of deep space exploration capabilities.

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ISS astronauts repaired cosmic ray detector during a spacewalk

ISS astronauts repaired cosmic ray detector during a spacewalk

Over the weekend, a pair of astronauts aboard the ISS went on a spacewalk to work on an instrument that some believed unrepairable. The instrument that astronauts Andrew Morgan from NASA and Luca Parmitano from Italy worked on was the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer. The duo worked on the same instrument last month.

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LEGO ISS International Space Station released for real

LEGO ISS International Space Station released for real

The LEGO Ideas ISS (International Space Station) was revealed as a build-ready, in-store, consumer-ready set this week. This build was made on the micro-level, which means it's got a pair of 2 astronaut microfigures that'll live in the base of the set near its user-built stand. This system is both incredibly detailed and surprisingly simple - an instant classic, for sure.

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Astronaut Christina Koch breaks record for longest female space flight

Astronaut Christina Koch breaks record for longest female space flight

NASA took the time to brag on one of its astronauts not long ago for setting a record for space flight duration. NASA Astronaut Christina Koch has set a record for the longest space flight by a woman after spending 288 days in orbit. That eclipses the record set by former station commander Peggy Whitson.

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