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Augmented reality applications are helping astronauts repair the ISS

Augmented reality applications are helping astronauts repair the ISS

NASA is currently working hard to develop processes and technology acquired to send humans to the moon again. Currently, astronauts aboard the ISS are using augmented reality applications to assist them in making repairs within the station. The augmented reality system is part of an effort to reduce communications lag, which will be a significant challenge during lunar or Martian missions in the future.

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NASA has biomined vanadium on the ISS using microbes

NASA has biomined vanadium on the ISS using microbes

NASA scientists completed an experiment aboard the ISS that involves biomining vanadium using the power of microbes to do some work. Biomining is common thanks to its cost-effectiveness and environmentally friendly capability of obtaining metals from nature. NASA believes that biomining could be leveraged with future space missions to obtain materials needed for long-duration missions from other planetary bodies.

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New cracks discovered in Russian module aboard the ISS

New cracks discovered in Russian module aboard the ISS

As the ISS ages, some systems aboard the space station are beginning to break down. Recently, Russian cosmonauts found new cracks in the Zarya module. Russian officials say the new cracks will likely spread over time. There has been no confirmation of the cracks causing air to leak from the space station.

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Russia finds cracks in International Space Station

Russia finds cracks in International Space Station

The International Space Station (ISS) is showing its age. The space station is made up of multiple modules, each with different points of connection and manufacturing dates, but when one fails, there's a chance the rest will suffer. This isn't like Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, where the ISS grew at an extraordinary rate without significant incident, eventually reaching a size too massive to stay in orbit around Earth.

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SpaceX launches its 23rd Commercial Resupply Services mission

SpaceX launches its 23rd Commercial Resupply Services mission

NASA has confirmed the successful launch of a SpaceX Dragon resupply spacecraft that is heading to the ISS. The spacecraft launched Sunday, August 29, at 3:14 AM EDT. The Dragon spacecraft was pushed into orbit atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, with a launch happening at Kennedy Space Center from Launch Complex 39A.

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NASA talks Space Pen myths and how its astronauts write in space

NASA talks Space Pen myths and how its astronauts write in space

NASA published an editorial today discussing its Space Pen, the myths surrounding it, and how the space agency's astronauts actually write while on the International Space Station. In its new editorial, NASA reveals how the Space Pen actually became a thing, how much it cost taxpayers, and why the space agency made the decision to move away from cheap, but risky, pencils.

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NASA scrubs ISS spacewalk after astronaut “medical issue”

NASA scrubs ISS spacewalk after astronaut “medical issue”

NASA has scrubbed plans for the spacewalk outside of the International Space Station this week, after a medical issue with one of the astronauts. The spacewalk was to take place in collaboration with JAXA, Japan's space agency, on Tuesday, August 24, as those onboard the ISS continue to prepare it for a new solar installation.

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NASA has a new way to predict radiation exposure for astronauts

NASA has a new way to predict radiation exposure for astronauts

Astronauts who spend significant amounts of time outside of Earth's protective atmosphere are exposed to significantly higher levels of radiation. Ahead of sending astronauts on extended duration missions to Mars, NASA is looking for better ways to predict the risk radiation poses with long-term spaceflight. NASA says that astronauts who travel to the moon, Mars, and other deep-space destinations will be exposed to increased risks due to the space environment.

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NASA details next SpaceX ISS cargo launch: How to watch it live

NASA details next SpaceX ISS cargo launch: How to watch it live

NASA has revealed its plans for the next cargo launch to the International Space Station, detailing the planned launch date and time, as well as how the public can participate in the event even if they’re safely at home. As with previous launches, the space agency plans to have a live broadcast about the cargo mission that anyone can watch.

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SpaceX commercial cargo launch set for August 28

SpaceX commercial cargo launch set for August 28

NASA has confirmed the launch date for its next commercial cargo mission to the ISS. NASA says that SpaceX will send a Cargo Dragon spacecraft into orbit on Saturday, August 28 at 3:37 AM EDT. The launch will be the 23rd commercial resupply services mission to ISS that SpaceX has conducted.

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NASA’s next SpaceX Dragon mission gets a date – and intriguing cargo

NASA’s next SpaceX Dragon mission gets a date – and intriguing cargo

SpaceX's next mission to the International Space Station will take place on August 28, NASA has confirmed today, with the scheduling coming shortly after rival Boeing failed to launch its Starliner. It's the 23rd commercial resupply services mission, with SpaceX having the process down to a fine art at this point as it loads up the Dragon spacecraft with supplies and scientific experiments.

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Boeing’s Starliner goes back to the factory: NASA launch on hold

Boeing’s Starliner goes back to the factory: NASA launch on hold

Boeing is moving the troubled Starliner back to its factory, after NASA scrubbed the spacecraft's launch last week over valve failures in the propulsion system. The Orbital Flight Test-2 (OFT-2) had been intended to show that the CST-100 could safely reach the International Space Station and return, but instead it revealed things still weren't quite ready for primetime.

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