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Break Up Camera will record satellite re-entry from space

Break Up Camera will record satellite re-entry from space

Disposable cameras might be a relic of our past, but they’re still useful! Okay, we’re not talking about those plastic ones you used to buy at Walgreens, but this one is still a throwaway camera. Instead of snapping pics of grandma’s birthday party, the Break Up Camera captures pics in space.

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ISS to Earth: Hello World sent via laser

ISS to Earth: Hello World sent via laser

NASA has reached another milestone, and probably a world record, in its efforts to speed up communication between a spacecraft and Earth. It has just sent a short high-definition video from the International Space Station 260 miles above the planet to its ground base in California, using a laser beam instead of the traditional radio wave.

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Dice rolled in space: a collection of space photography

Dice rolled in space: a collection of space photography

Dice -- or perhaps just a singular die -- was rolled in wide-open space for what may be the first time by American astronaut Reid Wiseman, who snapped a picture of the little red cube as it floated above the Earth. Despite how it might appear, the die is entirely real, and is accompanied by some other nifty images.

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Chris Hadfield’s Space Oddity goes “offline” today

Chris Hadfield’s Space Oddity goes “offline” today

Those of you familiar with the internet - and how removing things from the internet go - will understand how odd the following bit of news will sound. Back a year ago, NASA and/or Chris Hadfield himself received permission from David Bowie and his labels - Philips, Mercury, RCA - to play and record the song Space Oddity. This resulted in a YouTube video sensation.

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International Space Station’s robotic crew member gets legs

International Space Station’s robotic crew member gets legs

Robonaut 2 is a robot living aboard the International Space Station with its many scientists, taking on tasks that allow the crew to do more scientific research while it does menial labor. This beast was developed by NASA and GM (General Motors) and will - as of this week - be getting its own pair of Climbing Legs. These legs will allow the robot to be much more versatile than ever before.

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ISS experiment will beam video to Earth using a laser

ISS experiment will beam video to Earth using a laser

NASA is getting ready to conduct its first optical communications experiment aboard the ISS orbiting the Earth. The experiment is called the Optical Payload for Lasercomm Science or OPALS. The experiment payload will head to the ISS aboard the SpaceX mission set to launch to the station on April 14.

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Space X’s delayed cargo mission to ISS will launch March 30

Space X’s delayed cargo mission to ISS will launch March 30

Space X was the first private company to make commercial deliveries to the ISS carrying food, water, science gear and more. Space X has now made several successful deliveries to the ISS since its contract began. We mentioned a few days ago that the ISS had to fire its boosters and push itself into a slightly higher orbit to avoid space junk.

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ISS has another coolant problem says NASA

ISS has another coolant problem says NASA

The ISS is having another cooling issue according to NASA. The coolant system aboard the orbiting space station is giving NASA fits. Last year NASA authorized a spacewalk to fix the coolant system in late December. The new leak is in one of the large coolant loops.

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ISS thrusters fired Sunday to dodge space junk

ISS thrusters fired Sunday to dodge space junk

The ISS has been orbiting the Earth for years as astronauts from multiple countries live aboard the space station and use it as a science platform. Multiple times in the many years the ISS has been in orbit, the orbit has been changed to allow the station to dodge debris and other space junk.

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Orbital Sciences Cygnus lifts off for first of eight ISS resupply missions

Orbital Sciences Cygnus lifts off for first of eight ISS resupply missions

Yesterday marked the liftoff of the first of eight official missions to the International Space Station for Orbital Sciences. Orbital sent its Cygnus spacecraft to the ISS atop its Antares rocket. The rocket launched successfully from the NASA Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

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ISS gets financial backing from White House through 2024

ISS gets financial backing from White House through 2024

The fate of the ISS beyond the year 2020 has been rather dire for a while now. The budgeting for the ISS was set to expire in 2020 resulting in the decommissioning of the space station. The White House has now agreed to extend the funding for the ISS for a few more years.

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Cosmonauts break a spacewalk record, but HD camera telemetry fails

Cosmonauts break a spacewalk record, but HD camera telemetry fails

Yesterday's spacewalk outside the International Space Station resulted in a record-breaking amount of time spent moving around in the vacuum of space by a Russian. Commander Oleg Kotov and Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy spent 8 hours and 7 minutes on the mission, breaking the previous Russian record of 7 hours and 29 minutes set by Flight Engineers Fyodor Yurchikhin and Alexander Misurkin Aug. 16, 2013. The achievement was a little softened, however, as the mission didn't go entirely as planned.

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