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Next Launch TMA-16M on a Soyuz-FG rocket from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
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27 Mar 15 19:42:59 GMT
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Scientists Create Color-Based Catalog of Earthly Life Forms to Help Search for Alien Biology

A hypothetical rendering of colorful plant life on a habitable exoplanet. Although most such alien life, if it exists, found with this technique may be microscopic, it illustrates how analysis of color could help scientists learn more about the physical nature of alien biology. Image Credit: NASA/Caltech/Doug Cummings

With exoplanets now being discovered by […]

Walking on an Alien World: The First 50 Years of Spacewalking (Part 2)

A mere four years after humanity’s first spacewalk, EVA and space suit technology advanced sufficiently to permit Neil Armstrong’s historic first steps on the Moon. Photo Credit: NASA

Fifty years ago, yesterday, on 18 March 1965, humanity became an “extravehicular” spacefaring civilization for the first time, when 30-year-old Soviet cosmonaut Alexei Leonov ventured outside […]

Soyuz TMA-17M Crew Ready for May Launch to Space Station

Soyuz TMA-17M crewmen (from left) Kimiya Yui, Oleg Kononenko and Kjell Lindgren discuss their upcoming expedition at yesterday’s press conference at the Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston, Texas. Photo Credit: Michael Galindo/AmericaSpace

Three spacefarers from three discrete nations are currently entering their final weeks on Earth, ahead of launch towards the International Space […]

In Search of the Invisible Universe: Newly Discovered Dwarf Galaxies Around the Milky Way Might Hold Clues to Dark Matter

An illustration showing the distribution of the two dozen known dwarf satellite galaxies around the Milky Way. Astronomers have recently discovered nine more additional such candidate objects below the plane of the galaxy, shown here in red. Image Credit: S. Koposov, V. Belokurov (IoA, Cambridge). Background: 2MASS

The mystery of dark matter has dominated […]

Bigelow Aerospace Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) Completes Major Milestones

The Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) will be berthed to the Tranquility Node of the International Space Station for a two-year demonstration. It will be the first private space habitat of its kind. Credit: Bigelow Aerospace

Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) will be berthed to the Tranquility Node of the International Space Station for a two-year demonstration. It will be the first private space habitat of its kind. Credit: Bigelow Aerospace

In early 2013, NASA awarded Bigelow Aerospace with a $17.8 million contract to develop an expandable space habitat. […]

'Working a Monkey Board': The First 50 Years of Spacewalking (Part 1)

Five decades have now passed since humanity’s first foray beyond the confines of their pressurized spacecraft and into the airless void beyond. Photo Credit: NASA

Fifty years ago, today, on 18 March 1965, a 30-year-old Soviet cosmonaut named Alexei Leonov became the first human in history to depart the confines of his spacecraft in […]

Sierra Nevada Proposes Unmanned Dream Chaser Space Plane for Space Station Resupply

Unmanned version of Sierra Nevada Corporation Dream Chaser space plan proposal for NASA cargo resupply contract docks at the International Space Station. Credit: Sierra Nevada Corporation See video below

Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) is vigorously pushing ahead with an unmanned cargo version of their Dream Chaser space plane that is aimed at fulfilling NASA’s […]

'Off On the Right Foot': Expedition 43 Underway at Space Station

Under the command of Terry Virts (far right), Expedition 43 will continue until mid-May. From left are Gennadi Padalka, Scott Kelly, Anton Shkaplerov, Samantha Cristoforetti, Mikhail Kornienko and Virts. Photo Credit: NASA

Only a week after the safe return to Earth of Soyuz TMA-14M and its crew of Russian cosmonauts Aleksandr Samokutyayev and Yelena […]

Whoa! Opportunity Discovers Matchless Purplish Rocks at Spectacular Mars Overlook

NASA’s Opportunity Rover scans along a spectacular overlook towards Marathon Valley on March 3, 2015, showing flat-faced rocks exhibiting a completely new composition from others examined earlier. Marathon Valley and Martian cliffs on Endeavour crater hold deposits of water altered clay minerals. This navcam camera photo mosaic was assembled from images taken on Sol […]

'As Long As It's Not a Hurricane': 20 Years Since the Record-Setting Mission of Norm Thagard (Part 2)

Norm Thagard and Bonnie Dunbar participate in Soyuz-TM training in October 1994. Photo Credit: NASA

Twenty years ago, this week, the first U.S. astronaut in history was launched in a non-U.S. spacecraft, from a non-U.S. nation, with a crew entirely composed of non-U.S. comrades. Four-time shuttle veteran Norm Thagard had spent more than a […]