• Russia Is Hoping To Transform The ISS Into The Ultimate Tourist Destination

    Between 2001 and 2009, Russia sent seven paying guests to the International Space Station. But when NASA canceled the shuttle program in 2011, the American space agency began to rely on Russia’s Soyuz spacecrafts to transport astronauts to the ISS, putting an end to space tourism. Now NASA is counting on SpaceX and Boeing to take over astronaut transportation by 2018, which will leave Russia with a huge loss in revenue. To make up the difference, Russia will resume “short-term commercial expeditions to the Russian segment of the ISS.” In fact, British soprano Sarah Brightman will be traveling to the ISS later this year at a personal cost of about $50 million, which is about what the expected cost of a ticket will be come 2018. Time to start saving.

  • Leave It To An Astronaut To Make The Greatest Space Time-Lapse Video Of All Time

    European Space Agency astronaut and geophysicist Alexander Gerst already put every other Twitter account to shame when he posted daily pictures of the Earth from the International Space Station @Astro_Alex. But that wasn’t enough for him. Although he returned to terra firma in November, he’s still dominating the Internet. Check out this time-lapse made by combining 12,500 images Gerst took during his six-month stay aboard the ISS. For best results, be sure to watch it fullscreen and in 4k.

  • Space Station Astronauts Put A GoPro Inside a Floating Water Bubble in Zero Gravity

    Water surface tension in microgravity has always been interesting, but what these three astronauts did aboard the International Space Station just took space to the final frontier. In my opinion, sticking a GoPro inside a floating water bubble in zero gravity has completely pushed the limits of space science as we know it. Astronauts Steve Swanson, Reid Wiseman, and Alexander Gerst filmed the videos sometime during summer 2014 as part of Expedition 40, which they also filmed in 3D. In space free falling liquids take on a spherical shape without that pesky gravity holding them down. IFLS notes that “Hydrogen bonding between water molecules naturally pulls them together, resulting in a spherical configuration that minimizes surface area.” Stick a GoPro in a free flowing sphere of water and you have yourself inter(stellar)net gold.

  • The ISS Turns Spooky At Nighttime [15 Photos]

    ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst has been wowing us with incredible photos of the Earth while he looks down from the International Space Station, but now he has turned his lens towards the ISS. Apparently, while orbitting around the Earth 16 times per day, the crew of the ISS require sleep at some point. Since there’s no real “nighttime” for the astronauts, a “lights out” period is necessary to ensure they don’t start eating soap like Ren in “Space Madness.” And while the lights are out, Alexander Gerst floats around snapping pictures of the eerie, dark space station reminiscent of Event Horizon except without all the freaky violence. Hopefully.

  • The International Space Station Has a Better Instagram Than You [32 Photos]

    So you probably think you have decent Instagram skills. Given the amount of over-saturated latte art and cityscapes you’ve so generously bestowed upon the internet, you’re probably pretty okay. Wrong. The International Space Station (ISS) Instagram account puts your poor attempts at a lens flare to shame. While you were busy trying to photograph your lunch, the astronauts of the ISS were snapping a pic of their homegrown lettuce IN SPACE. While you and your buddies were huddling for a selfie during the Argentina-Germany game, they were placing bets on the winner IN SPACE. Your last Throwback Thursday was a picture of you crying in a kiddie pool. Theirs was of a moonrise. You just can’t measure up, but who could? Swanny’s selfie game is just out of this world. Check out their Instagram and follow them at @iss: 1. “USA NASA astronauts Steve “Swanny” Swanson and Reid Wiseman with German ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst.” #worldcup2014 #bffl 2. “Sunrise of the cloud-covered Aleutian Islands.”  #sunrises #nature #space 3. “One can’t help but be awed by the auroras.” #aurora #nasa #sopretty 4. “Moonrise over the International Space Station.” #throwbackthursday #moon 5. “Looking aft.”  #earth 6. “The Canadian arm, SPDM, is about to grapple a new camera from the Japanese more »

  • Vines From Space Are Better Than Anything You Post

    Former Naval aviator and test pilot Reid Wiseman was selected to join NASA back in 2009. On May 28 of this year, the 38-year-old began his first mission in space at the International Space Station as part of Expedition 40/41. Besides being an astronaut, Wiseman also happens to be keen on social media, posting regularly on Twitter and Vine. 18 months after launching, many people are still not quite sure what Vine’s six-second video clips are best suited for. Well it looks like we have an answer—space videos. What, you’re not an astronaut? Good thing Wiseman’s mission last until November. After that it’s back to being bemused with the service.

  • Live HD Stream From The ISS Is Amazing [Video]

    Last month, 4 high-definition cameras were delivered to the International Space Station. The cameras were mounted on the outside of the ISS and live video feed has been streaming since April 30. Aside from offering an incredible view of Earth like you’ve never seen before, the program also tests the viability of commercial cameras for future space missions. If these HD cameras prove successful, millions can be saved by forgoing expensive, custom-designed space cameras. With governments cutting back on space programs, every dollar counts. Check out the live feed below and get more info on the High Definition Earth Viewing program at NASA.

  • Amazing HD Time-Lapse Video From International Space Station

    YouTube user David Peterson put together this incredible high-def time-lapse video using photos taken from the International Space Station made available by NASA. The result is one of the best and most high-quality videos of it’s kind that we’ve seen. For a shot-by-shot description of what you’re seeing, go to the YouTube page for the video.

  • Epic View Of Earth From Space [Time Lapse Video]

    It seems as if these is a new time laspse video of Earth shot by the International Space Station released each week. Some are better than others but I still watch them all. It’s transfixing. Of all the time lapse videos I’ve seen, probably dozens if not more, this one is hands down the best. It was shot by the crew of expeditions 28 & 29 onboard the International Space Station from August to October, 2011, at an altitude of around 350 km. That’s about 30 times the altitude airplanes cruise at. It is a view that few of us will ever see but everyone can appreciate. What makes this video great is that it was shot in crystal clear HD, and also refurbished, smoothed, retimed, denoised, deflickered, cut, etc. Shooting locations in order of appearance: 1. Aurora Borealis Pass over the United States at Night 2. Aurora Borealis and eastern United States at Night 3. Aurora Australis from Madagascar to southwest of Australia 4. Aurora Australis south of Australia 5. Northwest coast of United States to Central South America at Night 6. Aurora Australis from the Southern to the Northern Pacific Ocean 7. Halfway around the World 8. Night Pass more »


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