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  •  NASA decodes hazards of human spaceflight to Mars

    Washington: In a bid to make an organised effort to overcome the obstacles that lie before a human journey to Mars, NASA has decoded some hazards that astronauts can encounter on a continual basis on the Red Planet. The space agency’s Human Research Programme (HRP) used ground-based analogues, laboratories, and the International Space Station (ISS), to evaluate human performance and countermeasures required for the exploration of Mars, expected to be in the 2030s.

  • Boeing, SpaceX human spaceflight postponed to 2019: NASA

    Washington: NASA has confirmed a delay in the first piloted flights of Boeing and SpaceX, part of NASA’s Commercial Crew programme to send humans to the International Space Station (ISS) on private US spacecraft.

  • 2 NASA astronauts to take spacewalk next week

    Washington: Two NASA astronauts are set to go out for a spacewalk on May 16 to swap out thermal control gear that circulates ammonia to keep the International Space Station systems cool. The excursion will be conducted by veteran spacewalkers Ricky Arnold and Drew Feustel, NASA said in a blog post on Monday.

  • Afraid of heights in space: NASA astronaut details flight

    Stennis Space Center (US): When NASA astronaut Joseph Acaba went out for a spacewalk during a recent trip into space, he held on tight to the railing. That’s because Acaba is afraid of heights.  That was one of the highlights of Acaba’s talk this week to employees at the Stennis Space Center on the

  • NASA astronauts to take a spacewalk on Thursday

    Washington: Two NASA astronauts will head outside the International Space Station (ISS) on Thursday to begin a 6.5-hour spacewalk. During the spacewalk at approximately 8 a.m. (5.30 p.m. India time), Drew Feustel and Ricky Arnold will install wireless communications antennas and replace a camera system, NASA said in a blog post on Wednesday.

  • After 288 days in space, Peggy set to return to Earth

    Washington : Record-breaking NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson is set to depart the International Space Station (ISS) and return to Earth after completing a 288-day long mission, the US space agency said.

  • Sperm frozen in space produces healthy mice

    Tokyo: In a first, freeze-dried sperm stored for over nine months aboard the International Space Station (ISS) has yielded healthy mice offspring, say scientists who suggest that assisted reproduction may be possible for humans living in space in the future.

  • Space travel may reduce astronauts’ exercise capacity

    Astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) or those on long duration space flights, such as journeys to Mars or deep space are likely to have a 30 and 50 per cent decline in exercise capacity because of a decrease in the way oxygen moves through the body, say researchers. The findings showed that astronauts’ heart and small blood vessels are not as effective at transporting oxygen to the working muscle during

  • NASA’s Peggy Whitson breaks record for time spent in space

    WASHINGTON: NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson on Monday set a new US record for most cumulative days spent in space, surpassing cosmonaut Jeff Williams’ record of 534 days aboard the International Space Station (ISS). With the recent extension of her stay at the ISS, the Expedition 51 commander has five months to rack up another record, NASA said. In 2008, Whitson became the first woman to command the space station, and on April

  • Universe may soon get its ‘coolest spot’

    Washington: NASA is planning to send an ice chest-sized box to the International Space Station (ISS), where it will freeze gas atoms to create the coolest spot in the universe, an advance that may provide new insights into gravity and dark matter.

  • Japanese ‘space junk’ in trouble

    Tokyo: An experimental ‘space junk’ collector designed to pull rubbish from the Earth’s orbit has run into trouble, Japanese scientists said today, potentially a new embarrassment for Tokyo’s high-tech programme.

  • Why astronauts suffer from vision problems decoded

    Washington: Astronauts staying in space for extended periods of time may suffer from vision problems due the constant pressure on the back of the eye, say scientists who suggest that using a vacuum device to lower pressure may prevent the condition.

  • New NASA smartphone game lets you grow plants on ISS!

    Washington: NASA has launched a gaming app that allows you to virtually float around the International Space Station (ISS), meet the crew and even grow plants using your smartphone. In the game “Space Science Investigations: Plant Growth,” players have to first how to navigate in the ISS’s micro-gravity environment, or “zero-g” , says PTI.

  • Cucumbers grown in space show how plants sense gravity

    Tokyo: Scientists have examined cucumber seedlings germinated under microgravity conditions of the International Space Station (ISS), to understand how plants sense gravity and stimulate their own growth, says PTI.

  • NASA growing lettuce in space

    Washington: NASA has planted lettuce on the International Space Station (ISS) to learn how to grow fresh food in space – which may help prepare astronauts for the future manned mission to Mars.

  • NASA to study microbes of the space station

    Washington: The microbes that people have brought with them so far to the International Space Station — and left behind — are the focus of a new collaborative research opportunity from NASA and the non profit Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, according to IANS.

  • NASA astronaut to step into expandable space habitat on Monday

    Washington: NASA astronaut Jeff Williams on Monday will enter the first human-rated expandable habitat deployed in space, a technology that could prove beneficial for deep space exploration and commercial low-Earth orbit applications, the US space agency said.