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Space explorers wanted: NASA seeks next generation of astronauts

Feb 12, 2020 - 5:27 PM

Requirements: A relevant Master's degree, prepared to live and work 400 kilometers above Earth on the International Space Station, and a US citizen

NEXT GENERATION. An artists rendition of a an astronaut in outer space over planet Earth. Elements of this image furnished by NASA.

U.S. astronauts help track Santa's delivery route

Dec 25, 2019 - 9:44 AM

NORAD has been tracking Santa since 1955 when a girl accidentally dialed the misprinted phone number from a department store advertisement in the local newspaper, believing she was calling Santa

SANTA TRACKER. This photo released by the US Airforce, shows NORAD Tracks Santa Operation Center on Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado on December 24, 2019. Photo by Alexandra M. Longfellow / US AIR FORCE / AFP

Hard soil, big jumps and epiphanies: What it's like on the Moon

Jul 10, 2019 - 10:46 AM

Here are impressions of some of American men who walked on the Moon, collected from a series of oral history interviews by NASA

'A long ride': 50 years ago, a dress rehearsal for the Moon landing

May 25, 2019 - 4:06 PM

The year was 1969, Apollo 10 commander Tom Stafford made an unusual request to mission control. He said: 'Think you could call over to London and tell the president of the Flat Earth Society that he's wrong?'

In this May 18, 1969 image obtained from NASA, Apollo 10 Commander Tom Stafford, heading to the Kennedy Space Center launch pad, pats the nose of a stuffed Snoopy held by Jamye Flowers (Coplin), astronaut Gordon Cooper’s secretary. As the sight of planet Earth grew ever smaller, Apollo 10 commander Tom Stafford made an unusual request to mission control. The year was 1969, and his vessel was the first to be equipped with a color camera, which was beaming live images to an awestruck global audience. "I was feeling real high," Stafford recalled. "I said: 'Think you could call over to London and tell the president of the Flat Earth Society that he's wrong?'" Handout / NASA / AFP

Astronauts on aborted Soyuz launch blast off successfully for ISS

Mar 15, 2019 - 8:51 AM

'The Soyuz is now in orbit and the crew are on their way to the International Space Station,' says a commentator on NASA television.

NASA astronaut Christina Hammock Koch, a member of the International Space Station (ISS) expedition 59/60, reacts as her spacesuit is tested prior to the launch onboard the Soyuz MS-12 spacecraft from the Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on March 14, 2019. Photo by Sergei Ilnitsky/Pool/AFP

NASA wants people on Mars within 25 years

Nov 14, 2018 - 3:38 PM

The US space agency believes it can put humans on the Red Planet within 25 years, but the technological and medical hurdles are immense

RED PLANET. This computer-generated image depicts part of Mars at the boundary between darkness and daylight, with an area including Gale Crater, beginning to catch morning light. NASA/JPL-Caltech

Aborted launch astronauts return to space next year – Russia

Oct 12, 2018 - 6:07 PM

Russian cosmonaut Aleksey Ovchinin and US astronaut Nick Hague who survived an aborted flight are likely to go into space in the spring

Russia's Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft carrying the members of the International Space Station (ISS) expedition 57/58, Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin and NASA astronaut Nick Hague, blasts off to the ISS from the launch pad at the Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome in Baikonur on October 11, 2018.  Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV / AFP

Rocket bound for ISS fails, crew survives emergency landing

Oct 11, 2018 - 9:28 PM

US astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Aleksey Ovchinin are safe after their Soyuz rocket fails shortly after blast-off

ISS astronauts return to Earth amid U.S.-Russia tensions

Oct 05, 2018 - 3:00 AM

The landing comes with Russian and US officials investigating the appearance of a mysterious hole in a Russian space craft docked at the orbiting station

This March 7, 2011 NASA handout image shows a close-up view of the International Space Station is featured in this image photographed by an STS-133 crew member on space shuttle Discovery after the station and shuttle began their post-undocking relative separation. AFP PHOTO/NASA/HO RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT " AFP PHOTO / NASA " - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Final Fruit-ier: Thailand sends smelly durian into space

Jun 05, 2018 - 9:58 PM

Thailand plans to shoot durian into orbit this July to test its durability in a project that could see the staple 'king of fruits' consumed in zero-gravity conditions

KING OF FRUITS. A Thai fruit vendor waits for customers behind a display of durians in Bangkok on June 1, 2018. Photo by Romeo Gacad/AFP

U.S. spacewalkers to swap, check coolers 'Leaky' and 'Frosty'

May 16, 2018 - 11:11 PM

Since they operate using highly toxic ammonia, the spacewalkers must take utmost care not to get any on their suits

SPACEWALK. This NASA TV frame grab shows a pair of US astronauts as they began a spacewalk outside the International Space Station on May 16, 2018 to swap and check on two external cooling boxes, nicknamed "Leaky" and "Frosty. Handout / NASA TV / AFP

Record-breaking NASA astronaut comes back to Earth

Sep 03, 2017 - 10:10 PM

Peggy Whitson 57 is the American who has spent the most cumulative amount of time in space

International Space Station (ISS) crew member US astronaut Peggy Whitson reacts shortly after landing in a remote area outside the town of Dzhezkazgan (Zhezkazgan), Kazakhstan on September 3, 2017 US astronaut Peggy Whitson touched down to Earth on September 3 with two Russian and American colleagues following her record-breaking 288-day stay at the International Space Station. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / SERGEI ILNITSKY

NASA mulls putting astronauts on deep space test flight

Feb 25, 2017 - 11:15 AM

Orion is being built with an eye to one day ferrying astronauts to Earth s neighboring planet Mars perhaps by the 2030s

ORION TEST FLIGHT. Bill Gerstenmaier, associate administrator NASA's Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate, testifies before the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee December 10, 2014 in Washington, DC. File photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP

SpaceX blasts off cargo from historic NASA launchpad

Feb 19, 2017 - 11:20 PM

UPDATED The launch of the Falcon 9 rocket carrying the unmanned Dragon cargo ship pushes through after the first attempt was canceled

Eugene Cernan, last man to walk on moon, dies

Jan 17, 2017 - 11:37 AM

Cernan was the spacecraft commander of Apollo 17 – his third space flight and the last scheduled US manned mission to the moon – in December 1972

LAST MAN ON THE MOON. Eugene Cernan in an official NASA photo. Photo courtesy NASA

Elon Musk promises 'fun' trip to Mars colony

Sep 28, 2016 - 6:53 AM

Musk: It has to be fun or exciting It can t feel cramped or boring

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk speaks about the Interplanetary Transport System which aims to reach Mars with the first human crew in history, in the conference he gave during the 67th International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico on September 27, 2016. Hector Guerrero/AFP

Heart hazard for Apollo astronauts – study

Jul 28, 2016 - 11:59 PM

Of 7 Apollo astronauts to have died to date 3 43 succumbed to cardiovascular disease

The Apollo 11 lunar landing mission crew, pictured May 1, 1969, from left to right, Neil A. Armstrong, commander; Michael Collins, command module pilot; and Edwin E. Aldrin Jr., lunar module pilot. Photo by NASA/public domain

Filipino scientist with NASA sends 'Astronaut Bob' to space

Jun 02, 2016 - 10:28 PM

The launch seeks to promote Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics STEM awareness in education

WATCH: The first-ever Facebook Live video to outerspace

Jun 02, 2016 - 11:53 AM

Facebook s Mark Zuckerberg talks to astronauts at the International Space Station live

Space for Lent

Mar 25, 2016 - 7:45 AM

[Science Solitaire] Our planet is made from the stuff of stars and as a consequence so are you Whatever you believe in or not believe in there is only one blue marble holding us all

Astronaut Scott Kelly to retire in April

Mar 12, 2016 - 11:37 PM

Kelly hopes the legacy of his near one year mission would be to help pave the way toward a deep space mission to Mars someday

RETIRING. International Space Station (ISS) crew member Scott Kelly of the U.S. shows a victory sign after landing near the town of Dzhezkazgan (Zhezkazgan), Kazakhstan, March 2, 2016. File photo by Kirill Kudryavtsev/EPA

Sore – but no taller – astronaut Scott Kelly adjusts to Earth

Mar 05, 2016 - 10:41 AM

One of the effects of spending such a long time in the absence of gravity was that Kelly s spine expanded temporarily making him grow 1 5 inches only to shrink as he returned to Earth

ADJUSTMENTS. International Space Station (ISS) crew member Scott Kelly of the U.S. reacts after landing near the town of Dzhezkazgan (Zhezkazgan), Kazakhstan, March 2, 2016. File photo by Kirill Kudryavtsev/EPA

International Space Station's 'one year crew' returns to Earth

Mar 02, 2016 - 8:14 AM

3rd UPDATE US astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko return to Earth after spending almost a year in space

The 6 Expedition 46 crew members gather one last time before saying farewell and closing the hatches between the Soyuz spacecraft and the International Space Station. From left are, Yuri Malenchenko, Tim Kopra, Mikhail Kornienko, Sergey Volkov, Scott Kelly and Tim Peake. Credit: NASA TV

Super Bowl viewing party... in space

Feb 08, 2016 - 9:22 AM

Hosted Super Bowl party on the International Space Station but no one showed up I would have served nachos

SUPER BOWL IN SPACE. A photo taken by NASA astronaut Scott Kelly showing a broadcast of the Super Bowl 50 aboard the International Space Station, February 7, 2016. Scott Kelly/NASA

10 Christmas stories around the world you (also) probably missed

Dec 29, 2015 - 1:28 PM

Last minute preps for Christmas made me miss the news I read back on people stories that happened during the holidays and came up with this list

US astronauts fix stalled rail car during spacewalk

Dec 21, 2015 - 10:26 PM

The pair of astronauts went on a three hour spacewalk to move a stalled railcar outside the International Space Station

Astronaut to carry text of Paris climate deal into space

Nov 13, 2015 - 8:08 PM

If a pact is agreed and signed by world leaders French President Francois Hollande will personally deliver the text to the astronaut before takeoff

Astronauts to take first bite of space-grown lettuce

Aug 10, 2015 - 11:20 PM

Astronauts living at the International Space Station are about to take their first bites of space grown lettuce in what scientists described as another step toward enabling human missions to Mars

SPACE VEGGIES. Astronauts on the International Space Station are ready to sample their harvest of a crop of "Outredgeous" red romaine lettuce from the Veggie plant growth system that tests hardware for growing vegetables and other plants in space. Photo by NASA

Three astronauts land in Kazakhstan after ISS return

Jun 11, 2015 - 10:30 PM

Both Russian mission control and NASA showed a capsule carrying Russian Anton Shkaplerov Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti and Terry Virts of the United States landing in the steps of Kazakhstan

Russia races to replace British singer Sarah Brightman as space tourist

May 15, 2015 - 12:36 AM

This after Sarah pulls out 4 months ahead of her planned trip due to family reasons

Germanwings cockpit lock, solar energy, young innovators | SciTech4u

Apr 02, 2015 - 12:32 PM

Technology – a double edged sword in the Germanwings crash solar energy in PH homes and groundbreaking prototypes from the De La Salle University s Innovations and Technology Fair

NASA’s Asteroid Redirect Mission: A space rendezvous

Mar 30, 2015 - 9:30 PM

What is NASA s Asteroid Redirect Mission? Watch this report to find out

Singer Sarah Brightman in training for space tourist role

Jan 24, 2015 - 9:32 AM

On the survival course Brightman has to spend 72 hours outside and construct a wigwam shelter using branches and a parachute while knee deep in snow

SPACE TOURIST IN TRAINING. A handout picture released by the press service of the Gagarin Research & Test Cosmonaut Training Center (GCTC) on January 20, 2015 shows British singer Sarah Brightman attending a press conference at the GCTC in Star City outside Moscow, Russia, January 19, 2015.  File photo by GCTC Press Service/Handout/EPA

How astronauts survive diplomatic tensions in space

Mar 22, 2014 - 4:42 PM

While the United States and Russia traded sanctions this week in a burgeoning crisis over Crimea astronauts from both nations rose above the discord in their sanctuary hundreds of miles from Earth

SPACE STATION. The International Space Station (ISS) as photographed from the space shuttle Endeavour on May 29, 2011. Image courtesy NASA

Space suit leak happened before, NASA admits

Feb 27, 2014 - 8:21 AM

That means the incident which investigators described as among the most serious in the history of the US space program was preventable

SPACESUIT PROBLEMS? In this file photo, NASA astronaut Mike Hopkins during a spacewalk outside of the International Space Station (ISS) on 22 December 2013. File photo by NASA/EPA

NASA astronauts step out on Christmas Eve spacewalk

Dec 24, 2013 - 9:21 PM

The main task of the day is to retrieve a spare pump module from an external stowage platform and install it

Scott Carpenter, second American in orbit, dies at 88

Oct 11, 2013 - 7:06 AM

US Astronaut Scott Carpenter died Thursday in Colorado at the age of 88

MERCURY 7. Mercury 7 astronauts Gordon Cooper (L), Wally Shirra (C) and Scott Carpenter (R) in an October 28, 1998 file photo. AFP PHOTO/Tony RANZE/FILES

HIGHLIGHTS: Axe Apollo National Challenge

Aug 31, 2013 - 2:00 PM

Rappler brings you the final event as it happens in Bonifacio Global City

WHO WILL IT BE? The two finalists who will go to the Axe Apollo Global Space Camp in Orlando, Florida will be announced today, August 31. Image from the AXE Philippines Facebook page

Astronaut recounts spacewalk drowning terror

Aug 21, 2013 - 6:16 PM

Parmitano blogs: I don t know if I will have air or liquid in my lungs the next time I breathe I realize I no longer know where to go to reach the airlock

Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano. Photo courtesy ESA/M. Koell

WebHits: Washing hair in space

Jul 16, 2013 - 8:59 AM

Astronaut Karen Nyberg demonstrates how she washes her hair in space

Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin flawless in biopic

Jun 20, 2013 - 7:36 PM

The First Man in Space is portrayed at last in film amid the Russian government s campaign to foster patriotism through cinema

FIRST MAN IN SPACE. A 1991 postage stamp of cosmonaut Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin (1934-1968)

A Filipino in space by 2014

Jan 10, 2013 - 10:32 AM

UPDATED American astronaut Buzz Aldrin kicks off an online contest that will send 22 civilians to space

COULD IT BE YOU? Sign up and we'll find out! #PinoyPride. Image from the AXE Philippines Facebook page

Captain's log: Real space chat for Star Trek crew

Jan 08, 2013 - 7:58 AM

Fact and fiction blurred this week when a real life astronaut boldly went where no man has gone before and conversed from orbit via Twitter with the crew of the famed Star Trek media franchise

Remains of Neil Armstrong buried at sea

Sep 15, 2012 - 8:43 AM

The cremated remains of Neil Armstrong were scattered at sea after a final tribute to the first man to set foot on the moon

Tributes pour in for Armstrong, the first man on the moon

Aug 26, 2012 - 10:23 PM

Tributes poured in Sunday August 26 following the death of Neil Armstrong the humble US astronaut whose small step on the moon captivated the world and came to embody the wonder of space exploration

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED. Astronaut Neil A. Armstrong, Apollo 11 Commander, inside the Lunar Module as it rests on the lunar surface after completion of his historic moonwalk, July 20, 1969. Image Credit: NASA

3 Chinese astronauts return to Earth

Jun 29, 2012 - 3:17 PM

3 Chinese astronauts return to Earth after carrying out China s most complex and longest mission in orbit

China set to launch most ambitious space mission

Jun 16, 2012 - 12:25 PM

China s first woman astronaut 33 year old Liu Yang will be on board the Shenzhou 9 spacecraft