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  1. Soyuz takes off from Kazakhstan launch site as debris flies. [March 26 ‘14].
  2. The ISS and Soyuz  briefly turn red as they move into orbital sunset before docking [March 27 ‘14] 

A crew of two Russian cosmonauts and an American astronaut blasted off from Kazakhstan on a Russian Soyuz rocket for the International Space Station. 

Top:  BBC News 26 March 2014  Photo credit: Vasily Maximov / AFP
Bottom via Twitter / JPMajor


After attempting to fix the problem remotely, NASA has confirmed that there is a malfunctioning flow control valve causing temperature fluctuations on the International Space Station.

This past week, approximately half of the space station’s temperature control functionality shut down, which forced the crew to power off all nonessential equipment. While the astronauts living aboard are safe and comfortable, NASA wants to ensure that the cooling system is operating at full level and to perform preventative maintenance to avoid any potential issues in the future. 

To do this, Expedition 38 astronauts Michael Hopkins and Rick Mastracchio will perform a series of spacewalks to install a 780 pound spare pump. Back in 2010, a similar spacewalk took place to install a pump on the International Space Station, and it took three days to complete. Based upon experiences from that mission, Hopkins and Mastracchio will need to disconnect five power and data lines, three 1.5 inch ammonia lines, and a coolant line spanning only a half inch in length. After replacing the spare pump module, it is vital for the astronauts to attach these lines as quickly as possible to the control box to prevent a potential pressure loss.

The first of these spacewalks has been scheduled on December 21st and has effectively forced NASA to postpone the Cygnus cargo mission, originally scheduled for December 19th.

Image Credit: NASA TV

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Tokyo, Japan

An image that reminds of the opening scene of the manga film classic Akira, this futuristic night-time shot of the capital of Japan was taken in 2012 from the International Space Station.

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ISS over the clouds by Zoltán Pável


Evolution of a vapor trail and cloud created by the launch of a Russian Topol Missile, photographed from the International Space Station on October 10th, 2013.  Source images; ISS037-E-9211 to ISS037-E-9334.


Backdropped by the blackness of space and the thin line of Earth’s atmosphere, the International Space Station is seen from Space Shuttle Discovery as the two spacecraft begin their relative separation. Earlier the STS-119 and Expedition 18 crews concluded 9 days, 20 hours and 10 minutes of cooperative work onboard the shuttle and station. Undocking of the two spacecraft occurred at 2:53 p.m. (CDT) on March 25, 2009.


Space Station to Test Inflatable Habitat

Image: Using inflatable habitat concepts originally conceived by NASA, Bigelow Aerospace hopes to have a commercial alternative to space station technology. Credit: Bigelow Aerospace

It would be the company’s third orbital prototype, but the first to be tested as part of a crewed spacecraft. The demonstration not only is expected to help Bigelow lease space to paying customers aboard its planned free-flying Earth-orbiting outposts. NASA also is interested in the technology for future deep space missions, such as to an asteroid, the moon, or Mars.

“This partnership agreement … represents a step forward in cutting-edge technology that can allow humans to thrive in space safely and affordably,” NASA deputy administrator Lori Garver said in a statement.

Details of the project will be announced Wednesday at Bigelow’s headquarters in Las Vegas.

More on the Bigelow Inflatable Module


Inflatable module to be added to space station.

NASA has announced a US$17.8 million contract to Bigelow Aerospace to provide an expandable module to the International Space Station. NASA says the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module will demonstrate the benefits of this space habitat technology for future exploration and commercial space endeavors.

“The International Space Station is a unique laboratory that enables important discoveries that benefit humanity and vastly increase understanding of how humans can live and work in space for long periods,” NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver said. “This partnership agreement for the use of expandable habitats represents a step forward in cutting-edge technology that can allow humans to thrive in space safely and affordably, and heralds important progress in U.S. commercial space innovation.”

Further details are due to be released at a conference this Wednesday.

(via 8bitfuture)


Sunita Williams after adding her patch to the ISS patch collection. 

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Shuttle and Station

When the Space Shuttle Endeavor left the International Space Station (ISS) on its way back home, the separating pair appeared in the sky as bright moving points close together, making trails in this time exposure image from Hungary (ISS created the brighter trail). — Tamas Ladanyi

Spotting The Station

A shot of the ISS flying through the constellation Canis Major with what looks like a faint meteor. I used the new NASA spot the station email alert and it worked great! I signed up for it on Monday and they emailed me on Tuesday with an alert. I set up to capture it pass overhead before dawn on the morning of 11/14/12 at 5:08am. EST — Scott Tully

NASA’s Spot The Station

I just signed up for it! Have you?

Did you know you can see the International Space Station from your house? As the third brightest object in the sky, after the sun and moon, the space station is easy to see if you know where and when to look for it.

NASA’s Spot the Station service sends you an email or text message a few hours before the space station passes over your house. The space station looks like a fast-moving plane in the sky, though one with people living and working aboard it more than 200 miles above the ground. It is best viewed on clear nights. For more information on the International Space Station and its mission, visit the space station mission pages.

Spot the Station is available worldwide to anyone with an email account or SMS-enabled phone. Several times a week, Mission Control at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX, determines sighting opportunities for 4,600 locations worldwide. If your specific city or town isn’t listed, pick one that is fairly close to you. The space station is visible for a long distance around each of the listed locations.

This service will only notify you of “good” sighting opportunities - that is, sightings that are high enough in the sky (40 degrees or more) and last long enough to give you the best view of the orbiting laboratory. This will be anywhere from once or twice a week to once or twice a month, depending on the space station’s orbit. Don’t worry if there are big gaps in between sightings! A complete list of all possible space station sightings is available from Johnson Space Center.

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ISS Startrails - TRONized

Do you remember 1982’s “TRON” movie? The plot: A computer programmer (epic: Jeff Bridges) is digitized inside the software world of a mainframe computer, where he interacts with various programs in his attempt to get back out. I loved the light cycle races and strange solar wind ships…

Back in the real word the ISS is in a way one of these solar ships, constantly rotating around us. A tiny white spot, as it can be seen racing over the sky from time to time, when illuminated by the sunset (and sunrise ;).

This Video was achived by “stacking” image sequences provided by NASA from the Crew at International Space Station (see also These “stacks” create the Star Trails, but furthermore make interesting patterns visible. For example lightning corridors within clouds, but they also show occasional satellite tracks (or Iridium Flashes) as well as meteors - patterns that interrupt the main Star Trails, and thus are immediately visible.

The many oversaturated hot pixels in some of the scenes are the inevitable result of ultrahigh ISO settings the Nikon D3s in ISS-use are pushed to for keeping exposure times short by all means (owed to the dramatic speed the ISS travels). As there are no dark frames or RAW data currently available, hot pixels are not easy to remove.


What does it feel like to fly over planet Earth?

A time lapse taken from the front of the International Space Station as it orbits our planet at night. Beginning over the Pacific Ocean and continuing over North and South America before entering daylight near Antarctica.
Visible cities, countries and landmarks include (in order) Vancouver Island, Victoria, Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles. Phoenix. Multiple cities in Texas, New Mexico and Mexico. Mexico City, the Gulf of Mexico, the Yucatan Peninsula, El Salvador, Lightning in the Pacific Ocean, Guatemala, Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Lake Titicaca, and the Amazon. Also visible is the Earth’s ionosphere (thin yellow line), a satellite and the stars of our galaxy.

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