July 29, 2014

NASA short of astronauts

Your country needs you to float above the Earth and do stuff - provided the Russian rocket gets you there.

A new report on says Nasa does not have enough astronauts, even though the space shuttle programme has finished. The National Research Council, a non-profit group advising on science policy, said Nasa should increase the size of its space-flying crew. It said astronauts were needed to staff … [Read more...]

Space freighter lost on mission to supply ISS

It ok chaps a small problem with the supplies. They got delivered to the wrong address. Nothing to worry about just talk among yourselves for a while. We wil get back to you.

An unmanned space freighter launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, to re-supply the International Space Station (ISS) has been lost soon after launch. The Russian space agency said the Progress M-12M cargo ship was not placed in the correct orbit by its rocket and fell back to … [Read more...]

European ATV Space freighter plummets to earth

An artists impression of the Kepler ATV re-entering the atmosphere. A cool but expensive way of disposing of garbage.

Europe's ATV-Johannes Kepler space freighter has destroyed itself over the South Pacific upon re-entering the atmoshpere. The ATV-Johannes Kepler ship took 1.3 tonnes of rubbish from the International Space Station (ISS) into a controlled dive into the atmosphere just before 2100 GMT on … [Read more...]

‘Skylon’ space plane set to replace Space Shuttles

Skylon Space Plane - to boldly go where no plan has gone before.

With the era of the Space Shuttles coming to an end this year, United Kingdom designers Reaction Engines Ltd are working on a revolutionary space plane to fill the void for short range space travel. NASA's space shuttle Discovery has just completed its final mission, and Endeavour and Atlantis … [Read more...]

NASA – Astronauts successfully repair space station cooling system

All fixed guys, now what is this rumour I hear about the space shuttles not flying anymore?

NASA has reported that the International Space Station's cooling system appears to be working fine after Astronauts spent over seven hours fixing it on Monday. Astronauts Doug Wheelock and Tracy Caldwell Dyson installed a spare ammonia pump module to replace a broken unit they removed last … [Read more...]