Astronaut William Thornton, who invented space shuttle treadmill, dies at 91

Home News Spaceflight NASA astronaut William Thornton, STS-8 mission specialist, takes part in physiological studies on the space shuttle Challenger during his first of two spaceflights in 1983. (Image: © NASA) Former NASA astronaut William “Bill” Thornton, who used his own inventions to measure and combat the ill-effects of microgravity while on board two space…Continue Reading

Astronaut ‘ties’ past 20 years of crews on space station to simple tool

Home News Spaceflight Floating in the orbiting laboratory, surrounded by science apparatus and two-decades worth of accumulated equipment, Kate Rubins picked out a simple tool to represent 20 years of continuous crewed operations on board the International Space Station (ISS).Rubins and her two Expedition 64 crewmates, Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov, were aboard the space…Continue Reading

Astronaut Leroy Chiao will discuss the value of the International Space Station in two online talks

Home News Spaceflight NASA astronaut Leroy Chiao gives a thumbs up signal during a spacewalk outside the International Space Station on Jan. 17, 1996. (Image: © NASA) A highly experienced retired NASA astronaut will talk about the value of the International Space Station as an engineering feat, along with a cultural experience, in two online…Continue Reading

Astronaut Jack Fischer talks spacesuit challenges and the International Space Station in ‘Virtual Astronaut’ panel

Home News Spaceflight NASA astronaut Jack Fischer gives a thumbs-up sign while wearing an extravehicular mobility unit (EMU) spacesuit ahead of a May 12, 2017 spacewalk at the International Space Station. (Image: © NASA) A retired NASA astronaut will discuss how the International Space Station helps us model good teamwork on Earth, in an online…Continue Reading

A New Astronaut Helmet Promises to Be This Fall’s Must-Have Face Mask

As we head into fall and temperatures begin to drop, it’s vital that we continue to observe public health recommendations to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including wearing a face covering. But picking out the right mask for your lifestyle can lead to all kinds of practical considerations. For instance, which masks should we be…Continue Reading

US astronaut votes early from space station

Home News Spaceflight From the International Space Station: I voted today— Kate Rubins pic.twitter.com/DRdjwSzXwyOctober 22, 2020NASA astronaut Kate Rubins shared her voting selfie from orbit after stating before her launch earlier this month that she would cast her ballot from the International Space Station.Since 1997, as a concession to the fact that most NASA astronauts…Continue Reading

Astronaut Kate Rubins drew from photo to design new space station patch

Home News Spaceflight NASA astronaut Kate Rubins affixes an Expedition 64 decal inside the bus carrying her and fellow crewmates Russian cosmonauts Sergey Kud-Sverchkov and Sergey Ryzhikov of Roscosmos to the launch pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Oct. 14, 2020.  (Image credit: NASA/GCTC/Andrey Shelepin)An astronaut’s photograph of the Earth is set to…Continue Reading

NASA astronaut Christina Koch reflects on 1-year anniversary of first all-woman spacewalk

Home News Spaceflight NASA astronaut Christina Koch reflected on her participation in the first all-woman spacewalk ahead of its one-year anniversary on Sunday (Oct. 18). A year ago, Koch and her colleague Jessica Meir, who were both part of the 2013 astronaut class — the first and only astronaut class to be 50% women — took…Continue Reading

Shuttle astronaut Wendy Lawrence talks spacesuits, Mir and learning Russian in ‘Virtual Astronaut’ webcast Friday

Home News Entertainment NASA astronaut Wendy Lawrence works at the space shuttle Discovery’s aft flight deck during the STS-114 mission, on July 28, 2005. (Image: © NASA) In October, if all goes to plan, the International Space Station (ISS) will celebrate 20 years of continuous human presence. That’s two decades, 63 expeditions, and dozens of…Continue Reading