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Boeing and SpaceX will shuttle American astronauts to the ISS

There had been rumors of NASA awarding Boeing a big contract for its Commercial Crew Program, and it turns out that the claims were true — and then some. The agency has just announced that both Boeing’s CST-100 capsule and SpaceX’s Dragon V2 will…

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NASA says lunar caves could provide living spaces for future astronauts

It turns out that the Moon could be habitable. Sort of. NASA writes that some of the holes in our moon’s surface might actually be caves where future astronauts could hole up and guard themselves from radiation, micrometeorites and massive…

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NASA says lunar caves could provide living spaces for future astronauts

It turns out that the Moon could be habitable. Sort of. NASA writes that some of the holes in our moon’s surface might actually be caves where future astronauts could hole up and guard themselves from radiation, micrometeorites and massive…

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The Big Picture: How astronauts keep things clean

What should an astronaut do when he gets dirty? Take a meteor shower [groan]. But, what does an astronaut do when their space suit gets mucky in training? They get it laundered, just like anything else. Pictured above, a staff member from the Russian…

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The Big Picture: An astronaut’s view of Hurricane Arthur

While the solar panel from the ISS glides above North America, Hurricane Arthur moves up the east coast. Arthur, a category 2 storm, is the first of the season. The ISS captured this image yesterday, prior to its landfall in North Carolina this…

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NASA to admit that astronaut’s near-death could have been avoided

NASA today will admit that the near-death of an astronaut during a spacewalk last year could have been avoided, according to a report from ABC News. In a report to be released Wednesday morning, NASA will acknowledge that astronaut Luca Parmitano’s suit leaked on two occasions in July. The agency had previously only reported one leak, on July 16th, when Parmitano’s suit helmet began filling up with water. Today’s report will acknowledge that the suit leaked on July 9th, but news of the mishap never made it up NASA’s chain of command.

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NASA to admit that astronaut’s near-death could have been avoided

NASA today will admit that the near-death of an astronaut during a spacewalk last year could have been avoided, according to a report from ABC News. In a report to be released Wednesday morning, NASA will acknowledge that astronaut Luca Parmitano’s suit leaked on two occasions in July. The agency had previously only reported one leak, on July 16th, when Parmitano’s suit helmet began filling up with water. Today’s report will acknowledge that the suit leaked on July 9th, but news of the mishap never made it up NASA’s chain of command.

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ISS astronauts perform first of three urgent spacewalks to repair coolant system

NASA astronauts Rick Mastracchio and Michael Hopkins are several hours into the first of three spacewalks intended to repair the International Space Station’s malfunctioning coolant system. On December 11th, one of the station’s two coolant loops unexpectedly shut down; soon after, astronauts turned off some nonessential equipment in an effort to reduce power load. NASA says that none of the six ISS crew members are in any immediate danger, but the space agency still wants the problem fixed to avoid any other sudden failures. The live feed of the spacewalk can be viewed below.

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Moon walker demo at CEATEC lets wannabe astronauts feel 0.6G (video)

DNP TE Connectivity demo at CEATEC lets you feel like you're on the moon handson

When we saw a guy strapped to a crane, bounced between colored spots on the floor, we had to have a go find out more. Within CEATEC, there are halls filled with companies you’ve not yet heard of. TE Connectivity is probably one of them, regardless of the fact that it’s a huge producer of data connectors, power protectors and other things that mass producers like. Now exactly why it’s got this moon gravity simulator at the front of its stand is harder to explain, however there’s plenty of the manufacturer’s products within its moon walker simulator. They include a high-speed USB connector right above the harness, floor sensors that detect your landing, some other NASA-authorized parts and dynamic sensors within the balance motor that ensure that any hobbyist astronauts in training (like ourselves) don’t spin out of control while bounding around at 0.6G.

A computer behind the scenes continuously calculates and adjusts exactly how much lift it gives your body once you’re strapped in. Then the aim to this demo is to hop between specific colored spots on the ground, which was a little harder than it sounds. We strap ourselves in after the break. %Gallery-slideshow99771%

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Here Are Some Amazing Photographs Of Early Astronauts And Their Wives

Lily Koppel’s new nonfiction book, The Astronaut Wives Club , looks at the historic time in America when astronauts were heroes and their families were emblems. She talks about the book and the photos she gathered.

The family of Jim Lovell (of “Houston, we have a problem” fame) watching Apollo 8 liftoff on Dec. 21, 1968. From left: James, Jeffery, Susan, Marilyn Lovell, and Barbara.

Via: Courtesy: NASA

The adventurous spirit of the space era of 1960s America feels awfully far away. Spending billions of dollars for the sake of science and exploration — are we still doing that in any way anyone notices, or wants to know about? I have no idea.

Lily Koppel’s new nonfiction book, The Astronaut Wives Club, out this week, takes its readers from the inception of the astronaut program in 1959 through Apollo 17 in 1972, the final manned moon landing. It effectively — and rivetingly, I found — goes through those 13 years of U.S. history by telling the NASA story through the domestic sphere: specifically, through the wives' lives. And for most of the space program, a wife and children were a job requirement for the astronauts — though fidelity and being physically present were not — so there ended up being a lot of them.

And they became close to each other. There was a literal Astronaut Wives Club. “They really had to sort of rely on each other to make it through the space race — and they were on this parallel mission to their husbands,” said Koppel in a recent telephone interview.

Most of the wives went from being military spouses just scraping by to celebrities with cash they'd never had and reporters trailing after them. “It was intoxicating,” said Koppel. “The whole country had space fever. And they were a part of it. They felt very much like they were playing a really important role.”

Their marriages, like that of the space-championing Kennedys', whom some of the astronaut families got to meet and befriend, were meant to reflect an ideal. It was a fulltime PR job. “All the astronauts, even today, fully attest to the fact that without them, it would have been sort of impossible, because they were just working all the time,” said Koppel. “The women kept the whole public relations image that everything was still perfect back on Earth.”

Koppel shared some photographs with BuzzFeed that she had gathered during the reporting of The Astronaut Wives Club.

Here is the Lovell family.

Here is the Lovell family.

Via: NASA

This photograph was taken in their home in Dec. 1968, a few days before Apollo 8, which was the first mission to orbit the moon, and “was given a 50/50 chance by NASA,” Koppel said. Describing the Lovells, Koppel said: “In a way, they’re representative of many of the astronauts and their wives: they were high school sweethearts, they got married after Jim graduated from Annapolis. Marilyn was with him all throughout his test pilot career. These are careers that were sort of built on partnerships. Although they started in the '50s when we don't think of women as particularly liberated, you had to be adventurous to the point of almost being a superwoman to be married to one of these guys. Because their job was so dangerous, and they were so macho.”


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