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NASA astronaut gets extended stay in space for record-breaking 353-day mission

Home News Spaceflight NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei will remain on the International Space Station until March, giving him a record-setting spaceflight.The mission extension, which was predicted before Vande Hei’s abrupt launch in April, will see the veteran astronaut spend about 353 days living and working on the orbiting laboratory, according to a tweet the…

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Record-high astronaut applications overwhelm European Space Agency

Home News Spaceflight (Image credit: ESA) Thousands of would-be space travelers hoping to be among the next-generation of astronauts to fly with the European Space Agency (ESA) will have to wait until at least November to find out if they’ve got the right stuff after a flood of applicants, agency officials have said. Applications for…

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Watch this astronaut reveal everything about his spacesuit

Fresh from showing us around the International Space Station’s (ISS) Columbus module, French astronaut Thomas Pesquet has just shared another video offering a close look at the spacesuits that crew members use for spacewalks. Speaking from the ISS airlock used by NASA astronauts immediately before and after a spacewalk, Pesquet focuses on the myriad of…

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Astronaut: Spacewalk postponed due to pinched nerve in neck (Update)

In this Aug. 17, 2021 photo made available by NASA, astronaut and Expedition 65 Flight Engineer Mark Vande Hei inspects a spacesuit in preparation for a spacewalk at the International Space Station. On Monday, Aug. 23, NASA announced it is delaying a spacewalk this week because of an undisclosed medical issue involving Vande Hei. Credit:…

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Astronaut says pinched nerve is why NASA called off space station spacewalk

Home News Spaceflight NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei does a spacesuit fit check to prepare for an upcoming spacewalk at the International Space Station. (Image credit: NASA) NASA postponed a spacewalk this week after one of its astronauts suffered from a pinched nerve while working at the International Space Station. Expedition 65 flight engineer Mike Vande…

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Astronaut medical issue forces NASA to call off spacewalk at space station

Home News Spaceflight NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei on a spacewalk outside the International Space Station in 2017.  (Image credit: Randy Bresnik/NASA/Twitter)NASA has called off plans for a spacewalk outside the International Space Station this week due a medical issue with one of the astronauts due to join the excursion, agency officials said Monday (Aug.…

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Boeing astronaut capsule grounded for months by valve issue

In this June 2, 2021 photo made available by NASA, technicians prepare Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner for the company’s Orbital Flight Test-2 (OFT-2) in the Commercial Crew and Cargo Processing Facility at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. On Friday, Aug. 13, 2021, Boeing and NASA officials said the capsule is grounded for months and possibly…

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US astronaut moon landing ‘not feasible,’ by 2024, NASA’s inspector general finds

Home News Spaceflight Today (Aug. 10), the OIG published an audit showing that with spacesuit development delays NASA will not make its 2024 lunar landing goal. In this photo is Kristine Davis, a spacesuit engineer at NASA’s Johnson Space Center, wearing a ground prototype of NASA’s new Exploration Extravehicular Mobility Unit (xEMU), is seen during…

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Astronaut reveals irrational fear of spiders persists even in space

If you, like many people, have an irrational fear of spiders, you may be disappointed to learn that living in spider-free outer space isn’t enough to alleviate the paranoia. NASA astronaut and, as we’ve now learned, arachnophobe Megan McArthur recently shared a tweet about her innate reactions to floating dust on the ISS. The International…

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NASA astronaut reacts to ‘spiders’ on the ISS

There really were spiders on the ISS years ago. This is a golden orb spider and its web inside a spider habitat. NASA There have been some unusual sights on the International Space Station. Elvis. A gorilla suit. Flatworms. Yoda. But spiders free-floating around the ISS? Only in an astronaut’s imagination. NASA astronaut and current ISS crew member…