Until now, the floating space lab has only been accessible to astronauts representing state-level space agencies.In a surprise announcement today, NASA confirmed that it would be "opening the International Space Station for commercial business".Transport will be provided by both Boeing and Elon Musk's SpaceX, who are currently developing capsules that can carry humans to the ISS.NASA typically pays around $75 million for seats aboard a Soyuz spacecraft destined for the ISS, and even paid $82 million per seat in 2015.However, NASA says seats aboard the SpaceX Crew Dragon and/or Boeing CST-100 capsules will cost roughly $58 million per seat.And general supplies – like food and air – cost $22,500 (£17,500) per astronaut each day.
There are some unexpected guests aboard the International Space Station (ISS): cute cube robots called Astrobees which help the crew with day to day tasks.Now the first Astrobee robot has undergone hardware tests to check whether its subsystems, including avionics, cameras, propulsion, and docking for power and data transfer, are working correctly.The tests were performed in advance of the full launch of the robots later this spring.NASA astronaut Anne McClain was responsible for checking out the status of the Astrobees, and you can see her tending to one of the robots called Bumble in the photo above.The docking station where the Astrobees recharge is located to her right, and was installed into the Kibo ISS module on February 15.McClain was calibrating the Astrobee by mapping the Kibo module.
The Cygnus spacecraft, built by Northrop Grumman, has rendezvoused with the International Space Station (ISS) as part of a months-long resupply mission.The craft was launched from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia on 17th April at 4:46 p.m.It was captured just under an hour later at 5:28 a.m. by Anne McClain of NASA and David Saint-Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency using the station’s robotic arm, and was firmly bolted to the station’s Unity module by 7:31 a.m.The craft will remain docked at the station until July 23, while the crew take in the 7,600 pounds of research equipment it carried.The equipment is for a variety of science projects relevant to NASA research into future missions to the moon and to Mars.One example of the science equipment now at the ISS includes materials for measuring the behavior of gels in a microgravity environment, which could be potentially useful for growing food here on Earth or for actually growing materials in space.
Astronaut Christina Koch is in for a whole lot of living in microgravity.She's on her first mission to space and it's about to get more epic.On Wednesday, NASA extended Koch's stay on the International Space Station until February 2020.She will log 328 days in space, setting the record for the longest single spaceflight by a woman.The record currently belongs to NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson, who spent 288 days on the station in 2016 and 2017.Koch will come in just short of the longest single spaceflight by a NASA astronaut, an honor that belongs to Scott Kelly and his 340 days in 2015 and 2016.
Sunrises and sunsets happen 16 times a day for astronauts on the International Space Station.It's just that they experience most of them from inside.NASA astronaut Anne McClain and Canadian Space Agency astronaut David Saint-Jacques are out on a Monday spacewalk to continue work on a project to upgrade the station's power systems.A camera on the ISS caught some stunning footage of the pair working during a sunset.It highlights just how fast the sun dips when you're in orbit.A NASA staffer back on Earth announces the oncoming sunset.
A resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS) has made record time, traveling from Earth to the space station in just three hours and 21 minutes.The Soyuz-2.1a carrier rocket with a Progress MS-11 cargo spaceship was launched from the Russian space Agency Roscosmos’ Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 7:01 a.m. on Thursday, April 4.The super speedy travel time was possible due to a change in how resupply craft approach the ISS.Before, the resupply craft would have to orbit around the Earth dozens of times in order to catch up with the speed of the space station.But now there is a “fast-track” launch which allows the craft to catch up to the station in just two rotations.The resupply craft is launched less than a minute before the space station passes overhead of the launch site, so the craft can catch up to the station more quickly.
China's OneSpace smiles through explosion and 'nauts change out ISS batteriesRoundup While US vice president Mike Pence directed NASA to put boots on the Moon before Trump's second term 2024 is out, last week demonstrated how hard space can be.After repeated delays, Rocket Lab, proclaimer of the slogan "Frequent and reliable launch is now a reality", successfully got another Electron off its New Zealand launch pad.The launch, at 23:27 28 March UTC, marked the outfit's 25th satellite delivered to orbit and the fourth successful launch of the company's Electron rocket (the first had to be destroyed after telemetry was lost during flight).Lift-off of Electron for the R3D2 mission from Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1 at 23:27 UTC, 28 March 2019.— Rocket Lab (@RocketLab) March 29, 2019
When Saralyn Mark heard the news earlier this month that NASA was planning the first all-women spacewalk at the International Space Station on March 29, she started to worry.Those audits taught her that women astronauts often struggled to get spacesuits to fit right.She was asked to leave the Office of the Chief Health and Medical Officer, which oversees NASA medical policy, two years ago, at the beginning of the Trump administration.Her answer came Monday, just four days before the historic spacewalk with Christina Koch and Anne McClain was to take place.Mark said she couldn’t sleep all Monday night because she was getting pings nonstop from people across government and science who were just as dismayed as the Twitter masses.No accident occurred, so it's the right moment to highlight that the science behind it is unacceptable.”
Excitement turned to disappointment this week when NASA announced it had to shuffle astronaut assignments, scrubbing what would have been the first all-female spacewalk in history.The reason: There wouldn't be enough medium-sized spacesuit torsos available in time for the Friday event.NASA astronaut Anne McClain, who just completed her first spacewalk at the International Space Station on March 22, spoke out in defense of the decision on Wednesday, saying it was based on her recommendation."Leaders must make tough calls, and I am fortunate to work with a team who trusts my judgement.We must never accept a risk that can instead be mitigated," McClain tweeted."Safety of the crew and execution of the mission come first."
Astronauts on the International Space Station have completed 214 spacewalks in the past 21 years, but none have been all-women endeavours.So it was very exciting earlier this month when NASA publicised what was supposed to be the first all-female spacewalk in history.But just days before the planned walk, a spacesuit sizing problem means one of the female astronauts will be replaced by a man.NASA is in the midst of conducting three scheduled spacewalks, the first of which was completed on Friday, March 22 by NASA astronauts Nick Hague and Anne McClain.The second of these walks, scheduled for Friday March 25, garnered considerable media and public attention when it was announced earlier this month that McClain and NASA astronaut Christina Koch would collaborate on a spacewalk to swap out a battery pack on the station’s power supply – what would’ve been the first all-women spacewalk in history.Alas, it was not meant to be, as NASA explained in a press release issued late yesterday:
Sad news for those who were looking forward to the first all-female spacewalk this week — the event has been scrapped due to a lack of correctly sized spacesuits.The plan was for NASA astronauts Anne McClain and Christina Koch to take a spacewalk together outside the International Space Station to install new batteries on Friday, March 29.This would have been the second part of a mission that began last week when the first set of new batteries were successfully installed.The astronauts were required to scrap the plan and rearrange the walk, however, due to the availability of spacesuit parts.McClain had used both medium and large sizes in training, but when she was on her spacewalk last week she found that she preferred the medium size.This caused an issue as Koch also wears a size medium.
NASA gave astronauts their first operational spacesuits in the early 1960s.New spacesuits are in development for exploring the moon, Mars, and beyond.That reality was especially clear last Friday, when astronauts Anne McClain and Nick Hague moved 300-lb batteries outside the International Space Station (ISS)."Anne had thought she could use the large and decided after her EVA that she needed the medium," Bob Jacobs, NASA's deputy associate administrator for communications, told Business Insider in a tweet.From the silvery suits of the Mercury program to future commercial and government designs, here's how astronauts' spacesuits have evolved over six decades.Each space suit had a layer of neoprene-coated nylon on the inside and aluminized nylon on the outside (to keep the suit's inner temperature as stable as possible).
NASA announced on Monday afternoon that it had canceled a plan to have astronauts Anne McClain and Christina Koch perform the agency's first all-female spacewalk on Friday."Mission managers decided to adjust the assignments, due in part to spacesuit availability on the station," the space agency said."McClain learned during her first spacewalk that a medium-size hard upper torso—essentially the shirt of the spacesuit—fits her best.It really was a "fit" issue in regard to spacesuits.Swimming with spacemen: training for spacewalks at NASA’s giant poolNASA has four spacesuits on the International Space Station, according to Jacklyn Kagey, lead officer for the upcoming spacewalk.
Astronauts on the ISS often venture out into the vacuum of space to conduct various tasks.A series of spacewalks was set to happen that would see astronauts work outside the space station for multiple hours in a series of three walks.The first in the series was completed on March 22 by Nick Hague and Anne McClain.Initially, the second spacewalk was scheduled to include McClain and Christina Koch in what would have been the first all-female spacewalk in history.Unfortunately, the assignment for the spacewalk has been changed.The reason that McClain was pulled off the roster for the walk has to do with space suit availability.
The first all-female spacewalk in history will no longer take place due to a lack of fitting spacesuits.NASA said in a statement on Monday that astronaut Anne McClain had been replaced for Friday's repair mission with Christina Hammock Koch by male astronaut Nick Hague.There's only one upper torso piece that fits Koch or Anne, the agency said, so Koch will use it.There have been more than 210 spacewalks over the space station's 18-year history, but this was due to be the first all-female, women-led spacewalk operation ever conducted.NASA has not yet planned another all-female spacewalk.Astronauts Anne McClain and Christina Hammock Koch were due to perform a spacewalk to replace some old batteries on the International Space Station (ISS).
Earlier this month, NASA announced its plans to conduct its first ever all-women spacewalk with astronauts Christina Koch and Anne McClain.What would have been a giant leap for womankind will have to wait because of issues with women’s spacesuit sizes.Koch and McClain were scheduled to swap out batteries on the outside of the International Space Station this Friday, but NASA canceled it because there was only one medium-size torso outerwear available, and both Koch and McClain wear this size.The mission is currently set to run as planned, with astronaut Nick Hague taking McClain’s place.Some more shots of the spacewalk on Friday – was privileged to work with my friend and colleague @NASA_Astronauts @AstroHague pic.twitter.com/KueUo7HXFm— Anne McClain (@AstroAnnimal) March 25, 2019
Poorly fitting spacesuits have forced NASA to cancel its first attempt at an all-female spacewalk.Astronauts Christina Koch and Anne McClain were due to walk around the outside of the International Space Station (ISS) on March 29, but in a press release, the space agency announced that it had changed its plans "due in part to spacesuit availability on the station".Are we getting closer to finding 'Planet Nine'?The problem involves the top part of the spacesuit."McClain learned during her first spacewalk that a medium-size hard upper torso – essentially the shirt of the spacesuit – fits her best," NASA said."Because only one medium-size torso can be made ready by Friday, March 29, Koch will wear it."
That sad trombone you hear is the sound of NASA’s attempt at a history-making spacewalk falling apart.On Friday, NASA was planning to conduct its first all-female spacewalk, but realized it doesn’t have enough spacesuits that are the right size for its female astronauts.After conducting the first spacewalk this week, astronaut Anne McClain noted that the large suit she was wearing did not allow her to move effectively.“McClain learned during her first spacewalk that a medium-size hard upper torso – essentially the shirt of the spacesuit – fits her best,” according to a statement from NASA.Because only one medium-size torso would be ready by the planned Friday spacewalk, NASA astronaut Christina Koch will use the suit.Koch will work with astronaut Nick Hague to install lithium-ion batteries for one pair of the station’s solar arrays.
In space, no one can hear you scream... with frustrationNASA's first-of-its-kind all-women spacewalk, due to take place this week, has been scrapped, in part due to a lack of spacesuits that fit.On March 29, International Space Station 'nauts Anne McClain and Christina Koch, were to suit up and head out into the obsidian void to replace a set of batteries on the orbiting science lab.Fellow astronaut Nick Hague and McClain had popped out last week to switch out another set of power supplies.This coming Friday, McClain and Koch were going to head out together, and perform the world's first all-female spacewalk, but that pioneering moment has been called off due to a lack of equipment that fits.Instead, Koch and Hague will carry out the work.
Plans for NASA’s upcoming spacewalk have been altered.The March 29 assignment was supposed to be the first all-female spacewalk, but there won't be enough of the correctly-sized spacesuits ready in time for Friday, so it will be performed by a man and a woman instead, a NASA press release said Monday.Anne McClain and Christina Koch, two NASA astronauts with Expedition 59, had been scheduled to operate the spacewalk, but mission managers decided to switch so that Koch and NASA astronaut Nick Hague could operate the assignment.Hague and McClain operated the first spacewalk out of a series of three on March 22.‘WONDER, AWE, EXCITEMENT’: APOLLO 16 ASTRONAUT DESCRIBES WALKING ON THE MOONThey began installing lithium-ion batteries for a pair of solar arrays on the International Space Station, according to the release.