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Next SpaceX launch to expand ISS with inflatable habitat

One of the biggest problems with getting anything into space is the costs involved in hauling every kilo up and out of the atmosphere. If every kilogram costs around £3,000 to get into orbit, imagine the costs involved in taking up the entire International Space Station over the years. One …

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Astronaut twin Scott Kelley ends year in space, lands safely

Astronaut Scott Kelley and cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko have made it safely back to Earth after spending almost a year aboard the International Space Station (ISS). This represents one of the longest periods anyone has ever spent consecutively in space and will give scientists invaluable data on what effect such a …

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NASA will leave Low-Earth-Orbit to private industry

The International Space Station is one of mankind’s greatest feats of science and engineering, but unlike architecture of old, its shelf life is far, far shorter. In-fact NASA plans to abandon it by the end of the 2020s as it begins to move beyond Low-Earth-Orbit (LEO), but to continue tests and …

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NASA to launch 4K TV channel in November

NASA has announced that it will soon be launching a TV channel dedicated to showing off ultra high-definition footage. A company called Harmonic has stepped in to help the space agency with its new channel, which is set to officially launch on the 1st of November. Right now, NASA is …

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SpaceVR wants to turn us all into astronauts

Despite decades and decades of flinging things and ourselves into space, only 533 people have left the confines of our little blue marble and orbited around its expanse, truly experiencing what it’s like to be in space. One company wants to change that however. Space VR is a Kickstarter campaign …

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Soyuz TMA-17M successfully docks with ISS, delivers crew

Even though supply runs to the International Space Station have been rather problematic as of late, that doesn’t mean we’ve forgotten how to make it into low-earth-orbit. The Soyuz TMA-17M has successfully launched and docked with the ISS, delivering its ultra-precious cargo of Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, Japanese astronaut Kimiya …

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Russian space craft restocks ISS after Space X failure

The International Space Station is arguably mankind’s greatest technological achievement, so it’s important that it remains operational throughout its intended life span and that means keeping the intrepid astronauts and cosmonauts aboard well fed and with plenty to do. Fortunately then, after several failures in 2015 a Russian capsule has docked …

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Space X sea-barge landing too ‘hard’

Commercial space organisation, Space X, attempted a frequently delayed unmanned mission to the International Space Station on Saturday, delivering supplies and important cargo to the orbiting station for the first time in months. While the launch itself went off without a hitch, the big scientific experiment with it was to see …

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This is what Thanksgiving in Space looks like

While a lot of us British readers and writers may not be quite 100 per cent on what thanksgiving is all about, we do understand the concept of a party and any excuse to sit around eating good food with friends and family is good enough for us. However due …

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US cargo delivery rocket explodes soon after launch

An unmanned rocket that was on its way to the International space station to drop off several thousand kilos worth of supplies to the waiting astronauts, has exploded shortly after leaving the launchpad. Nobody was hurt in the incident, but it’s expected to delay any future launches at the Wallops …

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Live Q&A takes place with ISS astronaut

It’s been nearly 50 years since the iconic moon landings were watched by over 125 million people around the world and though the footage is hazy, it’s still a pretty amazing site to behold, considering the distances involved. While the International Space Station is much, much closer, we’ve clearly come …

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NASA to use smartphones for robotic intelligence

In just three days time, NASA is set to send a handful of Android smartphones into orbit, with plans to dock with the International Space Station (ISS) and deliver supplies. However those smartphones will do more than just let the astronauts get a quick game of Angry Birds in before …

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Singing astronaut announces his retirement

Chris Hadfield, the man that took humanising astronauts to a whole new level when he performed a beautiful cover of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity,” from the International Space Station, has announced that he will be retiring from the Canadian Space Agency after a 21 year career. Along with the well …

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Saluting Britain’s first official astronaut, Tim Peake

Tim Peake: a suitably epic name for an epic mission; he’s the first government sponsored British astronaut ever. While other Brits have exited earth’s atmosphere before, they’ve only ever done so as part of cooperatives with companies or other countries, or by making their way through the American space program. …

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Youtube sensation astronaut lands down safely

Astronauts should be some of the most celebrated individuals in the world. They’re pushing the boundaries of what humans can experience and they’re helping secure the future survival of our species by probing the frontiers of humanity’s cosmic territory. It’s almost a shame that it’s taken a well-sung video of …

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Intel hands Q3 to AMD Llano – strategic error?

After having the market to itself for over 3 years, AMD finally woke up and realised that there was a market for a Fusion-class processor that combined decent CPU-ing with decent GPU-ing. News into KitGuru suggests that Intel might be embarking on a strange strategy for 2011. Here’s what we …

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