As the shuttle program winds down, astrophotographers like Thierry Legault are taking advantage of these last opportunities to capture absolutely incredible shots like this one
, showing Atlantis' transit in front of the sun as it performs its inspection backflip before docking with the ISS. His other photography includes this magnificent series
of the launch of STS-125
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posted by disillusioned
on May 19, 2010 -
Growing drugs in space.
If the rainforest runs out of undiscovered medicines, just grow new drugs in space: Wired
reports that "a swaggering Texas investor" wants to turn the International Space Station
into a kind of orbiting drug lab: "If people knew what I already know," he says, "the International Space Station would be considered one of the most valuable resources our world possesses." Think of it as New Jack City
in zero-G – full of weird, crystallized proteins (and billion dollar cures).
posted by BLDGBLOG
on Oct 7, 2007 -
Live coverage of NASA attempting to retract the ISS solar panels
NASA is attempting to retract up the huge solar panels that spread out either side of the ISS. They fold up concertina-like, like venetian blinds; and like venetian blinds they're getting snagged and hung up. Live tv feeds of the ISS, and you can hear NASA problem-solving on the fly. Absolutely fascinating stuff.
posted by carter
on Dec 13, 2006 -
your own space station (requires printer, paper, scissors, glue and a lot
posted by Pendragon
on Aug 5, 2005 -
ISS-Jupiter Transit tonight.
Notable space station flyover tonight for you skywatching East Coasters: the ISS will pass quite close to Jupiter, and some of you lucky ones [coordinates
] will even see the station briefly eclipse the planet. (Side note: Remember those days when everyone was using its radio call sign "Alpha?"
Now the media just say "space station." Sigh.) East Coast, 9:30pm, I'll be outside, looking up.
posted by brownpau
on May 13, 2004 -
NASA Tentatively OKs Second Space Tourist
"NASA and its partners in the International Space Station have agreed in principle to let a 28-year-old South African become the second paying tourist on the orbiting outpost, the U.S. space agency said on Tuesday."
Mark Shuttleworth you lucky bastard!
posted by dgeiser13
on Dec 11, 2001 -
The International Space Station is becoming one of the brightest, fastest moving objects in the night sky. This photo
is a 5 minute time exposure taken from the ground which shows the station clearly as an arc across the sky. If you look closer
you can actually see two arcs, the other being that of the space shuttle Endeavour which had just undocked and was pulling away. If you would like to know when you can see it for yourself, try using this handy calculator
. via APOD
posted by lagado
on Dec 15, 2000 -
Momentus occasion ignored.
Well, mostly, or at least buried in the inner pages of most major U.S. pages. Isn't this sort of more important than the Knicks and Nets loosing their opening games? You wouldn't think so, since those stories were carried on the front pages on newspapers in the Northeast while this one was back on page 14 between two full page ads.
posted by rich
on Nov 2, 2000 -