When can I spot the Space Station? The International Space Station can easily be spotted with the naked eye. Because of its size (110m x 100m x 30m) it reflects very much sunlight.
This simple tool will tell you all of the opportunities you can view the ISS over the next ten days, along with a brightness index and a map tracing its transit across your local sky. The red line shows where the ISS is sunlit and visible. On the blue line the ISS is in the Earth's shadow and invisible or it is less than 10° above the horizon. [more inside]
Astronaut Chris Hadfield (previously
) reflects on his career, life on the International Space Station, and the challenges of returning home (as well as commercial spaceflight and the film Gravity
) in an interview with the Guardian
CSA Astronaut Chris Hadfield discusses how senses change aboard the International Space Station: Sound
, and Touch
Last fall, the Canadian Space Agency asked students to design a simple science experiment that could be performed in space, using items already available aboard the International Space Station. Today, Commander Chris Hadfield
conducted the winner for its designers: two tenth grade students, Kendra Lemke and Meredith Faulkner, in a live feed to their school in Fall River, Nova Scotia. And now, we finally have an answer to the age-old question, What Happens When You Wring Out A Washcloth In Space? [more inside]
Commander Chris Hadfield
!) and Thomas Marshburn
are tweeting photos they are taking from the ISS. [more inside]
, famed International Space Station photographer, gives an interesting talk at Luminance 2012
about the opportunities and difficulties of shooting aboard a space station.
Time lapse footage of Earth
taken by Don Pettit during his time on the International Space Station. [more inside]
Since late January of 2010, the International Space Station
was able to access the Internet
for personal use, leading to the first tweet from space
. The previous tweets
were e-mailed to the ground where support personnel posted them to the astronaut's Twitter account. Currently there are 17 active NASA astronauts and 6 internatual'nauts
tweeting from on high. If their words aren't enough, they're also posting pictures
, primarily from Soichi Noguchi
) and José Hernández
, whose socio-political messages were covered previously
). [more inside]
"Tears don't flow the same in space."
Frank Culbertson provides the most unusual eye-witness account of the attack I've heard of. He's the only American on the International Space Station right now, and saw the aftermath of both attacks from orbit.
One small step for man, one giant leap for Tito.
It looks like the American millionaire is actually going to make it to space despite NASA objecting
. The launch is scheduled for tomorrow.
Oh yeah, and he'll be held responsible if he breaks anything while he's up there.