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Canadian Astronaut Chris Hadfield Makes First Music Video In Space

May 13th, 2013 at 12:00PM: It's official. We Canadians rock. If William Shatner and Bryan Adams aren't enough for you, there's Chris Hadfield. He's an astronaut with the Canadian Space Agency and has become hugely popular with his videos about life aboard the International Space Station, answering such profound questions as how to cut your nails in space. Now Hadfield is coming home. He's turned over command of the ISS...

Canadian Space Agency Video: How To Cut Your Nails In Space And Other Tips For Living With Zero Gravity

Mar 5th, 2013 at 5:00PM: What's daily life like on the International Space Station? The public has lots of questions, so the Canadian Space Agency, with the help of their astronaut Chris Hadfield, is giving out some answers. Hadfield is currently on the ISS and in this video shows how to clip your nails in zero gravity without them floating all over the cabin. Hadfield is becoming an Internet sensation with his...

Video: A Week In The Life Of The International Space Station

Feb 26th, 2013 at 4:00PM: The International Space Station is one of the wonders of modern technology. A series of interconnected orbital modules are home to a rotating crew of astronauts and cosmonauts plus a host of ongoing experiments. While the ISS only gets into the news every now and then, interesting things are happening there daily. Right now three astronauts – two American and one Canadian – are on...

Space Shuttle Atlantis Move Scheduled, Public Invited

Space Shuttle Atlantis Move Scheduled, Public Invited Sep 15th, 2012 at 3:00PM: Space Shuttle Atlantis will make one more trip in November. No engines will fire. No astronauts will be on board. No visit to the International Space Station will be made. Still, the last voyage of Atlantis will a memorable one and NASA's Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex (KSC) is inviting us along for the ride. A series of events, open to the public, are centered around the 10 miles...

Welcome Home Taikonauts!

Welcome Home Taikonauts! Jun 29th, 2012 at 1:30PM: China has made another great leap forward in their space program. At 2:05 GMT today, the Shenzhou-9 spacecraft landed safely in Inner Mongolia. The capsule contained three Chinese taikonauts (astronauts), including Major Liu Yang, China's first female taikonaut to go on a mission. The state press has nicknamed Major Liu Yang the "little Flying Knight," which seems a wee bit condescending...

Flying To Mars From New York City

May 17th, 2012 at 1:00PM: The first astronauts are landing on Mars this week. . .at the Park Avenue Armory in New York City. Installation artist Tom Sachs is running his "SPACE PROGRAM: MARS," a four-week spaceflight involving a crew of actors and elaborate sets made from common materials bought in a hardware store. The sets cover every detail of the mission including getting into space suits, provisions of food and...

Dutch Astronaut Tweets Photos From International Space Station

Dutch Astronaut Tweets Photos From International Space Station Apr 15th, 2012 at 8:00AM: One of the joys of travel is taking great photographs of the places we visit and sharing them with friends and family back home. In the age of mobile Internet access, and services like Instagram and Twitter, it is easier than ever to chronicle our journeys through photos no matter where we are at any given time. That includes the International Space Station it seems as Dutch astronaut...

First woman in space turns 75

First woman in space turns 75 Mar 13th, 2012 at 4:00PM: Last week, Russia marked the 75th birthday of Russian space pioneer Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman in space. In 1963, Tereshkova orbited the earth 48 times in three days, logging more flight time than all the previous American astronauts combined, and becoming the first and only woman to travel solo in space. Before launching into space, Tereshkova exclaimed, "Hey, sky, take your hat off!"...

Video of the Day: Making tacos in space

Jan 2nd, 2012 at 6:30PM: Preparing your own meals while on the road can be tough. You don't always have a proper kitchen stocked with all of the tools and appliances that you need. Ingredients can be difficult to find. Still, at least we always have gravity to help us out. Not so for astronauts. When it's dinner time, they have to assemble their tacos in zero gravity. The last thing that anybody wants is refried beans...

NASA is looking for new astronauts!

NASA is looking for new astronauts! Nov 19th, 2011 at 9:00AM: Anyone who has ever dreamed of going into space received a glimmer of hope this past week when NASA announced that they were looking for their next class of astronauts. This high profile "help wanted" ad had the dual effect of sending many of us scrambling to update our resumes, while simultaneously regressing to a point in our lives when we actually believed we could still grow-up to be an...

Video of the Day - Flying over Earth on the ISS

Nov 15th, 2011 at 11:00AM: If you haven't seen this video since its emergence on the internet in the past two days, stop whatever you're doing, plug in your best headphones, quit your other applications (so you can watch in silky smooth HD), and full-screen this amazing compilation of moving images. Edited by Michael König, this time-lapse was created by stitching together a series of still images shot by...

VIDEO: Astronaut's view of the world

May 31st, 2011 at 5:00PM: Need a few moments of Zen? This video from NASA's Johnson Space Center has seven of them, traveling over the Earth from the coast of Namibia to the Amazon Basin to capture an astronaut's view of the world. The incredible images are narrated by Dr. Justin Wilkinson, a soothing astronaut who points out the many rivers, mountains, deserts, and other features shown on NASA's camera from far above....

Space tourism celebrates tenth anniversary

Space tourism celebrates tenth anniversary Apr 30th, 2011 at 9:00AM: Space tourism is ten years old this week. On 28 April 2001 millionaire Dennis Tito became the first person to go into space as a tourist and not an astronaut or scientist. In an interview with BBC today he talked about how thrilled he was and called his eight days being in orbit "paradise." While space tourism is the ultimate in high-cost adventure travel--only seven people have done it so...

Underwater suburbia planned in "Aquatica"

Underwater suburbia planned in Feb 10th, 2011 at 11:00AM: Dreamers have been imagining human life undersea for centuries. The most successful in turning that dream into reality have come up with musty, mobile-home-like contraptions tethered to barges or hooked by massive hoses to land where committed marine biologists toil for a week or two. Aquanaut and bioengineer Dennis Chamberland hopes to expand upon those successes by building the equivalent of...

First craft lands at Spaceport America (Exclusive Video)

First craft lands at Spaceport America (Exclusive Video) Oct 26th, 2010 at 8:30AM: The future of travel is one step closer to taking off. Last Friday, Spaceport America officially dedicated its recently completed tarmac by welcoming two craft to land in front of a large crowd of Spaceport officials, future astronauts, and press. Gadling was on-site to witness history as Virgin Galactic's spaceship VSS Enterprise, carried by mothership White Knight II, made a dramatic...

Moscow-based company to create an orbiting hotel for space tourists

Moscow-based company to create an orbiting hotel for space tourists Sep 29th, 2010 at 2:00PM: Seems like the booking of space tourism isn't that far off. According to the Associated Press, Moscow-based Orbital Technologies announced its bid to help drive tourism to outer space by building an orbiting hotel in space. The planned Commercial Space Station can serve as a tourism hub for travelers, and also provide accommodations for astronauts and cosmonauts working on the International...

Neil Armstrong customs documents swiped, put up for sale by checkpoint worker

Neil Armstrong customs documents swiped, put up for sale by checkpoint worker Jul 21st, 2010 at 11:30AM: Neil Armstrong took one very famous "small step", but two Boston area men took a small step of their own, one that may see them serve up to ten years in jail. When Armstrong passed through the arrivals checkpoint at Boston Logan, 50-year-old Thomas Chapman, of Malden was in charge of verifying his customs declaration form. Instead of placing the form in the correct file, Chapman kept it, and...

NASA focused on commercial space travel

NASA focused on commercial space travel Aug 11th, 2009 at 3:00PM: Crossing oceans isn't enough for you? Well, NASA is working to scratch the most extreme of travel itches. The organization is putting $50 million of economic stimulus cash from the feds into putting the average traveler into space. Companies eager to develop a commercial space vehicle have 45 days to submit their proposals, and the winner will be announced by the end of September. The program...

The Greatest and Most Unusual Travel Photo of All Time?

The Greatest and Most Unusual Travel Photo of All Time? Jun 23rd, 2007 at 3:03PM: I stumbled over this image just now, and it took my breath away. Everything about the image is just so amazing: The poof-y shapes of the clouds in the background... The electric blue line that marks the boundary of the atmosphere... The absolute void of color that is space juxtaposed against the brilliant white space suit... The fact that you can see the photographer's reflection in the mask of...

Have Your Honeymoon in Space

Have Your Honeymoon in Space Feb 14th, 2007 at 1:45PM: My fiance and I occasionally speculate about where we'd like to have our honeymoon. Someplace urban? Someplace close to nature? Maybe both? One option we hadn't considered, is space. That's the plan for Loretta and George Whitesides, the couple who intend to have their honeymoon in zero gravity. You can learn all about the couple's mission du love at their new Web site, spacelove.org. Here's an...

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