astronauts

How Cramped Is It Inside A Space Shuttle?

Here’s a simple visual exercise you can do to get a better feel for the approximate living area inside one of our amazingly complex and now-retired space shuttles.


MIT's New BioSuit Shrinkwraps Astronauts To Hold Them Together

Our current spacesuits are awesome pieces of technology, but they certainly have their limitations. This is why MIT scientists (and NASA itself) have been working on a next generation spacesuit. And their latest innovation is super futuristic.


How Long Humans Can Live In Space -- And What Happens If We Stay Too Long

How long can humans live in space? We don’t know the answer to that. But every crew that resides on the International Space Station provides us information that we use to adjust our protocols and extends that period of time.


What It's Like To See Cities From The ISS Like An Astronaut

You know how when you look outside the aeroplane window and you’re in awe of all the lights and the outlines of the city and how you’re in the freaking air? Yeah, that’s nothing compared to the fun that is spotting cities from the ISS. Watch as astronauts show us what cities look like from space.


Food Of The Future: Just Freeze-Dry It All!

If I had to name one food that defined my childhood it would have to be astronaut ice cream. I can still remember getting it from the gift shop at the Minnesota Science Museum in the late 1980s and thinking that it was absolutely the coolest thing in the world. Look Mum, I’m eating just like an astronaut!


Why Neil Armstrong Got To Take The First Step On The Moon

On July 20, 1969, with “one small step”, Neil Armstrong became the first person to walk on the moon. But why did he get to go first?


Playing Soccer In Space Looks More Fun Than Playing In The World Cup

Video: To get ready for the World Cup, astronauts on the ISS decided to play a little friendly soccer match on the ISS to show countries on Earth how the beautiful game is played in space. It looks like a hell of a lot of fun, mostly because seeing a bicycle kick in zero gravity is what dreams are made of.


The Story Behind That Giant Astronaut Floating Around Coachella

Last year, Coachella’s main event art installation was a giant snail. But this year, the mobile art installation at the popular music festival is a three storey tall astronaut, formally known as “Escape Velocity”. And it’s totally awesome.


What Happens To Bacteria In Space?

In the otherwise barren space 350km above Earth’s surface, a capsule of life-sustaining oxygen and water orbits at 27,000km/h. You might know this capsule as the International Space Station (ISS), currently home to six humans — and untold billions of bacteria. Microbes have always followed us to the frontiers, but it’s only now that scientists at NASA and elsewhere are seriously investigating what happens when we bring Earth’s microbes into space.


Bacon Was The First Thing Ever Eaten On The Moon

Setting foot on the moon for the first time was perhaps one of the biggest technological, scientific and political achievements of our age. So what better way to celebrate, after exploring that new lunar landscape, than with bacon?


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