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Sally Ride Reminds Us That One Thing Hasn't Changed For Female Astronauts

In 1983, Sally Ride became the first American woman to travel into space. Today, PBS Digital Studio released a short animated film featuring an interview between Ride and Gloria Steinem from that very same year. It’s a great retrospective on Ride’s early career — but it’s also a reminder that obnoxious gender biases have tailed female astronauts for a very long time.

Astronauts Almost Killed Their First Flowers

The first zinnias are blooming in space, but they almost didn’t make it from bud to flower. This is a story of how an experiment was saved by throwing out heavily regulated, detailed procedures in favour of using human judgement on the fly.

Live Video: Watch Astronauts Move Around Outside The Space Station

It’s just as true in space as it is on Earth: the best way to kick off the New Year is by doing all those nagging chores. A pair of astronauts are heading out of the ISS to replace a failed voltage regulator. Astronaut chores are so much cooler than terrestrial ones.

My Application To Become An Astronaut On NASA's First Mission To Mars

NASA started accepting applications for future explorers today. The salary range is $US66,026.00 to $US144,566.00. The benefits are great. “Frequent travel may be required.” You might even get to go to Mars! Sounds like a dream job to me.

Watch LIVE As Astronauts Break Free Of The Planet In Space Station Crew Change

It’s launch day for the next batch of astronauts to head to the International Space Station! Watch live as Yuri Malenchenko, Tim Kopra, and Tim Peake blast off on a Soyuz rocket out of Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan en route to the International Space Station.

Cygnus Looked Suitably Festive For The Astronauts Aboard The ISS

Image Cache: On Wednesday, the Cygnus cargo spacecraft safely made it to the International Space Station. But as it did so, it was lit up a little bit like a Christmas decoration.

Blasting Off Is Anticlimactic When It's Entirely Indoors

Image Cache: Astronaut John Glen was one of the Mercury Seven, the first Americans trained for spaceflight. Before Glen became the first American to orbit the Earth in his Friendship 7 mission on 20 February 1962, he went through a lot of training.

The Crew Of The ISS Has A Message For Climate Conference Delegates

Video: As delegates at the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference deliberate the next steps for how to approach climate change, a group of astronauts have recorded a message for them to urge action.

Find Out What An Astronaut Dreams About

Video: Astronauts have typically had a far more exciting life than most of us — but does that extend to the world of unconsciousness, too? This video explores the dreams of Britain’s first astronaut, Helen Sharman.

Earthlight Puts You In The Boots Of An Astronaut On The ISS

Hand over hand, moving slowly and carefully with the void of space all around me, I make my way around the outside of the International Space Station. There’s an external ammonia leak somewhere on the station, and as an astronaut I have been deployed to perform a visual inspection. This is Opaque Media’s SteamVR tech demo Earthlight, one of the most immersive and realistic VR experiences I’ve played to date.

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