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Media airbrushes first UK astronaut into background in today’s news

Media airbrushes first UK astronaut into background in today’s news

After almost a quarter of a  century of neglect the UK returned to manned spaceflight today with the launch of Timothy Peake to the International Space Station.

Saving the space station just made easier by Boeing deal

Saving the space station just made easier by Boeing deal

That background chattering about the chances of the International Space Station being abandoned in the near future may be turned down by Monday’s extension by five years of Boeing’s contract to provide engineering support services, resources and personnel to the program until 30 September 2020.

ISS snapshot: This isn’t your tame flexi-thrust takeoff

ISS snapshot: This isn’t your tame flexi-thrust takeoff

Thanks to Canadian astronaut Commander Chris Hadfield, who was at a cruising altitude of maybe 400,000 metres at the time,  this is what a real takeoff looks like.

You had a hard landing? This is a hot and hard landing

You had a hard landing? This is a hot and hard landing

A rare photo of the fiery return to earth by a crew from the ISS, taken from above, shows how space isn't for the faint hearted flyer.

The last Space Shuttle re-entry seen from orbit

The last Space Shuttle re-entry seen from orbit

In addition to last night’s ethereal moonlit landing of the last Space Shuttle Atlantis at the Kennedy Space Centre , NASA has tweeted this image of the space craft’s plasma trail during re-entry into the upper atmosphere as seen from the International Space Station. It isn’t explained whether the red objects seen on the right […]

How going to the toilet in space is different

How going to the toilet in space is different

It seems that Sir Edmund Hillary and space travellers had one thing in common, in that the most frequently asked question at public appearances is….how did you go the toilet up there? Hillary’s answer was ‘with difficulty’. In fact high altitude dumping is like using a public toilet in Russia in winter, with oxygen deprivation […]

Never mind the moon, a more important space race is off and running hard

Never mind the moon, a more important space race is off and running hard

At a populist level there may be much pain and anger in America over President Obama’s budget proposal to abandon the Constellation project to return US astronauts to the moon by 2020. The political dimension was discussed in the Crikey subscriber bulletin today. But this is about much more than the symbolism and science of […]

A flash look at the ISS

A flash look at the ISS

Before the internet USA Today revolutionised newspaper graphics. This last frame capture of an interactive flash graphic showing the time line for the construction of the ISS is as much about where newspapers with strong brands can go with on-line media innovation as it is illustrative of engineering in space. The ISS is now brighter […]

How to see the ISS in broad daylight

How to see the ISS in broad daylight

The International Space Station or ISS is now an easily seen daylight satellite, a white point of moving light especially easy to see from an airliner, and more like a large gliding silver star if the sun is low but still above the horizon. Until recently it has been difficult but not impossible to find […]