International Space Station

Short Science, June 2, 2013

Peter Higgs inside the CERN tunnel in Switzerland. Photo: AFP

A Russian spaceship took a shortcut to the International Space Station this past week, delivering a veteran cosmonaut, a rookie Italian astronaut and an American mother on her second flight to the outpost in less than six hours.

Sunday, 2 June, 2013, 2:44am

American, Russian, Italian blast off into space in Soyuz rocket

The Russian Soyuz rocket lifts off from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Photo: EPA

A Soyuz carrying an American, Russian and Italian blasted off on Wednesday for a six-hour trip to the International Space Station, where the new crew will spend six months conducting a variety of experiments.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

First music video recorded in space? Brought to you by our favourite tweeting astronaut

CSA (Canadian Space Agency) astronaut Chris Hadfield performs aboard the International Space Station a revised version of David Bowie's song Space Oddity. Photo: EPA

Commander Chris Hadfield leaves the International Space Station after five months with a fitting tribute

14 May 2013 - 1:01pm

Astronaut's 'Space Oddity' farewell

Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield sings David Bowie's classic Space Oddity in orbit. Photo: AP

Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield has marked his upcoming departure from the International Space Station by singing a cover version of David Bowie's classic song Space Oddity recorded on the orbiting laboratory.

14 May 2013 - 3:30am

What happens when you cry at zero gravity, and answers to other questions about living in space

What happens when you cry at zero gravity, and answers to other questions about living in space

In his latest dispatch from the International Space Station, Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield shows us what happens when you feel like you just need to let it all out.

10 Apr 2013 - 5:52pm

Briefs, March 4, 2013

The prime minister was granted a 14-day extension. Photo: EPA

Passwords reset after Evernote cyber attack

CALIFORNIA - Evernote, a web-based note-sharing service, said it was resetting the passwords of its 50 million users after hackers breached its network, accessing usernames, e-mail addresses and encrypted passwords. The attack "follows a similar pattern" to other cyber attacks in recent weeks, it said. Reuters


4 Mar 2013 - 5:13am

SpaceX capsule arrives at International Space Station

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with the Dragon capsule, lifts off from the Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Friday. Photo: Reuters

A privately-owned unmanned US space capsule arrived at the International Space Station on Sunday, bringing to the space outpost food, scientific materials and other crucial equipment.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Nasa brings bounce to outer-space living

An artist’s impression of how the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) balloon-like module would look when attached to the International Space Station. Photo: Reuters

Nasa is partnering with a commercial space company in a bid to replace the cumbersome “metal cans” that now serve as astronauts’ homes in space with inflatable bounce-house-like habitats that can be deployed on the cheap.

17 Jan 2013 - 11:46am

Year in space to test effects on astronauts' mind and body

Scott Kelly

Two veteran spacefarers have been chosen to spend a year aboard the International Space Station - many times longer than the usual tour of duty - as part of research into the physiological effects of long stays in space.

The work will feed into American and Russian plans to send people to Mars, which would require astronauts to be in harsh conditions for several years at a time.

9 Dec 2012 - 4:01am

Briefs, November 20, 2012

James Bond actor Daniel Craig at Camp Bastion. Photo: EPA

FARC rebels announce truce amid peace talks

20 Nov 2012 - 11:29am

Astronauts touch down in chilly Kazakhstan steppe

Expedition 33 Commander Sunita Williams (right) and Flight Engineers Yuri Malenchenko and Akihiko Hoshide (left) sit in chairs outside the Soyuz Capsule just minutes after landing on Monday. Photo: AFP/Nasa/Bill Ingalls

Three astronauts touched down in the dark, chilly expanses of central Kazakhstan onboard a Soyuz capsule on Monday after a 125-day stay at the International Space Station.

Nasa’s Sunita Williams, Russian astronaut Yury Malenchenko and Aki Hoshide of Japan’s JAXA space agency landed at 7.56am local time northeast of the town of Arkalyk.

19 Nov 2012 - 2:50pm

Roadworks damage Russian space communications

The Russian mission control centre in Korolyov. Photo: EPA

Russia lost the ability to send basic commands to most of its satellites and a segment of the International Space Station (ISS) following a cable failure near Moscow.

The Roscosmos space agency attributed the embarrassing malfunction to basic road repair work near the sprawling Korolyov mission control centre that sits within sight of one of Russia's most heavily used highways.

16 Nov 2012 - 3:47am

Briefs, November 15, 2012

Nancy Pelosi is to stay for another two-year term as House leader for Democrats. Photo: EPA

Pelosi to stay as House leader for Democrats

15 Nov 2012 - 6:30am

Rising CO2 levels in atmosphere causes space jam, scientists warn

A build-up of carbon dioxide in the upper levels of the earth's atmosphere risks causing a faster accumulation of man-made space junk, which could cause more collisions, scientists warn.

13 Nov 2012 - 2:56am

Briefs, November 4, 2012

The International Space Station can be seen without a telescope. Photo: AP

Army may be called in to halt march in Kuwait

4 Nov 2012 - 4:10am