International Space Station (ISS): News
The International Space Station or ISS is a habitable artificial satellite orbiting the Earth at a speed of approximately 27,600 km/h. At this rate, it takes the spacecraft just 90 minutes to go around the Earth once. The spacecraft was launched on November 20, 1998. As of August 2021, it has clocked 22 years and eight months in orbit, of which it has been inhabited by astronauts for 20 years and nine months (since November 2000) on a rotational basis. National Aeronautics and Space Agency (NASA) records indicate that the space station has been visited by 243 individuals from 19 different countries. The record for the longest time spent on the ISS is held by American astronaut Peggy Whitson for spending 665 days on the ISS. The ISS is approximately as big as a six-bedroom house with amenities for 7 astronauts including six sleeping quarters, two bathrooms, a gym, and a 360-degree view bay window. The station is controlled by over 50 computers powered by solar energy it draws from solar panels mounted externally. At a total cost of $150 billion, the station has been described as the most expensive item ever constructed.
22 May 2023Space News
Key science experiments Ax-2 mission astronauts will perform on ISS
Texas-based Axiom Space has launched Ax-2, its second all-private astronaut mission to the International Space Station (ISS).
10 May 2023Space News
Ax-2 mission astronauts will grow first stem cells in space
For the first time, stem cells will be grown in space, by astronauts flying to the International Space Station (ISS) on Axiom Space's Ax-2 mission, which is scheduled to launch on May 21.
31 Mar 2023NASA
Meet Amit Kshatriya, the Indian-American scientist heading NASA's Moon-to-Mars program
NASA has set up a new and vital Moon to Mars Program Office at its headquarters in Washington. Amit Kshatriya—an Indian-American scientist—has been appointed as the first head of the office.
14 Mar 2023NASA
How NASA will crash ISS into Pacific Ocean in 2031
The International Space Station (ISS) will be operational until 2030 and NASA intends to bring down the orbiting space lab in early 2031 by safely crashing it into the Pacific Ocean.
13 Mar 2023NASA
Here's how these astronauts grew tomatoes on the ISS
NASA's SpaceX Crew-5 astronauts safely returned to Earth from the International Space Station on Sunday (March 12).
12 Mar 2023NASA
NASA-SpaceX Crew-5 astronauts return from ISS after five-month mission
The NASA-SpaceX Crew-5 mission has officially come to an end.
10 Mar 2023NASA
How ISS evaded an imminent collision with an approaching satellite
The International Space Station (ISS) had to swerve out of the way of an Earth-imaging satellite on March 6.
07 Mar 2023NASA
What is NASA's upcoming CRS mission to the ISS
NASA will send the 27th SpaceX Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) mission to the International Space Station (ISS) this month. The launch will occur from Kennedy Space Center, Florida.
27 Feb 2023NASA
NASA-SpaceX Crew-6 mission to ISS canceled due to ground issues
The NASA-SpaceX Crew-6 mission which was supposed to head off to the International Space Station (ISS) today, has been scrubbed.
24 Feb 2023NASA
NASA-SpaceX Crew-6 to launch soon: Key facts about the mission
NASA-SpaceX Crew-6 mission will soon take off for the International Space Station. The launch is scheduled for February 27 from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida.
22 Feb 2023NASA
NASA, SpaceX delay launch of Crew-6 mission to February 27
NASA and SpaceX have decided to delay the launch of Crew-6, a crewed mission to the International Space Station.
14 Feb 2023Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia to soon send first woman astronaut to space
Saudi Arabia is set to send its first-ever woman astronaut to space later this year.
03 Feb 2023NASA
Astronauts complete construction job needed for upgrading ISS's power system
NASA astronaut Nicole Mann and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Koichi Wakata have successfully completed upgrading the power generation system on the International Space Station (ISS).
17 Jan 2023NASA
International Space Station avoided three collision risks in 2022
The International Space Station (ISS) had to perform three Collision Avoidance Manoeuvres (CAMs) in 2022.
29 Dec 2022Space News
When will ISS astronauts celebrate New Year 2023?
As New Year is around the corner, have you wondered at what time will the astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) celebrate the occasion?
15 Dec 2022NASA
ISS spacewalk scrapped after "significant leak" from Soyuz spacecraft
The scheduled ISS spacewalk has been canceled after two Russian astronauts, called cosmonauts, noticed a "significant leaking of an unknown substance" in the Soyuz MS-22 spacecraft.
28 Nov 2022SpaceX
SpaceX Dragon docks at ISS; delivers science equipment, Thanksgiving treats
SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft carrying around 3,500kg of cargo, successfully docked at the International Space Station (ISS) on November 27 at 7:39 am ET (6:09 pm IST).
22 Nov 2022NASA
NASA to send resupplies to ISS: Check the mission items
NASA and SpaceX will launch the 26th Commercial Resupply Mission (CRS) to the International Space Station (ISS) from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, US on November 22.
19 Oct 2022NASA
NASA greenlights spacewalks outside ISS again; next one in mid-November
NASA has resumed spacewalks outside the International Space Station (ISS) after a hiatus of seven months. The next one will occur in mid-November.
29 Sep 2022Space News
Exercising taken to new heights: Astronaut performs yoga in ISS
How does it feel to do yoga in microgravity? Well, we have no idea, but we do know someone who knows a thing or two about it.
23 Sep 2022Saudi Arabia
First Saudi woman astronaut will go to space in 2023
It seems that the Middle-Eastern space push has caught some real steam. Saudi Arabia is the latest to join the party.
27 Jul 2022NASA
Russia will exit International Space Station after 2024. But why?
After a plethora of threats about pulling out from the International Space Station (ISS), Roscosmos, Russia's federal space agency, has finally decided to end the multilateral cooperation after 2024.
22 Jul 2022Space News
Samantha Cristoforetti becomes first European woman to walk in space
Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti created history when she became the first female European to conduct a space walk.
09 Jul 2022Space News
International Space Station ejects 78kg trash using unique waste-disposal technology
Have you ever wondered how astronauts in the International Space Station (ISS) dump their trash? As you can imagine, it is tough, but not anymore.
27 Jun 2022Space News
#NewsBytesExplainer: How do astronauts sleep in space at the ISS?
Many people on Earth suffer from sleeping disorders and it becomes even more challenging in space.
06 May 2022SpaceX
SpaceX Crew Dragon returns from ISS with 4 astronauts onboard
A SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft has successfully brought four astronauts home with a midnight splash off the coast of Florida.
28 Oct 2021Jeff Bezos
Blue Origin, Boeing to establish 'business park' in low-Earth orbit
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos's Blue Origin has unveiled plans to build a "space park" that would be launched into low Earth orbit.
18 Oct 2021Entertainment
Russian crew lands back on Earth after shooting in space
A Russian film crew just completed the production of a movie literally out of this world!
15 Aug 20213D Printing
Can NASA 3D-print structures using regolith aboard the ISS?
NASA has sent a contracted Northrop Grumman Cygnus resupply spacecraft to the International Space Station (ISS) with nearly 3,720kg of cargo on board, including a machine meant to demonstrate 3D printing regolith on the moon and other extraterrestrial surfaces.
30 Jul 2021Technology
ISS veers off course due to Russian module's misfiring thrusters
The International Space Station (ISS) is a space laboratory that's approximately as large as a football field. However, the uncontrolled firing of thrusters on the newly-docked Russian Nauka module caused the ISS to briefly shift out of orbit on Thursday.
12 Jun 2021Space News
NASA inviting proposals for two private astronaut missions to ISS
Following in the footsteps of Jared Isaacman-led civilian crewed mission and Amazon boss Jeff Bezos's plans to attain escape velocity this year, NASA has announced that it is welcoming proposals from commercial establishments for two private crewed missions to the International Space Station (ISS).
30 Apr 2021Space News
China's space station materializes with the launch of first module
The International Space Station's (ISS) decades long monopoly on space is coming to an end. China has launched the first module of its ambitious space station program from the country's Wenchang Space Launch Centre.
23 Apr 2021SpaceX
NASA, SpaceX Crew-2 astronauts successfully embark on journey to ISS
On April 23, NASA launched a crew of four astronauts on a flight to the International Space Station (ISS) without incident.
06 Apr 2021SpaceX
Astronauts successfully relocate SpaceX's Resilience—first for a commercial crew port
On Monday, astronauts successfully relocated the SpaceX Crew-1 spacecraft from the forward port of the International Space Station's (ISS) Harmony module to the space-facing port.
27 Jan 2021SpaceX
Axiom Space reveals space tourists visiting ISS for $165 million
You can buy your way into space! For $55 million each, former Israeli Air Force pilot Eytan Stibbe, Canadian investor Mark Pathy, and American real estate investor Larry Connor will fly to the International Space Station sometime next year.
16 Nov 2020SpaceX
SpaceX's Crew Dragon 'Resilience' successfully launches 4 astronauts to ISS
Elon Musk-owned SpaceX has successfully launched four astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) on its Crew Dragon 'Resilience' spacecraft—its first-ever operational space taxi flight for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
06 Oct 2020Kalpana Chawla
International Space Station gets a new toilet, costs $23 million
A new space toilet has been delivered at the International Space Station (ISS).
21 Aug 2020Apple
NewsBytes Briefing: Air leak at International Space Station, and more
In the updates since last night, NASA revealed that there has been a small air leak at the International Space Station.
10 Jun 2020Space News
Kathy Sullivan, America's first woman spacewalker, reaches ocean's deepest point
America's first woman spacewalker has now become the first-ever woman to reach the deepest known point in our planet's oceans.
31 May 2020SpaceX
Along with astronauts, SpaceX launched a 'glittery dinosaur' to ISS
In the wee hours of Sunday, Elon Musk's SpaceX launched astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley on the historic #LaunchAmerica mission to the International Space Station.