ASTRONAUT

  • US astronauts conduct spacewalk to repair International Space Station 5 days ago

    Washington: A pair of American astronauts stepped outside the International Space Station for a spacewalk to do repairs and upkeep at the orbiting outpost, NASA said. Reid Wiseman and Barry "Butch" Wilmore finished their spacewalk after six hours and 34 minutes, right on schedule, the US space agency said. Their...
  • NASA to make major announcement about spacecraft contracts September 17, 2014

    Washington: US space agency NASA said on Tuesday it will make a "major announcement" regarding the awarding of contracts to build commercial spaceships that will send the country's astronauts to space soil by 2017. "NASA is poised to announce the final phase of development and certification to provide safe, reliable and...
  • Google Glass not an optimal tool for space tasks: NASA August 9, 2014

    Washington: The upcoming eye wearable device Google Glass is "not an optimal tool" for handling operational procedures and tasks in a simulated space environment, NASA astronauts have revealed. In a latest series of experiments, astronauts spent several days inside an underwater lab and performed multiple tests using both Google Glass and...
  • Photo: Buzz Aldrin took selfies to another level: his 1966 selfie from Gemini space mission is the first space selfie ever! July 20, 2014

    The term 'selfie' may have been coined recently, but the phenomenon has been quite a craze for decades now. Buzz Aldrin proved it by tweeting a photo from the Gemini 12 space mission in 1966. The astronaut claims it was the first space selfie ever! He may have been the...
  • 5 things to know about spacecraft designed to ferry astronauts to space May 31, 2014

    SpaceX has made supply runs to the International Space Station under a NASA contract. Now it's eyeing carrying astronauts to lowEarth orbit. NASA is depending on private companies to fill the void left by the retirement of its space shuttle fleet. Here are five things to know about SpaceX: What is its...
  • SpaceX unveils spacecraft to ferry astronauts to space May 30, 2014

    Hawthorne: A company that has flown unmanned capsules to the Space Station unveiled a spacecraft designed to ferry up to seven astronauts to lowEarth orbit that SpaceX founder Elon Musk says will revolutionize access to space. The coneheaded craft dubbed Dragon V2 featured landing legs and a propulsion system designed to...
  • There is a lot to learn from Hadfield's journey to become an astronaut February 3, 2014

    If you are on twitter and don't know who Chris Hadfield is, then you are doing twitter wrong. He took the social networking site by storm when he started tweeting breathtaking pictures from the space through his personal account @Cmdr_Hadfield . He is one of the most seasoned and accomplished...
  • NASA astronaut takes selfie from space with Earth behind him December 30, 2013

    A NASA astronaut has taken an incredible selfie from space with Earth in the background while performing repairs on the International Space Station on Christmas Eve. US astronaut Mike Hopkins, 45, took the astounding image of himself while performing repairs on the ISS during the second of two spacewalks spread over...
  • Watch: First humanoid robot in space chats with Japanese astronaut December 20, 2013

    Tokyo: The first humanoid robot in space made small talk with a Japanese astronaut and said it had no problem with zerogravity on the International Space Station. Footage released by the robot's developers on Friday showed Kirobo performing its first mission on the station, talking in Japanese with astronaut Koichi Wakata...
  • Over 20,000 Indians want to settle on Mars September 10, 2013

    Washington: India is ranked second in the list of countries whose people are interested in settling on Mars permanently, with as many as 20,747 applying for the opportunity being provided by a non-profit foundation. Mars One will establish a permanent human settlement on the Red Planet in 2023 and is in...
  • New NASA spacecraft to investigate moon mystery September 5, 2013

    More than 40 years after the last Apollo astronauts left the moon, NASA is preparing to launch a small robotic spacecraft to investigate one of their most bizarre discoveries. Crews reported seeing an odd glow on the lunar horizon just before sunrise. The phenomenon, which prompted a notebook sketch by Apollo...
  • Colorado company tests spacecraft in California desert August 24, 2013

    A company developing a spaceship to take astronauts to the International Space Station has run the craft through a series of tests at a NASA facility in California. The two-hour test of Dream Chaser spacecraft occurred on Thursday at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base. A...
  • Italian astronaut recounts near-drowning during spacewalk August 23, 2013

    As his helmet filled with water, blurring his vision and cutting off radio communications, Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano says his thoughts quickly turned to the possibility of drowning during a recent spacewalk outside the International Space Station. Parmitano gave a blow-by-blow account of the terrifying incident, which occurred on July 16,...
  • Private firms may travel to lunar surface: NASA report May 25, 2013

    London: A study of future human missions has indicated corporate researchers could be living on the moon by the time NASA astronauts head off to visit an asteroid in the 2020s. The study by Bigelow Aerospace, commissioned by NASA, shows "a lot of excitement and interest from various companies" for...
  • Astronaut's music video aboard ISS goes viral May 14, 2013

    Cape Canaveral, Florida: A music video shot aboard the International Space Station went viral on Monday, turning an astronaut into an overnight music sensation with his zerogravity version of David Bowie's hit "Space Oddity." As the first Canadian to command the space station, a $100 million project of 15 nations,...
  • Watch: Canadian astronaut's music video aboard International Space Station May 14, 2013

    A music video shot aboard the International Space Station by a Canadian astronaut gets over 1.5 million hits on YouTube. ...
  • Snapshot: NASA astronaut records the world's first music video from space May 13, 2013

    This image provided by NASA shows astronaut Chris Hadfield recording the first music video from space Sunday May 12, 2013. The song was his cover version of David Bowie's Space Oddity. Hadfield and astronaut Thomas Marshburn are scheduled to return to earth. ...
  • US astronaut Buzz Aldrin plans human colony on Mars April 7, 2013

    Melbourne: US astronaut Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the Moon, has laid out an ambitious plan of setting up a human colony on Mars within the next two decades. The 83yearold astronaut, who joined the late Neil Armstrong for a globally watched and remembered leap on the...
  • Delhi: Sunita Williams interacts with students April 1, 2013

    New Delhi: IndianAmerican astronaut Sunita Williams, who is visiting India after returning to India after spending 127 days in space, interacted and shared her experiences with students at National Science Centre in New Delhi on Monday. Sunita Williams's itinerary includes visits to Delhi, Mumbai and Gujarat. "I never envisioned to...
  • Borders mean nothing from space: Sunita Williams April 1, 2013

    NASA astronaut Sunita Williams is in India and she told students in Delhi she hasn't seen any aliens and said, interestingly, borders mean nothing from space. She spoke to CNNIBN's Senior Editor Suhasini Haider about her experiences in the space. ...
  • Astronaut Sunita Williams to start her India tour today April 1, 2013

    New Delhi: IndianAmerican astronaut Sunita Williams, who holds the record for the longest space flight by a woman astronaut, has a date with India. She will start her India trip on April 1 from the national capital. She will be speaking with students at the National Science Centre in the...
  • NASA astronaut Sunita Williams to visit India on April 1 March 31, 2013

    New Delhi: Indian American astronaut Sunita Williams, who holds the world record for the longest spaceflight by a female astronaut, will start her India trip on April 1 from the national capital. Williams will visit the National Science Centre (NSC) in the national capital on April 1 and interact with...
  • US: Firstever original track written and recorded in space February 10, 2013

    New York: A Canadian astronaut has teamed up with Barenaked Ladies lead singer Ed Robertson for the first ever original track to be written and recorded in space, 402 km above the Earth aboard the International Space Station. The pair wrote the song together before the collaboration was recorded via...
  • Sunita Williams says she just loves space November 19, 2012

    Houston: As she packs up her small luggage and special memorabilia for a return journey back to Earth, NASA astronaut Sunita Williams is reluctant to bid adieu to her eventful second sojourn to space which she describes as a "really cool" place which nobody would like to leave. With hours...
  • Sunita Williams to return to Earth today November 18, 2012

    Houston: Recordsetting IndianAmerican NASA astronaut Sunita Williams along with two other cosmonauts will return to Earth on Sunday, after four months in orbit. Williams ceremonially handed over the command of the International Space Station to fellow NASA astronaut Kevin Ford on the eve of her departure from the complex on...
  • US: Sunita Williams voted by absentee ballot November 7, 2012

    Houston: IndianAmerican astronaut Sunita Williams, currently in space floating around in zerogravity, voted for US presidential polls by absentee ballot. Sunita, along with flight engineer Kevin Ford, exercised her franchise in July while stationed in Russia even before heading up to the station aboard Soyuz ships launched from the Baikonur...
  • Sunita Williams sets new record, embarks on 7th space walk November 2, 2012

    Houston: IndianAmerican Sunita Williams along with a fellow astronaut on Thursday ventured out of the International Space Station, adding to her recordsetting space walking sojourns, to find an ammonia leak in the vital radiator system. Expedition Commander Williams and Flight Engineer Aki Hoshide switched their spacesuits to battery power at...
  • NASA Astronauts use toothbrush to fix space station September 6, 2012

    Houston: IndianAmerican NASA astronaut Sunita Williams and her Japanese colleague successfully replaced a vital power unit on the International Space Station using tools made out of a toothbrush. The decision to use a simple toothbrush to clean a bolt that gave Williams and Akihiko Hoshide so much trouble during a...
  • Sunita Williams breaks record in 6th spacewalk September 6, 2012

    Houston: IndianAmerican NASA astronaut Sunita Williams and her Japanese counterpart Akihiko Hoshide have successfully restored power to the International Space Station on their second attempt. With this spacewalk, Williams surpassed Peggy Whitson's record during Wednesday's excursion for total cumulative spacewalk time by a female astronaut. Whitson worked outside for 39 hours...
  • When Armstrong apologised to Indira Gandhi August 28, 2012

    London: "I apologise for the inconvenience", US astronaut Neil Armstrong told Indira Gandhi when informed that the Indian Prime Minister had kept awake till 4:30 am to watch him land on the moon on July 20, 1969. This anecdote about the celebrated astronaut, who died two days ago, was recalled here...