Astronaut apologizes for “fake news’ about growth spurt

A Japanese astronaut has apologized for causing “fake news” after tweeting he had grown 3.5 inches since landing on the International Space Station. Norishige Kanai, 41, hastily corrected his initial claim by admitting he has actually only grown 2 cm, or about 3/4 of an inch. Tweeting Wednesday, he admitted:

US astronaut John Young dies at age 87

Veteran U.S. astronaut John Young, who walked on the moon and even smuggled a corned beef sandwich into orbit during one of his six missions in space, has died at age 87, NASA said on Saturday. Young, a former U.S. Navy test pilot, in 1972 became the ninth of

China’s out-of-control space station is about to fall from the sky

The tail end of 2017 was packed with interesting asteroid sightings and near-misses that gave skywatchers a reason to look up, but the biggest threat from above in 2018 might be manmade. China’s Tiangong-1 space station has been completely out of control for months now, and space agencies from

How astronauts celebrated Christmas in space

December 25 was a day packed with gifts, good food and family time for millions of people on Earth. Believe it or not, things weren’t all that different for astronauts floating some 250 miles above our planet on the International Space Station and NASA has taken the opportunity

Astronauts watch ‘Star Wars’ for movie night in space

Sometimes, science fact is stranger than science fiction. Astronauts aboard the International Space Station watched “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” during a movie night. More On: star wars: the last jedi ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ soars to $745M worldwide The weird cold sleeve that got the 'Star Wars' cast in shape 'The Last

New spacesuits have “take me home’ button

If you’ve ever dreamed of becoming an astronaut, the thought of accidentally drifting away from the safety of a spacecraft or space station has likely crossed your mind. The thought of floating aimlessly into space with no control over your own fate is enough to make your palms

Astronauts get special delivery of ice cream, pizzas

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Astronauts got a mouth-watering haul with Tuesday’s Earth-to-space delivery — pizza and ice cream. A commercial supply ship arrived at the International Space Station two days after launching from Virginia. Besides NASA equipment and experiments, the Orbital ATK capsule holds chocolate and vanilla ice cream

This astronaut came a little too close to drifting off into space

Spacewalks outside the International Space Station are no joke. When an astronaut straps on their suit and ventures out into space, the work being done is often a crucial repair or maintenance that simply cannot go undone. There are, of course, some very important safety features in place to prevent

Astronaut explains how to use the bathroom in space

What does space smell like? And how on earth do you go to the bathroom in zero gravity? These are just two of the most common questions British astronaut Tim Peake gets asked — and having spent six months on the International Space Station, he is sharing his insights in the

Lunar cave could give astronauts shelter on the moon

Japanese scientists have discovered a massive cave on the moon that could one day serve as shelter for astronauts colonizing our rocky neighbor, according to reports. The country’s Selenological and Engineering Explorer, or SELENE, probe uncovered the cave — measuring about 30 miles long by 330 feet wide — under an

Future astronauts might live in lava tubes on the moon

A human settlement on the moon — or at least some kind of lunar base that astronauts can hang out in — is a romantic idea that sci-fi movies and video games have made us think is as simple as getting some supplies up there and whipping out a hammer.

Fidget spinners are way cooler in space

Fidget spinners’ 15 minutes may be up here on Earth but in space, their popularity has just begun. NASA astronaut Randy Bresnik recently shared a video of a fidget spinner aboard the International Space Station. Instead of just the spinners’ arms rotating around the center, the whole contraption spins around as one.

Rare photos by early NASA astronauts headed to auction

BOSTON — John Glenn was the first person to snap a photograph of Earth from outer space. Neil Armstrong took the first picture from the moon’s surface. The original prints of those are among 445 rare photos taken by American astronauts that are being sold by Skinner Auctioneers and Appraisers starting

Astronauts go on spacewalk to grease robot arm’s new hand

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Spacewalking astronauts hustled through a lube job and camera swaps outside the International Space Station on Tuesday, their second trip outside in less than a week. Astronaut Mark Vande Hei made fast work of greasing the big robot arm’s new hand. Vande Hei and station commander Randy Bresnik

NASA might modify the DNA of astronauts going to Mars

Astronauts are some of the bravest men and women on the face of the planet, but the first crew to venture past the Moon and head all the way to Mars will be pioneers of an entirely new variety. They’ll also be at a potentially extreme risk of a variety

87 million-year-old space dust discovered in British cliff

Fossilized pieces of extraterrestrial dust have been discovered along the British coastline. Scientists found the galactic specks – known as micrometeorites – embedded into the White Cliffs of Dover in the UK. Seventy-six preserved pieces of the galaxy were found in the cliff’s white chalk, dating back 87 million years go to

Former NASA astronaut tells how anyone can go to space

Traveling into space is a dream for a lot of humans. But it turns out that becoming an astronaut may not be as far-fetched a career goal as it might appear. The Sun Online has enlisted the help of a former NASA astronaut who flew into space to help build the International

Record-breaking astronaut Peggy Whitson returns to Earth

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Astronaut Peggy Whitson returned to Earth late Saturday, wrapping up a record-breaking flight that catapulted her to first place for U.S. space endurance. Whitson’s 665 days off the planet — 288 days on this mission alone — exceeds that of any other American and any other woman

These people volunteered to be locked in a lab for 200 days

If you were like most kids, you at least ventured the thought of becoming an astronaut when you grew up. The idea of flying into space and maybe even walking on the moon just sounds so cool when you’re a youngster — and maybe even as an adult — but

Mars astronauts face a huge risk of getting cancer

You might want to hold off on purchasing a ticket to Mars. The risk of developing cancer from the galactic cosmic rays on Mars is twice as high as originally estimated, according to a new study published in Scientific Reports. Current assessments used by NASA suggest that cancer caused by this type

NASA picks 12 astronauts from pool of 18,300 applicants

NASA named 12 astronauts on Wednesday to the U.S. space agency’s first new class of space fliers in five years, chosen from a record 18,300 applicants, for a new era of space travel. U.S. Vice President Mike Pence welcomed the five women and seven men, aged 28 to 42, during their

Mars astronauts face a huge risk of getting cancer

You might want to hold off on purchasing a ticket to Mars. The risk of developing cancer from the galactic cosmic rays on Mars is twice as high as originally estimated, according to a new study published in Scientific Reports. Current assessments used by NASA suggest that cancer caused by this type

NASA picks 12 astronauts from pool of 18,300 applicants

NASA named 12 astronauts on Wednesday to the U.S. space agency’s first new class of space fliers in five years, chosen from a record 18,300 applicants, for a new era of space travel. U.S. Vice President Mike Pence welcomed the five women and seven men, aged 28 to 42, during their

Mars astronauts face a huge risk of getting cancer

You might want to hold off on purchasing a ticket to Mars. The risk of developing cancer from the galactic cosmic rays on Mars is twice as high as originally estimated, according to a new study published in Scientific Reports. Current assessments used by NASA suggest that cancer caused by this type

NASA picks 12 astronauts from pool of 18,300 applicants

NASA named 12 astronauts on Wednesday to the U.S. space agency’s first new class of space fliers in five years, chosen from a record 18,300 applicants, for a new era of space travel. U.S. Vice President Mike Pence welcomed the five women and seven men, aged 28 to 42, during their

Mars astronauts face a huge risk of getting cancer

You might want to hold off on purchasing a ticket to Mars. The risk of developing cancer from the galactic cosmic rays on Mars is twice as high as originally estimated, according to a new study published in Scientific Reports. Current assessments used by NASA suggest that cancer caused by this type

NASA picks 12 astronauts from pool of 18,300 applicants

NASA named 12 astronauts on Wednesday to the U.S. space agency’s first new class of space fliers in five years, chosen from a record 18,300 applicants, for a new era of space travel. U.S. Vice President Mike Pence welcomed the five women and seven men, aged 28 to 42, during their

NASA picks 12 astronauts from pool of 18,300 applicants

NASA named 12 astronauts on Wednesday to the U.S. space agency’s first new class of space fliers in five years, chosen from a record 18,300 applicants, for a new era of space travel. U.S. Vice President Mike Pence welcomed the five women and seven men, aged 28 to 42, during their

Mars astronauts face a huge risk of getting cancer

You might want to hold off on purchasing a ticket to Mars. The risk of developing cancer from the galactic cosmic rays on Mars is twice as high as originally estimated, according to a new study published in Scientific Reports. Current assessments used by NASA suggest that cancer caused by this type