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:

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

SpaceX launches recycled rocket for first time

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX racked up another first on Friday, launching a recycled rocket with a recycled capsule on a grocery run for NASA. The unmanned Falcon rocket blasted off with a just-in-time-for-Christmas delivery for the International Space Station, taking flight again after a six-month turnaround. On board

SpaceX delays International Space Station delivery

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX has delayed its latest grocery run for the International Space Station by at least another few days. The company now aims to launch its first recycled rocket for NASA on Friday. The unmanned Falcon rocket originally flew in June. The Dragon capsule made a space

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

The International Space Station is as gross as your own home

When you think of the International Space Station — that huge floating laboratory cruising through Earth’s atmosphere that has housed dozens of different astronauts and cosmonauts over the years — what image does your mind paint? If it’s a picture of pristine, almost clinical cleanliness, far away from

Budweiser is on a mission to bring beer to Mars

But first, beer. Budweiser recently announced that they’ll be sending 20 barley seeds to the International Space Station to figure out how well the beer-making ingredient will fare in the microgravity environment. The seeds will be included in SpaceX’s upcoming cargo supply mission, which is scheduled to launch from the

Stray plane delays supply run to ISS

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A supply run to the International Space Station has been delayed a day by a stray plane. Everything was going well in Saturday morning’s launch countdown in Virginia. But at the last minute, a plane flew into the restricted airspace at Wallops Island. That prompted

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

Mysterious flash of fire was Russian rocket breaking up

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — A discarded Russian cargo spaceship burned across the night sky of the Arabian Peninsula, drawing gasps from Dubai to Riyadh before breaking up in the Earth’s atmosphere and scattering in the Indian Ocean. The fiery end Monday night of the unmanned Progress MS-07 came as planned

Mysterious flash of fire was Russian rocket breaking up

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — A discarded Russian cargo spaceship burned across the night sky of the Arabian Peninsula, drawing gasps from Dubai to Riyadh before breaking up in the Earth’s atmosphere and scattering in the Indian Ocean. The fiery end Monday night of the unmanned Progress MS-07 came as planned

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.

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

You can now visit the ISS thanks to Google Street View

Most of us — OK, nearly all of us — will never have the opportunity to set foot inside the International Space Station. The multi-billion-dollar floating laboratory and astronaut bed and breakfast is a pretty exclusive destination, and unless you’re ready to dedicate your life to science and spend decades

Worm grows two heads during space experiment

A worm mysteriously grew two new heads after it was sent into space as part of a cosmic experiment. The flatworm was on the International Space Station when it grew a second noggin. Flatworms are dubbed the masters of regeneration due to a super-hero power which lets them rebuild any part of

Worm grows two heads during space experiment

A worm mysteriously grew two new heads after it was sent into space as part of a cosmic experiment. The flatworm was on the International Space Station when it grew a second noggin. Flatworms are dubbed the masters of regeneration due to a super-hero power which lets them rebuild any part of

Worm grows two heads during space experiment

A worm mysteriously grew two new heads after it was sent into space as part of a cosmic experiment. The flatworm was on the International Space Station when it grew a second noggin. Flatworms are dubbed the masters of regeneration due to a super-hero power which lets them rebuild any part of

Worm grows two heads during space experiment

A worm mysteriously grew two new heads after it was sent into space as part of a cosmic experiment. The flatworm was on the International Space Station when it grew a second noggin. Flatworms are dubbed the masters of regeneration due to a super-hero power which lets them rebuild any part of

Worm grows two heads during space experiment

A worm mysteriously grew two new heads after it was sent into space as part of a cosmic experiment. The flatworm was on the International Space Station when it grew a second noggin. Flatworms are dubbed the masters of regeneration due to a super-hero power which lets them rebuild any part of

Worm grows two heads during space experiment

A worm mysteriously grew two new heads after it was sent into space as part of a cosmic experiment. The flatworm was on the International Space Station when it grew a second noggin. Flatworms are dubbed the masters of regeneration due to a super-hero power which lets them rebuild any part of

Catastrophic space junk collision is probably inevitable

A potentially disastrous collision in space that could render the edge of Earth’s upper atmosphere unusable has been foreshadowed by global scientists. It’s a matter of when, not if such a calamitous event will take place, they say. Space has become so crowded with old defunct satellites, spent rocket parts and other

Catastrophic space junk collision is probably inevitable

A potentially disastrous collision in space that could render the edge of Earth’s upper atmosphere unusable has been foreshadowed by global scientists. It’s a matter of when, not if such a calamitous event will take place, they say. Space has become so crowded with old defunct satellites, spent rocket parts and other