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SpaceX's first human crew includes astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley

2019 could finally be the year when American astronauts return to orbit from American soil, ending an eight-year drought that began when NASA's Space Shuttle program was discontinued in 2011. NASA Commercial Crew Program Opening Flights Planned In the coming months, the vehicles will be carried for the first time in private vehicles with space astronauts. If the current schedules …

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Extreme bacteria on the space station are evolving to cope with the harsh conditions, not to make astronauts sick

For years, scientists on board the International Space Station (ISS) have been carrying out research to determine the effects of life in space on humans and microorganisms. In addition to high levels of radiation exposure, there is also concern that long-term exposure to microgravity could cause genetic mutations. Understanding this and taking countermeasures is essential if humanity is to become …

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Sending astronauts to Mars would be stupid, says Apollo 8 pilot

One of the first astronauts orbiting the moon said Wednesday it was "stupid" to plan human missions to Mars. Bill Anders, the lunar landing pilot on NASA's Apollo 8 mission, told BBC Radio 5 Live Deploying crews to the Red Planet would be "almost ridiculous." One of the goals of the US Space Agency is to send people to Mars …

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Christmas in space! Astronauts celebrate a special cosmic holiday in orbit

Merry Christmas from the International Space Station! The crew of Expedition 58 today (December 25) beamed their merry Christmas wishes for the 50th anniversary of the first Christmas in space. "During this time of vacation, I look back on 'home' a lot," NASA astronaut Anne McClain wrote on Twitter just before the holiday Sunday (December 23). She shared with the …

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NASA astronauts will still be riding Russian rockets after the American craft arrives

Although nothing has yet been officially signed, NASA plans to continue flying its astronauts with the Russian Soyuz vehicle, even after US occupation vehicles have gone online, according to a spokesperson for the agency. "Bill Gerstenmaier and a leading NASA leadership have announced their intention to have American crew members in Soyuz vehicles after 2019 and [to have] Russians in …

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Sending astronauts to Mars would be stupid, says the astronaut

Image copyright NASA Caption Bill Anders on Apollo 8 in December 1968 One of the first men orbiting the moon has told BBC Radio 5 Live that it's "stupid" to plan human missions to Mars. Bill Anders, pilot of the lunar module of Apollo 8, the first manned spaceflight in the world The occupation to Mars is "almost ridiculous". Nasa …

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These Christmas videos from Space Station Astronauts are just adorable

Astronauts have already decorated the halls of the International Space Station for the holidays, with some new videos pointing to it. Sporty Santa Hats, Rookie Expedition 58 crewmembers David Saint-Jacques (Canadian Space Agency) and Anne McClain (NASA) recorded Christmas greetings and memories of their orbital bass in a three-minute Christmas video. Nearby, the notorious elf watches the shelf after playing …

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Apollo 8 astronauts report NASA's epic first mission to the moon

The Apollo 8 crew included (from L to R) Jim Lovell, Pilot of the Command Module (CM); Bill Anders, pilot of the Lunar module (LM); and Frank Borman, Commander / The Apollo 8 crew starts. (NASA / MSFC) On the damp morning of December 21, 1968, NASA's Apollo 8 spacecraft launched on a Saturn V rocket from launch complex 39 …

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Bishops and astronauts meet in Washington to remember Apollo 8

WASHINGTON (RNS) – Sometimes the deepest truths about humanity – and God – are revealed as we step back a little. Or even fly about 238,000 miles into space. The astronaut James Lovell had this epiphany 50 years ago, when he became one of the first astronauts orbiting the moon. "I remembered a phrase that I had often heard:" I …

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