International Space Station

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2014

    NASA Rocket Explodes After Launch

    Well, it looks like the astronauts will have to wait a little longer for their snacks and supplies. An unmanned NASA rocket exploded shortly after launching on Tuesday evening. The rocket, an unmanned cargo spacecraft that was slated to dock at the International Space Station, exploded roughly six ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2014

    SpaceX, Boeing to Launch Humans Under NASA's Watch

    For the first time in American history, commercial spaceflight companies will send astronauts to the International Space Station. SpaceX and Boeing have been awarded NASA contracts to pursue the technology necessary for sustaining human life in space. Pending certification by NASA, American astrona ... More >>

  • News

    April 24, 2014

    Houston's Space Problem: Johnson Space Center Has Lost Its Identity and Purpose

    With a rudderless NASA in charge, JSC has been lost in the shuffle.

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2014

    NASA Broke Up With Russia's Space Agency, Now What?

    The United States has ended things between NASA and Russia's space agency. While the U.S. has yet to issue a Taylor Swiftian pop ballad about the breakup, a memo on the split did get leaked. We can't say we didn't see this coming. Things have been, shall we say, tense between the two countries sinc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2013

    What's in a Space Station Thanksgiving?

    Way up there in outer space, the International Space Station crew is being deprived of the traditional Thanksgiving we're all enjoying -- you know, that complicated dance of balancing gobbling turkey, stuffing, pie and enough booze before someone you're related to brings up either politics or religi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2013

    Gravity Hits NASA: Shutdown as "Nonessential" NASA Turns 55

    Last week was NASA's 55th birthday. However, the folks over at NASA didn't have a giant cake or some crazy party to celebrate 55 years of the space program. Instead, 97 percent of NASA employees were deemed "nonessential," sent home without pay and told to wait and not work until the government fina ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2013

    NASA's New Astronauts: Half Women, None Alive for the Moon Landing

    There was a generation of kids who grew up idolizing the astronauts. The men of the Mercury missions, the Apollo crews -- the guys who risked everything, put it all on the line to beat the Russians and launch into outer space. John Glenn, Alan Shepard, Neil Armstrong -- these guys were national he ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2013

    30 Seconds With IAmDynamite

    Chris Martin and Chris Phillips as IAmDynamite is one of the great modern duo-bands that manages to make two guys sound like an army, easily putting them up there with acts like Chromeo and our own Morgue City. Do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of Supermegafantastic f or the infectious rock an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2012

    Hear the First Song Recorded On the International Space Station

    Commander Chris Hadfield, a Canadian Space Agency astronaut, is currently on the International Space Station, orbiting Earth. When he is not pointing at the windows of the ISS and screaming "Holy shit I am in space!" and doing various experiments meant to better mankind and science, he also plays gu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2012

    Nerd Humor: NASA Gets Clever With "Why the World Didn't End" and Gangnam Style Parody Videos

    Nerds have a sense of humor and when those nerds also have cool toys and a desire to get people more interested in their world, they can come up with some pretty damn clever concoctions. In this case, the nerds in question are at our own Johnson Space Center where they have created a couple of video ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2011

    A Pendulum In Space: Kids Learn It Ain't The Same

    NASA has posted new videos of International Space Station astronauts doing experiments proposed by schoolkids, and it includes this easy-to-grasp one. Everyone knows how a pendulum acts on Earth. How about in zero gravity? Astronaut Cady Coleman -- who shows again why she made our list of Seven Wil ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2011

    An Amateur Lands The Space Shuttle

    Boyd MeierKym in the sim​Be sure to check out our pics from the Atlantis astronauts' homecoming at Johnson Space Center. You often hear the expression "a once in a lifetime experience," and while this may or may not always be true, for those lucky enough to participate in a NASA Tweet-up, not ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2011

    Great Picture of Atlantis Turnin' & Burnin' for Home

    NASA​NASA says this picture is "unprecedented," and who are we to doubt them? Taken from the International Space Station, the shot shows Atlantis beginning its descent through the earth's atmosphere, as things heat up and everyone says prayers to the heat-shield god.

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2011

    Okay, The Mysterious Face On the Space Station Is Freaking Us Out

    NASAJust upper-right of the center? That's a MAN, baby​Yesterday we posted some great new video from NASA of the shuttle Endeavour docked to the International Space Station, seven minutes of mostly silent footage that screamed out for a soundtrack. We synched up David Bowie's "Width of a Circ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2011

    NASA Streams ZZ Top's Brand-New "Flyin' High"

    ​NASA is now streaming "Flyin' High," that brand-new ZZ Top song bound for the International Space Station Rocks Off told you about yesterday, on its Web site. Now all us Earthlings can listen too.

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2011

    ZZ Top Debuts New Song... In Space

    ​The first bit of music from ZZ Top's long-awaited, long-delayed, semi-mythical forthcoming album has leaked... but not anywhere on Earth. Astronaut and friend of ZZ Michael Fossum, currently headed to the International Space Station on a Russian spacecraft, is carrying a copy of "Flyin' High ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2011

    Today's Cool NASA Photo: Star Trek Never Looked As Good As This

    NASA​Looking like something out of Hollywood, this new picture by a member of the current Endeavour mission shows the International Space Station as if it was a space sailing ship, headed for the golden glow of the horizon.

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2011

    Space Shuttle Endeavour: Its Five Coolest Mission Patches

    Monday, barring yet another delay, the space shuttle Endeavour will take off on its 25th and final mission. Each mission gets its own patch, of course, designed with input from the crew. The five coolest mission patches Endeavour has had: 5. STS-49, May 1992 Endeavour's inaugural flight paid tribu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2011

    30 Seconds With Zoe Keating

    Rocks Off sat down with the amazing one-woman orchestra they call Zoe Keating to find out what we could learn about the avant-garde cellist in 30 seconds.​Rocks Off: What is the worst song in the world? Zoe Keating: One person's pleasure is another person's poison, so let's j ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2011

    Space Shuttles: Ten Ways Los Angeles and New York Can Show Theirs Off, Dammit

    Bi-wing airplanes...pfft. Try this on for size, Kong.​This week, we learned that Houston, essentially the birthplace of the space shuttle program, will not be given one of the four remaining shuttles. Two of the four cities receiving them are both deserving and appropriate: Washington D.C. (fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2011

    Astronaut Plays Jethro Tull Flute In Space

    Rocks Off has been trying to come up with a "space rock" joke all day, but we can't, so we'll just say this is pretty cool. Today we got an email from Austin nonprofit Dart Music International with a link to the above video, which premiered during SXSW. It's astronaut (and musician) Cady Coleman ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2011

    Astronaut Catherine Coleman: New Video of Jamming in Space

    Our sister blog Rocks Off was sent the above video, which premiered at SXSW, and we're happy to pass it along in case you missed it over there. Astronaut Catherine Coleman is a flute player; as has been reported, she has flutes from Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson and two of the Chieftains with her at t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2011

    NASA, Free That Robot Now!!

    Discovery's been at the International Space Station for days now, and still no robot action. Even President Obama's getting antsy. He told the astronauts yesterday they should let R2 out of his packaging and allow him to "stretch his legs." (We're sure they had to bite their tongues to keep from bl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2011

    NASA's Robots: Now They're Just Trying to Freak Us Out

    NASA photosThe singularity is coming, you carbon-based piece of shit​ZDnet's put out a photo gallery of the new robot, R2, who is in the shuttle headed up to the International Space Station as we speak. The pictures aren't new, but seeing them all together can give you the creeps. (You can a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2011

    Gabrielle Giffords: NASA's Moment of Silence, and a Message From the Space Station

    NASA held a moment of silence for the victims of the Tucson shooting today, victims who of course included Representative Gabrielle Giffords, wife of an astronaut. The congresswoman's brother-in-law, Scott Kelly, spoke from the International Space Station as part of the event and criticized harsh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2010

    NASA's Astronomy Picture Of The Day: 2010's Ten Best

    For 15 years now, NASA has been putting out an Astronomy Picture of the Day, picking whatever hits their fancy from the archives or new stuff coming in from up above. Here are ten of the best they posted this year. 10. Atlantis takes off Photos courtesy NASA​In the early morning hours of Jul ... More >>

  • Film

    December 23, 2010

    Kickass Movies of the Year

    Our Ten Favorites from 2010 – including Jackass 3D.

  • Blogs

    November 16, 2010

    NASA's Latest High-Resolution Photo: Has Google Maps Robbed Us Of Our Sense Of Wonder?

    Photo courtesy NASA​You're looking at one of the highest-resolution photos ever taken from the International Space Station, posted this week by NASA. NASA says it has a resolution of two the three meters per pixel, due to (WARNING: geek talk incoming) "using lens "doublers" to increase the op ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2010

    Westbury's Shannon Walker Gazes Out Windows A Lot Better Than You Do

    Photo by astro_wheelsStop daydreaming, young lady​It's a little dark, so you have to look close but check out this picture of Houston's own Shannon Walker checking out the traffic on the West Loop. She's in the new-ish Cupola that's been installed on the International Space Station, digging th ... More >>

  • News

    October 7, 2010

    Intelligent Life

    When NASA employee April Evans questioned animal experiments, her career fell apart.

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2010

    Annise Parker Touches Down In Oklahoma City For Astronaut Movie Premiere

    ​Last weekend marked the 10th year for Oklahoma City's deadCENTER Film Festival. Since its beginnings as a small, largely local fest in 2000, it has grown into one of the summer's bigger festivals, drawing thousands of attendees each year and attracting filmmakers from across the world.The closing ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2010

    NASA's "Face In Space": Send Porn To The Space Station!!

    Porn in space: America demands this​NASA announced today a "Face in Space" program, where you can upload pictures of yourself that will be transferred to the International Space Station."Launch your face into space," the agency says.Why just the face? Why not....other parts?NASA spokesman Ja ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2010

    Asgard Heroes: The Nerd Game Of Choice On The International Space Station

    A view much more interesting than anything else you'd see from the Space Station, apparently​In case you needed any further evidence that astronauts have moved into full nerd-dom from their test-pilot beginnings, you need only to know that two of the current crew of the International Space Station ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2010

    Steamed Chicken with Ginger Scallion Dipping Sauce

    ​This is one of my favorite recipes. It's easy and delicious, and it can feed two adults for four to six business days. Also this is a favorite recipe because I get to use a mezzaluna (pictured below), one of my favorite tools in the kitchen. Growing up, my mama made me mince the old-fashioned ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2010

    What Are You Looking At?

    ​ What are you looking at here? A window pane shattered by a rock or bullet? Some kind of art project?No. You are looking at.......

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2010

    See Your Tax Dollars At Work: The Space Station Flying Over Houston

    Photo courtesy NASA​This week will be a great one for seeing the International Space Station -- especially tonight, NASA says.Assuming the night sky stays clear, the ISS will be visible for three minutes starting at 6:09 p.m.Look five degrees above north-northwest and track it as it heads to 11 de ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2009

    The Five Worst Movies Being Shown On The International Space Station

    ​Maybe this has come out before -- the list seems to be a year old -- but we noticed today a story in the British paper The Guardian about the list of DVDs NASA has provided to the International Space Station.The actual list is here, released under the Freedom of Information Act. Movies are appare ... More >>

  • Calendar

    July 16, 2009
  • Blogs

    March 10, 2009

    See Yourself On TV From Space!

    Here's something neat from NASA that will let you while away your cubicle hours waiting for the corporate ax to fall: live shots of Earth from the space station.The International Space Station will be streaming live video from external cameras seven days a week at this website. The video will be sho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2009

    Suggested Names For NASA's New Space Station Module

    NASA is asking for the public's help in coming up with a name for the newest module on the International Space Station.The module will be "the world's ultimate observation deck": Eight refrigerator-sized racks in the Node 3 module will provide room for many of the station's life support systems. At ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2009

    Whole Lotta Shakin' Going On At The Space Station

    Every so often, the International Space Station makes a routine adjustment that involves firing some rockets to adjust the orbit. Usually it creates so small a motion that those on board have been known to sleep through it.Not on January 14, according to newly released info. The "routine adjustment" ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2008

    Take Our Shuttle Quiz And See If You're A Space Expert

    NASA is back in space, via a dramatic nighttime launch of the space shuttle Endeavour. The mission will expand and repair the International Space Station, and exchange out crew members. NASA has largely dropped from public consciousness -- at least until the "Mars, Bitches!!" program begins -- but ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2008

    Can I Get Some Of My $30 Million Back?

    Just a day before a new crew heads up to the International Space Station, NASA has announced the return of an old problem: The station's toilet is broken again. The troubles involve a "gas separator" which, frankly, sounds like something you'd definitely want to be working in the toilet of a space ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2008

    Ike's Effects Reach Into Space

    You think you have it tough going without your Whole Foods? Imagine going without Tang. Hurricane Ike has forced the cancellation of the planned docking of a Russian cargo ship with the International Space Station. When the Johnson Space Center closed, there was no one to guide it to the ISS, so e ... More >>

  • Music

    January 3, 2008
  • Blogs

    July 27, 2007

    Someone Cut the Wires on Our Space Equipment? Time to Head to the Bar. Unless, of Course, You Were Wanting to Have Sex...

    "Sounds like I'm missing all the fun and intrigue down there." Okay, just to be clear: First there was astronaut sex. Then that little spelling gaffe. Then the drunk astronauts. And now there’s…[wait for it]...[wait for it]....sabotage! NASA is investigating the apparent sabotage of a compute ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2007

    Too Much Space

    When the space shuttle Columbia disintegrated in February 2003, all but paralyzing NASA, it presented the space agency with a very pressing problem: What were they going to do about the three guys stuck in space? The members of Expedition Six -- two Americans and a Russian -- had been orbiting in t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2006

    Soccer in Space Joan already looks good in orange, so the Dynamo scarf should be a plus. You can't say the Houston Dynamo folks aren't geniuses when it comes to marketing... The MLS Cup game is long gone, but the team manages to stay in the news. There's word that astronaut Joan Higginbotham will take ... More >>

  • Calendar

    May 16, 2002

    IMAX by Extraterrestrials

    Astronauts film life aboard the space station in stunning 3-D

  • News

    August 10, 2000

    Science Friction

    Architect Constance Adams designed an inflatable house that could take American astronauts to Mars. NASA wants to build it, but Congress keeps bursting the bubble.

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