NASA Is Changing Its Rules for Private Astronauts

NASA Is Changing Its Rules for Private Astronauts

The four-man crew of Axiom Space’s Ax-1 mission arrived to the ISS on April 9.Image: Axiom Space As more private astronauts venture out into space, NASA is seeking to better regulate their journeys to Earth orbit. The space agency recently announced some updates to the set of rules required for upcoming private astronaut missions, including … Read more

Astronauts Can Suffer a Decade of Bone Loss During Months in Space, New Research Suggestions

Astronauts Can Suffer a Decade of Bone Loss During Months in Space, New Research Suggestions

The new research found that human bones, like the wrist bone pictured here, suffers from accelerated loss of density as the result of long-duration missions in space. Image: L. Gabel et al., 2022 Long-term exposure to microgravity results in the loss of bone density, and new research reveals the disturbing extent to which this happens … Read more

Astronauts Can Suffer a Decade of Bone Loss During Months in Space, New Research Suggestions

Astronauts Can Suffer a Decade of Bone Loss During Months in Space, New Research Suggestions

The new research found that human bones, like the wrist bone pictured here, suffers from accelerated loss of density as the result of long-duration missions in space. Image: L. Gabel et al., 2022 Long-term exposure to microgravity results in the loss of bone density, and new research reveals the disturbing extent to which this happens … Read more

Boeing’s Docked Starliner Capsule Faces One More Crucial Test

Boeing's Docked Starliner Capsule Faces One More Crucial Test

Boeing’s Starliner approaching the ISS on May 20, 2022. Photo: NASA Johnson Astronauts on board the International Space Station are readying the CST-100 Starliner for its return trip home, currently scheduled for Wednesday. The landmark mission is quickly winding down, as Boeing has completed several key tests of its new spacecraft while docked to the … Read more

NASA Suspend ISS Spacewalks, Spacesuits Leaking Water

NASA Suspend ISS Spacewalks, Spacesuits Leaking Water

There have been more than 200 spacewalks outside the ISS since it launched in 1998.Picture: NASA It might be time for NASA to ditch its aging ISS spacesuits. The space agency announced a pause to all its spacewalks until it has a better handle on a lingering and frightening issue that’s causing water to leak … Read more

NASA Suspend ISS Spacewalks, Spacesuits Leaking Water

NASA Suspend ISS Spacewalks, Spacesuits Leaking Water

There have been more than 200 spacewalks outside the ISS since it launched in 1998.Picture: NASA It might be time for NASA to ditch its aging ISS spacesuits. The space agency announced a pause to all its spacewalks until it has a better handle on a lingering and frightening issue that’s causing water to leak … Read more

Billionaires on the ISS Weren’t Expecting to Work So Hard

Billionaires on the ISS Weren't Expecting to Work So Hard

Ax-1 Commander Michael López-Alegría had to log in some hours during his stay on the ISS.Photo: Eytan Stibbe/Axiom Space If you’re one of a few people fortunate enough to be able to afford a $55 million ticket to space, the odds are that you’re not much accustomed to hard labor. Members of the all-private crew … Read more

Boeing Seeks Redemption as It Readies Starliner for Yet Another Launch Attempt

Boeing Seeks Redemption as It Readies Starliner for Yet Another Launch Attempt

The Boeing CST-100 Starliner being lifted at the Vertical Integration Facility at Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida.Photo: NASA/Frank Michaux Hard to believe, but it’s been nearly two and has half years since Boeing’s first botched test of its Starliner CST-100 spacecraft. Yep, it’s been a minute, so here’s a … Read more