The astronauts on board the International Space Station have some great views of space, naturally, but with so many stars on display, it can be a little tough to make out the constellations. Maybe you can give NASA's Christina Koch an assist.Koch tweeted a photo on Monday, taken from the ISS, that shows a field of stars. She issued a challenge: "Can you spot the Big Dipper from the space station?"It took me a couple of false starts before I located the famous star formation, which makes up part of Ursa Major, the great bear. If you need a hand, Twitter user Super Grover tweeted out the answer while also mapping out some additional constellations for extra credit.Space fans on Twitter are wondering about the string of orange lights in the photo. They speculated it could be anything from the Battlestar Galactica to Santa and his reindeer. The lights might be a reflection or another orbiting object catching the sun. Koch is currently on an extended stay on the ISS. She's … [Read more...] about NASA astronaut asks: Can you spot the Big Dipper from the ISS?
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Plenty of people were out in the dark photographing the rare super blue blood moon, but NASA senior photographer Bill Ingalls captured an instant classic with a look at the International Space Station crossing in front of the full moon on Tuesday night Eastern.It takes a lot of skill and a bit of luck to get an image like this. The ISS travels at around 5 miles (8 kilometers) per second, so the window for a transit shot is short. Ingalls dialed in the focus perfectly to highlight both the craters and landscape of the moon with the space station in front. Scenic ISS transits International Space Station photobombs 2017 solar eclipse NASA photographer grabs rare shot of space station in front of moon Ingalls snapped the photo from the vantage point of Alexandria, Virginia. We've witnessed other ISS moon transits before, including this beauty, also from Ingalls. This latest wonder is particularly notable due to the zoomed-in level of detail. You can make out some of the individual … [Read more...] about NASA spots spectacular ISS transit across the full moon
HOUSTON -- During the early space shuttle days, NASA sent its astronauts into the heavens with fresh bread packed into a special food locker so they could make sandwiches. But on one mission, a payload specialist from Mexico joined the shuttle crew, and he packed tortillas in the fresh food locker. Shortly thereafter, high above Earth, the rest of the crew saw the benefits of rolling food up in the tortillas. NASA would never be the same. 11 How NASA feeds its astronauts (pictures) As part of CNET Road Trip 2014, I've come to this southeast Texas city of 2.16 million people to visit Johnson Space Center, NASA's main astronaut training operation. Yesterday, in part one of my JSC coverage, I wrote about the Neutral Buoyancy Lab, where astronauts go 40 feet underwater to practice tasks they'll eventually perform on and outside the International Space Station. Today, I look at NASA's Space Food Systems Laboratory.Houston, we have a (tortilla) problem With NASA's astronauts now … [Read more...] about How NASA reinvented the tortilla, and other tales of food in space
We all marveled over images of the International Space Station magically transiting the moon, suspended in a delicate shadow against the craters of our lunar companion. But the moon isn't the only heavenly body in our solar system that can make the 357-foot-long station look tiny. On September 6, the ISS passed in front of the sun carrying nine astronauts. NASA released a composite image Tuesday combining five frames to show the station as it moves against the orange background of the star. It didn't take long for the ISS to shuffle across the face of our blazing-hot space buddy. It was moving at about 5 miles (8 kilometers) per second. Senior NASA photographer Bill Ingalls captured the image from the viewpoint of Shenandoah National Park in Front Royal, Virginia. Ingalls delivered a spectacular shot of the station in front of the moon in early August, so he has a lot of experience managing the tricky conditions under which the ISS can be photographed. The station is only visible … [Read more...] about Space station transits the sun in striking NASA image
What's cooler: Never missing a glimpse of the International Space Station (ISS) in the night sky, or receiving a text message sent directly from NASA? Both, actually. NASA has launched a new, free service called "Spot the Station" — an SMS and email project that alerts users whenever the ISS is visible overhead. Those who sign up for the free email or text alerts will get a few hours' warning before the ISS passes over your house. For those still unsure of what to look for in the vast darkness, NASA explains that the space station looks like a fast-moving plane in the sky, "though one with people living and working aboard it more than 200 miles above the ground," NASA said. It is best viewed on clear nights. Spot the Station is available to anyone around the world with an email address or an SMS-enabled phone. So, just sit back and wait for the ding, as members of Mission Control at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston determine sighting opportunities for more than 4,600 … [Read more...] about Spot the ISS With New NASA Text, Email Alerts