International Space Station

Spacelab: Space Shuttle Flew Europe’s First Space Module 30 Years Ago
by Robert Z. Pearlman, collectSPACE.com Editor | December 02, 2013 01:17pm ET

The European Space Agency's (ESA) Spacelab module is seen in the payload bay of space shuttle Columbia during the lab's first spaceflight on the STS-9 mission in 1983.  Credit: NASA/RetroSpaceImages.com

The European Space Agency’s (ESA) Spacelab module is seen in the payload bay of space shuttle Columbia during the lab’s first spaceflight on the STS-9 mission in 1983.
Credit: NASA/RetroSpaceImages.com

It doesn’t seem out of place today, but the sight 30 years ago of a cylindrical module mounted inside the space shuttle’s cargo bay was described as an “odd-appearing assemblage” in 1983.

The unusual payload was Spacelab, a $1 billion European built, NASA-operated space-borne science platform, which would not only set the stage for investigations onboard the space shuttle, but would lay the foundation for major parts of today’s International Space Station.

Space shuttle Columbia launched on Nov. 28, 1983, lifting into orbit the Spacelab and six astronauts. Under the lead of commander John Young, the STS-9 crew included pilot Brewster Shaw and mission specialists Owen Garriott and Robert Parker.

Continue Learning: http://www.space.com/23796-spacelab-space-shuttle-30-years-anniversary.html

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Hi-Def Space Selfies Coming To Your Web Browser Soon
Posted by Andrew Fazekas in StarStruck on November 25, 2013

Space buffs can expect to to ogle stunning near-real-time Earth views anytime on their computers and mobile devices once new HD cameras are installed on the International Space Station.  Credit: NASA

Space buffs can expect to to ogle stunning near-real-time Earth views anytime on their computers and mobile devices once new HD cameras are installed on the International Space Station.
Credit: NASA

Coming soon—take the ultimate selfie from space!

Two high-definition cameras are on their way now to the International Space Station. There, they will aim to revolutionize how we view our planet and ourselves.

A Canadian-based company named UrtheCast will offer the world’s first near-live HD video and imagery of Earth from space, using the new cameras. Launched aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft on Monday, the two eyes in the sky will be installed on the underbelly of the space station over the next few months. Expectations are that space buffs everywhere with an internet connection will see the first live streaming-video broadcast from the cameras on the company’s web portal early next year.

One of the cameras will offer sharp five-meter resolution stills of a broad 25-mile-wide (40 kilometer) swath of the globe, with pictures taken anywhere between 51°N and 51°S latitude (from England to Chile). The other camera can be pointed at 150 specific targets of interest per day. It has the capability of generating video with super-sharp Ultra-HD or 4K quality, and offers one-meter resolution.

Continue Learning: http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2013/11/25/hi-def-space-selfies-coming-to-your-web-browser-soon/

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Station Tour: Harmony, Tranquility, Unity

Published on May 19, 2013

Expedition 33 Commander Suni Williams starts off her tour of the International Space Station with a look at its nodes — Harmony, Tranquility and Unity — which include the crew’s sleeping quarters and hygiene station.

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Station Tour: Kibo, Columbus, Destiny

Published on May 19, 2013

Expedition 33 Commander Suni Williams continues the International Space Station tour with a look at the Destiny, Kibo and Columbus labs as well as the Quest airlock.

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Station Tour: Cupola and Leonardo

Published on May 19, 2013

Expedition 33 Commander Suni Williams continues the tour of the International Space Station with a look at the station’s observation deck, the cupola, as well as the Advanced Resistive Exercise Device in the Tranquility node, before heading into the Leonardo Permanent Multi-Purpose Module.

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Station Tour: Russian Segment

Published on May 19, 2013

Expedition 33 Commander Suni Williams concludes her tour of the International Space Station with a visit to the Russian segment, which includes Zarya, the first segment of the station launched in 1998, and Zvezda, the central command post. She also takes a look at the Poisk and Rassvet modules where Soyuz spacecraft are docked.

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