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First flower to ever bloom in space takes us one step closer to colonising Mars

| blog, International Space Station, L&B World, Tech | January 18, 2016

Astronaut Scott Kelly tweeted the picture with the hashtag #SpaceFlower (Picture: Scott Kelly/Twitter)
Astronaut Scott Kelly tweeted the picture with the hashtag #SpaceFlower (Picture: Scott Kelly/Twitter)

This is the first ever flower to bloom in space – and look how pretty it is!

US astronaut Scott Kelly tweeted a photograph of the orange zinnia, which has flowered on the International Space Station’s zero-gravity vegetable garden.

But it’s not just there to look nice – the flower was grown by Nasa to ‘help scientists understand how plants flower… Read the full story

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Tim Peake set for historic first spacewalk

| blog, International Space Station, L&B World, Nasa, UK | January 14, 2016

This NASA image obtained January 12, 2016 shows European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Tim Peake (@astro_timpeake) as he shares this photo taken aboard the International Space Station on January 11, 2015, during preparations for a spacewalk, or extra-vehicular activity (EVA). Peake wrote, "Final suit fit check prior to Friday's EVA feels just great! #Principia #spacewalk". On January 15, Expedition 46 flight engineers Tim Kopra of NASA and Tim Peake of ESA will venture outside the space stations Quest airlock to replace a failed voltage regulator that compromised one of the stations eight power channels last November. The spacewalk is scheduled to begin at 7:55 a.m. EST and will be the third in Kopras career… <a href=Read the full story

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Here is the Christmas message from Tim Peake and the ISS crew

| blog, International Space Station, L&B World, World | December 25, 2015

They might be 400km above the Earth, but even the astronauts on the International Space Station have some Christmas cheer.

Tim Peake, the first British astronaut to be part of the ISS crew, joined his fellow crew members Yuri Malenchenko and Tim Kopra to send a message down to earth a few days ago.

Tim spoke about how Christmas is a time for family, and lamented the fact that he couldn’t be with his this year (however we’re sure he left some presents behind for them).

Of course the spacemen couldn’t pass up an opportunity to show just how fun living in zero-gravity can be and signed off the video by doing an effortless backflip.

Admit it, you’re jealous.

At least Tim actually sent this message to the right place – he managed to misdial when trial to call Earth earlier today.

MORE: Astronaut Tim Peake makes call from space… dials wrong… Read the full story

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British astronaut Tim Peake sets off for space

| blog, International Space Station, L&B World, World | December 15, 2015

Astronaut Tim Peake has set off for the International Space Station, where he will become the first Briton to join the crew.

Earlier today, Orthodox priests blessed the Soyuz TMA-19M spacecraft, and Major Peake and his two colleagues – Russian commander Yuri Malenchenko and Nasa astronaut Tim Kopra – observed a number of Russian traditions that surround a trip to space.

At 11.03am GMT, Major Peake, watched by his two young sons and wife Rebecca, blasted off from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan – the same launch spot as Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, who became the first man to voyage to outer space in April 1961.

MORE: This severed hand robot will read… Read the full story

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Wondering what life is like on the International Space Station? Take this amazing tour

| blog, International Space Station, L&B World, UK | December 14, 2015

The Soyuz rocket that will take Tim Peake to the International Space Station has just been rolled out at its Kazakhstan launch pad.

And this amazing video tour from a departing space commander shows the ins and outs of the space station.

The commander shows the space toilet (Picture: NASA/YouTube)
The commander shows the space toilet (Picture: NASA/YouTube)

When he starts his six-month mission tomorrow, Major Peake will become the first British astronaut to travel to, and live on board, the ISS.

While on board, he is going to take part in 265 experiments and record the effects of microgravity on his body.

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British astronaut signs up to run the London marathon…in space

| blog, European Space Agency, International Space Station, L&B World, UK | December 4, 2015

 Tim Peake at the European Astronaut Centre in Cologne, Germany. (Picture: ESA)
Tim Peake at the European Astronaut Centre in Cologne, Germany. (Picture: ESA)

A British astronaut is going to be running the London marathon on the International Space Station (ISS) via video link.

Tim Peake will be wearing a harness system so that he can run the full 26.2 miles on the treadmill in the zero-gravity environment.

He will start at the same time as the 30,000 other participants – keeping up to the date with the race with his iPad, reports the ESA.

A keen triathlon runner, Tim previously ran the London marathon in 3:18.50 but is not expecting to be breaking his… Read the full story

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SpaceX rocket explodes shortly after lift off

| blog, International Space Station, L&B World, Space and time, World | June 28, 2015

A SpaceX rocket carrying supplies to the International Space Station has exploded shortly after lift-off.

According to NASA, the Falcon 9 rocket craft exploded only a few minutes after taking off from Cape Canaveral in Florida, and debris could be seen falling into the Atlantic Ocean.

It took off as scheduled at 10.21 a.m ET, but became ‘lost’ within minutes.

NASA commentator George Diller said ‘the vehicle has broken up’, but it is not clear how the disaster occurred.

The mission’s primary objective was to deliver the Dragon to the space station with more than two and a half tons of supplies, equipment and experiments — ranging from a new docking adapter for accommodating future U.S.-built spaceships to a virtual-reality headset for the station’s crew

It is the second failed attempt at docking with the ISS this year – after a Russian cargo ship span out of control in April.

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‘Shooting star’ is actually a picture of the International Space Station taken from a plane

| blog, International Space Station, L&B World, Nasa, World | June 15, 2015

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This is the International Space Station from a plane (Picture: Trevor Mahlmann)

It might look like a thinly drawn line on a black background, but it is actually something far more impressive.

It shows the International Space Station (ISS) and it was taken by an eagle-eyed passenger on a Southwest flight from New York to Chicago.

It wasn’t easy for Trevor Mahlmann though.

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International Space Station
Very impressive (Picture: Trevor Mahlmann)

The wannabe astronaut had to find out what time… Read the full story

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Planned moon village looks just like the Teletubbies’ house

| blog, European Space Agency, European Union, International Space Station, L&B World, News, Tech | June 9, 2015

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Lunarville looks exactly like the Teletubbies’ house (Picture: ESA/Foster)

The Teletubbies are going intergalactic. Well… sort of.

The children’s TV show looks like it’s been a major influence on the European Space Agency’s design to update the International Space Station with a moon village.

‘Lunarville’ could replace the existing station by 2024, according to Professor Jan Woerner, the future head of ESA.

Apparently, the Teletubbies’ residence replica – which boasts similar dome-shaped rooms – would lead to major advances in the search for fuel and nuclear fusion.

Television programme: "TELETUBBIES" Picture Shows: The Teletubbies on top of the Tubbytronic Superdrome… <a href=Read the full story

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