Underside view of the Space Shuttle Discovery as it approached the International Space Station

December 30th, 2015|

During STS-114 (the first “Return to Flight” Space Shuttle mission following the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster), the rendezvous pitch maneuver was performed by Commander Eileen Collins shortly before docking with the ISS at 11:18 UTC on July 28, 2005, when Space Shuttle Discovery was photographed by Commander Sergei Krikalev and Flight Engineer John L. Phillips, […]

A green plot of zinnias is growing inside International Space Station.

December 26th, 2015|

It’s starting to look a lot like springtime on the International Space Station. There’s a small garden of zinnia plants spreading their green leaves inside the VEG-01 mini-greenhouse, way up in orbit around Earth.

Astronauts don’t get a lot of access to fresh, green things. Mostly they get mushed-up spinach in a bag. The VEG-01 module […]

Sarychev volcano eruption from the International Space Station

February 1st, 2015|

The spectacular, eye popping beauty of an erupting volcano is not to be missed if it is captured from space. The ISS happened to be passing over the Sarychev volcano just as it was beginning to erupt. In the image, the plume appears to be brown ash capped with a head of white steam, a […]

Space shuttle Atlantis launch captured from the International Space Station.

January 17th, 2015|

Capture of Space Shuttle Atlantis launch (NASA Mission STS-115) from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on 9 September 2006.

International Space Station construction time lapse

January 14th, 2015|

As the most expensive thing ever constructed by humans, this .gif makes it seem surprisingly simple.

The International Space Station is not only an orbiting laboratory, but also a space port for a variety of international spacecraft. As of November 2014, there have been:

100 Russian launches
37 Space Shuttle launches
1 test flight and 3 operational flights by […]

International space station in front of the moon

December 27th, 2014|

Isn’t it amazing that we are just little specs on a tiny rock in an infinite universe?