The International Space Station performs its third avoidance maneuver this year as a new piece of debris passes. Space junk is a growing problem as companies continue to launch new satellites into orbit without removing dead ones.
The overall health of astronauts is affected by alterations in the gut microbiome due to space's harsh conditions. Genes can also be altered, such as changes in bone structure and in the immune system.
Scientists discover that bacteria can survive the harsh conditions of space for years. It's also possible that bacteria can transfer between planets in a similar way that the origin of life may have come from asteroids.
The ninth annual International Space Station Research and Development Conference (ISSRDC) is set to open on Thursday, August 27, at 10AM EDT, coinciding with the microgravity laboratory's "20th anniversary of continuous human presence in space."
Some species of fungi found inside the Chernobyl nuclear power plant have been found to thrive in the radioactive environment, paving the way for a natural radiation shield for humans on the ISS and beyond.
These spacewalks mark the end of a series of power upgrades that began in January 2017 to replace nickel-hydrogen batteries with new lithium-ion batteries as part of power upgrades of the International Space Station.
Virgin Galactic and NASA share the same visions for space exploration: for private companies to be involved in sending more people to space. They will be developing a new program that will allow customers to visit the International Space Station for private explorations and scientific research.