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Lovely Lovejoy pictures

Emily Lakdawalla • December 27, 2011

Just a few of the amazing photos of Comet Lovejoy that have been taken from the southern hemisphere over the last few days. Comet Lovejoy is the first Kreutz sungrazer to have been discovered from the ground in 40 years, and after its surprising survival of its passage close to the Sun, it has been putting on a spectacular show in southern skies.

Expedition 30, SpaceX and Stratolaunch

Jason Davis • December 16, 2011

An update on upcoming missions to the International Space Station (ISS).

One-astronaut game of baseball in the International Space Station

Emily Lakdawalla • December 01, 2011

A fun video of Japanese astronaut Satoshi Furukawa playing baseball aboard the ISS.

Have two spacecraft ever docked to two separate space stations on the same day?

Jason Davis • November 02, 2011

The Chinese spacecraft Shenzhou 8 docks with space station Tiangong 1, on the same day a Progress resupply capsule arrives at the International Space Station.

Decoding SpaceX's re-usable spacecraft concept

Jason Davis • October 07, 2011

Breaking down the futuristic technologies for SpaceX's reusable Grasshopper spacecraft, as shown in a recent promotional video.

Video: Soaring over Earth

Emily Lakdawalla • September 19, 2011

This amazing video has already been posted by basically every other space blogger but I can't resist featuring it too, especially because I just realized that it was not made by NASA but instead by a member of the public digging into public NASA archives of image data -- yay for amateurs!

Express Mail to Low Earth Orbit

Pablo Gutierrez-Marques • September 06, 2011

Concern about the supply chain for the ISS has been growing steeply over the last months. The final flight of Atlantis turned the ominous shadow of a future without the shuttle into a glum reality. And only a few weeks later, we have witnessed, with some degree of a shock, the first failure of a Progress mission in many years.

Progress comes to a halt

Jason Davis • September 01, 2011

The first post-shuttle resupply mission in ISS history got off to a rocky start, as a Russian Progress cargo spacecraft failed to reach orbit, crashing into south central Russia.

What's up in human spaceflight: the gas station edition

Jason Davis • August 15, 2011

An update on human spaceflight, including orbital propellant depots, suborbital test flights and an Orion crew capsule test aboard a Delta IV Heavy.

Looking down on a shooting star

Emily Lakdawalla • August 15, 2011

This photo is making the rounds of Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and whatever other social network you care to name today. It was shot by astronaut Ron Garan from the Space Station, and it's a meteor seen from above. Way cool.

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