Life In Everyday Space Will Stun You

July 23, 2014

We think of astronauts as leading very dangerous and exciting lives when they are out there in space, pushing the boundaries of human exploration ever forward. And, of course, all of that is true, but life in space (specifically, aboard the International Space Station) also offers a lot of downtime. When they are not working, astronauts still need to live their lives, which are actually a lot closer to ours than you might think. Most of the everyday things you and I do at home, they also do them aboard the ISS. However, the lack of gravity surely adds a layer of difficulty to even the simplest of tasks.

Everyday Space ISS

At $150 billion, the ISS is the most expensive thing we’ve ever built. Source: AMS02

Let’s say you’re an astronaut and you just woke up. You would probably want to go through your morning routine, which might include trivial stuff such as brushing your teeth or washing your hair. Here’s where lack of access to running water makes things a bit tricky. Since you are living in a place with billions of dollars worth of electronics, water floating around is probably not a good idea. Therefore, you don’t get the benefits of a running tap or shower.

Astronaut brushing his teeth

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Understanding The Size Of Our Solar System

April 1, 2014

Supernovae: One Of The World’s Most Energetic Occurrences

March 17, 2014
Colorful Supernovae Remnant

Source: Wikipedia

Few sights are more phenomenal than a supernova. These flashes of brilliant light mark the explosion of a dying star. Supernovae are so brilliant that they can radiate as much energy as the sun will in its entire life, and can easily outshine whole galaxies for brief periods of time. Eventually, over a period of weeks or months, the brilliant supernova will fade from the sky. The images shown here represent different stages in a supernova’s lifecycle.

Young Galactic Remnant

Source: SciTechDaily

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Enceladus, Saturn’s Mysterious Moon

February 22, 2014

Enceladus Saturn Moon

Discovered in 1789, beneath Enceladus’ icy exterior is a wealth of liquid water. While relatively meager in size (its diameter is only 310 miles long), Enceladus is one of two outer solar system bodies with confirmed liquid water, and is therefore one of the best places for scientists to search for extraterrestrial life.

The Mysterious Cat’s Eye Nebula

February 8, 2014
Cats Eye Nebula

Source: NASA

Nestled three thousand light years away in the cosmos is the Cat’s Eye Nebula, or NGC 6543. The nebula was first discovered by William Herschel in 1786, and given its strange structure and properties remains one of the most curious nebulae known to humankind.

Andre Kuipers’ Stunning Photos Of Planet Earth

January 23, 2014

The Dutch physician and European Space Agency astronaut was selected to participate in International Space Station expeditions 30 and 31. Leaving the planet on December 21st 2011 and returning the following July, Andre Kuipers captured some absolutely incredible images of our planet.

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The Argentine Coast

400 kilometers above Earth

The Southern Lights


Atmospheric glow

the ATV, docked

The Australian Outback

The Bahamas

A bizarre interaction between light and the sunset


A comet as seen from the ISS


Flattened moonbeams

France: Paris is to the left, Toulouse is illuminated to the right

The Indonesian island of Sumbawa

Spain's Islas Baleares

A lateral view of the ISS

The ISS at moonlight

Istanbul, Turkey

Johannesburg, South Africa

Lake Powell, Las Vegas

The Mediterranean and Adriatic Seas

The Middle East


Northern Europe

Northern Lights from below

The ISS observatories

The Orion constellation

Over Rotterdam, Netherlands


The Sahara Desert and the Atlantic Ocean

The Sahara Desert and Mauritania

Over the San Francisco Bay

Over the Somalian desert

The Southern Lights

The Soyuz, docked

The Soyuz TMA

The Soyuz - the apparatus Kuipers used to return to Earth

Star cluster

The super moon

Over the United Kingdom

Venus in the distance

Mount Vesuvius

Fishing boats near Hanoi, Vietnam

All photos can be found at Kuipers’ photo stream, featured on Flickr.