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Space Station Crew Enjoys Eye-Level View of Perseid Meteor Shower

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With the bright moon that was out on the evening of August 13, many astronomy buffs were not able to fully appreciate the spectacular Perseid meteor shower going on in the night sky. From the International Space Station, however, astronaut Ron Garan had a front seat view as part of the Crew Earth Observations, or CEO, investigation.

Using a Nikon D3S digital camera with a 22 mm lens, Garan captured a stunning photo of one of the Perseid meteors streaking through Earth’s atmosphere. You can see part of the space station’s solar array in the image, allowing the viewer to share in the unique perspective of the crew from low Earth orbit. This photograph will add to the CEO investigation’s collection of hundreds of thousands of Earth images.

The astronaut photography for CEO supports global research, according to William Stefanov, chief scientist for the Engineering and Science Contract Group supporting the Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science Directorate at NASA’s Johnson Space Center. “The inclined equatorial orbit of the station, and having ‘humans in the loop,’ makes it a useful and unique platform in comparison to unmanned polar-orbiting sensor systems. From the space station, data can [...]

Countdown begins for China’s space station

Authorities in charge of the manned space program unveiled plans on Monday to build a 60-ton space station, made up of three capsules, and develop a cargo spaceship to transport supplies.

The China Manned Space Engineering Office said at a news conference that it also wants the public to get involved by suggesting names for the space station, due to completed around 2020.

According to documents provided by the office, the space station, weighing about 60 tons, is composed of a core module and two others where experiments will be conducted.

A cargo spaceship to transport supplies will also be developed.

The 18.1-meter-long core module, with a maximum diameter of 4.2 meters and a launch weight of 20 to 22 tons, will be launched first.

The two experiment modules will then blast off to dock with the core module. Each laboratory module is 14.4 meters long, with the same maximum diameter and launch weight of the core module.

“The 60-ton space station is rather small compared to the International Space Station (419 tons), and Russia’s Mir Space Station (137 tons) which served between 1996 and 2001,” said Pang Zhihao, a researcher and deputy editor-in-chief of the monthly magazine, Space [...]

Solaris – 1972

On the space station from the nearby Solaris Planet, strange things happen.

Psychologist Kris Kelvin is assigned to the space station in order to check the mental health of the on-board scientists.

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Solaris – 2002

George Clooney plays Chris Kelvin in this Remake of the original Solaris.

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