Tagged: International Space Station

Times to Spot the Space Station - Out of Space

Duncan Steel Feb 19, 2019

It’s easy to see the International Space Station passing overhead: you just need to know when and where to look. Oh, and a clear sky. The International Space Station (ISS) regularly passes across New Zealand, a little more than 400 km above our heads – rather less than the distance between Auckland and Wellington. Most of these transits … Read More

Bacteria found to thrive better in space than on Earth - Guest Work

Guest Author Mar 29, 2016

Ivy Shih, The Conversation Some species of bacteria have made themselves right at home in space, with one species, Bacillus safensis, found to thrive more in the microgravity of the International Space Station than here on Earth. The study was a product of Project MECCURI, a citizen science project where members of the public and microbiologists collected … Read More

Astronaut’s return to Earth will prepare us for mission to Mars - Guest Work

Guest Author Mar 03, 2016

Kathryn Harriss, University of Kent Would you like to spend a year gazing down from the International Space Station? Before you pack your bag, you should think about what actually might happen to you in microgravity, away from the protection of the atmosphere and magnetosphere. Thanks to two astronauts who’ve recently landed back on Earth, we’ll now be … Read More

A sombre night in Boston - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Apr 16, 2013

Chris Hadfield (@Cmdr_Hadfield) tweeted the above picture today from the International Space Station. As he wrote – “A somber Spring night in Boston.” Boston Marathon bombings I think it demonstrates the sort of high-tech world we now live in – … Continue reading → … Read More

Something to celebrate - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Apr 05, 2011

US Astronaut, Ron Garan, is spending today travelling on board a Russian Soyuz vehicle up to  the Inernational Space Station for a 5 ½ month stint. He finished his last post at his blog, FRAGILE OASIS, before the launch with … Continue reading → … Read More

Wine and the Watchtower - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Dec 23, 2010

This photo has always impressed me. A fantastic view from the International Space Station. Locals will recognise our prime wine growing areas of the Wairarapa, Blenhiem, Nelson, Waipara and Canterbury. It also reminds me – I saw some god botherers … Continue reading → … Read More

Historic shuttle launch photos - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Jun 14, 2010

The Shuttle launches are always dramatic events. Pity there are only two more planned. They are one event I would have liked to have seen before popping my clogs. However, there are always the photos. And some of the most interesting are those taken from the air, or even from orbit, rather than the ground. [...] … Read More

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