Things We Saw Today: On This Day Fifty-Five Years Ago, Valentina Tereshkova Became the First Woman in Space
Looking back on the world's first female astronaut.
On June 16, 1963, Soviet Cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman ever to travel into space, piloting the Vostok 6 capsule for 48 orbits and 71 hours before her descent. By the time she got back to Earth, she had spent more time in space than all U.S. astronauts combined up til then.Read More
"When you gotta go, you gotta go." -Dr. Ian Malcolm
NASA's "Space Poop Challenge" (I kid you not) has just ended, with an inventor developing a brand new way for astronauts to poop while wearing those big ol' spacesuits.Read More
In grand 2016 fashion, another legend has died.Read More
No space duckface, sadly.
Just because you exit the stratosphere doesn't mean you can escape the pull of the selfie.Read More
Man, the Winklevoss twins must be so jealous.
Despite the Winklevoss twins' plans to use Bitcoin to go to outer space, two NASA astronauts are getting the jump on their whole "twins in space" bit. Identical twin astronauts Scott and Mark Kelly are going to help NASA better understand how weightlessness affects the human body.Read More
Basically astronauts look ridiculous doing anything except being in space.
Former International Space Station Commander and Canadian Legend Chris Hadfield is releasing a book called An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth on October 29th - and to promote it, Book Lounge is making a series of videos featuring astronauts just trying to do every-day stuff. They're predictably hilarious.Read More
Ground control to Commander Hadfield: You are way too cool for this planet.
If you thought Commander Chris Hadfield couldn't get any more awesome - first, don't ever underestimate Hadfield, come on. Second, you have to check out the cover of Canadian magazine Maclean's, because they've got Hadfield on their cover done up like David Bowie, and it's perfection.Read More
If one twin ages 10 milliseconds less than his brother, does anyone actually care?
As totally and unbelievably awesome as it would be to have "Space Explorer" as your job title, astronauts lives are not quite as simple as ours here on Earth -- extended time in space contributes to a whole host of health problems. But now NASA has a fairly inexpensive way to test propensity for such issues: identical twins.Read More
Because of course it's going up with a Japanese astronaut.
A 13.4 inch-tall humanoid robot named Kirobo will be launched into space in August. Kirobo, which has the capability to speak and carry out conversations, will join Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakada aboard the International Space Station as a conversation partner. Great news, so long as Kirobo will not be given control of the pod bay doors.Read More
We love astronaut Chris Hadfield, which is why it's so hard to hear he's retiring. We just hope he uses his free time to write more tweets.
We've published dozens of articles about astronaut Chris Hadfield here on Geekosystem. His work on the International Space Station was impressive, but so was his own social media presence covering it. We're sad to say Hadfield is retiring from public service effective July 3rd.Read More
A bachelor's degree in engineering, science or math and three years of relevant professional experience are required in order to be considered. Typically, successful applicants have significant qualifications in engineering or science, or extensive experience flying high-performance jet-aircraft.If you make it through the exhaustive application, you should expect to hear back from NASA sometime in 2013. Training will begin in August of that year. Read More
If you look at this photo by Jack Crossing of GRAPHICS DESIGNED and think, "whoa, that would make an awesome album cover," you're not alone. Crossing explains how this burning astronaut found his way to Radio City Music Hall: "This was a concept for a band in the states, they decided not to go with it. Instead My brothers label is going to use it."Read More