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2012-02-11 04:10:26

Astronauts on the International Space Station are not allowing vision issues to keep them from completing their important tasks on the orbiting laboratory. In fact, they are taking advantage of the opportunity to study why weightlessness alters vision. Even after 50 years of human spaceflight, scientists still are making new discoveries about human health in microgravity. New research points to a permanent vision risk for astronauts living without gravity. A large part of the International...

2009-12-04 06:20:00

As an international trio of astronauts prepares for a short trip to the International Space Station later this month, they took a time-out this week from their busy training schedule at the Star City cosmonaut training center outside Moscow to talk with reporters about some the finer details of the mission. "We can't wait for when Soichi makes us sushi!" said US astronaut Timothy Creamer, referring to his Japanese colleague and crewmate Soichi Noguchi and his plans to prepare a "space sushi"...

2009-12-01 06:55:00

Expedition 21 Flight Engineer and Soyuz Commander Roman Romanenko, European Space Agency Flight Engineer Frank De Winne and Canadian Space Agency Flight Engineer Robert Thirsk have returned to Earth, landing on the steppes of Kazakhstan in their Soyuz TMA-15 spacecraft. Landing occurred at 2:15 a.m. EST, 1:15 p.m. Kazakhstan time. All three crew members were reported to be in good condition. Due to icy conditions at the landing site, the landing support team recalled its helicopters to their...

2009-06-22 10:20:00

A Europe-wide education event will link the International Space Station with hundreds of schoolchildren in several European cities. In a live link-up with the ISS, scheduled for September 21, ESA astronaut Frank De Winne will perform a simple experiment in space to demonstrate the effects of freefall. The event is enabled by ESA's Directorate of Human Spaceflight and its Erasmus Centre and will be co-hosted by four European science museums. The 'Take your classroom into space' activity is one...

2009-06-12 10:45:00

The International Space Station is about to house more astronauts than ever before. For the first time in its history, the orbiting outpost will temporarily become home to 13 astronauts upon the arrival of space shuttle Endeavour's seven-member crew. Endeavour is set to launch from Cape Canaveral in Florida on Saturday at 7:17 am EDT (1117 GMT). "We're in really good shape to fly," said Mike Moses, chairman of the mission management team on Thursday. The Endeavour crew is expected to complete...

2009-06-02 08:55:08

Since the arrival of three new astronauts to the International Space Station on May 29, the orbiting outpost has become home to six crewmembers for the first time in its history. A Russian Soyuz capsule carrying Russian astronaut Roman Romanenko, Frank De Winne, of Belgium, and Canadian Robert Thirsk on Friday docked with the ISS where they were met by the current ISS crew of Russian cosmonaut Gennady Padalka, NASA astronaut Michael Barratt and Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata. The current...

2009-05-29 10:13:31

A Soyuz spacecraft carrying three astronauts docked Friday with the International Space Station to begin a 180-day mission, Russian officials said. The Soyuz launched Wednesday from the Baikonur space center carrying Frank De Winne of the European Space Agency, Robert Thirsk of the Canadian Space Agency and Roman Romanenko of Russia, RIA Novosti reported. The members of the 20th Expedition linked up aboard the station with members of the 19th Expedition, Russian Commander Gennady Padalka,...

2009-05-27 09:37:06

A Soyuz spacecraft lifted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan Wednesday, en route to an historic linkup with the International Space Station. The Soyuz spacecraft's docking will mark the first time the space station will have a six-member crew, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the European Space Agency said. Russian cosmonaut Roman Romanenko, Canadian Space Agency astronaut Robert Thirsk and ESA astronaut Frank De Winne will join the three ISS crewmembers...

2009-05-27 06:40:00

Flight Engineers Roman Romanenko, Frank De Winne and Robert Thirsk of the 20th International Space Station crew launched in their Soyuz TMA-15 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 6:34 a.m. EDT Wednesday to begin a six-month stay in space. Expedition 20 will mark the start of six-person crew operations aboard the International Space Station. All five of the international partner agencies "“ NASA, the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos), the Japan Aerospace Exploration...

2009-05-26 08:35:00

Three astronauts are preparing for a journey to the recently expanded International Space Station on Wednesday. The crew, consisting of Belgian Frank de Winne, Canadian Robert Thirsk and Russian Roman Romanenko will launch aboard a Russian Soyuz rocket at 5:34 am (1034 GMT) from Baikonur cosmodrome on the Kazakh steppe in Russia. The three astronauts will double the ISS crew to six members after a decade of installations to expand the orbiting outpost's facilities. Upgrades include the...

Word of the Day
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.