LED Lights May Help Prevent Astronaut Insomnia Aboard the ISS

An early prototype of new LED fixtures (Solid State Lighting Module) that could help to prevent astronaut insomnia aboard the International Space Station. Credit: Kennedy Space Center

By investing $11.4 million to change out aging fluorescent lights in the ISS’s U.S. Orbital Segment, NASA hopes to prevent astronaut insomnia and to help space station crews sleep better aboard the International Space Station.

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NASA Designing Space Habitat from Spare ISS Parts

NASA Building Deep-Space Habitat

Engineers at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Texas have been busy putting together a prototype of a deep space station, which has been essentially assembled using scrap parts from the ISS. This has the added benefit of cutting down on costs significantly. Also, the ISS is a proven design.

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Botched Pressure Test of Russian Soyuz Capsule Delays Launch by a Month

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The Russian space capsule Soyuz was slated to launch on March 29th, but a botched pressure test has delayed the launch until May 15th. Soyuz will contain the next crew of the ISS, who are anxiously awaiting the launch.

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Sarychev Peak Volcano As Seen From ISS

Pyroclastic flows can be seen tumbling down its slope via The Big Picture
Pyroclastic flows can be seen tumbling down its slope via The Big Picture