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Credit: nasatech.net NASA and SpaceX are marching forward towards a Friday, April 18 liftoff attempt for the Falcon 9 rocket sending a commercial Dragon cargo craft on the company’s third resupply mission to the International Space Station following the scrubbed launch attempt on Monday, April 14 – forced by the discovery of a Helium gas leak inside the rocket during the latter stages of the countdown. Space Science Stories to Watch in 2014. Want to stay on top of all the space news?

Space Science Stories to Watch in 2014

Follow @universetoday on Twitter Orion moves towards its first EFT-1 spaceflight later this year. (Credit: NASA) There’s an old Chinese proverb that says, “May you live in interesting times,” and 2013 certainly fit the bill in the world of spaceflight and space science. Top 25 things NASA has done | National Aeronautics And Space Administration celebrates 50th anniversary.

Live From The International Space Station! The International Space Station (ISS) is a habitable satellite that was launched on October 31 2000 and has had continued human occupation ever since, the longest on record.

Live From The International Space Station!

It's an observatory and research laboratory in low Earth orbit with crew conducting experiments in Biology, Physics and Astronomy, amongst other things. The station orbits the Earth every 90 minutes, and in 2010 it had racked up almost 60,000 orbits, accruing a whopping 1.5 billion miles. To give you an idea of its size, in total it's about the area of a U.S. football field, and weighs over 400,000 kilograms. You can see the ISS without a telescope; the best time is the few hours after sunset or before sunrise. If you want to take a look at what it's doing and have a sneaky peek at the crew whilst they're on duty, check out the live ISS stream here! A gallery of sublime photographs from across our solar system.

Well, in a technical sense they all are.

A gallery of sublime photographs from across our solar system

I don't think any of these pictures (with the possible exception of the one of the Pacific taken from the ISS) are in true color, so they've all been color-balanced to appear as they would under "normal" conditions. Other than that, nope. These incredible photos from the International Space Station make Earth look like a video game. That general glow you're seeing from Earth is actually a naturally occurring phenomenon called "airglow".

These incredible photos from the International Space Station make Earth look like a video game

Airglow is unrelated to human activity, and is the result of excitement of atoms in the atmosphere, leading to light emission. Airglow is responsible for a large majority of the nighttime light (moonless night) and is estimated as providing almost 10x as much light as background stars. 100,000 Stars. Space in Videos - ESA Live. GLIMPSE. A Realistic Video of What You'd See Flying Through Deep Space. I've read that the sky contains 12.7 million times more area than the Hubble Deep Field, and I've always been amazed at that.

A Realistic Video of What You'd See Flying Through Deep Space

So using the metaphor that is commonly used, that's a lot of eight-foot soda straws. And I'm inclined to ask: Even if we do develop FTL like an Albicuierre drive or something like that, would intergalactic travel be feasible? Phoenix. A Startling Image That Shows Why Space Junk is a Nightmare. NASA develops 3D printing factory in space. News: NASA is developing an orbiting factory that will use 3D printing and robots to fabricate giant structures such as antennas and solar arrays of up to a kilometre in length, as part of its ongoing search for extra-terrestrial life.

NASA develops 3D printing factory in space

The US space agency this week announced it was awarding technology firm Tethers Unlimited Inc (TUI) a $500,000 contract to develop the facility. The NASA funding - a second-phase contract that follows an initial contract issued earlier this year - will allow TUI to continue work on its SpiderFab technology, which allows large-scale spacecraft components to be built in space, avoiding the expense of building the components on earth and transporting them into space using rockets. “On-orbit fabrication allows the material for these critical components to be launched in a very compact and durable form, such as spools of fiber or blocks of polymer, so they can fit into a smaller, less expensive launch vehicle.”

Nasa-backed space spider concept to build giant satellites in orbit. Space is a place for finished products.

Nasa-backed space spider concept to build giant satellites in orbit

The satellites we send into orbit are checked, rechecked and then triple checked to make sure that nothing will fail. That finished product is then neatly folded, packed away atop a giant rocket, and blasted off into orbit. But one company in the US, recently awarded $500,000 (£320,000) by Nasa, wants to change this paradigm. How Asteroids Can Save Mankind. How Asteroids Can Save Mankind How Asteroids can save mankind Asteroid mining may seem like science fiction, but with resources running short on Earth, mining the sky could be humanity's only hope.

How Asteroids Can Save Mankind

Earth's Metal Depletion.