Cleaning up space debris

The proliferation of debris orbiting the Earth – primarily jettisoned rocket and satellite components – is an increasingly pressing problem for spacecraft, and it can generate huge costs. To combat this scourge, the Swiss Space Center at EPFL aims to launch CleanSpace One, a project to develop and build the first instalment of a family of …

World’s cutest talking robot heads into space

This is Kirobo. A 34cm-tall talking robot… and an astronaut. Kirobo’s hitching a ride to the International Space Station  (2013) with a Japanese cargo transporter called the KOUNOTORI4. He’s going to chill for a month or so until Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata arrives on the ISS in November for Expedition 38 and Expedition 39. Then …

Spot the Station lets you know when the International Space Station is visible overhead

I’m subscribed to NASA’s Spot the Station alerts – which tell me when the International Space Station is going to be visible overhead in my part of the world. Kinda love the idea of knowing where things are. You can subscribe for an alert here. Here’s what it looked like on July 29, 2013 for …