BREAKING: NASA reports serious problem with space station coolant system

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A problem with one of the International Space Station’s cooling systems may require a repair spacewalk, NASA told NBC News on Wednesday.

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Rawwr! Astronaut creates a toy dinosaur from space station scraps

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There is a dinosaur on board the International Space Station where there wasn’t one before.

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Shampooing in outer space will make your hair stand on end

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Zero-gravity hair care is easy when you’ve got Italian spaceflier Luca Parmitano’s chrome dome — but what if you’re NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg, whose hair floats like a foot-long mane on the International Space Station? Nyberg makes shampooing look easy, if somewhat hair-raising, in a video sent down from orbit.

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Spacewalkers hopeful new pump control fixes space station coolant leak

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Two spacewalking astronauts may have fixed an ammonia leak outside the International Space Station Saturday, perhaps bringing the outpost’s vital cooling system back up to full strength.

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Astronaut celebrates St. Patrick’s Day in space

(Photo: Canadian Space Agency/Chris Hadfield)

You don’t need gravity to have a great St. Patrick’s Day, just ask astronaut Chris Hadfield on the International Space Station.

Hadfield, a Canadian Space Agency astronaut, is celebrating the Irish holiday in orbit by wearing a green shirt and a bright green bow tie Sunday while photographing Ireland from space.

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Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield assumes command of space station

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield took the helm of the International Space Station on Wednesday, marking only the second time in the outpost’s 12-year history that command has been turned over to someone who is not American or Russian.

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Holiday calendar: Riyadh at night

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Saudi Arabia’s capital city glitters in this picture-perfect night view captured from Earth orbit last month from the International Space Station. The spread of Riyadh’s city lights hints at a bustling population, which has grown from 150,000 in 1960 to 5.4 million this year. Click on over to NASA’s Earth Observatory to identify landmarks such as the Riyadh Air Base, universities and the financial district.

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Super typhoon stirs awe from space

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The awesome power of Typhoon Bopha was in full view of the International Space Station over the weekend, and since then the Pacific storm has strengthened to super typhoon status with sustained winds greater than 150 mph (240 kilometers per hour). The storm was headed for the Philippines, where memories of last year’s killer storm are still fresh.

US-Russian crew picked for one-year space station flight

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A veteran NASA space commander and Russian cosmonaut have signed on for the ultimate space voyage: a yearlong trip on the International Space Station.

American astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko will launch on the one-year space station flight in spring 2015 and return to Earth in spring 2016, NASA officials announced Monday. They will begin their mission training in early 2013.

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Soyuz launches new crew toward International Space Station

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A Soyuz rocket launched an American astronaut, two Russian cosmonauts and 32 small fish into orbit Tuesday, kicking off a five-month mission to the International Space Station for the human and aquatic explorers.

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon capsule blast into orbit

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX’s commercial cargo ship rocketed into orbit Sunday in pursuit of the International Space Station, the first of a dozen routine supply runs under a $1.6 billion contract with NASA.

The spacecraft carried 1,000 pounds of key science experiments and other precious gear. There was also a personal touch: chocolate-vanilla swirl ice cream tucked in a freezer for the three station residents.

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Astronaut’s photo shows wildfire smoke at night

An astronaut aboard the International Space Station snapped a photo showing ghostly wildfire smoke wafting in the darkness near the neighboring cities of Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, and El Paso, Texas.

The smoke likely comes from the Whitewater-Baldy fire, the largest in New Mexico’s history, which has chewed through 465 square miles (1,205 square kilometers) of forests near Glenwood, N.M., since it was ignited by lightning on May 16, according to the U.S. Forest Service. The fire is about 225 miles (362 kilometers) to the northeast of El Paso, and is now 87 percent contained.

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