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The Latest ISS Crew Member is a Humanoid Robot

Robonaut (or R2 for short) just made his grand debut on the International Space Station as the first humanoid 'bot to reach the void above. R2 was dropped off by the Space Shuttle Discovery on its last mission to the final frontier, and on Tuesday (a full two and half weeks after its arrival) crew aboard the ISS finally held an unveiling ceremony for its latest member. Astronauts Catherine Co...

NASA Accidentally Sells Off Computers With Sensitive Data

NASA recently decided to sell off some of its old computers. Unfortunately, though, it forgot to erase some of the sensitive data that many of those computers still held. The embarrassing oversight came to light in a recent internal investigation (PDF), during which the issue was discovered at four NASA locations: Kennedy and Johnson Space Centers, and the Ames and Langley Research Centers. Acc...

NASA Sets Final Launch Dates for Space Shuttles Discovery, Endeavour

After about 30 years of sending U.S. astronauts into space, NASA announced Thursday that space shuttles Discovery and Endeavour will make their last flights, respectively, on November 1st, 2010 and February 26th, 2011. According to Network World, Discovery's 10-day mission will be to deliver logistics carriers, which are basically cargo holds, and other spare parts to the International Space Stati...

Four Nerve-Racking Space Shuttle Launch Aborts

It makes us space geeks bummed when NASA has to cancel shuttle launches, especially at $450,000,000 a pop, but caution is a good thing when you're wrangling 7-million pounds of thrust in order to blast seven people -- and several billions of dollars worth of engineering -- hundreds of miles into the sky. Technicians canceled last week's second attempted launch of the Space Shuttle Endeavor ...

First Human Tweets from Space

NASA astronaut Mike Massimino has boldly gone where no Twitterer has gone before: Outer space. On Monday, he became the first human to post to Twitter from beyond the stratosphere. Massimino, serving as mission specialist on the space shuttle Atlantis, will be making spacewalks to upgrade the Hubble Space Telescope. He's had months to prepare for this historic Twitter moment -- so how did he do...

Bat Hitches Ride On Space Shuttle, Presumably Fries

Bat lovers, you may find this story a bit distressing, so we apologize in advance for ruining your day. A small, free tail bat took an awesome, but most likely fatal, flight this past Sunday when it clung to Space Shuttle Discovery's external fuel tank and refused to let go. The bat was first spotted early Sunday afternoon and, though NASA hoped it would be gone before countdown that night, infr...