Moscow (AFP) – Russia on Wednesday offered to help the United States with deliveries to the International Space Station after an unmanned American supply rocket exploded on lift-off.
“If a request is made for the urgent delivery of any American supplies to the ISS with the help of our vessels then we will fulfill the request,” Russian space agency official Alexei Krasnov told state-run RIA Novosti news agency, adding that NASA had not yet asked for assistance.
An unmanned rocket owned by private firm Orbital Sciences Corporation exploded Tuesday in a giant fireball and plummeted back to Earth just seconds after a launch from Wallops Island, Virginia on what was to be a resupply mission.
Orbital’s Cygnus cargo ship was carrying 5,000 pounds (2,200 kilograms) of supplies for the six astronauts living at the research outpost, a US-led multi-national collaboration.
Officials said the cost of the rocket and supplies was over $200 million, not including the damage caused on the ground.
Europe stopped delivering supplies to the ISS this summer, and the outpost is now resupplied by Russia and two NASA-contracted private American firms — Space X and Orbital Sciences.
Russia on Wednesday successfully launched its own supply mission from the Baikonur launch site in Kazakhstan.
The Russian cargo ship Progress took off for the ISS on a planned mission to replace a sister vessel.
Krasnov said that the impact of the loss of the rocket on Russian operations at the space station would be “minimal.”
There might be slight spoilers for Alfonso Guaron’s Gravity contained here, but I think they’re minor. Still, to be safe, you may want to bookmark this post for after you’ve seen it.
At one point in the film, Sandra Bullock’s adrift astronaut, Ryan Stone, makes contact with someone on earth. Instead of NASA though, it turns out to be a man speaking a foreign language, who appears to be a civilian, with barking dogs and crying babies in tow. This man is the focus of Jonas Cuaron’s short film, called Aningaaq after the man’s name, and you can watch it in full now thanks to THR.
Cuaron basically shifts the camera down several hundred miles to show us the other side of the conversation, as now it’s Bullock’s voice coming through scratchy and fragmented as Orto Ignatiussen’s Aningaaq cheerfully greets her and introduces her to his dog and baby. I think the last shot is especially poignant.
With Gravity expected to pick up more than a few Oscars at tonight’s glitzy event in LA, NASA has just released a set of awesome Gravity-like shots of real astronauts going about their business high above Earth.
Titled Gravity – NASA’s Real Life Photos from Space, the stunning hi-res images cover everything from astronauts at work to the blue planet to the Hubble space telescope.
While critically acclaimed Gravity (review here), starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock, presents us with some incredible views from ‘space,’
The entire movie was actually filmed at Pinewood Studios and Shepperton Studios in London, with UK special effects outfit Framestore taking years to create all of the highly realistic visual imagery you see in the movie.
Commenting on the film last year, Mark Uhran, who retired in 2012 as a NASA director for the International Space Station, said, “My first reaction was that the cinematography was of spectacular realism.
I’ve never seen that done before.” He added, “I’ve never seen a Hollywood filmmaker actually be able to capture that clarity and resolution of the space station and shuttle.”
But to get a clearer idea of what it’s really like to be far away from terra firma, check out the gallery below, or head over to NASA’s special Flickr page showing all 31 images. Which one is your favorite?
NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day features an amazing photo by Phill Round. It looks like a frame from a Spielberg movie—an humanoid figure appearing at the base of a mountain, with the unknown starry sky of an alien world behind it. In reality, it’s a man getting into New Zealand’s Hollow Hill Cave.
Captured in this long exposure, the New Zealand glowworms scattered across the cave ceiling give it the inviting and open appearance of a clear, dark night sky filled with stars. Unsuspecting insects fooled into flying too far upwards get trapped in sticky snares the glowworms create and hang down to catch food.
Earth looks mesmerizing from space — especially when Mother Nature decides to put on a show.
NASA astronaut Terry W. Virts, who is currently spending his days on the International Space Station, shared a breathtaking Vine on Sunday, which shows a bird’s-eye view of powerful thunderstorms as they wreak havoc over central Africa.
This is definitely more interesting than the “cheeseburger” photo that Virts shared last month.