Astronauts carry out marathon spacewalk to recharge space station cooling system

Astronauts carry out marathon spacewalk to recharge space station cooling system

Reuters Two U.S. astronauts spent nearly eight hours spacewalking outside the International Space Station on Friday, grappling with an escape of potentially hazardous ammonia as they switched out a cooling system, NASA said. Station commander Scott Kelly and flight engineer Kjell Lindgren left the station’s airlock around 6:30 a.m. EST for what turned out to

Read: The full transcript of President Obama’s speech rejecting the Keystone XL pipeline

Read: The full transcript of President Obama’s speech rejecting the Keystone XL pipeline

Newsweek

President Barack Obama rejected the controversial Keystone XL pipeline on Friday during a press conference at the White House. The pipeline has been a point of contention for the last seven years, as politicians argued of its economic benefits and environmental drawbacks. The pipe TransCanada hoped to build would have been 1,179 miles long between Alberta,…

US braces for ‘extreme weather event’ from space that could result in $2 trillion in damages

US braces for ‘extreme weather event’ from space that could result in $2 trillion in damages

Tom Boggioni Faced with the prospect of a massive solar flare that could destroy satellites, spacecraft, and vital telecommunications systems, the White House National Science and Technology Council has released plans to protect vital systems from being devastated, reports Business Insider. According to the NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center, the Earth is constantly being bombarded

Standing strong: Kansas teacher won’t resign after anti-gay parents freak out over anti-bullying film

Standing strong: Kansas teacher won’t resign after anti-gay parents freak out over anti-bullying film

Andrew Pulver, The Guardian A Kansas schoolteacher says he has changed his mind about resigning after showing a graphic anti-bullying short film to his history class, which led to vociferous complaints from parents. The Wichita Eagle reported that Tom Leahy, a teacher at Conway Springs Middle School, was expected to hand in his resignation after

US astronauts dodge ammonia on risky spacewalk

US astronauts dodge ammonia on risky spacewalk

Agence France-Presse Two US astronauts successfully dodged hazardous ammonia flakes during a risky spacewalk Friday to complete the repair of a cooling system at the International Space Station. Highly toxic ammonia is used to cool electronics at the orbiting outpost, and the thermal system has been plagued by problems. Scott Kelly and Kjell Lindgren switched