Spacewalking Astronauts Replace More Station BatteriesThe space station's outdated nickel-hydrogen batteries are being replaced with lithium-ion batteries, a lengthy process spanning years.
U.S.-Built Capsule With A Dummy Aboard Docks At Space StationAs the capsule closed in on the space station, its nose cap was wide open like a dragon's mouth to expose the docking mechanism. In a docking with a crew aboard, the capsule would likewise operate autonomously, though the astronauts might push a button or two and would be able to intervene if necessary.
NASA, SpaceX Aim For March Test Of 1st New Astronaut CapsuleIt would be the first launch of U.S. astronauts into orbit, from U.S. soil, since NASA's shuttle program ended in 2011.
Spacewalk Astronauts Work On "Leaky" And "Frosty" PumpsMore than 15 years ago, Frosty lost heater power because of an unrelated problem elsewhere in the station.
Boy Scouts Launch Science Project To International Space StationAndrew Frank and his team of about a dozen scouts put in more than 5,000 hours of work on the experiment before launching it into space.
Northwestern Scientists Prepare For End Of Historic Space StudyNorthwestern University was hosting a viewing party Tuesday to watch astronaut Scott Kelly return from a nearly year-long trip to space as part of an unprecedented study on the long-term effects of spaceflight on the human body.
Chicago At Night As Viewed From The Space Station
Students At Lisle School Chat With Astronaut Aboard International Space StationIt may have been an unforgettable few minutes for 500 students at Saint Joan of Arc Catholic School in Lisle, some of whom got to chat with an astronaut on the International Space Station, reports WBBM'S Steve Miller.
Astronaut Takes Dazzling Photos Of Chicago From SpaceIf Reid Wiseman's career as an astronaut and naval aviator doesn't work out, he might want to think about taking up professional photography.
Researchers Sending Bacteria From Sue The T-Rex Into Outer SpaceSue, the Field Museum’s famous Tyrannosaurus Rex, isn't exactly becoming the first dinosaur astronaut, but at least a few microscopic parts of her are going into orbit.
Illinois Astronaut To Go For Spacewalk To Repair Space StationAtronaut and U.S. Air Force Col. Mike Hopkins has been preparing for as many as three spacewalks to repair a broken cooling line on the station.
Illini Grad Talks To U. Of I. Students From International Space StationHopkins had 10 minutes to answer questions from Illini aerospace engineering students at the University of Illinois National Center for Supercomputing Applications. He is a 1991 engineering graduate and was co-captain of the Illini football team.
Elementary School Science Experiment Will Take Place In Outer Space A science experiment by some Chicago Public School students is making its way to the International Space Station.