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November 4th, 2013
09:02 AM ET

@Cmdr_Hadfield speaks to News Stream

He’s flown three space missions, conducted two space walks, and humanized space with dozens of epic viral videos.

Here's our interview with the truly inspiring astronaut and author, Chris Hadfield.

October 10th, 2013
08:32 AM ET

What's a space walk really like?

Say what you will about the science. The movie "Gravity" makes you feel like you're in space.

Of course, only a few people know that feeling firsthand. NASA astronaut Michael Massimino is one of them.

Massimino flew on two Hubble Space Telescope servicing missions. And he has logged more than 30 hours across four space walks.

That's exactly what the movie's main characters are doing when everything goes wrong.

So, what's it really like to spacewalk?

"You have to be methodical about what you do. You don't want to move too quickly," Massimino says. "You have to be very, very slow. You have to think about what you're doing. Work with your teammates, both outside the spaceship, inside the spaceship and the people on the ground."

Massimino admits it can be scary. But he adds, "I can't think of anything better to do for a living than go out and spacewalk and work out there in the beauty of space."

Find out what Massimino thinks of the movie, and George Clooney in particular, in the full interview above.

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December 29th, 2012
04:02 PM ET

Looking back at 2012

Technology isn't just part of News Stream, it's also something we love to cover.

So when we were asked to put together a special edition of the show with the top tech stories of the year, it was both very easy to pick the stories we thought were important... and very hard to leave out stories we loved but just couldn't fit.

You can watch the whole show here, divided into six parts.

PART 1: Breaking down the smartphone Patent Wars with The Verge's Nilay Patel; Microsoft launches Windows 8

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Filed under: Gadgets • Games • General • Science • Social networking • Space • Technology • Titans of Tech
October 12th, 2012
12:55 PM ET

Space shuttle makes slow L.A. journey

It will take two days for Endeavour to get from the Los Angeles International Airport to its final home at the California Science Center.

No other space shuttle has ever traveled on city streets before. Preparing the roads have been a big "Endeavour," pardon the pun.

Still, it's hard to imagine such a huge object on the road. So we used Google Earth to get a better idea.

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Filed under: Space • Technology
July 25th, 2012
07:30 AM ET

Sally Ride: Trailblazer

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The first American woman in space has passed away at the age of 61. Sally Ride broke barriers and inspired people to reach for the stars.

And in death, Ride may have become a role model for another reason. The obituary posted on her organization's website noted Ride's partner of 27 years, Tam O’Shaughnessy. It's believed to be the first public acknowledgment of their same-sex relationship.

A 2009 article on the same site described Ride and O'Shaughnessy as "good friends" and "co-authors." But it also reveals some of their romantic story. They met at age 12 through tennis. O'Shaughnessy went on to play professionally. And through the years, they stayed in touch.

Ride's sister, Bear, tells the website Buzzfeed that the relationship was never hidden. She says most people also did not know about Sally Ride's pancreatic cancer because she was a "very private person."

Some will argue that Ride's orientation is unimportant, that she should be remembered solely for her scientific and educational accomplishments. To that I say, name one openly gay astronaut.

Sally Ride was a trailblazer for women into the final frontier. Let's not limit her now.

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Filed under: Personal musings • Space
May 22nd, 2012
09:08 PM ET

Another giant leap?

What a week it has been for space geeks. And it's only Tuesday!

First we had a rare annular solar eclipse. Well, some of us did. Here in Hong Kong, the clouds refused to cooperate...

Now, SpaceX has sent its Dragon capsule on a path to the International Space Station. The Falcon 9 rocket lit up the dark Florida sky as it carried Dragon up into orbit.

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Afterward, SpaceX founder Elon Musk tweeted, "Falcon flew perfectly!! Dragon in orbit, comm locked and solar arrays active!! Feels like a giant weight just came off my back."

Musk also wrote, "Huge appreciation for @NASA, without whom we could not even have started, let alone reached this."

NASA has invested about $800 million toward developing space cargo transportation in the private sector. In addition to SpaceX, NASA also has a partnership with Orbital Sciences Corporation. Orbital could have its test launch to ISS late this year or early 2013.

SpaceX has now done what no other company has attempted. But big tests remain. And if all goes well, SpaceX will make history on Friday by berthing with the ISS. Success there would truly be a "giant leap" for commercial spaceflight.

What a week, indeed!

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March 22nd, 2012
01:48 PM ET

Rovio's Next Frontier

My grandpa loves the Angry Birds. He can play it for hours. And he is not alone. The popular game has been downloaded 700 million times by people young and old.

Now Rovio is releasing Angry Birds Space. The Finnish firm has pulled out the stops to promote its latest offering.

Rovio teamed up with NASA for what it calls the first-ever game announcement from space. (For those of you still unsure why these birds are so angry, take a moment to watch astronaut Don Pettit.)

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4,000 meters under the ice
Russian scientists have reportedly unlocked Lake Vostok. That is Antarctica's largest sub-glacial lake. It has been sealed up for about 20 million years.
February 8th, 2012
09:43 AM ET

4,000 meters under the ice

Russian scientists have reportedly unlocked Lake Vostok. That is Antarctica's largest sub-glacial lake. It has been sealed up for about 20 million years.

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July 21st, 2011
09:00 PM ET

NASA's still looking up

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Part of me had hoped the crew of space shuttle Atlantis would go rogue and refuse to return to Earth. Maybe just for a short joyride, a few extra orbits and the proud proclamation, "You'll never clip our wings!"

But the astronauts landed right on schedule. It marked a safe and successful close to NASA's 30-year shuttle program.

Space fans around the world are experiencing mixed emotions with this milestone. Some say it's a sad day for America, left without a way of lifting humans into orbit. They remark with irony that Russia has now won the space race, as U.S. astronauts will be forced to buy rides on  Soyuz. FULL POST

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July 9th, 2011
12:14 AM ET

Atlantis Adventure

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Around T-5 minutes to the launch of shuttle Atlantis, I overhear a man say, "The uncertainty makes it exciting." Thousands of us have been sitting in the Rocket Garden of Kennedy Space Center for the last five hours. And in the last few minutes, butterflies started to flutter in my stomach. We were so close... but the blast off could still be called off at any second.

The odds seemed stacked against Atlantis lifting off on the first try. Clouds rolled in overnight Thursday and refused to blow over. NASA rated the weather as only 30% favorable for launch. "The Sunshine State" was not living up to its nickname... and was threatening to disappoint around one million space fans.

We had arrived at KSC shortly after 5 in the morning. The last thing I heard on the radio was an announcer saying, "You know that shuttle launch today? Not gonna happen. It's raining." The security guard at the front gate also joked, "The launch is cancelled." I didn't laugh.

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