ISS: International Space Station

The Big Picture has put together another stunning array of photos – this time of the ISS, which turns 10 years old. Click the link below to view all 32 pictures.

This month marks the 10th anniversary of the first launched module of the International Space Station (ISS). The module Zarya was lifted into orbit on November 20th, 1998 by a Russian Proton rocket lifting off from Baikonur, Kazhakstan. In the decade since, 44 manned flights and 34 unmanned flights have carried further modules, solar arrays, support equipment, supplies and a total of 167 human beings from 15 countries to the ISS, and it still has a ways to go until it is done. Originally planned to be complete in 2003, the target date for completion is now 2011. Aside from time spent on construction, ISS crew members work on a good deal of research involving biology and physics in conditions of microgravity. If humans are ever to leave the Earth for extended periods, the ISS is designed to be the place where we will discover the best materials, procedures and safety measures to make it a reality. – source


The ISS is backdropped against a cloud-covered part of Earth as the orbital outpost moves away from the Space Shuttle Discovery on August 6th, 2005. Earlier, the crews of the two spacecraft concluded nine days of cooperative work. (NASA)

Quirky news of the day

It seems that today has been a day filled with quirky news – just take a look at these few from :

Man blows up baloon with his eyes

By wearing a pair of specially made goggles, Ping blew up the balloon to the audience’s applause.

Ping discovered his talent as a child: “When I was young and swimming with pals in the river, I found my eyes could blow out air,” he said. – source

Couple sue McDonald’s over nude photos

A US couple are suing McDonald’s for £2m after nude photos of the woman, which were on her husband’s mobile phone, ended up on the internet.
Tina Sherman says she began receiving offensive calls and text messages about the pictures from her husband’s mobile phone after he left it at the McDonald’s on 5 July.

The couple then discovered that the nude pictures she had sent to her husband’s phone had been posted online.  – source


Cat’s week under car bonnet

An Austrian motorist couldn’t work out why his Mercedes car was “purring” along better than normal – until he looked under the bonnet.

Lucky Luna had survived more than 300 miles of motoring without food or water before her mewing raised the alarm.

The petrified puss had hidden so deep inside the engine that it had to be dismantled to get her out.  – source