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26 Mar

The Year in Space

Why all the fuss about the launch tomorrow from the Baikour Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan? Expedition 43, also being referred to as the #YearInSpace is a giant step forward for humans one day colonizing other planets and exploring deep space.

This is the first time astronauts will have spent over a year in space and in addition to their regular duties on the ISS, they will be closely studying the effect prolonged space travel has on the human body. The mission will test the physical and psychological health and changes to the crew, and presents a unique opportunity for scientists and flight surgeons since Astronaut Scott Kelly's identical twin Mark will be part of the mission here on Earth. Since they possess the same DNA, seeing changes between Scott and Mark will provide a fascinating and exacting insight as to how space travel changes the body.

 

And, since we here at Science Channel believe in questioning everything, we wonder if perhaps Mark Kelly, the Earth-bound twin will experience any changes himself since twins have reported sharing the same changes and experiences across long distances?

The International Space Station is in orbit some 240 miles above the Earth, and a year is a long time to participate in this exploration of human endurance. By participating in this crucial mission, these bold adventurers will truly be helping humankind make its first steps towards a greater unknown by testing the limits of what we now know about long term living and exploring space.

 

26 Mar

SCISpace Live

Hello InSCIder fans!

We hope you'll journey with us here at Science Channel as we launch SCISpaceLive.com a comprehensive destination for all those who are curious about space, astronomy, and humankind's exploration of what exists beyond our planet Earth.

We are debuting this site at a special time, as NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian Cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko will travel with Cosmonaut Gennady Padalka to the International Space Station via the Soyuz spacecraft on Friday, March 27. The trip begins a one-year mission aboard the station for Kelly and Kornienko, the longest any humans have spent in space. Science Channel will show this historic launch, breaking into coverage at 3:35 EST to broadcast the launch via a live NASA TV feed.

SCISpaceLive.com will cover the launch live via three of NASA TV's feeds, and will continue to be a destination for the kind of deeper coverage we've seen our fans have a love for. The NASA TV feeds will continue to live on the site and visitors will be able to see the spacecraft dock and the astronauts transfer into the International Space Station.

We'll have astronauts and experts participating in the #SCISpaceLive social feeds during key events like this launch, and take deeper dives into the mission and more through the InSCIder blogs. We are also proud to have Astronaut Leland Melvin, Atlantis Space Shuttle Traveler, Explorer and Promoter of STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Art and Math) engaging with us via Google chats, blogs and more to give us a personal perspective on space travel. 

We'll also be curating the best space and astronomy stories and photos so SCISpaceLive.com so we hope we'll be the first stop on your journey to learn more about the universe!

24 Feb

The Mysteries of WHAT ON EARTH?

I’m Neil Laird, Executive Producer of WHAT ON EARTH?  Science Channel’s motto has long been to “Question Everything” no matter how bizarre or strange, and put it under the bright glare of modern science to see what might be revealed. Your guesses about the mysterious satellite photos fit right into that philosophy—they are informed, thoughtful, surprising, and just as importantly, entertaining. We’re thrilled you love the mysteries we are able to bring you here on the web and even better, leave you questioning some of these provocative images along with the experts. Many of the world’s top archeologists, meteorologist, geologist and other experts are as stumped as you are! And there are many more to come—so please keep chiming in. We’d love to hear more about what you think of the pictures and what you think of our show.

As a special sneak peak for our blog fans, here is a particularly eye-catching image that has captured everyone full attention---including the US State Department. It was glimpsed during a flyby over North Korea. It may seem like just a huge cloud, or the effects of a forest fire---but satellites reveal its neither--- now people wonder, could it be a man-made smoke screen? And if so, what on earth are they hiding? See scientists and military analysts probe the evidence next week at 9p on WHAT ON EARTH?

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1 Dec

How the Holidays Are Made

'Tis the season for candy canes, Christmas trees, alpine skis and nutcrackers. If you've ever wondered how everything holiday is made, we have answers.

For more videos like this, watch How It's Made on Science Channel.

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20 Nov

Watch Snowstorm Blow Into Buffalo Over Lake Erie

Buffalo is buried under more than five feet of snow today.

As the storm rolled in over Lake Erie, Alfonzo Cutaia shot this stunning 30-second time-lapse video from the window of his office building:

A second video, by Jason Holler and Joseph DeBenedictis, is possibly even more dramatic, as a wall of snow sweeps over downtown Buffalo:

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17 Nov

Rosetta's Final Conversation With Philae Is Heart-Meltingly Human

Before comet lander Philae went to sleep, it shared one last "conversation" with the Rosetta space probe. For two robotic spacecraft, the Twitter tête-à-tête was surprisingly human.

"Prior to falling silent, the lander was able to transmit all science data gathered during the First Science Sequence," Philae lander manager Stephan Ulamec said. "This machine performed magnificently under tough conditions, and we can be fully proud of the incredible scientific success Philae has delivered."

Don't mind us crying over here. Good night, sweet Philae. Perhaps we'll meet again one day when you come closer to the sun.

Everything You Thought You Knew about a Comet - Might Kill Us!

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14 Nov

A Panoramic Postcard From Rosetta

It's a postcard from 317 miles away as Rosetta's Philae lander sent back its first panoramic picture from the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko.

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If you missed it the first time around, be sure to catch "Landing on a Comet: Rosetta Mission" Sunday night at 10/9c on Science Channel.

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12 Nov

Watch Live: Rosetta Comet Landing

Watch live on NASA TV as Rosetta's Philae lander attempts to land on Comet 67P, the first time a man-made object will ever touch down on a comet.


Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream

Tonight at 9/8c on Science Channel, don't miss 'Landing on a Comet: Rosetta Mission' as Space Week continues.

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11 Nov

What Would Happen If You Went Into Space Without A Spacesuit?

Happy Space Week!

During more than five months on the International Space Station, the men of Expedition 41 (who returned to Earth Sunday night) ventured outside the space station for several spacewalks. Each extra-vehicular activity was conducted while wearing specialized spacesuits that keep astronauts safe from the elements.

What would happen if a human body was exposed to space without a spacesuit? DNews investigates:

Space Week continues TONIGHT on Science Channel.

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10 Nov

Expedition 41 Astronauts Return to Earth (Just in Time for Space Week!)

It's Space Week on Science Channel and just in time, the astronauts of Expedition 41 returned safely to Earth Sunday after more than five months aboard the International Space Station.

The trio landed in Kazakhstan at 10:58 p.m. EST; Expedition 41 Commander Max Suraev of the Russian Federal Space Agency and Flight Engineers Reid Wiseman (NASA) and Alexander Gerst (European Space Agency) traveled more than 70 million miles during 165 days in space.

Among the men's most memorable moments from the ISS: Wiseman sent the first Vine video from space and later engaged in a friendly wager when Germany faced the United States in the World Cup.

Welcome home!

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