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  • Plumbing the Space Station

    2001April 6, 2011

    Nothing goes to waste on the International Space Stationwhere nearly everything is recycled. What makes this ecologist's dream world work? Some of the fanciest plumbing in the solar system!

  • Leafy Green Astronauts

    2001April 6, 2011

    NASA scientists are learning how to grow plants in space. Such far-out crops will eventually take their place alongside people, microbes and machines in self-contained habitats for astronauts.

  • Staying Cool on the ISS

    2001April 6, 2011

    The International Space Station's thermal control systems maintain a delicate balance between the deep-freeze of space and the Sun's blazing heat.

  • Space StationChristmas

    2001April 6, 2011

    This holiday story tells about a visit by Santa to the International Space Station(ISS), where he has to deal with uncooperative tinsel, floating cookie crumbs, and a space-sick reindeer.

  • Even Homes in Space Need a Door

    2001Sept. 20, 2011

    A new airlock soon to be installed on the International Space Stationis critical for assembly and maintenance of the orbiting outpost.

  • Power to the ISS!

    2001Sept. 20, 2011

    What's the most important resource on the International Space Station? Air? Water? No ... electrical power!

  • The End is Mir

    2001April 6, 2011

    On March 22, 2001, the Russian Space Agency will ignite the engines of a Progress rocket attached to Mir and send the 135-ton Space Stationto a watery grave in the remote south Pacific. The Space Stationwill join a surprising parade of Mir-sized objects that hit Earth every year.

  • The Amazing Canadarm2

    2001April 6, 2011

    Crawling around the International Space Stationlike an agile worm, the newest Canadian robotic arm will be essential for building and maintaining the ISS.

  • First Steps to Mars

    2007April 6, 2011

    The rockets are still on the drawing board, and some of the Astronautshaven't even been born yet. Nevertheless, NASA's journey to Mars has already begun.

  • Preventing "Sick" Spaceships

    2007Sept. 20, 2011

    Wherever humans go, microorganisms follow--and that includes space. Bacteria and other microbes living onboard spaceships may not only cause health problems for the crew, but also cause the spaceship itself to malfunction.