Due to delays stemming from manufacturing and safety certification issues, the new manned spacecraft being developed by Boeing and SpaceX may not be ready to ferry U.S. astronauts to the International Space Station before NASA’s contract with Russia’s Soyuz program in November of 2019 runs out, meaning that beginning in late 2019, the ISS may not have an American presence onboard for the better part of a year — and possibly longer.
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It’s a first! Space X has created a cargo craft that brought supplies to the International Space Station on October 10th, a task that NASA usually takes care of. Space X has signed a $1.6 billion contract with NASA for 11 more cargo trips.

Among other items, it brought the astronauts up there a special treat: ice cream (and clean underwear?)
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Astronauts on board the International Space Station may soon be able to experience the elaborate rituals of the Japanese tea ceremony. Japan?s National Space Development Agency (NASDA) is planning to include a 13 square foot tearoom in Japan?s section of

?Space travel is psychologically difficult so the idea is to provide a calm place where astronauts can relax,? says NASDA spokesperson Yoshihiro Nakamura.

But a space-based tea ceremony could not be conducted in the usual manner. The traditional ceremony is a formal affair, in which kimono-clad, elegant women prepare green tea for honored guests, which will be hard to accomplish in a zero-gravity environment.
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