NASA upgrading ground stations used for emergency ISS communications

NASA upgrading ground stations used for emergency ISS communications

NASA is currently upgrading ground stations utilized in the backup system for communicating with the International Space Station, the U.S. space agency said in an April 24, 2018, news release.

The primary means of communicating with the ISS is NASA’s Space Network, which mainly relies on a constellation of Tracking and Data Relay Satellites in geostationary orbit. As a backup, the agency also maintains a system of ground stations that transmit and receive very high frequency radio waves.

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You can now visit the ISS via Google Street View

You can now visit the ISS via Google Street View

Google Street View has partnered with NASA to allow the map services's users to explore the International Space Station on their computers. While virtually flying through each of the station's 16 modules, users can click on particular points of interest to learn about each one.

This was done primarly by European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Pesquet, who returned from the orbiting outpost June 2, 2017.

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What a Trump administration means for the ISS

What a Trump administration means for the ISS

With the 2016 election now over, Donald Trump has been elected to be the 45th president of the United States. Now the long process of creating a transition team and appointing some 4,000 people to various positions begins. But what does that mean for NASA, specifically, the International Space Station?

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