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Expedition 33 Crew Return Safely to Earth

Surrounded by all-terrain rescue vehicles and recovery personnel, the Soyuz TMA-05M descent module lies on its side on the desolate Kazakh steppe after bringing Suni Williams, Yuri Malenchenko and Aki Hoshide home from four months in space. Photo Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls

Expedition 33 has concluded in triumphant style with the safe return to Earth [...]

All Change for Station Crew as Ford Prepares to Take Command

This coming weekend, Sunita Williams (back left) will hand command of the International Space Station over to fellow astronaut Kevin Ford (back right), officially heralding the close of Expedition 33 and the start of Expedition 34. Ford will lead the multi-national outpost into 2013. Photo Credit: NASA

The International Space Station’s Expedition 33 core [...]

Preparing for 'The End'...and a New Beginning

Whichever way one looks at the situation, the International Space Station has either already passed – or is approaching – the halfway mark of its existence. Its future beyond 2020 remains unclear, but its potential remains enormous. Photo Credit: NASA

A year or so before The End, the process will begin.

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International Year, International Mission: The Changing Fortunes of STS-42

STS-42 mission brochure, personally signed to me by Commander Ron Grabe. I received this brochure in January 1992 – only days before the mission was launched – and for a 15-year-old space enthusiast it was a priceless treasure. Image Credit: Ben Evans personal collection

One summer evening, early in August 1492 three ships – [...]

Spacewalkers Tackle Station Ammonia Leak With Aplomb…and Madonna

Pictured during an earlier excursion, Sunita Williams became the world’s most experienced female spacewalker at the end of US EVA-20. She now ranks fifth in the world, with more than 50 hours in seven EVAs and is surpassed only by Anatoli Solovyov, Mike Lopez-Alegria, Jerry Ross and John Grunsfeld. Photo Credit: NASA

Expedition 33 [...]

Expedition 33's Crew Tames the Dragon

SpaceX’s Dragon capsule, currently berthed to the International Space Station. Photo Credit: SpaceX

Yesterday was another big day for SpaceX. For the second time in five months, one of the company’s Dragon capsules has rendezvoused and docked with the International Space Station. The crew has even opened the capsule ahead of schedule. Completing this [...]

NASA Announces Year-Long ISS Mission as Japan Assigns 2015 Station Occupant

Since November 1998, the International Space Station has grown into the largest human-made object ever placed into the heavens. It has brought the inhabitants of dozens of nations together in the pursuit of peace and harmony. Now the time has come for its next mission: to prepare our species for its next steps beyond [...]

HTV-3 Experiences Anomaly After Leaving ISS

Photo Credit: NASA

The Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency’s (JAXA) HTV-3 “Kounotori” spacecraft was released by the International Space Station’s (ISS) Canadarm 2 robotic arm on time at 11:50 a.m. EDT – shortly afterward things, in the parlance of engineers, went “off-nominal” with the cargo vessel entering into a ACU (Abort Control Unit) abort.

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A Weak Briz: Engine Shortfall Likely Caused Satellite Losses

The Proton-M thunders into the darkened Baikonur sky on Monday evening, beginning what should have been a nine-hour journey to geosynchronous orbit for Telkom-3 and Ekspress-MD2. Despite the satisfactory performance of the rocket itself, the Briz-M upper stage apparently malfunctioned and has left both satellites stranded in useless orbits. Photo Credit: Roscosmos

A Russian [...]

NewSpace Alliance: SpaceX Falcon 9 to Loft Crews To Bigelow Space Stations

SpaceX and Bigelow Aerospace have announced plans to market trips to Bigelow's orbiting habitats via SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft. Image Credit: Bigelow Aerospace

NewSpace companies Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) and Bigelow Aerospace announced today that the commercial space firms will begin offering rides to Bigelow’s commercial space stations once they are on orbit [...]