NASA, JAXA Talk Possible Future Cooperative Efforts

Photo Credit: NASA

On Wednesday, July 10, Naoki Okumura, president of JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency), met with NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden in Washington, D.C. to discuss the future cooperation between space agencies, including support for the International Space Station.

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Opinion: At Long Last, Is the International Space Station Worth It?

The International Space Station is a sprawling complex the size of a football field. However, after decades of designs, redesigns, and being placed in a less-than-optimal orbit, is the complex worth the $100 billion price tag? Image Credit: NASA

For a long time, it looked as if it would never happen: the Reagan-era Space […]

Missions to Watch in 2013

The International Space Station is going to be a busy place in 2013. Photo Credit: NASA

With Curiosity’s landing on Mars and SpaceX’s multiple missions to the International Space Station, 2012 was a good year for spaceflight. And while we might not see the same level of historic or flagship missions fly this year, […]

For All Spiderkind, NASA Spidernaut Nefertiti Dies At Smithsonian

Nefertiti, the "Spidernaut", died earlier this week of natural causes at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History's Insect Zoo. Photo Credit: Smithsonian

Nefertiti, the “Spidernaut,” died earlier this week of natural causes at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History’s Insect Zoo. Photo Credit: Smithsonian

It’s not everyday an insect can claim to have accomplished more in its short life than many people, but Nefertiti was an exception. The red-back jumping spider, nicknamed the “Spidernaut,” traveled […]

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

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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 […]