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Soyuz TMA-14M Arrives Safely at Space Station, Despite Solar Array Issue

“That little red streak, hidden behind the #Dragon solar array is the Soyuz launching.” A remarkable image of the Soyuz TMA-14M ascent, captured and tweeted by Expedition 41 astronaut Reid Wiseman. Photo Credit: NASA/Reid Wiseman

Expedition 41—the current human increment aboard the International Space Station (ISS)—has expanded from three to six members, with last [...]

Test Pilot, Veteran Spacewalker, and Female Aerospace Engineer Set for Thursday Launch to Space Station

The Soyuz TMA-14M crew (from left) Barry “Butch” Wilmore, Aleksandr Samokutyayev and Yelena Serova pose before the base of their launch vehicle at Baikonur. The trio will spend 168 days in space, forming the second half of Expedition 41 and the core of Expedition 42. Photo Credit: NASA

Two weeks after the 10 September [...]

Fast-Track Soyuz TMA-12M Crew Rockets Toward Space Station

Soyuz TMA-12M’s rousing ascent turned night into day across the desolate landscape of the Baikonur Cosmodrome, which has echoed to the sound of human space launches since April 1961. Photo Credit: NASA

The second half of Expedition 39 is on its way to the International Space Station (ISS), following tonight’s rousing launch of Soyuz [...]

Soyuz TMA-12M Crew Ready for Six-Hour Fast Ride to Space Station

Pictured in their Sokol (“Falcon”) launch and entry suits in front of the Soyuz simulator at the start of final exams on 5 March 2014, the Soyuz TMA-12M crew fields questions from journalists. Left to right are Steve Swanson, Aleksandr Skvortsov, and Oleg Artemyev. Photo Credit: NASA

Three new crew members—including a hot chili [...]

New Space Station Crew, Including First Japanese Commander, Ready for Wednesday Night Launch

Koichi Wakata, Mikhail Tyurin, and Rick Mastracchio proudly display the modified Olympic torch during a pre-flight press conference. Photo Credit: NASA

Three new arrivals are scheduled to board the International Space Station (ISS) early Thursday, when Soyuz TMA-11M carries Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Tyurin, NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio, and Japan’s Koichi Wakata aloft from the [...]

Liftoff! Soyuz TMA-10M Blazes to Orbit With New Space Station Crew—UPDATE

Soyuz TMA-10M rockets into orbit at 2:58 a.m. Kazakh time Thursday (4:58 p.m. EDT Wednesday), carrying Oleg Kotov, Sergei Ryazansky, and Mike Hopkins to the International Space Station. Photo Credit: NASA

The second half of Expedition 37—the current increment of astronauts and cosmonauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS)—got underway in spectacular fashion today, [...]

Soyuz TMA-10M and Next ISS Crew Ready for Wednesday Launch

Standing in front of the first stage engines of their Soyuz rocket on 20 September 2013, Soyuz TMA-10M crewmen (left to right) Mike Hopkins, Oleg Kotov and Sergei Ryazansky clasp hands in solidarity. Photo Credit: NASA

Three new crewmembers are slated to rocket toward the International Space Station (ISS) late Wednesday, boosting the outpost’s [...]

NASA Video: Soyuz Travels to International Space Station

Video courtesy of NASA

This video shows the approach of the Soyuz TMA-09M spacecraft to the waiting International Space Station. On board Soyuz was the flight’s commander, Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin, along with flight engineers Karen Nyberg and Luca Parmitano. The trio launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan less than six [...]

Soyuz TMA-09M Crew Ready For Work After Record-Time Space Station Docking

The two halves of the Expedition 36 crew, with the Soyuz TMA-08M team at left and yesterday’s Soyuz TMA-09M voyagers at right. Seated are Pavel Vinogradov (left) and Fyodor Yurchikhin, with (left to right) Aleksandr Misurkin, Chris Cassidy, Luca Parmitano, and Karen Nyberg standing. Photo Credit: NASA

Three new residents for the International Space [...]

New Crew Ready for Six-Month Space Station Mission

Soyuz TMA-09M crewmembers (from left) Karen Nyberg, Fyodor Yurchikhin, and Luca Parmitano will spend almost six months aboard the International Space Station. Photo Credit: NASA

The International Space Station is set to return to its normal six-person strength this week, with the launch and docking of Soyuz TMA-09M and its crew of Russian cosmonaut [...]