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Government Shutdown Not Expected to Stall Upcoming Space Station Activities

More than a year later than originally planned, and after many developmental headaches, Orbital Sciences Corp. achieved success in triumphant fashion with the arrival of the first Cygnus cargo ship at the International Space Station. The cargo ship is due to depart next week. Photo Credit: NASA

Despite the disruption caused by the ongoing [...]

The Zero Gravity Coffee Cup

Video courtesy of Science at NASA

High above our planet in the realm of satellites and space stations, the familiar rules of Earth do not apply. The midday sky is as black as night. There is no up and no down. Dropped objects do not fall, and hot air [...]

Cover Breaks Off ISS, Floats Past

Image Credit: NASA

On August 19, International Space Station (ISS) astronaut Chris Cassidy reported an unidentified object floating past the window. The last time an ISS crewmember spotted something unusual out the window, it was small frozen flakes from a serious ammonia leak that spawned rapid mobilization of  an unscheduled extravehicular activity. This time the object was much [...]

ESA's ATV-4 Successfully, Safely Docks With International Space Station

Video courtesy of NASA Television

“Albert Einstein,” the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Automated Transfer Vehicle, or “ATV,” has safely docked with the International Space Station (ISS). Docking occurred Saturday at 10:07 a.m. EDT to the rear end of the station’s Zvezda service module. The docking was automated and concluded [...]

ESA Pushes Forward with Ariane 6 Despite Criticism

ESA Launch Vehicle Director Antonio Fabrizi with the family of European launchers. Photo Credit: ESA

The European Space Agency (ESA) has replied to the criticism moved by the Air and Space Academy about the Ariane 6 design, on June 7.

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Ariane 5 Boosts 'Albert Einstein' Automated Transfer Vehicle to Orbit

Arianespace successfully launched an Ariane 5 rocket this evening with its payload of the Albert Einstein ATV cargo vessel traveling to the International Space Station. Image Credit: ESA / DUCROS David

Europe’s mammoth Ariane 5 rocket has successfully boosted the fourth Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV-4)—named in honor of German-born physicist Albert Einstein—into orbit, en-route [...]

'Albert Einstein' Primed for Space Station Resupply Mission

Ten days after leaving Earth, the Automated Transfer Vehicle, boasting its unique X-shaped configuration of solar arrays, will dock with the Zvezda module of the International Space Station. Photo Credit: NASA

Europe’s second-to-last Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV-4), named in honor of German-born physicist Albert Einstein, will roar aloft from the Guiana 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 [...]

Soyuz TMA-08M Crew Ready for Rapid Trek to Space Station

Pictured before qualification simulator runs at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre, near Moscow, Soyuz TMA-08M crewmen (from left) Aleksandr Misurkin, Pavel Vinogradov, and Chris Cassidy clasp hands. Photo Credit: NASA

The multi-month increments by International Space Station crews seem to be coming quick and fast these days, with none more quickly than the upcoming [...]

Space Station Back to Six-Man Strength After Soyuz Docking

Chris Hadfield has aimed high through his 53 years of life and today accomplished what few human beings—and even fewer Canadians—have ever achieved: to board a space station. In mid-March, he will take command of that station, proving that for him the sky is most definitely not the limit. Photo Credit: NASA/Ben Evans personal [...]