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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 [...]

E(xploration) = M(issions) & C(rew) Squared Off: The Future of the ATV After 'Albert Einstein'

NASA image of the conical Orion crew capsule, attached to an ESA-built Service Module. The X-shaped “windmill” configuration of solar arrays is clearly visible. Image Credit: NASA

On Saturday, Europe’s fourth Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV-4)—named in honor of German-born physicist Albert Einstein—is scheduled to dock at the International Space Station’s Zvezda module. The arrival [...]

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 [...]

Kelly and Kornienko Tapped for Year-Long ISS Expedition

By the end of the Shuttle era, the International Space Station entered a period of transition from construction to utilisation. When Scott Kelly and Mikhail Kornienko board the outpost in early 2015, they will take utilisation to a whole new level, working to gather the required medical baseline data for missions beyond Earth orbit. [...]