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Orbital's Cygnus Cargo Ship Prepares for Tuesday Departure From Space Station

Grappled by Canadarm2, the ORB-1 Cygnus craft is readied for berthing at the nadir port of the Harmony node in 12 January. Tomorrow, it will be unberthed to begin the final stage of its mission. Photo Credit: NASA

After more than a month at the International Space Station (ISS), Orbital Sciences Corp. will bring [...]

Orion and Dragon Parachute Systems Undergo Flight Tests in Preparation for Crewed Missions

The SpaceX main parachutes control the descent of the Dragon test article (RIGHT) following a drop test over the Pacific Ocean, off the coast of Morro Bay, Calif. On the left, a test version of NASA’s Orion spacecraft touches down in the Arizona desert after its most complicated parachute test to date. Photos Credit: [...]

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 [...]

Space Station Crew Ready for Arrivals, Departures, and High-Flying Olympic Relay

 

Next week, Soyuz TMA-11M will arrive at the International Space Station, carrying three new crew members. Before their arrival, however, the Soyuz TMA-09M spacecraft will vacate the Rassvet module tomorrow and redock at the Zvezda aft port. Photo Credit: NASA

Like pieces on an orbiting chess board, Expedition 37 crew members Fyodor Yurchikhin, [...]

Upcoming SpaceX Dragon Missions Place ISS Science at Center Stage

With two dedicated Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) missions under its belt, SpaceX is set for several key flights in support of science during 2014. Photo Credit: NASA

More than two years since the last shuttle mission, the transition from construction to utilization of the International Space Station (ISS) has occurred and the orbital complex [...]

Final Swansong: Orbital's First Cygnus Cargo Ship Completes Mission With Blazing Re-entry

The ORB-D mission, which represented Orbital Sciences’ inaugural flight of its Cygnus cargo ship, has ended with a destructive re-entry over the Pacific Ocean. Photo Credit: NASA

Orbital Sciences Corp. bade a fond farewell to its first Cygnus cargo ship yesterday, as the hugely successful Demonstration Mission—designated “ORB-D”—concluded with a fiery plunge into the [...]

Farewell, Cygnus: Orbital's Baby Swan Departs Space Station

Based in design upon the Multi-Purpose Logistics Module (MPLM), carried aboard the shuttle for resupply purposes, Cygnus completed its first voyage in spectacular style. Photo Credit: NASA

Three weeks after its triumphant arrival at the International Space Station (ISS), Orbital Sciences Corp. and NASA bade farewell to the first Cygnus commercial resupply vehicle earlier [...]

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 [...]

Farewell, Georges: Europe's Final Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) Begins Journey to Launch Site

The fifth and final Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV-5) has begun its journey from Germany to South America. This will represent its final Earthly journey before heading into space in June 2014. Photo Credit: Astrium

With eight months still remaining before a mighty Ariane 5 booster launches it toward the International Space Station, Europe’s fifth [...]

Blue Dot Worker: Germany's Third ISS Crewman Prepares for May 2014 Launch

The “Blue Dot” patch of German astronaut Alexander Gerst’s mission, which is scheduled to begin in May 2014. Image Credit: ESA

Twenty-three years ago, on 14 February 1990, one of the most remarkable photographs of our age was taken. At a distance of almost 5.9 billion miles from Earth—and way beyond the orbit of [...]