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Soyuz TMA-12M Arrives at Space Station After Two-Day Extended Rendezvous

With the arrival of the Soyuz TMA-12M crew, Expedition 39 aboard the International Space Station (ISS) has expanded to six members. Seated are Swanson (left) and Commander Koichi Wakata, with flight engineers Oleg Artemyev, Aleksandr Skvortsov, Mikhail Tyurin, and Rick Mastracchio standing. Photo Credit: NASA

Almost two days later than planned, Soyuz TMA-12M and [...]

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 [...]

Gemini 3 and the Fortune of John Young (Part 2)

Aboard a recovery helicopter after their splashdown on 23 March 1965, Gus Grissom (left) became the first man to record two space missions and John Young concluded the first flight in one of the most dramatic space careers of all time. Photo Credit: NASA

At just under five hours, the mission of Gemini 3 [...]

Gemini 3 and the Misfortune of Al Shepard (Part 1)

In addition to carrying the equipment of the prime crew, Gemini 3 backups Wally Schirra (third from the right) and Tom Stafford (second from right) saw to it that they fulfilled the mission’s humor requirements. As a result, Gemini 3 would forever come to be known as “The Corned Beef Sandwich Mission.” Photo Credit: [...]

'Tumbling End Over End': The Trauma of Gemini VIII (Part 2)

Dave Scott (left) and Neil Armstrong breathe the fresh air of Earth as the hatches of Gemini VIII are opened after splashdown. Photo Credit: NASA

Forty-eight years ago today, Gemini VIII astronauts Neil Armstrong and Dave Scott accomplished a key goal in America’s bid to land a man on the Moon by successfully rendezvousing [...]

'A Finite Number of Heartbeats': The Trauma of Gemini VIII (Part 1)

Neil Armstrong (left) and Dave Scott sought to fulfil many of the objectives needed to reach the Moon, including orbital rendezvous and docking. They were the only Gemini crew whose two members both walked on the Moon later in their careers. Photo Credit: NASA

At the dawn of 1966, America’s drive to land a [...]

SpaceX Delays Sunday Launch of Dragon Cargo Mission Atop 'Legged' Falcon 9

The CRS-3 mission will be SpaceX’s first flight of a Dragon spacecraft for a full year. Photo Credit: SpaceX

Following last week’s successful hot-fire test of the nine first-stage engines of its Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket, SpaceX—the Hawthorne, Calif.-based launch services organization, headed by entrepreneur Elon Musk—has announced that it will delay the launch [...]

Two of a Kind, But One in Spaceflight: NASA Selects Proposals for Kelly Twin Studies

The Kelly brothers – Scott and Mark (left to right) – pose together in May 2008. In 2015, both will be test subjects aiding researchers in the study of spaceflight’s effects on the human body. Photo Credit: NASA

Identical twins Mark and Scott Kelly share more than just genetics – at one time, they [...]

Soyuz TMA-10M Lands in Kazakhstan After 166-Day Mission

At the snowy landing site, not far from the Kazakh city of Jezkazgan, Soyuz TMA-10M crewmen Oleg Kotov (center), Sergei Ryazansky (left), and Mike Hopkins (right) clasp hands in a sign of solidarity and recognition of a mission well done. Photo Credit: NASA

After 166 days, six hours, and 27 minutes in flight, and [...]