Fifteen Midnights: Celebrating the New Year in Space (Part 2)

Members of the Expedition 42 crew celebrate New Years Eve on the International Space Station (ISS) on 31 December 2014/1 January 2015. Photo Credit: Terry Virts / NASA (@AstroTerry via Twitter)

The Expedition 46 crew will be the next group of humans to spend the New Year away from the Home Planet. From left are Scott Kelly, Sergei Volkov, Mikhail Kornienko, Tim Kopra, Tim Peake, and Yuri Malenchenko. Photo Credit: NASA

In recent days, six pairs of eyes were glued to the windows of the International Space […]

EVA Ahead for ISS Crew on 15 Jan, as Space Station Prepares for Ambitious 2016

Astronaut Tim Kopra, pictured during U.S. EVA-34 on 21 December, will serve as "EV1" during U.S. EVA-35 on 15 January. It will be his third career spacewalk and his first time in the lead-spacewalker role. Photo Credit: NASA

Astronaut Tim Kopra, pictured during U.S. EVA-34 on 21 December, will serve as “EV1” during U.S. EVA-35 on 15 January. It will be his third career spacewalk and his first time in the lead-spacewalker role. Photo Credit: NASA

At the stroke of midnight, Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) on 1 January, Expedition 46 Commander Scott […]

Fifteen Midnights: Celebrating the New Year in Space (Part 1)

Bill Shepherd (center) and his Expedition 1 crewmates Yuri Gidzenko (left) and Sergei Krikalev juggle oranges during their time aboard the International Space Station. They celebrated both Christmas and the dawn of 2001 in orbit. Photo Credit: NASA

Bill Shepherd (center) and his Expedition 1 crewmates Yuri Gidzenko (left) and Sergei Krikalev juggle oranges during their time aboard the International Space Station. They celebrated both Christmas and the dawn of 2001 in orbit. Photo Credit: NASA

With a naval officer in command of the International Space Station (ISS), it might have seemed […]

2015 in Review: A Year of Success, Disappointment and Recovery

The One Year Crew, from left: NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and Roscosmos cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko. Theirs will be the longest single piloted space mission of the 21st century. Photo Credit: NASA

The One Year Crew, from left: NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and Roscosmos cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko. Photo Credit: NASA

As the world bids farewell to 2015, we can reflect upon a dozen months which have seen success and failure in equal measure for America’s space program. High above our heads, unprecedented activity has been undertaken […]

Five Decades of Celebrating Christmas in Space (Part 2)

The Expedition 46 crew will be the next group of humans to spend the New Year away from the Home Planet. From left are Scott Kelly, Sergei Volkov, Mikhail Kornienko, Tim Kopra, Tim Peake and Yuri Malenchenko. Photo Credit: NASA

Expedition 26 crew members Paolo Nespoli (left), Scott Kelly (top), and Catherine “Cady” Coleman bail out of their sleeping quarters in the Harmony node of the International Space Station (ISS) on Christmas morning in 2010. Photo Credit: NASA

As we celebrate the Christmas period, spare a thought for the six men from three discrete […]

Five Decades of Celebrating Christmas in Space (Part 1)

The new crew, as well as the incumbent "core" of Expedition 46, meet in Russia's Zvezda service module for the customary post-docking press conference. Photo Credit: NASA TV

Truly the voyage of Apollo 8 over the Christmas period in 1968 carried with it the most profound message of the Greatest Story Ever Told: a message of peace, goodwill and harmony to the inhabitants of Planet Earth. Photo Credit: NASA

For the first time, an American citizen recorded as many as three Christmases […]

University Researchers and NASA Engineers Test Future Spacesuits for Mars Missions

University researchers and engineers from University of North Dakota test their NDX-1 spacesuit inside the regolith bin at the Swamp Works facility at NASA KSC. Photo Credit: NASA

University researchers and engineers from University of North Dakota test their NDX-1 spacesuit inside the regolith bin at the Swamp Works facility at NASA KSC. Photo Credit: NASA

Astronaut spacesuits have evolved to purpose a variety of tasks and missions since the historic flight of Alan Shepard in 1961. In the past, protective spacesuit […]

Expedition 46 Spacewalkers Secure Mobile Transporter, Ahead of Progress-MS Arrival at Space Station

Expedition 46 spacewalkers Scott Kelly (EV1) and Tim Kopra (EV2) spent three hours and 16 minutes working outside the International Space Station (ISS) on Monday, 21 December. Photo Credit: NASA/Twitter/Tim Peake

Expedition 46 spacewalkers Scott Kelly and Tim Kopra today performed an “Unplanned EVA”, lasting three hours and 16 minutes, to successfully oversee the […]

Boeing Receives Second Post-Certification Commercial Crew Mission

Boeing's CST-100 "Starliner" spacecraft is depicted here climbing to orbit. The company will begin flying astronauts to and from the International Space Station (ISS) for NASA as soon as 2017. Image Credit: Boeing

Boeing’s CST-100 “Starliner” spacecraft is depicted here climbing to orbit. The company will begin flying astronauts to and from the International Space Station (ISS) for NASA as soon as 2017. Image Credit: Boeing

For the second time this year, Boeing has received a Post-Certification Mission (PCM) order from NASA to perform a dedicated crew […]

Expedition 45 Astronauts Kelly and Kopra to Perform 'Unplanned' EVA on Monday

Spaceewalker Steve Smith works near the Mobile Transporter (MT), shortly after its installation on STS-110 in April 2002. Photo Credit: NASA

Spaceewalker Steve Smith works near the Mobile Transporter (MT), shortly after its installation on STS-110 in April 2002. Photo Credit: NASA

Only days after his successful launch into orbit and safe docking at the International Space Station (ISS), newly-arrived Expedition 46 resident Tim Kopra of NASA is expected to join Commander Scott Kelly on […]