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Expedition 36 Crew Home Safe After 166-Day Space Station Mission

The returned Soyuz TMA-08M crew—from left, Chris Cassidy, Pavel Vinogradov, and Aleksandr Misurkin—begin the process of readjusting to Earth’s gravity after touchdown. They are surrounded by recovery personnel, friends, and colleagues. NASA Chief Astronaut Bob Behnken is visible, second from left. Photo Credit: NASA

After 166 days, six hours, and 16 minutes in flight, [...]

Robotics Workstation in the International Space Station’s Cupola

NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg inside the Cupola component of the International Space Station. Photo Credit: NASA

At the robotics workstation in the International Space Station’s Cupola, NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg, Expedition 36 flight engineer, participates in onboard training activity in preparation for the grapple and berthing of the Japanese “Kounotori” H2 Transfer Vehicle-4 (HTV-4). [...]

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 [...]

Expedition 36 Cosmonauts Break EVA Record

Expedition 36 flight engineers Fyodor Yurchikhin and Aleksandr Misurkin completed Russia’s longest ever EVA on Friday, Aug. 16. Photo Credit: Roscosmos

It was a record that hadn’t been challenged since the days of Mir in 1990, but on Friday, Aug. 16, it was smashed by Expedition 36’s Russian flight engineers Fyodor Yurchikhin and Aleksandr [...]

NASA Scrambles to Get Suit Kit to ISS as Leak Investigation Continues

NASA is looking into fixes for the problems that cropped up during the July 16 spacewalk conducted by Luca Parmitano and Chris Cassidy. Photo Credit: ESA

NASA seems to be making progress in narrowing down potential sources of the leak that foreshortened a July 16th spacewalk when it filled ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano’s helmet with [...]

Spacewalkers Cassidy and Parmitano Ready for EVA-23 on Tuesday

On Tuesday, Luca Parmitano—who last week became Italy’s first spacewalker—will venture again out of the Quest airlock with Chris Cassidy. Photo Credit: NASA

Exactly a week since Expedition 36 crewmen Chris Cassidy and Luca Parmitano ventured outside the International Space Station, the two men are due to perform a second spacewalk on Tuesday, 16 [...]

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 [...]

Russia to Spend $70 Billion on Space Program in 2013–2020

Russia’s involvement with the International Space Station—as evidenced by this remarkable shot of Soyuz TMA-07M, flying high above the Sahara during rendezvous operations on 21 December—is expected to continue throughout the next decade. Photo Credit: NASA

Russia is expected to spend 2.1 trillion rubles—about $70 billion—on the development of its national space industry in [...]

Preparing for 'The End'...and a New Beginning

Whichever way one looks at the situation, the International Space Station has either already passed – or is approaching – the halfway mark of its existence. Its future beyond 2020 remains unclear, but its potential remains enormous. Photo Credit: NASA

A year or so before The End, the process will begin.

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