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'A Woman in the Driver's Seat': Remembering STS-93, First Flight Helmed by a Female Shuttle Commander

The STS-93 crew poses with a model of the Chandra X-Ray Observatory. This shuttle mission also entered into the history books for having the first female commander (Eileen Collins, here joined by Steven Hawley, Jerry Ashby, Michel Tognini, and Cady Coleman). Photo Credit: NASA

The 2009 book Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to [...]

'Fifteen Midnights': Celebrating the New Year in Space

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, it might have seemed obvious [...]

Astronaut Mike Foale: A Legend for Britain and the US Leaves NASA

Mike Foale works on the Hubble Space Telescope during the STS-103 servicing mission in December 1999. This was the first and only shuttle flight to remain in orbit over Christmas. Photo Credit: NASA

Last week’s announcement by NASA of the retirement of astronaut Mike Foale leaves just one representative—Tim Peake—on active status to carry [...]

Ding-Dong Merrily On-Orbit: Celebrating Yuletide in Space (Part 2)

Since December 2000, a multi-national mix of Americans and Russians, Japanese and Italians, a Dutchman and a Canadian have celebrated Christmas aboard the International Space Station. Photo Credit: NASA

As we celebrate the festive period over the coming days, spare a thought for six men from three discrete nations who are presently in orbit, [...]

Men With Missions: The Year-Long ISS Trailblazers

Pictured shortly before the launch of the Expedition 23-24 crew in April 2010, Scott Kelly (back left) and Mikhail Kornienko (front right) had already worked extensively together as backup and prime team members. Photo Credit: NASA

Monday’s announcement of NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko as prime candidates for the long-awaited [...]

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. [...]

Expedition 34 Continues Thanksgiving Traditions in Orbit

Commander Kevin Ford introduces his televised audience to the fare which will be eaten by himself and Expedition 34 crewmates, Oleg Novitsky and Yevgeni Tarelkin, on Thanksgiving Day. Ford expressed particular thanks to the ground control teams for keeping his crew safe and operational. Photo Credit: NASA

As millions of Americans tuck into their [...]

NASA Announces Year-Long ISS Mission as Japan Assigns 2015 Station Occupant

Since November 1998, the International Space Station has grown into the largest human-made object ever placed into the heavens. It has brought the inhabitants of dozens of nations together in the pursuit of peace and harmony. Now the time has come for its next mission: to prepare our species for its next steps beyond [...]

All Hail the Chief: Behnken Assumes Astronaut Office's Top Job

Wearing blue shirts, Peggy Whitson and Robert Behnken – NASA’s outgoing and incoming Chief Astronauts – are pictured together aboard the International Space Station in March 2008. Photo Credit: NASA

Veteran Shuttle astronaut Robert Behnken has succeeded Peggy Whitson as Chief of the Astronaut Office at the Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston, Texas. [...]