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 […]

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.