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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 [...]

Farewell, Georges: Europe's Final Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) Begins Journey to Launch Site

The fifth and final Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV-5) has begun its journey from Germany to South America. This will represent its final Earthly journey before heading into space in June 2014. Photo Credit: Astrium

With eight months still remaining before a mighty Ariane 5 booster launches it toward the International Space Station, Europe’s fifth [...]

Soyuz TMA-10M and Next ISS Crew Ready for Wednesday Launch

Standing in front of the first stage engines of their Soyuz rocket on 20 September 2013, Soyuz TMA-10M crewmen (left to right) Mike Hopkins, Oleg Kotov and Sergei Ryazansky clasp hands in solidarity. Photo Credit: NASA

Three new crewmembers are slated to rocket toward the International Space Station (ISS) late Wednesday, boosting the outpost’s [...]

Chris Hadfield Retires After Return from ISS Command

Chris Hadfield, the first Canadian commander of the ISS, has retired from the Canadian Space Agency. Photo Credit: NASA

Just a month after his return from a stint aboard the International Space Station where he served as the first Canadian commander of that vessel, astronaut Chris Hadfield announced his resignation on his first trip [...]

New Crew Ready for Six-Month Space Station Mission

Soyuz TMA-09M crewmembers (from left) Karen Nyberg, Fyodor Yurchikhin, and Luca Parmitano will spend almost six months aboard the International Space Station. Photo Credit: NASA

The International Space Station is set to return to its normal six-person strength this week, with the launch and docking of Soyuz TMA-09M and its crew of Russian cosmonaut [...]

As ATV Launch Approaches, Damage to Docking Sensor Still to be Assessed

View of the docking port on the Zvezda module, marking the area potentially impacted by Progress M-19M in April 2013. Image Credit: Roscosmos/Anatoly Zak/Russianspaceweb.com

While the fourth European ATV has been sitting on top of an Ariane 5 launcher set for launch to the International Space Station (ISS) on June 5, engineers are still analyzing a [...]

Potential Damage to ISS During Progress Docking May Delay ATV-4

Photo Credit: NASA / ESA

The European Space Agency is investigating potential damage to the International Space Station (ISS) docking port which was used by Progress 51P on April 26. The damage, caused by the undeployed Progress antenna, appears to have involved a navigational aid needed for ATV-4, scheduled for June.

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What's Going to Happen to the ISS?

The International Space Station—still not technically complete—may only be in orbit for another decade or so. Photo Credit: NASA

The International Space Station is the ninth crewed space station to be built, and with a mass of approximately 450 tons, a width of 354 feet (108 meters), and a pressurized volume of 2746 (837 [...]

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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Visiting Vehicles in the Fast Lane

For more than three decades, Progress has provided indispensable cargo delivery services to four space stations: Salyut 6, Salyut 7, Mir and the ISS. Photo Credit: NASA

Unpiloted visitors are nothing new for the International Space Station. Since August 2000, when Progress M1-3 docked at the aft port of the Zvezda control module, carrying [...]