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Despite Water in Helmet Incident, EVA-31 Remains 'Go' for Sunday

The Sun peeks above the limb of Earth, illuminating Expedition 42 spacewalker Terry Virts during last week’s EVA-29. Photo Credit: NASA

After a spectacular run of two EVAs, lasting a cumulative 13 hours and 24 minutes, over the last week, Expedition 42 astronauts Barry “Butch” Wilmore and Terry Virts will venture outside the International […]

Now You See It: 25 Years Since the Mysterious Mission of STS-36 (Part 1)

The official crew patch for shuttle mission STS-36, which launched 25 years ago today, on 28 February 1990. Image Credit: NASA

Something strange happened in March 1990. Ground-based observers were busy tracking the orbital progress of a classified Department of Defense payload, recently deployed by the crew of Shuttle Atlantis on STS-36—Commander John “J.O.” […]

SpaceX Ready for First Dual-Satellite Mission to Geostationary Orbit on Sunday

The ABS-3A and Eutelsat 115 West B satellites being readied for a March 1, 2015 launch attempt atop a SpaceX Falcon-9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. Photo Credit: Boeing

Having completed a successful Static Fire Test of the nine Merlin 1D first-stage engines on its Falcon 9 v1.1 booster on Wednesday, […]

Scientists Debate How to Search for Life on Europa in New Mission

Jupiter’s ice-covered moon Europa hides a water ocean beneath its surface. A return mission is now planned to help search for evidence of life there. Photo Credit: NASA/JPL

Jupiter’s moon Europa, with its subsurface ocean, is considered by many to be the best place in the Solar System to search for extraterrestrial life. With NASA […]

Spacewalkers Complete Cable Work, Lubricate Robot Arm, and Prepare ISS for Busy 2015

Captured by the cameras on Canadarm2, Terry Virts presses on with his lubrication task during EVA-30. Photo Credit: NASA

Expedition 42 spacewalkers Barry “Butch” Wilmore and Terry Virts returned inside the International Space Station (ISS) at 1:29 p.m. EST Wednesday, 25 February, wrapping up six hours and 43 minutes of multi-faceted activity on EVA-30. […]

Alexei Gubarev, Commander of First International Mission to Space Station, Dies Aged 83

 

The first “international” crew aboard the Salyut 6 space station in March 1978 consisted of (from left) Vladimir Remek, Alexei Gubarev, Georgi Grechko, and Yuri Romanenko. Gubarev and Grechko had previously flown together to Salyut 4 in early 1975. Photo Credit: Joachim Becker/SpaceFacts.de

Former cosmonaut Alexei Gubarev—who commanded a month-long mission to the […]

Historic Satellite Retrieved by Three-Person Shuttle Spacewalk Ends its Life, According to Intelsat

Its new booster securely fitted, Intelsat 603 drifts away from Endeavour’s payload bay. After insertion into geosynchronous orbit, the satellite was instrumental in providing television coverage of the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. Photo Credit: NASA

Almost a quarter-century since its launch, and more than two decades since shuttle astronauts triumphantly snatched it from an unusable […]

After Triumphant EVA-29, NASA Looks Ahead to Challenging EVA-30 on Wednesday

The key players in Wednesday’s EVA-30 will be Barry “Butch” Wilmore (right) and Terry Virts, with Samantha Cristoforetti (center) as the Intravehicular (IV) crew member and operator of the 57.7-foot-long (17.6-meter) Canadarm2. Photo Credit: NASA

Following hard on the heels of Saturday’s triumphant EVA-29—during which Expedition 42 astronauts Barry “Butch” Wilmore and Terry Virts spent […]

The Flight That Wasn't: 30 Years Since the Unflown Mission 51E (Part 2)

In its third incarnation, the mission of Karol “Bo” Bobko finally takes flight on 12 April 1985. Photo Credit: NASA, via Joachim Becker/SpaceFacts.de

Three decades ago, the shuttle program appeared bulletproof. In 1984, astronauts embarked on untethered EVAs, deployed satellites and performed scientific research, retrieved and repaired the crippled Solar Max observatory, and salvaged […]

Expedition 42 Spacewalkers Prepare Space Station for Arrival of Commercial Crew Vehicles

Astronaut Barry “Butch” Wilmore works at the Pressurized Mating Adapter (PMA)-2, at the extreme “front end” of the Harmony node, during EVA-29 on Saturday, 21 February. Photo Credit: NASA TV

Astronauts Barry “Butch” Wilmore and Terry Virts—two members of the six-strong Expedition 42 crew currently aboard the International Space Station (ISS)—spent six hours and […]