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Next Launch TMA-14M on a Soyuz-FG rocket from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
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25 Sep 14 20:24:00 GMT
26 Sep 14 2:24:00 ALMT
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Training to Fly on Boeing’s First Private CST-100 ‘Space Taxi’: One-on-One Interview With Chris Ferguson, Last Shuttle Commander (Part 2)

Boeing CST-100 manned space capsule in free flight in low-Earth orbit will transport astronaut crews to the International Space Station. Credit: Boeing

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL — Boeing’s CST-100 commercial “space taxi“ will be capable of flying to the space station “as a single piloted vehicle” starting from the first manned orbital test flight in 2017, [...]

Who Will Fly Aboard Boeing’s First Private CST-100 ‘Space Taxi’? One-on-One Interview With Chris Ferguson, Last Shuttle Commander

Chris Ferguson, NASA’s last space shuttle commander, works at consoles testing on-orbit, docking, and entry scenarios on the Boeing CST-100 capsule, which can fly U.S. astronauts to the International Space Station in 2017. Ferguson is now Boeing’s director of Crew and Mission Operations for the Commercial Crew Program vying for NASA funding. Credit: NASA/Boeing

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Astronomy at the High Frontier

Hubble Space Telescope, as seen from the Shuttle Atlantis during the fourth servicing mission in May 2009. Photo Credit: NASA

The atmosphere is a problem for astronomers for two big reasons: it’s turbulent, so it smears out the light from cosmic objects, and it blocks out huge swathes of the electromagnetic spectrum. To see [...]

Atlantis Photo Feature Part Five: Matt Gaetjens

Photo Credit: Matt Gaetjens

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla – Matt Gaetjens is one of AmericaSpace’s reserve photographers. He is a man whose “vision” allows him to cut to the heart of the subject matter that he photographs. History is strange thing, you usually don’t know when it is occurring and frequently miss those moments when [...]

Satellite on a String: The “Weird Science” of STS-46

Twenty years ago, International Space Year 1992 saw representatives of nine discrete nations visit low-Earth orbit. Among them was the first Italian national, Franco Malerba, who rode STS-46 to participate in the deployment of his country’s ambitious Tethered Satellite System (TSS). In this view, the satellite inches its way into space from its deployed [...]

PHOTO FEATURE: Shuttle Atlantis Continues Retirement Transition

Space shuttle Atlantis' forward Reaction Control System, or RCS, being lowered by a crane as workers ready to re-install the hardware on the nose of the orbiter. Photo Credit: Mike Killian / ARES Institute and AmericaSpace

Space shuttle Atlantis' forward reaction control system, or FRCS, being lowered by a crane as workers ready to re-install the hardware on the nose of the orbiter. Photo Credit: Mike Killian / ARES Institute and AmericaSpace

Space shuttle Atlantis continues to progress smoothly through transition and retirement processing at Kennedy Space Center.  The orbiter, [...]