SpaceX Receives First Order for Space Station Crew-Exchange Mission from NASA

Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida undergoes modifications by SpaceX to adapt it to the needs of the company's Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy rockets, which are slated to lift off from the historic pad in the near future. A horizontal integration facility has been constructed near the perimeter of the pad where rockets will be processed for launch prior of rolling out to the top of the pad structure for liftoff. Photo Credit: SpaceX

View inside the piloted Crew Dragon, previously known as the “Dragon V-2”. Image Credits: Robert Fisher / AmericaSpace / SpaceX

Both of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program partners—Boeing and SpaceX—now have mission orders to deliver their first long-duration crews to and from the International Space Station (ISS) in the coming years, thereby restoring the capability […]

All Change for Station Crew as Ford Prepares to Take Command

This coming weekend, Sunita Williams (back left) will hand command of the International Space Station over to fellow astronaut Kevin Ford (back right), officially heralding the close of Expedition 33 and the start of Expedition 34. Ford will lead the multi-national outpost into 2013. Photo Credit: NASA

The International Space Station’s Expedition 33 core […]

Two-Hundred-Mile Ballot Box: The Importance of Voting From Space

Astronauts Kevin Ford (in blue shirt) and Sunita Williams (in red shirt) are pictured with Russian crewmates in the International Space Station’s Destiny laboratory on 25 October. Williams and Ford cast their absentee votes in the presidential election before launch. Photo Credit: NASA

From a nation with an estimated quarter of a billion registered […]

Back to ‘33-6’: Expedition 33 Returns to 6-Person Strength

Clad in their bright blue flight suits, Soyuz TMA-06M crewmen (left to right) Oleg Novitsky, Kevin Ford and Yevgeni Tarelkin float inside the International Space Station’s Zvezda module earlier today. Their triumphant docking comes just days before the 12th anniversary of continuous human presence aboard the international outpost. Photo Credit: NASA

Under the deft […]

Next Station Crew Heads “Off the Earth...For the Earth”

The rocket bearing the Soyuz TMA-06M spacecraft, destined to carry astronaut Kevin Ford and cosmonauts Oleg Novitsky and Yevgeni Tarelkin to the International Space Station tomorrow morning, is raised to a vertical position on its desolate Baikonur pad. Photo Credit: AFP

One Sunday afternoon, in the none too distant future, Kevin Ford hopes to […]

Falcon 9 Engine-Out Anomaly Raises Concern and Relief

Under the combined thrust of the nine Merlin-1C engines on its first stage, SpaceX’s fourth Falcon 9 roars away from Space Launch Complex (SLC)-40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 8:35 pm EDT on Sunday. Eighty seconds into the flight, its redundancy capabilities would be put to the test in truly dramatic fashion. […]

JAXA Module With Student Experiments Safely Berthed To ISS

JAXA’s HTV-3 spacecraft was successfully docked to the International Space Station (ISS) on Friday. The unmanned cargo transport ferried supplies as well as the experiments of three students to the orbiting laboratory. Photo Credit: NASA

The spacecraft carrying  the experiments of three international students successfully docked with the International Space Station (ISS)  at 10:34 […]

JAXA's HIIB Thunders Student Dreams To Orbit

Photo Credit: JAXA

Three students who launched their space dreams via YouTube watched their science experiments rocket to the International Space Station this weekend. This student endeavor, co-sponsored by YouTube, Lenovo, and Space Adventures, sent experiments designed by Dorothy Chen and Sara Ma, both 16, of Troy, Mich. and Amr Mohamed, 18, of Alexandria, […]