Soyuz MS-04 Launches, Begins 4.5-Month Space Station Increment

The Soyuz-FG booster delivers Fyodor Yurchikhin and Jack Fischer smoothly into orbit on Thursday, 20 April. Photo Credit: NASA/Twitter

Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin and U.S. astronaut Jack Fischer have launched safely into orbit aboard their Soyuz MS-04 spacecraft, bound for a 4.5-month occupancy of the International Space Station (ISS). The duo—who represent the smallest […]

U.S.-Russian Duo Set to Launch Thursday for Multi-Month Space Station Increment

Veteran cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin (left) and “rookie” spacefarer Jack Fischer will launch to the International Space Station (ISS) aboard Soyuz MS-04 on Thursday, 20 April. Photo Credit: NASA

The smallest Soyuz crew in more than a decade will rocket towards the International Space Station (ISS) on Thursday, 20 April, heading for a shorter-than-normal increment […]

Smallest ISS Crew of the Decade Discusses Upcoming Mission

“Like an old married couple” was Jack Fischer’s description of the camaraderie between himself and Fyodor Yurchikhin. The pair will launch in March 2017 for a six-month expedition to the International Space Station (ISS). Photo Credit: Michael Galindo/AmericaSpace

You might be forgiven for thinking that one chair was missing at the Johnson Space Center […]

Expedition 50 Crew to Celebrate Thanksgiving Aboard Space Station

Pictured during Expedition 42’s Thanksgiving celebration in November 2014, today’s feast will come after a busy workday for the Expedition 50 crew. Photo Credit: NASA

The 50th skipper of the International Space Station (ISS) and the first woman to spend as many as three Thanksgivings away from the Home Planet—together with their four Russian […]

America's Next Record-Breaker Launches to Space Station Aboard Soyuz MS-03

The Soyuz MS-03 spacecraft launches from the Baikonur Cosmodrome with Expedition 50 crewmembers NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson, Russian cosmonaut Oleg Novitskiy of Roscosmos, and ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Friday, Nov. 18, 2016, (Kazakh time) (Nov 17 Eastern time). Whitson, Novitskiy, and Pesquet will spend approximately six months on […]

Soyuz MS-03 Crew Set for Thursday Launch to Space Station

Demonstrating the need to mutually “support” one another, Oleg Novitsky (left) and Thomas Pesquet cradle Peggy Whitson, as their Soyuz-FG booster undergoes final preparation behind them. Photo Credit: NASA/Peggy Whitson/Twitter

Three new crew members, including the world’s most experienced female space traveler, will launch into the night from Baikonur Cosmodrome, later this week, to […]

As Soyuz MS-01 Lands, International Partners Look Ahead to Reduced Crewing in 2017

The Expedition 49 crew re-adjust to terrestrial gravity and the sights, sounds, and scents of Earth, after landing in Kazakhstan. From left are Kate Rubins, Anatoli Ivanishin, and Takuya Onishi. Photo Credit: NASA

Only days before the 16th anniversary of the dawn of continuous habitation of the International Space Station (ISS), the 50th long-duration […]

Soyuz Docking Restores Space Station to Full Crew Strength

Commander Sergei Ryzhikov guides Soyuz MS-02 towards its docking location at the space-facing (or “zenith”) interface of the Poisk module on Friday, 21 October 2016. Photo Credit: NASA

After almost seven weeks with a reduced crew of three, the International Space Station (ISS) was restored to its full six-person capability earlier today (Friday), with […]

Army Helicopter Pilot, Civilian Engineer, and Fighter Pilot to Fly Mid-Week Voyage to Space Station

The Soyuz MS-02 crew (from left) consists of NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough and Russian cosmonauts Sergei Ryzhikov and Andrei Borisenko. Photo Credit: NASA

Six weeks since the safe return of the Expedition 48 core crew, their backups—Russian cosmonauts Sergei Ryzhikov and Andrei Borisenko, together with NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough—are destined to launch from Baikonur […]

World's Most Experienced Female Astronaut Discusses Upcoming ISS Expedition

The Soyuz MS-03 crew of (from left) Oleg Novitsky, Peggy Whitson, and Thomas Pesquet will form the second half of Expedition 50, before rotating into the core of Expedition 51. Their 180-day increment is expected to run from 16 November 2016 through 15 May 2017. Photo Credit: Michael Galindo/AmericaSpace

The world’s most experienced female […]