Cassidy Appointed Next Chief of Astronaut Office, Others Move to Management, As NASA Makes Commercial Crew Decisions

Chris Cassidy is helped from Soyuz TMA-08M by a group of supportive hands, including Chief Astronaut Bob Behnken (left) in September 2013. Behnken has now handed the reins of the Astronaut Office to Cassidy as the next chief. Photo Credit: NASA

Less than two years since returning from his most recent mission, and after […]

Space Station Crew Ready for Arrivals, Departures, and High-Flying Olympic Relay

 

Next week, Soyuz TMA-11M will arrive at the International Space Station, carrying three new crew members. Before their arrival, however, the Soyuz TMA-09M spacecraft will vacate the Rassvet module tomorrow and redock at the Zvezda aft port. Photo Credit: NASA

Like pieces on an orbiting chess board, Expedition 37 crew members Fyodor Yurchikhin, […]

Liftoff! Soyuz TMA-10M Blazes to Orbit With New Space Station Crew—UPDATE

Soyuz TMA-10M rockets into orbit at 2:58 a.m. Kazakh time Thursday (4:58 p.m. EDT Wednesday), carrying Oleg Kotov, Sergei Ryazansky, and Mike Hopkins to the International Space Station. Photo Credit: NASA

The second half of Expedition 37—the current increment of astronauts and cosmonauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS)—got underway in spectacular fashion today, […]

Expedition 36 Crew Home Safe After 166-Day Space Station Mission

The returned Soyuz TMA-08M crew—from left, Chris Cassidy, Pavel Vinogradov, and Aleksandr Misurkin—begin the process of readjusting to Earth’s gravity after touchdown. They are surrounded by recovery personnel, friends, and colleagues. NASA Chief Astronaut Bob Behnken is visible, second from left. Photo Credit: NASA

After 166 days, six hours, and 16 minutes in flight, […]

Homebound Trio Hands Over Station Command

Photo Credit: Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center

Expedition 36 Commander Pavel Vinogradov handed over control of the International Space Station Monday at 2:25 p.m. EDT in a traditional Change of Command Ceremony. Flight Engineer Fyodor Yurchikhin will take over command and officially lead Expedition 37 when Expedition 36 undocks today at 7:35 p.m.

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Expedition 36 to End on 11 Sept. After Six Months on Orbit

Luca Parmitano works on the routing of data and Ethernet cables during the short-lived 16 July EVA. Photo Credit: NASA

Since November 2000, thirty-six discrete groups of men and women from nine sovereign nations—the United States, Russia, Germany, France, Japan, Belgium, Canada, Italy, and the Netherlands—have lived and worked aboard the International Space Station […]

Robotics Workstation in the International Space Station’s Cupola

NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg inside the Cupola component of the International Space Station. Photo Credit: NASA

At the robotics workstation in the International Space Station’s Cupola, NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg, Expedition 36 flight engineer, participates in onboard training activity in preparation for the grapple and berthing of the Japanese “Kounotori” H2 Transfer Vehicle-4 (HTV-4). […]

Soyuz Landing Coverage Set for NASA Television

Aleksandr Misurkin, Fyodor Yurchikhin, Chris Cassidy, Luca Parmitano, Pavel Vinogradov, and Karen Nyberg make up Expedition 36, currently aboard the ISS. Photo Credit: NASA.

NASA Television will provide live coverage Tuesday, Sept. 10, as three of the crew members on the International Space Station return home, ending more than five months in space.

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Hot EVA Nights: The Spacewalking Summer of 2013

On 19 April 2013, Russian cosmonaut Pavel Vinogradov became the oldest spacewalker. Aged 59 years and 8 months, he surpassed the previous record-holder, Story Musgrave, who was 58 years and 4 months when he serviced the Hubble Space Telescope in December 1993. Photo Credit: NASA

Before he launched from Earth on 28 March, Russian […]

Expedition 36 Cosmonauts Break EVA Record

Expedition 36 flight engineers Fyodor Yurchikhin and Aleksandr Misurkin completed Russia’s longest ever EVA on Friday, Aug. 16. Photo Credit: Roscosmos

It was a record that hadn’t been challenged since the days of Mir in 1990, but on Friday, Aug. 16, it was smashed by Expedition 36’s Russian flight engineers Fyodor Yurchikhin and Aleksandr […]