'A Lot of Cheers on the Ground': 10 Years Since STS-116 Brought Power to the Space Station (Part 2)

The International Space Station (ISS) appears to “rise” from behind Discovery, as the two spacecraft near the end of their rendezvous on 11 December 2006. Photo Credit: NASA

When Commander Mark Polansky docked Space Shuttle Discovery onto the International Space Station (ISS) on 11 December 2006, ten years ago, today, he kicked off an […]

'Lighting Up the Nighttime Sky': 10 Years Since STS-116 Brought Power to the Space Station (Part 1)

In addition to delivering the P-5 truss segment (visible at the far-right side of the P-4 arrays), the STS-116 crew retracted the port-side array of the P-6 segment. This produced an asymmetric configuration when Discovery departed the space station. Image Credit: NASA

Ten years ago, this month, Space Shuttle Discovery thundered into orbit for […]

NASA Orders Second SpaceX Crew Mission, As Space Station Prepares for IDA-2 Installation

The SpaceX Crew Dragon. Photo Credit: Robert Fisher / AmericaSpace

With a little more than a year to go before U.S. astronauts launch aboard a U.S.-built spacecraft, and from U.S. soil, for the first time since the end of the Space Shuttle era, NASA has ordered its second Post-Certification Mission (PCM) from SpaceX. The […]

NASA Outlines Commercial Crew Goals Critical for Upcoming Test Flights

From NASA: “NASA’s Commercial Crew astronauts Doug Hurney, Eric Boe, Bob Behnken, and Suni Williams are working closely with Boeing and SpaceX this year as each company works toward flight tests.” Photo Credit: NASA/James Blair

In 2015, both Boeing and SpaceX—NASA’s Commercial Crew Program (CCP) partners—received orders for spaceflights to restore the United States’ […]

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

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. […]