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 […]

ISS Boost Ended Earlier Than Planned


Video courtesy of ESA

A planned orbital boost of the International Space Station (ISS) ended sooner than the 30 minutes originally planned. The boosters used were actually on the Edoardo Amaldi Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV-3). On Wednesday the ATV began firing to raise the ISS – but was stopped and the […]

Visiting Vehicles in the Fast Lane

For more than three decades, Progress has provided indispensable cargo delivery services to four space stations: Salyut 6, Salyut 7, Mir and the ISS. Photo Credit: NASA

Unpiloted visitors are nothing new for the International Space Station. Since August 2000, when Progress M1-3 docked at the aft port of the Zvezda control module, […]

ESA's Edoardo Amaldi ATV Docks With ISS


Video courtesy of NASA TV

The European Space Agency’s (ESA) Automated Transfer Vehicle or ATV Edoardo Amaldi successfully docked with the International Space Station (ISS) at 6:31 p.m EDT. This is the third of ESA’s unmanned spacecraft to travel to the orbiting laboratory.