Ambitious One-Year Mission Counting Down to Friday Launch (Part 2)

Scott Kelly participates in a Soyuz spacecraft training session, ahead of his scheduled 27/28 March launch with Gennadi Padalka and Mikhail Kornienko. Photo Credit: NASA

Twenty-four hours now remain before Soyuz TMA-16M is scheduled to rocket toward the International Space Station (ISS), carrying Russian cosmonauts Gennadi Padalka and Mikhail Kornienko and U.S. astronaut […]

Hardware Movement and Reconfiguration to Highlight Space Station Operations in 2015 (Part 2)

Eighteen astronauts and cosmonauts from six sovereign nations will occupy the International Space Station (ISS) during 2015, delivered by means of Russia’s proven Soyuz spacecraft. Photo Credit: NASA

As many people on Planet Earth struggled with ferocious hangovers on the morning of 1 January 2015, the incumbent Expedition 42 crew of the International […]

Hardware Movement and Reconfiguration to Highlight Space Station Operations in 2015 (Part 1)

2015 promises to be a dramatic year for the ISS. Four Soyuz spacecraft will launch toward the space station, delivering new crew members from Russia, the United States, Japan, Denmark, and the United Kingdom. Photo Credit: NASA

The 15th year of continuous occupation of the International Space Station (ISS) promises to be a […]

'For the Long Haul': NASA and International Partners Ready for Record-Setting 2015 Aboard Space Station

The Soyuz TMA-16M crew, scheduled to launch on 27 March 2015, includes Gennadi Padalka (center), who will become the world space endurance record-holder by the end of his six-month stay aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Flanking him are the two year-long crew members, Scott Kelly (left) and Mikhail Kornienko, who will catapult […]

Long Duration, For All Mankind: Kelly, Kornienko Get Ready for One-Year Mission

The One Year Crew, from left: NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and Roscosmos cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko. Photo Credit: NASA

If humankind is to branch out beyond low-Earth orbit (LEO) into deep space, more must be known about what it’s like to live and work in space for extended periods. In 2015, two space explorers […]

ESA's Pesquet Assigned to 2016 Long-Duration ISS Mission

ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet (second from right) discusses his 2016 assignment to a long-duration ISS mission. He is flanked by the ESA’s Director General Jean Jacques Dordain, the French Minister for Higher Education and Research, Geneviève Fioraso, and the President of the French space agency, CNES, Jean-Yves Le Gall (from right to left). […]

Major Tim and Colonel Tim to Usher In New Era on International Space Station

Now structurally complete and transitioning from post-construction into full utilization, the International Space Station will expand in terms of its International Partners over the next few years. Photo Credit: NASA

With the announcement yesterday of the appointment of NASA astronaut Tim Kopra and Britain’s Tim Peake to the future crew of Expedition 45/46, […]

Andreas Mogensen, Denmark's First Astronaut, Assigned to 2015 Soyuz Mission

Andreas Mogensen undergoes EVA training at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. Photo Credit: ESA

In a historic announcement Wednesday, the European Space Agency (ESA) revealed that Denmark’s first astronaut, Andreas Mogensen, will fly a short-duration mission to the International Space Station in late 2015. He is expected to serve as a […]

Britain's Tim Peake Assigned to Six-Month ISS Mission in 2015-16

Pictured during training in an Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) space suit, Tim Peake will be the first official British astronaut whose mission has been sanctioned and financed directly by the U.K. government. Photo Credit: NASA

Four years after his selection as a European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut candidate, Britain’s Tim Peake has been […]