New Crew Launched Aboard Soyuz MS-12, En-Route to Space Station

Soyuz MS-12 roars aloft from Gagarin’s Start, into post-midnight skies at Baikonur. Photo Credit: NASA/Twitter

Two U.S. astronauts rode into orbit, shoulder-to-shoulder with a Russian commander earlier today, when Soyuz MS-12 speared smoothly aloft from Site 1/5—the historic “Gagarin’s Start”—at Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. NASA flyers Nick Hague and Christina Koch were joined by […]

No U.S. Crew Will Command The International Space Station in 2019

Drew Feustel will be the 22nd U.S. citizen to command the International Space Station (ISS). After the completion of his tenure, no U.S. astronaut is slated to command the station throughout 2019. Photo Credit: NASA

When Expedition 56 astronaut Drew Feustel relinquishes the helm of the International Space Station (ISS) to Germany’s Alexander Gerst, […]

Expedition 39 Crew Home Safely After 188 Days in Orbit

Returning to the hard ground of Kazakhstan, Soyuz TMA-11M has brought three brave space voyagers back to Earth, only to be greeted by the disconcerting news that Russia may refuse to support the ISS beyond 2020. Photo Credit: NASA

After almost 188 dramatic days in orbit, Expedition 39 has concluded in spectacular fashion with […]

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). Photo […]

Soyuz TMA-10M Lands in Kazakhstan After 166-Day Mission

At the snowy landing site, not far from the Kazakh city of Jezkazgan, Soyuz TMA-10M crewmen Oleg Kotov (center), Sergei Ryazansky (left), and Mike Hopkins (right) clasp hands in a sign of solidarity and recognition of a mission well done. Photo Credit: NASA

After 166 days, six hours, and 27 minutes in flight, and […]

'A Condition That Was Life Threatening': NASA Releases Report Into EVA-23 Water Intrusion Incident

Luca Parmitano (left) confers with Karen Nyberg, as Chris Cassidy looks on, shortly after concluding their 92-minute EVA-23. Photo Credit: NASA TV

After six months of painstaking work, the NASA Mishap Investigation Board (MIB) has reported its findings, including root and proximate causes, of an incident in July 2013 when water unexpectedly intruded into […]

Welcome Home, Fyodor, Karen, and Luca: Soyuz TMA-09M Safely Ends 166-Day Space Station Mission

Descending beneath its main parachute, Soyuz TMA-09M approaches touchdown in central Kazakhstan, after 166 days in space. Photo Credit: NASA

After 166 days—or roughly 5.5 months—away from the Home Planet, Soyuz TMA-09M has returned safely to Earth, touching down on the barren steppe of central Kazakhstan with its three-member crew of Russian cosmonaut Fyodor […]

Cosmonauts Carry Olympic Torch on Symbolic Space Station EVA

Oleg Kotov proudly displays the red-and-chrome Olympic torch at the beginning of an ultimately disappointing Russian EVA-36. Photo Credit: NASA

Expedition 37 crewmen Oleg Kotov and Sergei Ryazansky ventured outside the International Space Station (ISS) earlier today (Saturday) on a near-six-hour spacewalk, the highlight of which was to display the Olympic torch as part […]

Multi-National Soyuz TMA-11M Crew Rockets Toward Space Station

In the first daytime launch of a Soyuz crew since October 2012, the TMA-11M vehicle carried Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Tyurin, NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio, and Japan’s Koichi Wakata to the International Space Station. Photo Credit: NASA

A second sun has risen above the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, with the spectacular launch of Soyuz TMA-11M […]

New Space Station Crew, Including First Japanese Commander, Ready for Wednesday Night Launch

Koichi Wakata, Mikhail Tyurin, and Rick Mastracchio proudly display the modified Olympic torch during a pre-flight press conference. Photo Credit: NASA

Three new arrivals are scheduled to board the International Space Station (ISS) early Thursday, when Soyuz TMA-11M carries Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Tyurin, NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio, and Japan’s Koichi Wakata aloft from the […]