'Full Power for Full Science': Remembering STS-119, Ten Years On

The International Space Station (ISS), as it appeared in March 2009, as shuttle Discovery departed at the end of STS-119. The S-6 truss and its two sets of solar array wings are visible at the far right of frame. Photo Credit: NASA, via Joachim Becker/SpaceFacts.de

Ten years ago, this month, the crew of […]

Fincke Joins Starliner Test Flight, Commercial Crew Stands Ready for 2019 Debut

Mike Fincke, pictured during STS-134 in May 2011, has served for several years as head of the Commercial Crew Branch of the Astronaut Office and most recently as assistant to the chief for Commercial Crew. Photo Credit: NASA

Yesterday’s announcement by NASA that astronaut Eric Boe has been removed from the inaugural piloted […]

Record-Breaker Jeff Williams to Become America's Most Experienced Astronaut Tomorrow

In the wee hours of tomorrow morning (Wednesday), Jeff Williams will become the United States’ most flight-experienced astronaut. Photo Credit: NASA

At 4:56 a.m. EDT tomorrow (Wednesday, 24 August), NASA astronaut Jeff Williams—the incumbent skipper of Expedition 48, aboard the International Space Station (ISS)—will officially become the United States’ most seasoned spacefarer. He […]

Jeff Williams and 'Sardines' Top the U.S. Spaceflight Experience Table

Jeff Williams (left), pictured in January 2016, stands to become America’s most experienced spacefarer later this year. Photo Credit: Michael Galindo/AmericaSpace

Newly-arrived Expedition 47 astronaut Jeff Williams—who boarded the International Space Station (ISS) almost two weeks ago, thereby kicking off his third discrete increment aboard the orbiting outpost—assisted with the establishment of a […]

America's No. 1 in Orbit: Scott Kelly to Eclipse US Single-Flight Duration Record Tomorrow

For the second time this month, Scott Kelly will secure a U.S. national record, as he surpasses Mike Lopez-Alegria’s 215-day achievement for the longest single space mission by an American citizen on Thursday, 29 October. Photo Credit: NASA, via Joachim Becker/SpaceFacts.de

Having already surpassed fellow astronaut Mike Fincke to become the United States’ […]

Record Breaker: Scott Kelly Becomes Most Experienced US Astronaut Tomorrow

Tomorrow, Scott Kelly will surpass fellow NASA astronaut Mike Fincke to become the United States’ most flight-experienced spacefarer. Photo Credit: NASA

At 5:02 a.m. EDT tomorrow (Thursday, 15 October), Scott Kelly—the incumbent skipper of the International Space Station (ISS) as Commander of Expedition 45—will make history when he becomes the United States’ most […]

'Fifteen Midnights': Celebrating the New Year in Space (Part 1)

Bill Shepherd (center) and his Expedition 1 crewmates, Yuri Gidzenko (left) and Sergei Krikalev, juggle oranges during their time aboard the International Space Station. They celebrated both Christmas and the dawn of 2001 in orbit. Photo Credit: NASA

With a naval officer in command of the International Space Station, it might have seemed […]

Ding-Dong Merrily On-Orbit: Celebrating Yuletide in Space (Part 2)

Since December 2000, a multi-national mix of Americans and Russians, Japanese and Italians, a Dutchman and a Canadian have celebrated Christmas aboard the International Space Station. Photo Credit: NASA

As we celebrate the festive period over the coming days, spare a thought for the four men and two women from three discrete nations […]

Astronaut Mike Foale: A Legend for Britain and the US Leaves NASA

Mike Foale works on the Hubble Space Telescope during the STS-103 servicing mission in December 1999. This was the first and only shuttle flight to remain in orbit over Christmas. Photo Credit: NASA

Last week’s announcement by NASA of the retirement of astronaut Mike Foale leaves just one representative—Tim Peake—on active status to […]

Spacewalkers Successfully Tackle Ammonia Leak at Space Station

Chris Cassidy (with red stripes) and Tom Marshburn work outside the International Space Station to track down and rectify an anomalous ammonia leak. Photo Credit: NASA

In what may go down in the record books as one of the shortest intervals between authorizing a spacewalk and executing it to perfection, Expedition 35 astronauts […]