'What an Honor': Space Station Crew Prepares for Friday Return to Earth

After 4.5 months in orbit, U.S. astronaut Kjell Lindgren and his crewmates Oleg Kononenko and Kimiya Yui will return to Earth tomorrow (Friday, 11 December). Photo Credit: NASA

Eleven days sooner than originally planned, the Soyuz TMA-17M crew of Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, U.S. astronaut Kjell Lindgren and Japan’s Kimiya Yui are set […]

OA-4 Cygnus Cargo Ship Arrives at Space Station, Ahead of Soyuz TMA-17M Crew Departure

Proudly displaying its circular, fan-like UltraFlex solar arrays, the OA-4 Cygnus spacecraft is pictured shortly before being grappled by Canadarm2. Photo Credit: Scott Kelly/NASA/Twitter

Less than two days before his scheduled return to Earth, NASA astronaut Kjell Lindgren has completed his last major activity as a member of the Expedition 45 crew aboard […]

Cygnus Soars Under Overcast Skies on Return to Space Station After Days of Weather Delays

Launch of Orbital ATK’s Cygnus OA-4 cargo ship to resupply the International Space Station Dec. 6, 2015, flying off pad 41 atop a Unbited Launch Alliance Atlas-V booster from Cape Canaveral, Fla. Photo Credit: Mike Killian / AmericaSpace

After three scrubbed launch attempts—most recently on Saturday, 5 December, which was called off just […]

Weather Keeps Cygnus Grounded for Second Day in a Row, Will Try Again at Sunset Saturday

For the second time in as many days, United Launch Alliance (ULA) has postponed its record-tying ninth Atlas launch of 2015, due to inclement weather conditions. The mission is carrying Orbital ATK’s long-awaited OA-4 Cygnus cargo mission, bound for the International Space Station (ISS). The Centennial, Colo.-based launch provider’s workhorse Atlas V—flying in its […]

All Systems GO for Twilight Return of Cygnus to Space Station on Atlas-V Thursday

December’s OA-4 mission marks the first flight of Orbital ATK’s new “Enhanced Cygnus.” Photo Credit: John Studwell / AmericaSpace

More than a year since the catastrophic loss of its ORB-3 mission—which fell back onto Pad 0A at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) on Wallops Island, Va., following the failure and explosion of its […]

Expedition 45 Crew to Celebrate Thanksgiving With Turkey and Candied Yams Aboard Space Station

Today’s Thanksgiving celebrations will feature not one, but as many 16 “dawns”, for the incumbent Expedition 45 crew aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Photo Credit: NASA

As millions of Americans the world over tuck into their Thanksgiving meals today (Thursday, 26 November), spare a thought for the six-strong Expedition 45 crew—Commander Scott […]

Soyuz TMA-17M Crew to Return from ISS Early to Accommodate Increased Space Station Traffic

The Soyuz TMA-17M and its crew of U.S. astronaut Kjell Lindgren, Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Kimiya Yui will descend to the steppe of central Kazakhstan on 11 December, 2015, marking the end of their current mission aboard the International Space Station. Photo Credit: Michael Galindo / AmericaSpace

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'No Impacts' to Expedition 45 Crew, as 1B Channel on S-6 Truss Suffers Power Loss

The S-6 truss and its two expansive Solar Array Wings (SAWs) are deployed during the STS-119 shuttle mission in March 2009. “Channel 1B,” one of the two power channels aboard the S-6 truss, is believed to have fallen victim to a power short, which tripped its Direct Current Switching Unit (DCSU). The cause […]

NASA Observes 15 Years of Unbroken Residency Aboard International Space Station

The International Space Station (ISS) celebrates its 15th anniversary of continuous human occupation today (Monday, 2 November). Photo Credit: NASA

No crystal anniversary gifts were exchanged among the Expedition 45 crew—Commander Scott Kelly, Russian cosmonauts Mikhail Kornienko, Oleg Kononenko and Sergei Volkov, NASA astronaut Kjell Lindgren and Japan’s Kimiya Yui—today (Monday, 2 November), […]

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’ […]