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 […]

'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), […]

Expedition 45 First-Time Spacewalkers Ready for US EVA-32 on Wednesday

Kjell Lindgren (background) and Scott Kelly check out their Extravehicular Mobility Units (EMUs) in the Quest airlock, ahead of EVAs 32 and 33. Photo Credit: NASA/Twitter

Expedition 45 astronauts Scott Kelly and Kjell Lindgren are slated to venture outside the International Space Station (ISS) tomorrow (Wednesday, 28 October) for what has been described […]

Russia's Second Six-Time Cosmonaut and 'Two Tims' Set for December Launch to Space Station

 

The crew of Soyuz TMA-19M consists of (from left) Tim Peake, Tim Kopra and Yuri Malenchenko. Photo Credit: Michael Galindo/AmericaSpace

With less than 12 weeks to go before their launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the three-man crew of Soyuz TMA-19M—consisting of Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko, U.S. astronaut Tim Kopra and […]

Kelly and Kornienko Head Into Second Half of Year-Long Mission; Two US EVAs on Tap in October-November

The current Expedition 45 crew of the International Space Station (ISS) comprises (from left) Commander Scott Kelly and Flight Engineers Sergei Volkov, Mikhail Kornienko, Kjell Lindgren, Oleg Kononenko and Kimiya Yui. Photo Credit: NASA

With the International Space Station (ISS) now back at six-person strength, following last week’s return to Earth of Soyuz […]

Kelly to Become First Two-Time US Space Station Commander

Expedition 44’s Scott Kelly juggles fresh fruit, delivered recently aboard the Progress M-28M resupply craft. Kelly is now almost halfway through his year-long mission. Photo Credit: NASA

Tomorrow (Saturday, 5 September), the first human in history to command as many as five long-duration missions to an Earth-circling space station will hand over the […]