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 […]

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 […]

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 […]