Chris Hadfield Retires After Return from ISS Command

Chris Hadfield, the first Canadian commander of the ISS, has retired from the Canadian Space Agency. Photo Credit: NASA

Just a month after his return from a stint aboard the International Space Station where he served as the first Canadian commander of that vessel, astronaut Chris Hadfield announced his resignation on […]

New Crew Ready for Six-Month Space Station Mission

Soyuz TMA-09M crewmembers (from left) Karen Nyberg, Fyodor Yurchikhin, and Luca Parmitano will spend almost six months aboard the International Space Station. Photo Credit: NASA

The International Space Station is set to return to its normal six-person strength this week, with the launch and docking of Soyuz TMA-09M and its crew of Russian […]

As ATV Launch Approaches, Damage to Docking Sensor Still to be Assessed

View of the docking port on the Zvezda module, marking the area potentially impacted by Progress M-19M in April 2013. Image Credit: Roscosmos/Anatoly Zak/Russianspaceweb.com

While the fourth European ATV has been sitting on top of an Ariane 5 launcher set for launch to the International Space Station (ISS) on June 5, engineers are […]

Potential Damage to ISS During Progress Docking May Delay ATV-4

Photo Credit: NASA / ESA

The European Space Agency is investigating potential damage to the International Space Station (ISS) docking port which was used by Progress 51P on April 26. The damage, caused by the undeployed Progress antenna, appears to have involved a navigational aid needed for ATV-4, scheduled for June.

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What's Going to Happen to the ISS?

The International Space Station—still not technically complete—may only be in orbit for another decade or so. Photo Credit: NASA

The International Space Station is the ninth crewed space station to be built, and with a mass of approximately 450 tons, a width of 354 feet (108 meters), and a pressurized volume of 2746 […]

Preparing for 'The End'...and a New Beginning

Whichever way one looks at the situation, the International Space Station has either already passed – or is approaching – the halfway mark of its existence. Its future beyond 2020 remains unclear, but its potential remains enormous. Photo Credit: NASA

A year or so before The End, the process will begin.

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Visiting Vehicles in the Fast Lane

For more than three decades, Progress has provided indispensable cargo delivery services to four space stations: Salyut 6, Salyut 7, Mir and the ISS. Photo Credit: NASA

Unpiloted visitors are nothing new for the International Space Station. Since August 2000, when Progress M1-3 docked at the aft port of the Zvezda control module, […]