Expedition 39 Crew Home Safely After 188 Days in Orbit

Returning to the hard ground of Kazakhstan, Soyuz TMA-11M has brought three brave space voyagers back to Earth, only to be greeted by the disconcerting news that Russia may refuse to support the ISS beyond 2020. Photo Credit: NASA

After almost 188 dramatic days in orbit, Expedition 39 has concluded in spectacular fashion […]

Soyuz TMA-10M Lands in Kazakhstan After 166-Day Mission

At the snowy landing site, not far from the Kazakh city of Jezkazgan, Soyuz TMA-10M crewmen Oleg Kotov (center), Sergei Ryazansky (left), and Mike Hopkins (right) clasp hands in a sign of solidarity and recognition of a mission well done. Photo Credit: NASA

After 166 days, six hours, and 27 minutes in flight, […]

Wakata Assumes First Japanese ISS Command, as Kotov's Crew Prepares for Monday Night Homecoming

Outgoing Expedition 38 crewmen (bottom row, left to right) Mike Hopkins, Oleg Kotov, and Sergei Ryazansky are pictured with their new Expedition 39 comrades (top row, left to right) Koichi Wakata, Mikhail Tyurin, and Rick Mastracchio. The two crews have worked together as members of Expedition 38 since November 2013. Now, Wakata will […]

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 […]

New Space Station Crew, Including First Japanese Commander, Ready for Wednesday Night Launch

Koichi Wakata, Mikhail Tyurin, and Rick Mastracchio proudly display the modified Olympic torch during a pre-flight press conference. Photo Credit: NASA

Three new arrivals are scheduled to board the International Space Station (ISS) early Thursday, when Soyuz TMA-11M carries Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Tyurin, NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio, and Japan’s Koichi Wakata aloft from […]

Space Station Crew Ready for Arrivals, Departures, and High-Flying Olympic Relay

 

Next week, Soyuz TMA-11M will arrive at the International Space Station, carrying three new crew members. Before their arrival, however, the Soyuz TMA-09M spacecraft will vacate the Rassvet module tomorrow and redock at the Zvezda aft port. Photo Credit: NASA

Like pieces on an orbiting chess board, Expedition 37 crew members Fyodor […]

Farewell, Cygnus: Orbital's Baby Swan Departs Space Station

Based in design upon the Multi-Purpose Logistics Module (MPLM), carried aboard the shuttle for resupply purposes, Cygnus completed its first voyage in spectacular style. Photo Credit: NASA

Three weeks after its triumphant arrival at the International Space Station (ISS), Orbital Sciences Corp. and NASA bade farewell to the first Cygnus commercial resupply vehicle […]

Government Shutdown Not Expected to Stall Upcoming Space Station Activities

More than a year later than originally planned, and after many developmental headaches, Orbital Sciences Corp. achieved success in triumphant fashion with the arrival of the first Cygnus cargo ship at the International Space Station. The cargo ship is due to depart next week. Photo Credit: NASA

Despite the disruption caused by the […]