Soyuz TMA-12M Lands Safely, Concluding 169-Day Mission

The Expedition 40 crew patch, emblazoned with the surnames of the U.S.-Russian-German crew. Image Credit: NASA

After 169 days in space, more than 2,700 orbits of Earth and 71.7 million miles (115.4 million km) traveled, the Soyuz TMA-12M crew of U.S. astronaut Steve Swanson and Russian cosmonauts Aleksandr Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev have […]

Swanson to Hand ISS Command to Surayev, Ahead of Wednesday Return to Earth

The Expedition 40 crew. Clockwise from bottom center are Steve Swanson, Aleksandr Skvortsov, Alexander Gerst, Maksim Surayev, Reid Wiseman and Oleg Artemyev. Photo Credit: NASA

More than five months since their feet last touched terra firma, the Soyuz TMA-12M crew of U.S. astronaut Steve Swanson and Russian cosmonauts Aleksandr Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev […]

Lawyer, Test Pilot, and Volcano Expert Set for Wednesday Launch to Space Station

Pictured at the Cosmonaut Hotel at Baikonur last week, the Soyuz TMA-13M crew of (left to right) Alexander Gerst, Maksim Surayev, and Reid Wiseman review flight procedures, ahead of their six-month voyage. Photo Credit: NASA

Three new crew members will arrive at the International Space Station (ISS) late Wednesday (28 May), just six […]

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 […]

Progress M-23M Ready for Wednesday Launch to Space Station

The Progress M-23M cargo craft is readied for launch at Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Photo Credit: Roscosmos

Following a comparatively brief two months docked at the International Space Station (ISS), Russia’s Progress M-22M cargo craft—also known as “Progress 54P” in ISS Program-speak—successfully separated from the orbital outpost at 9:58 a.m. EDT yesterday (Monday). […]

Soyuz TMA-12M Arrives at Space Station After Two-Day Extended Rendezvous

With the arrival of the Soyuz TMA-12M crew, Expedition 39 aboard the International Space Station (ISS) has expanded to six members. Seated are Swanson (left) and Commander Koichi Wakata, with flight engineers Oleg Artemyev, Aleksandr Skvortsov, Mikhail Tyurin, and Rick Mastracchio standing. Photo Credit: NASA

Almost two days later than planned, Soyuz TMA-12M […]

Fast-Track Soyuz TMA-12M Crew Rockets Toward Space Station

Soyuz TMA-12M’s rousing ascent turned night into day across the desolate landscape of the Baikonur Cosmodrome, which has echoed to the sound of human space launches since April 1961. Photo Credit: NASA

The second half of Expedition 39 is on its way to the International Space Station (ISS), following tonight’s rousing launch of […]

Soyuz TMA-12M Crew Ready for Six-Hour Fast Ride to Space Station

Pictured in their Sokol (“Falcon”) launch and entry suits in front of the Soyuz simulator at the start of final exams on 5 March 2014, the Soyuz TMA-12M crew fields questions from journalists. Left to right are Steve Swanson, Aleksandr Skvortsov, and Oleg Artemyev. Photo Credit: NASA

Three new crew members—including a hot […]

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 […]

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 […]