Articles about international space station

Kjell Lindgren of NASA (left), Oleg Kononenko of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos, center) and Kimiya Yui

ISS 'naut trio return to snowy terra firma

NASA's Kjell Lindgren, cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko and Kimiya Yui of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency are back on terra firma following their departure from the International Space Station earlier today. The Soyuz capsule departs the ISS. Pic: Scott Kelley The Soyuz TMA-17M departs the ISS. Pic: Scott Kelly The trio's …
Lester Haines, 11 Dec 2015

ISS trio set for televised taxi ride home

NASA TV will this morning offer live coverage of the departure from the International Space Station of astronaut Kjell Lindgren of NASA, cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, and Kimiya Yui of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. The trio are due to seal the hatch on their Soyuz TMA-17M spacecraft at 06:00 GMT, undocking from the …
Lester Haines, 11 Dec 2015

International Space Station braces for pre-Christmas rush

Crew aboard the International Space Station are preparing for a busy run-up to Christmas, with a Cygnus space truck to unload, three new residents due to arrive next week, followed by a Russian resupply mission slated to launch to the orbiting outpost shortly after. Cygnus approaches the ISS yesterday. Pic: NASA TV Cygnus …
Lester Haines, 10 Dec 2015
Raspberry Pi in its space case

Weather finally cooperates with NASA, ISS resupply launch successful

A couple of Raspberry Pis are on the way to the International Space Station at last, after a resupply launch delayed three times due to bad weather finally hauled itself into orbit. The original launches suffered rain last Thursday and high winds on Friday and Saturday, but things finally went smoothly Sunday evening for the …

Mutant space germs threaten International Space Station

Everything that goes to the International Space Station gets clean-roomed to within an inch of its life, but humans are leaving behind a considerable microbial footprint. That's the finding of research conducted by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and it's a serious problem, because one of the health impacts of a stint on the …

Unique astronaut job perk: Create a SHOOTING STAR by having a dump

It's celebration time aboard the International Space Station as 'nauts Scott Kelly and Mikhail Kornienko gallop past the halfway point of their "One Year Crew" extended space sojourn, and share with us various details of life as a long term space resident. The main purpose of the duo's extended stay is to gauge the long-terms …
Lester Haines, 15 Sep 2015

Record-breaking cosmonaut comes back down to Earth

International Space Station Expedition 44 commander Gennady Padalka is due to depart the orbiting outpost tomorrow, when he'll have clocked up a record total of 879 days in space. Padalka aboard the ISS. Pic: NASA Record-breaking Padalka aboard the ISS. Pic credit: NASA The 57-year-old Russian will be accompanied in the …
Lester Haines, 10 Sep 2015

White Stork mates with ISS, delivers bundles of resupply joy

Japan's space truck Kounotori 5 ("White Stork 5") today successfully docked with the International Space Station (ISS), bearing 4.5 tonnes of scientific kit and supplies. White Stork captured by the ISS's Canadarm2. Pic Scott Kelly White Stork captured by the ISS's Canadarm2. Pic: Scott Kelly/Twitter ISS Expedition 44 …
Lester Haines, 24 Aug 2015
Astronauts on the International Space Station are ready to sample their harvest of a crop of "Outredgeous" red romaine lettuce from the Veggie plant growth system that tests hardware for growing vegetables and other plants in space. Credit: NASA

First SPACE SALAD on Monday's menu for ISS astronauts

Fresh food grown in space will, for the first time, be consumed by astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS). NASA has announced the meal will take place on Monday, when red romaine lettuce grown aboard the ISS will be added to the menu. The lettuce was produced under Operation Veggie, an effort that's seen a …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Aug 2015
Progress 60 approaching the ISS

Progress source replenishes international space station

The Russian Progress craft launched last week to bring supplies to the International Space Station (ISS) has successfully docked, bringing welcome supplies to the crew. The last two ISS replenishment missions failed. In April another Progress spun out, then in late June a SpaceX Falcon 9 blew up before it reached orbit. The …

POO-bomber space station 'nauts swap orbiter for rural Kazakhstan

Three astronauts have landed safely in Kazakhstan after spending nearly two hundred days aboard the International Space Station. Expedition 43 Commander Terry Virts of American NASA, Samantha Cristoforetti of Italian ESA, and Anton Shkaplerov of Russia's Roscosmos, safely landed their Soyuz TMA-15M spacecraft in Kazakhstan at …
Space: 1999's nuclear explosion on the Moon

TERROR in ORBIT: Dodgy rocket burp biffs International Space Station off track

A malfunction on a docked Russian spacecraft caused the International Space Station to shift from its normal orbital orientation, the Russian space agency Roscosmos said on Tuesday. NASA confirmed that the engines of Soyuz TMA-15M – one of two Soyuz spacecraft currently docked at the ISS – unexpectedly fired at 10:27am Central …

ISS 'naut: How we collect our POO and DROP it FLAMING on hapless Earthlings

Italy's first female astronaut, Samantha Cristoforetti, has offered the internet a full talkthrough on one of the International Space Station's most famous and terrifying facilities: its lavatory. Headlined the "International Space Station toilet tour", Cristoforetti's video explains how a fan creates suction to avoid smells …
Team Register, 11 May 2015
Aurora over Whitehorse, Yukon, on September 3, 2012

On 50th anniversary of first spacewalk, Aurorae light up two planets

One March 18th, 1965, Alexy Leonov took a small step for a man and exited the Voskhod 22 spacecraft. Leonov then spent the next 12 minutes spacewalking, the first time a human had done so. 50 years down the track, US astronaut Terry Virts, the current commander of the International Space Station (ISS) took a space stroll and …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Mar 2015
Planet Labs' Doves in their coop

Satellite cannon starts shooting Doves, this time under control

The nano-sat launcher aboard the International Space Station has stopped malfunctioning and started spitting its payload into space as intended. The NanoRacks deployment was due last year, but was interrupted when it started launching its 6kg Planet Labs Doves satellites without instructions. The fault was traced to over- …
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Russia considers keeping its own half of the ISS alive after 2024

Russia has decided that if Europe ends its involvement in the International Space Station (ISS), it will undock and keep its half alive. A meeting of the Roscosmos science and technical council has recommended that the Russian space agency continue to support the ISS until 2024. After that, the Federal Space Agency statement …

TERROR in SPACE: ISS 'NAUTS FLEE 'gas leak' to Russian module

Updated The US section of the International Space Station has been evacuated due to the detection of "harmful emissions". The Russian Federal Space agency said a leak from the cooling system took place around 11.44 MSK (7:44 GMT). "Currently, the US segment of the ISS is isolated, the crew is safe and is located on the Russian segment …
Kat Hall, 14 Jan 2015
Antares rocket fails

Antares apocalypse: Orbital points finger at turbopump FAIL

Orbital Sciences says it's probably going to ditch the Russian-made Aerojet Rocketdyne AJ26 engines it has been using for its Antares launchers. The company says preliminary analysis of the telemetry from its failed launch in late October suggests that a turbopump probably failed in one of the two first-stage main engines. …

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