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Tiangong-1 illustration from CMSE

Tiangong-1 re-entry window shrinks: Duck from March 30 to April 3

Video Boffins have refined their estimates of when Chinese space station Tiangong-1 will return to Earth, with the big bird's impact now predicted to happen between March 30 and April 3. With the orbit dipping below 225 km, the Fraunhofer Institute for High Frequency Physics and Radar Techniques (FHR) has also been able to capture …
Tiangong-1 illustration from CMSE

China's first space station to – ahem – de-orbit in late March

Predictions are firming up for when China's Tiangong-1 spacecraft will make its final re-entry-crash-and-burn. The Chinese space station was launched in 2011 and had a two-year operational lifetime. Originally slated to make its return to Earth in 2013, its lifetime was extended to 2016. Loss of telemetry effectively ended …

What's Chinese and crashing in flames? No, not its economy – its crocked space station

The first space station lofted into orbit by China is coming down next year, the country's space agency has confirmed. The Tiangong-1 mini-station was launched on 29 September 2011, and has been visited by three manned missions. Its size is nothing on the scale of the International Space Station – Tiangong-1 is just 12 meters …
Iain Thomson, 21 Sep 2016

Chinese space station 'out of control', will do best firework impression

The Chinese space agency has apparently lost control of its Tiangong 1 mini-space station, which is expected to return to Earth as a fireball. The Middle Kingdom's state media reported in March that the space station's systems had been shut down and the platform was officially retired. Now there's word from the science …
Iain Thomson, 10 Jun 2016

SPACE FARMER 'nauts arrive safely at International Space Station

Three fresh 'nauts have arrived at the International Space Station, bringing it up to its regular complement of six - and clearing the way for the first off-Earth farming. The arriving 'nauts are NASA astronaut Kjell Lindgren, Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko and Japanese astronaut Kimiya Yui. The trio took off from Baikonur …
Lewis Page, 23 Jul 2015
Russian 'Progress' cargo vessel as seen from the International Space Station

Malfunctioning Russian supply podule EXPLODES above Pacific

The latest Russian Progress supply podule destined for the International Space Station has burned up over the Pacific, the Roscosmos space agency has confirmed. Progress M-27M, to give it its full title, ceased to exist at 5.04 Moscow standard time (just after 3am British time) as it entered the atmosphere over the central …
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Mysterious STAR set to appear on Christmas Eve above Blighty: The ISS

NASA's International Space Station is expected to be shining brightly above Britain's skies tonight. Budding young scientists can probably catch a glimpse of ISS between 5pm and 7pm today - weather permitting, of course. @Space_Station decorated for the holidays as the #ISS crew studies life in space: …
Team Register, 24 Dec 2014

ZERO-G DINOSAUR made from bits and bobs by space station flight engineer

An astronaut and expert robotics engineer serving aboard the International Space Station has built a dinosaur from odds and ends salvaged from around the orbiting outpost. What an expert NASA roboticist is capable of 'Naut Karen Nyberg, who currently holds the job of flight engineer on the station, is an expert roboticist …
Lewis Page, 30 Sep 2013
Taikonauts Zhang Xiaoguang, Nie Haisheng and Wang Yaping (from left to right)

Chinese building orbital lab by 2023 to make 'space medicine'

China has told the 64th International Astronautical Congress in Beijing that it plans to have a space station in orbit within the next decade, saying it will be used to study space medicine and study the effects on humans of spending long periods away from Earth's gravity. The Nyu Wa space station, named after the Chinese …
Iain Thomson, 26 Sep 2013
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Beep! NASA here, a 400 tonne spacecraft is about to buzz your house

US space agency NASA, to mark twelve years' continuous occupation of the International Space Station, has set up a service which will alert users round the world when good chances to see the station pass over are about to occur. Under favourable conditions the ISS is the third brightest object in the sky, outshone only by the …
Lewis Page, 5 Nov 2012
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Now Space Station forced to DODGE flying Japanese junk

The International Space Station is due to swerve tomorrow morning to avoid a debris cloud from a Japanese satellite, the Russian Flight Control Centre said. A Russian Zvezda service module will fire booster rockets to shift the station out of the path of the space junk if the agency is certain it's necessary. The dodge is …
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Fresh shift of 'nauts comes aboard space station from Soyuz podule

The latest shift of 'nauts has successfully boarded the International Space Station for their stint of orbital duty, arriving at the sky-high outpost last night (UK time) aboard a Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft sent up from Russia. Soyuz spacecraft launches from Baikonur. Credit: NASA Off to work, heigh ho NASA astronaut Sunita …
Lewis Page, 17 Jul 2012
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Trio of 'nauts plonk down after six-month space station stint

Vid Three International Space Station crew members have returned to Earth after more than six months aboard the orbiting platform. A Soyuz TMA-03M carrying Expedition 31 commander Oleg Kononenko, NASA's Don Pettit and the European Space Agency's Andre Kuipers touched down in the steppes of Kazakhstan at 0814 GMT on Sunday. The …
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First lady taikonaut and pals plunge into the dirt after space mating

The three taikonauts aboard Shenzhou-9 have returned safely to Earth, touching down in northern China's Inner Mongolia autonomous region as planned. Chang Wanquan, chief commander of China's manned space programme, said that the space docking mission had been a complete success and that all three of the astronauts were in …
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Ex-Soviet space gunboats to be FOUND ON MOON

Isle of Man based space tourism firm Excalibur Almaz has said that it will be ready to rocket the rich to the Moon by 2015. The company told a space tourism conference that it was planning the first test flight of its fleet of second-hand ex Soviet capsules and space stations in 2014 and would be ready to send a well-off …
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Chinese 'nauts reach Heaven after 8-minute coupling

Three Chinese astronauts floated into the Tiangong-1 lab module just after 11am BST, after the first docking of a manned spacecraft this morning. The taikonauts aboard the Shenzhou-9 spaceship made their way onto Tiangong-1, or Heavenly Palace, around three hours after completing the automatic docking, the Xinhua news agency …
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China a lover, not a fighter ... IN SPAAAAAACE

China has invited other countries to help it build its first fully-formed space station, in a bid to promote a more inclusive approach to the development of outer space. Cheng Jingye, China's permanent representative to the UN, told a conference in Vienna that the People’s Republic is committed to the peaceful use of outer …
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SpaceX Dragon SPLASHDOWN in Pacific! Private space triumph

The SpaceX cargo capsule Dragon, first privately built ship to visit the International Space Station, has splashed down safely in the Pacific ocean at 10:42 Central Time after nine days in space. The cargo capsule landed as planned 560 miles off the Californian coast, and rescue boats are already on their way to pull the …
Anna Leach, 31 May 2012

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