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NASA astronauts head for ISS on historic SpaceX flight

May 31, 2020 - 8:54 AM

(UPDATED) Nasa astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley name the Crew Dragon capsule 'Endeavor' after the retired space shuttle on which they both flew

BLAST OFF. The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with the manned Crew Dragon spacecraft attached takes off from launch pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center on May 30, 2020 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. astronaut returns to Earth after longest mission by woman

Feb 06, 2020 - 6:14 PM

Christina Koch, a 41-year-old Michigan-born engineer, beats the previous record for a single spaceflight by a woman – 289 days, held by NASA veteran Peggy Whitson

RECORD-BREAKING. This NASA photo released on February 4, 20202 shows NASA astronaut Christina Koch during a spacewalk on January 15, 2020. AFP PHOTO/NASA/HANDOUT

First Arab on ISS returns to Earth

Oct 03, 2019 - 6:17 PM

(UPDATED) Although Hazzaa al-Mansoori's mission was short – 8 days in total – it has been the source of great pride in the UAE, a newcomer to the world of space with ambitions to send an unmanned probe to orbit Mars by 2021

SAFE. In this image released by NASA, Russian space agency rescue team members and United Arab Emirates (UAE) specialists carry UAE astronaut Hazzaa al-Mansoori shortly after the landing of the Russian Soyuz MS-12 space capsule about 150kms (90 miles) southeast of the Kazakh town of Dzhezkazgan on October 3, 2019. AFP PHOTO / NASA / Bill INGALLS

Spacecraft carrying Russian humanoid robot docks at ISS

Aug 27, 2019 - 12:51 PM

The lifesize robot named Fedor – short for Final Experimental Demonstration Object Research – copies human movements, a key skill that allows it to help carry out tasks remotely

Astronauts on aborted Soyuz launch blast off successfully for ISS

Mar 15, 2019 - 8:51 AM

'The Soyuz is now in orbit and the crew are on their way to the International Space Station,' says a commentator on NASA television.

NASA astronaut Christina Hammock Koch, a member of the International Space Station (ISS) expedition 59/60, reacts as her spacesuit is tested prior to the launch onboard the Soyuz MS-12 spacecraft from the Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on March 14, 2019. Photo by Sergei Ilnitsky/Pool/AFP

Russian spacewalkers take sample of mystery hole at space station

Dec 12, 2018 - 3:13 PM

Roscosmos space agency says the aim is to discover whether the 'small but dangerous' hole has been made on Earth or in space

Boeing, SpaceX unlikely to make manned flights to ISS in 2019

Jul 13, 2018 - 3:39 PM

The independent Government Accountability Office says neither company is expected to be ready to carry out manned flights by November 2019 because of various delays in certifying their programs

THE ISS. The International Space Station (ISS) as photographed from the space shuttle Endeavour on May 29, 2011. Image courtesy of NASA

The week in photos: March 17-23, 2018

Mar 24, 2018 - 12:49 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

A refugee child participates in an anti-racist demonstration in Athens on March 17, 2018, marking as well two-years of the EU-Turkey deal and the closing of the borders. The banner reads' fight fortess Europe'. Refugees and solidarity groups condemned the new shipwreck off Agathonissi island earlier today, where 16 refugees drowned. / AFP PHOTO / LOUISA GOULIAMAKI

Pope gets philosophical with ISS crew in space chat

Oct 26, 2017 - 10:31 PM

The Argentine pontiff sits at a small desk inside the tiny city state, facing a wide-screen television on which the astronauts from America, Russia and Italy could be seen floating together in their blue suits

CHAT. This handout picture taken and released on October 26, 2017 by the Vatican press office shows Pope Francis (R) speaking during a video conference connection with the International Space Station (ISS), at the Vatican, on 26 October, 2017. Photo by  Osservatore Romeno/ AFP

3-man crew reaches International Space Station

Jul 29, 2017 - 2:09 PM

The crew from Italy Russia and the United States boosts the ISS back to full capacity

LIFTOFF. In the Integration Facility at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 52-53 crew members Paolo Nespoli of the European Space Agency (left), Sergey Ryazanskiy of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos, center) and Randy Bresnik of NASA (right) pose for pictures in front of the Soyuz MS-05 spacecraft. Photo by Andrey Shelepin/Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center/NASA

Russia launches space freighter to ISS

Jun 14, 2017 - 7:13 PM

The cargo ship carrying more than two tons of essential supplies including fuel air and equipment and parcels for astronauts is due to dock with the ISS on Friday at 1142 GMT

PROGRESS IN FLIGHT. The Progress cargo ship in flight thanks to a Soyuz-2.1A booster rocket on June 14, 2017. Screen shot from YouTube.

Russian spaceship delivers 3 astronauts to space station

Nov 20, 2016 - 7:53 AM

Thomas Pesquet Oleg Novitsky and Peggy Whitson join 3 other astronauts already staffing the International Space Station

DOCKED. This image obtained from NASA TV shows a view from a camera on the International Space Station before the Soyuz MS-03 spacecraft docks to the Rassvet module on November 19, 2016 Photo by HO/NASA TV/AFP

Orbital cargo ship arrives at space station

Oct 24, 2016 - 12:15 AM

The unmanned cargo ship successfully brings 2 5 tons of food and supplies to the 6 astronauts living in orbit

In this October 23, 2016 Iamge from NASA TV, the Cygnus resupply ship after joining up with the International Space Station(ISS. The unmanned cargo ship operated by the US company OrbitalATK arrived Sunday at the International Space Station, delivering 2.5 tons of food and supplies to the six astronauts living in orbit. US astronaut Kate Rubins and Japanese astronaut Takuya Onishi led the operation to grab the incoming Cygnus spaceship with the space station's robotic arm.  / AFP PHOTO / NASA TV / HO / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / NASA TV" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Three astronauts touch down after 6 months in space

Jun 18, 2016 - 8:10 PM

Tim Peake the first British astronaut on the ISS Russia s Yury Malenchenko and NASA s Tim Kopra parachuted down onto the Kazakh steppe in their Soyuz capsule after spending 186 days in orbit

TOUCHDOWN. A handout photo provided by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) on June 18, 2016 shows Tim Peake (seated L) of the European Space Agency ESA, Yuri Malenchenko (seated C) of Roscosmos, and Tim Kopra (seated R) of NASA sitting in chairs outside the Soyuz TMA-19M spacecraft just minutes after they landed in a remote area near the town of Dzhezkazgan (Zhezkazgan), Kazakhstan. Photo by Bill Ingalls/NASA/EPA

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Jun 02, 2016 - 6:58 PM

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ISS completes 100,000th orbit of Earth – mission control

May 17, 2016 - 9:00 AM

This is a significant milestone and is a tribute to this international partnership made up of the European Space Agency of Russia Canada Japan and the United States

The International Space Station (ISS) as photographed from the space shuttle Endeavour on May 29, 2011. Image courtesy NASA

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NASA to test fire in space by burning unmanned orbiting craft

Mar 16, 2016 - 7:45 PM

The experiment called Saffire 1 aims to help NASA improve the safety of space missions

In this December 9, 2015 NASA TV image the Orbital ATK's Cygnus cargo ship is seen just before capture as it arrives at the International Space Station. Cygnus is carrying more than 7,000 pounds (3,000 kilograms) of water, food and supplies for global astronauts. AFP PHOTO / HANDOUT / NASA TV == RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE / MANDATORY CREDIT: "AFP PHOTO / HANDOUT / NASA TV "/ NO MARKETING / NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS / DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS == / AFP / NASA TV / -

'Exhilarated' British astronaut starts first spacewalk

Jan 15, 2016 - 9:36 PM

Peake says he felt exhilarated but had no time to dwell on these emotions

Photo by AFP/NASA/Tim Peake

Soyuz rocket with 3 astronauts blasts off for ISS

Sep 02, 2015 - 6:13 PM

The take off also marks the 500th launch from the Gagarin launchpad in Kazakhstan named after the Soviet space pioneer

LIFTOFF. The Soyuz TMA-18M during liftoff from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on September 2, 2015. NASA TV

Rocket carrying Russian, Japanese, US crew docks with ISS

Jul 23, 2015 - 7:51 AM

UPDATED Scientists and space enthusiasts around the world are watching the launch closely and with some concern since the mission had been delayed by two months because of a Russian rocket failure

LIFTOFF. The Soyuz TMA-17M rocket launches from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Thursday, July 23, 2015 carrying Expedition 44 Soyuz Commander Oleg Kononenko of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos), Flight Engineer Kjell Lindgren of NASA, and Flight Engineer Kimiya Yui of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) into orbit to begin their five month mission on the International Space Station. NASA/Aubrey Gemignani (NASA/Aubrey Gemignani)

Unmanned supply ship burns up on re-entry

May 08, 2015 - 12:06 PM

Sources in the space industry tell Russian news agencies that the accident is the result of a problem with the Soyuz rocket carrying the cargo ship into orbit rather than the supply vessel itself

BURNS ON RE-ENTRY. The unpiloted Russian ISS Progress 50 (50P) resupply ship undocks from the International Space Station. Photo from

Radio silence as Russia tries to contact space cargo

Apr 29, 2015 - 10:40 AM

The Progress capsule is circling the Earth in radio silence carrying 3 tons of food and supplies for the astronauts living at the orbiting outpost

In this file photo, the unmanned Progress M-52 (ISS-17P) spacecraft is photographed by the crew of Expedition 11 following its undocking from the International Space Station at 15:16 CDT on 15 June 2005. NASA/public domain

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Apr 01, 2015 - 8:37 PM

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US astronauts speed through ISS spacewalk

Mar 02, 2015 - 7:17 AM

Sunday s spacewalk is the 187th in the history of the space station and one of many planned for the coming year to prepare the space station for a new era in human spaceflight

Spacewalker Terry Virts works on the Port 3 Truss to route cables. Credit: NASA TV

Russia to use International Space Station until 2024

Feb 26, 2015 - 8:54 AM

Roscosmos finalizes a plan for its activities up to 2030 which provides for the use of the ISS until 2024 the space agency says

This March 7, 2011 NASA handout image shows a close-up view of the International Space Station is featured in this image photographed by an STS-133 crew member on space shuttle Discovery. NASA/AFP

Water pools in US astronaut's helmet after spacewalk

Feb 25, 2015 - 8:32 PM

UPDATED Mission managers will be poring over the data to decide whether another spacewalk can go ahead as planned on Sunday March 1

Spacewalkers Terry Virts and Barry Wilmore work outside Pressurized Mating Adapter-2, February 25, 2015. Credit: NASA TV

Spacewalking 'cable guys' wrap up work outside station

Feb 21, 2015 - 10:07 PM

UPDATED The spacewalk along with several more outings in the coming months is designed to prepare the station and the robotic arm for a pair of international docking adapters IDAs which will be delivered later this year

'CABLE GUYS' Spacewalkers Barry Wilmore and Terry Virts attach power and data cables to the port and starboard sides of Pressurized Mating Adapter-2 at the International Space Station (ISS), February 21, 2015. Image courtesy NASA TV

Space cargo ship docks with ISS

Aug 12, 2014 - 10:24 PM

Weighing in at more than 20 tons the craft brought the biggest ever payload of more than 6 6 tons including fuel water oxygen food clothes and scientific experiments for the ISS crew

GEORGES LEMAITRE. The Automated Transfer Vehicle holds for checks just a few feet away from docking to the Zvezda service module. Photo from NASA TV.

Soyuz brings 3-man crew to ISS after two-day delay

Mar 28, 2014 - 11:30 AM

The Soyuz team had to orbit the Earth 34 times before they could link up with the International Space Station

GETTING SETTLED. Expedition 39, now a six-member crew, talks to family and mission officials moments after entering the space station for the first time. Photo from NASA TV.

Aging ISS a space lab of 'unlimited' opportunity

Jan 27, 2014 - 10:55 AM

The goal of using the space station is to make discoveries that cannot be made anywhere else

The International Space Station (ISS) as photographed from the space shuttle Endeavour on May 29, 2011. Image courtesy NASA

3 astronauts back on Earth from ISS

Sep 11, 2013 - 4:22 PM

Russians Pavel Vinogradov and Alexander Misurkin landed on schedule at 8:58 am Kazakh time 0258 GMT in the Kazakh steppe along with American Chris Cassidy

BACK HOME. (L-R) ISS Expedition 36 astronaut Chris Cassidy of NASA, and cosmonauts Pavel Vinogradov and Alexander Misurkin, sit in chairs outside the Soyuz TMA-08M capsule just minutes after they landed in a remote area near the town of Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan, on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013. NASA/Bill Ingalls

Trio takes shortcut to International Space Station

May 29, 2013 - 8:55 AM

UPDATE The Soyuz took a shortcut that slashes the travel time from two days to just six hours thanks to a special orbit

LIFTOFF. The Soyuz TMA-09M lifts off from the Baikonour space center in Kazakhstan to begin a six-hour trip to the International Space Station (ISS), May 29, 2012. Photo courtesy of NASA

Three astronauts return to Earth after ISS mission

May 14, 2013 - 12:46 PM

Chris Hadfield Tom Marshburn and Roman Romanenko return from the International Space Station

HADFIELD DOES BOWIE. Chris Hadfield in a dramatic moment on his farewell music video to the International Space Station. Screen shot from YouTube

Small ammonia leak outside space station - NASA

May 10, 2013 - 9:02 AM

The International Space Station suffered a small leak of ammonia used to cool its power system on Thursday May 9 but there was no danger to the crew

Canada's Hadfield becomes space station head

Mar 14, 2013 - 7:54 AM

Astronaut Chris Hadfield became the first Canadian to assume command of the International Space Station on Wednesday

Official photo of Canadian Space Agency Astronaut Chris Hadfield prior to the launch of mission Expedition 34/35. Credit: Canadian Space Agency

China's space mission shows growing ambitions

Jun 17, 2012 - 11:03 AM

China s latest space mission is its most ambitious yet and shows Beijing s resolve to increase its technological capabilities and bridge the gap with the United States and Russia experts say