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Glitch delays launch of Europe's exoplanet hunter

Dec 17, 2019 - 11:49 PM

CHEOPS, short for CHaracterising ExxOPlanet Satellite, will seek to better understand what exoplanets are made of – an important step in the long quest to unravel the conditions required for extraterrestrial life

Exoplanet file photo from Shutterstock

Russia launches space telescope

Jul 13, 2019 - 10:22 PM

The Spektr-RG is a space observatory intended to replace the Spektr-R, known as the 'Russian Hubble'

SPEKTR-RG. Russia launches a new space telescope on July 13, 2019. Photo from Wikipedia

Russian, North American astronauts return to earth

Jun 25, 2019 - 1:47 PM

NASA's Anne McClain, Oleg Kononenko of Roscosmos, and the Canadian Space Agency's David Saint-Jacques emerge from the space craft to applause from support crews

LANDING SAFELY. This handout photo released by NASA shows Expedition 59 astronaut David Saint-Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) being helped out of the Soyuz MS-11 spacecraft near the town of Dzhezkazgan, Kazakhstan on June 25, 2019. Photo by NASA/Bill Ingalls/AFP

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

New Mars rover named after DNA pioneer Rosalind Franklin

Feb 07, 2019 - 11:31 PM

Cambridge-educated Franklin 'helped us understand life on Earth and now her namesake will do the same on Mars,' says UK Science Minister Chris Skidmore

NEW MARS ROVER. A picture shows a working prototype of the newly named Rosalind Franklin ExoMars rover at the Airbus Defense and Space facility in Stevenage, north of London on February 7, 2019. Photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

Russia demands explanation over U.S. snub to space chief

Jan 05, 2019 - 5:55 PM

Dmitry Rogozin, chief of Russia's space agency and a nationalist politician known for his anti-Western rhetoric, is set to visit the US in February but NASA postpones his visit indefinitely

SPACE SNUB. Dmitry Rogozin, the head of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, meets with NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine at the Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on October 10, 2018. Photo by Yuri Kochetkov/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

First manned space mission launches since Soyuz failure

Dec 03, 2018 - 1:05 PM

Oleg Kononenko of Russian space agency Roscosmos, Anne McClain of NASA, and David Saint-Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency brush aside any possible safety concerns, saying risk was just part of the job

TO THE ISS. NASA US astronaut Anne McClain (L), Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko (C) and David Saint-Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency pose during their press conference at the Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on December 2, 2018. Photo by Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP)

ISS astronauts return to Earth amid U.S.-Russia tensions

Oct 05, 2018 - 3:00 AM

The landing comes with Russian and US officials investigating the appearance of a mysterious hole in a Russian space craft docked at the orbiting station

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Russia raids space research center in 'treason probe' – reports

Jul 20, 2018 - 7:30 PM

'This morning, the FSB raided offices of staff at the Central Research Institute of Machine-Building,' which is a subsidiary of Roscosmos, the Russian space agency, Kommersant reports, citing sources in law enforcement agencies.

Russia launches 11 space satellites 'without glitch'

Feb 01, 2018 - 4:49 PM

Lifting off as scheduled earlier Thursday, the Soyuz rocket carries two Russian Earth monitoring satellites as its primary payload and 9 US and German piggyback satellites

LIFTING OFF. A Soyuz-2.1a launch vehicle successfully lifts off from VOSTOCHNY Cosmodrome on February 1, 2018. Photo from Roscosmos.

Russia, U.S. shoot for the moon with joint lunar station project

Sep 27, 2017 - 7:53 PM

(UPDATED) The Russians and Americans will cooperate to build the systems needed to organize scientific missions in lunar orbit and to the surface of the Moon

THE MOON FROM THE ISS. This NASA handout image of the Moon, released on August 8, 2017 was taken from his vantage point in low Earth orbit aboard the International Space Station, by NASA astronaut Randy Bresnik as he pointed his camera and captured this image on August 3, 2017. Handout photo from NASA / 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, American two-man crew reaches ISS

Apr 20, 2017 - 5:36 PM

UPDATED The Soyuz MS 04 spacecraft with Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin and NASA s Jack Fisher onboard successfully docks to the ISS at 1319 GMT Russian space agency Roscosmos says

INTO SPACE. Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin and NASA rookie Jack Fischer. Screen shot from NASA TV via Twitter.

Two Russians, one American blast off to ISS

Oct 19, 2016 - 5:01 PM

NASA s Shane Kimbrough and Andrei Borisenko and Sergei Ryzhikov of Roscosmos blast off from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan after a one month delay

HEADING TO THE ISS. Russia’s Soyuz MS-02 spacecraft carrying the International Space Station (ISS) crew of Shane Kimbrough, Sergey Ryzhikov, and Andrey Borisenko blasts off from the launch pad at the Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome on October 19, 2016. Photo by Vasily Maximov/ AFP

Phase 2 of ExoMars mission delayed to 2020

May 02, 2016 - 8:45 PM

Space agency officials had warned that the follow on ExoMars mission originally scheduled for launch in 2018 might be delayed due to technical problems and cost overruns

MARS MISSION. The ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter Core Module is pictured in the cleanroom of aerospace company OHB in Bremen, Germany, 03 February 2014. The module was handed over to representatives of a French company, which will complete the trace gas orbiter. The module is part of the Mars mission Exomars currently under development by the European Space Agency (ESA) and th eRussian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos). Photo by Carmen Jaspersen/EPA

First rocket launch from Russia's Vostochny after delay

Apr 28, 2016 - 2:49 PM

The launch is good news for Russia s beleaguered space sector with the new cosmodrome touted to mark a rebirth of an industry plagued by a string of embarrassments in recent years

LIFTOFF. A Russian Soyuz 2.1a rocket carrying Lomonosov, Aist-2D and SamSat-218 satellites lifts off from the launch pad at the new Vostochny cosmodrome outside the city of Uglegorsk, about 200 kms from the city of Blagoveshchensk in the far eastern Amur region on April 28, 2016. Kirill Kudrayvtsev/Pool/AFP

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Rocket blasts off on mission seeking life on Mars

Mar 14, 2016 - 7:41 PM

Is there life on the Red Planet? The main objective of ExoMars 2016 is to analyze methane there – a possible indicator of life

A Russian Proton-M rocket carrying the ExoMars 2016 spacecraft blasts off from the launch pad at the Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome on March 14, 2016. AFP PHOTO / KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV / AFP / KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV

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)

Russia restarts spacecraft after embarrassing failures

May 18, 2015 - 11:43 AM

Roscosmos has been plunged into crisis by a series of embarrassing failures drawing fury from politicians and prompting Moscow to launch an inquiry into the space industry

In this file photo, the unpiloted Russian ISS Progress 55 resupply ship undocks from the International Space Station's Pirs Docking Compartment at 5:44 p.m. (EDT) on July 21, 2014. Image courtesy NASA

Russia delays return of ISS crew members after supply ship failure

May 13, 2015 - 8:47 AM

The journey home of the 3 crew members originally scheduled for Thursday May 14 is postponed until June

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 after the station and shuttle began their post-undocking relative separation. NASA/Handout/AFP

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

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

Politics no problem, say US and Russian spacefarers

Dec 19, 2014 - 10:10 AM

Mikhail Kornienko: There are no borders in space between us

TEAMING UP. A composite image showing US astronaut Scott Kelly (L), dated 16 March 2011, and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko (R), dated 25 September 2010. Photos by Sergei Remezov, Maxim Shipenkov/EPA

Russia postpones Proton-M launch over defect

Nov 26, 2014 - 7:47 PM

The glitch was yet more bad news for Russia s troubled space industry which earns millions of dollars from the launches of Western and Asian commercial satellites

A handout picture dated 28 June 2013 and released by the Russian Federal Space Agency Roscosmos shows a Proton-M launch vehicle with three Glonass-M satellites onboard while being mounted on its launch pad at Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan. Roscosmos/Handout/EPA

Italy's first female astronaut heads to ISS in Russian craft

Nov 24, 2014 - 7:39 AM

Samantha Cristoforetti is joined by Russian cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov and American astronaut Terry Virts

In the Integration Facility at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 42/43 crewmembers Terry Virts of NASA (left), Anton Shkaplerov of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos, center) and Samantha Cristoforetti of the European Space Agency (right) answer questions from reporters Nov. 19 during their second and final pre-launch “fit check” dress rehearsal activities. Image courtesy NASA/Viktor Ivanov

Spaceship designer who helped send Gagarin into orbit dies

Sep 19, 2014 - 10:21 AM

He participated directly in preparing the flight of the world s first cosmonaut Roscosmos says in a statement

SHAKING HANDS WITH GAGARIN. Oleg Ivanovsky in front of the Vostok with Yuri Gagarin. Image from Roscosmos website.

Russian, American astronauts return to Earth

Sep 11, 2014 - 3:49 PM

The trio who worked together aboard the ISS as relations between their countries plummeted over Ukraine smiled broadly gave thumbs up signs and waved in the sunshine as they spent their first minutes back on the planet

BACK HOME. The trio of International Space Station crew members returned to Earth and landed in Kazakhstan at 10:23 p.m. EDT on Sept. 10, 2014 after spending 167 days aboard the orbital laboratory. Image Credit: NASA Television

NASA suspends Russia ties, except on space station

Apr 03, 2014 - 1:17 PM

NASA cuts ties with Russia aside from cooperation on board the International Space Station as a result of the Ukraine crisis

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

NASA extends space station life to 2024

Jan 09, 2014 - 7:29 AM

The orbiting outpost the largest space lab ever built was launched to fanfare in 1998 and had been expected to remain in operation until 2020

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

Russian PM replaces space agency chief after setbacks

Oct 10, 2013 - 10:25 PM

Russia replaces the head of its state space agency Roscosmos

NEW FRONTIERS. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev (R) welcomes newly appointed chief of Roscosmos, Oleg Ostapenko. AFP PHOTO / RIA-NOVOSTI / POOL / DMITRY ASTAKHOV

New space crew joins ISS on Olympic torch mission

Sep 26, 2013 - 2:46 PM

Cosmonauts Kotov and Ryazansky are expected to carry into open space the Olympic torch for the 2014 Winter Games

HELLO, ISS. The International Space Station is seen from a Soyuz TMA-10M camera as it approaches for docking. Image: NASA TV

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