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News Archive / Tagged: Expedition 50

  • Astronauts breeze through spacewalk, complete all get-ahead tasks

    Derek RichardsonJanuary 13th, 2017

    In the second of two planned to spacewalks up upgrade the International Space Station’s (ISS) power system, two astronauts finished the process of replacing 12 nickel-hydrogen batteries with new lithium-ion units. The spacewalking duo worked so fast, they had time to complete all of the assigned get-ahead tasks.

  • Astronauts to finish installing batteries during ISS during Friday spacewalk

    Derek RichardsonJanuary 12th, 2017

    The International Space Station (ISS) crew is gearing up for the second of two spacewalks aimed at replacing aging nickel-hydrogen batteries with new lithium-ion units. Two astronauts will leave the Quest airlock at around 7 a.m. EST (12:00 GMT) Jan. 13, 2017, for an estimated six-and-a-half-hour-long excursion.

  • 1st battery-replacement spacewalk completed at ISS

    Derek RichardsonJanuary 6th, 2017

    Two NASA astronauts on the first of two spacewalks outside the International Space Station (ISS) made swift work to help with the replacement of old batteries with new lithium-ion units. They even had enough time leftover to perform several get-ahead tasks.

  • Robotics work clears way for Friday spacewalk

    Derek RichardsonJanuary 4th, 2017

    On Friday, NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Peggy Whitson will venture outside the 400-metric-ton International Space Station (ISS) on the first of two spacewalks to begin a multi-year process of upgrading the outpost’s power system.

  • ISS Expedition 50 crew preps for January spacewalks

    Derek RichardsonDecember 24th, 2016

    With the Japanese Kounotori 6 cargo craft firmly attached to the International Space Station's Harmony module, the six-person Expedition 50 crew is heading into the holiday weekend with images of spacewalk preparations dancing in their heads.

  • Japanese Kounotori 6 arrives at International Space Station

    Derek RichardsonDecember 13th, 2016

    Japan’s sixth “white stork” arrived at the International Space Station (ISS) to deliver supplies, experiments, and Christmas gifts for the crew. The Kounotori 6 cargo ship, also called HTV-6, was captured by the outpost's robotic Canadarm2 at 5:37 a.m. EST (10:37 GMT) Dec. 13, 2016.

  • Lost: Progress MS-04 cargo craft fails to reach orbit

    Bart LeahyDecember 1st, 2016

    Roscosmos, the Russian space agency, reported that it lost the Progress MS-04 spacecraft that was delivering cargo to the International Space Station (ISS). Contact was lost with the spacecraft after 382 seconds into the flight while it was flying on its third stage.

  • Thanksgiving on ISS is ‘different’

    Derek RichardsonNovember 24th, 2016

    Thanksgiving is just a normal day on the International Space Station; however, the two NASA astronauts will share the tradition of the American holiday with the rest of the crew during their evening meal time.

  • ISS crew count returns to 6 with Soyuz docking

    Derek RichardsonNovember 19th, 2016

    After spending two days catching up to the International Space Station (ISS), the crew of Soyuz MS-03 docked their spacecraft with the orbiting complex at 4:58 p.m. EST (21:58 GMT) Nov. 19.

  • Pillar of light: Soyuz MS-03 crew en route to space station

    Derek RichardsonNovember 17th, 2016

    On a clear and cold Kazakh morning, three space flyers launched atop a Soyuz rocket in their Soyuz MS-03 spacecraft on a two-day flight bound for the International Space Station. The trio will spend about six months in space.

  • 2017 ISS crew assignments updated

    Derek RichardsonNovember 16th, 2016

    Earlier this year, Roscosmos announced it would be reducing its crew on each International Space Station (ISS) expedition from three to two. This means only five people will participate in each expedition as opposed to the normal six. As such, NASA has updated the 2017 crew assignments for the outpost.

  • Soyuz MS-03 to send trio to ISS

    Derek RichardsonNovember 15th, 2016

    A new trio of space flyers is gearing up to launch toward the International Space Station. Launching atop a Soyuz rocket, the crew in their Soyuz MS-03 spacecraft is slated to leave terra firma at 2:20 a.m. local Kazakh time Nov. 18 (3:20 p.m. EST / 20:20 GMT Nov. 17) from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.