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News Archive / Tagged: International Space Station

  • Astronauts perform contingency spacewalk to replace failed data relay box

    Derek RichardsonMay 23rd, 2017

    Just three days after the failure of a key data relay box, a contingency spacewalk was planned by ground teams and executed by International Space Station astronauts Peggy Whitson and Jack Fischer to replace the component.

  • Contingency spacewalk required to replace failed relay box

    Derek RichardsonMay 21st, 2017

    A data relay box failure outside the International Space Station (ISS) has prompted mission managers to begin planning a contingency spacewalk. On Tuesday, May 23, 2017, NASA astronauts Peggy Whitson and Jack Fischer will venture outside the Quest airlock to replace the failed component.

  • Alien planet-hunting camera successfully tested at International Space Station

    Tomasz NowakowskiMay 17th, 2017

    A highly advanced and specialized university-built camera has been successfully tested at the International Space Station (ISS). The instrument, known as the Charge Injection Device (CID), is designed to capture light from distant faint objects such as extrasolar worlds.

  • Astronauts complete 200th ISS spacewalk

    Derek RichardsonMay 12th, 2017

    For the 200th time in nearly two decades, two people aboard the International Space Station donned spacesuits and ventured outside to perform a spacewalk. Problems during preparations for the excursion, however, ultimately caused it to be cut short by more than two hours.

  • LIVE: Astronaut duo conducting 200th ISS spacewalk

    Derek RichardsonMay 12th, 2017

    Expedition 51 Commander Peggy Whitson and Flight Engineer Jack Fischer are performing U.S. extravehicular activity 42 (EVA-42) today, May 12, 2017. This is the 200th spacewalk in support of International Space Station assembly and maintenance.

  • Expedition 53/54 crew provides details about their upcoming mission

    SpaceFlight InsiderMay 11th, 2017

    HOUSTON, Texas — NASA astronauts Joe Acaba, Mark Vande Hei, along with their Russian crewmate Alexander Misurkin, detailed their future flight to members of the press on Wednesday, May 10. The trio of Expedition 53/54 crew members discussed the logistics and science that will be required during their flight to the ISS.

  • ‘Space ninja’ Peggy Whitson sets space duration record, Trump congratulates

    Derek RichardsonApril 24th, 2017

    NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson has broken the space duration record set by Jeff Williams last year by surpassing 534 cumulative days in space over her three long-duration missions.

  • S.S. John Glenn OA-7 Cygnus berthed to ISS

    Derek RichardsonApril 22nd, 2017

    After a four-day cruise to the International Space Station, Orbital ATK’s OA-7 Cygnus spacecraft, named S.S. John Glenn, was captured and berthed to the outpost.

  • Where’s the Beef? NASA OA-7 mission takes a look at astronauts’ menu

    Jim SiegelApril 21st, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — One of many challenges of long-duration space travel is storing the necessary food and other supplies. Without a way to replenish supplies, a mission to Mars would have to be self-sustaining. One way of reducing the very large amount of food required for such a trip would be to grow some of that food on the way.

  • Soyuz MS-04 arrival increases ISS crew size to 5

    Derek RichardsonApril 20th, 2017

    The population of the International Space Station has increased to five people with the docking and hatch opening of the Soyuz MS-04 with two new Expedition 51 crew members.

  • Soyuz MS-04 sends two-man crew on fast-track to ISS

    Curt GodwinApril 20th, 2017

    The two newest International Space Station (ISS) inhabitants are on their way to the orbiting outpost. Soyuz MS-04 lifted off at 3:13 a.m. EDT (07:13 GMT) April 20, 2017, from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

  • ‘Oh, that view is tremendous’: ULA sends ‘S.S. John Glenn’ Cygnus to ISS

    Bart LeahyApril 18th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The seventh Orbital ATK OA-7 Cygnus cargo vehicle took to the near-perfect morning skies above Florida atop a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket.

  • OA-7 Cygnus set to bring science and supplies to ISS

    Bart LeahyApril 16th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Orbital ATK’s OA-7 Cygnus spacecraft, named S.S. John Glenn in honor of America’s first orbital astronaut, is set to launch over 7,500 pounds of supplies and equipment to the International Space Station (ISS).

  • Soyuz MS-02 trio returns to Earth

    Derek RichardsonApril 10th, 2017

    Three International Space Station (ISS) crew members returned to Earth in their Soyuz MS-02 spacecraft on April 10, 2017, after nearly six months aboard the outpost.

  • Robotic Refueling Mission leaves ISS

    Heather SmithApril 8th, 2017

    After a six-year stay attached to the International Space Station (ISS), NASA’s Robotic Refueling Mission (RRM) payload made its way back to Earth on March 19, 2017, to burn up in the atmosphere inside the trunk of SpaceX's CRS-10 Dragon spacecraft.