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News Archive / Tagged: Expedition 48

  • Soyuz trio blaze through atmosphere to land in kazakhstan

    Derek RichardsonSeptember 7th, 2016

    After orbiting Earth for 172 days, three members the International Space Station’s Expedition 48 crew undocked their Soyuz TMA-20M spacecraft from the outpost and barreled through the atmosphere a couple hours later to land on the Steppe of Kazakhstan.

  • EVA-37 spacewalkers to retract radiator, install external equipment

    Derek RichardsonAugust 30th, 2016

    Two weeks after installing International Docking Adapter 2 (IDA-2) on the front of the International Space Station (ISS), Expedition 48 astronauts Jeff Williams and Kate Rubins are gearing up to take another step outside the outpost. The two will retract and cover a thermal radiator as well as install a replacement lightbulb and a new high-definition camera on the station’s structure.

  • SpaceX’s CRS-9 Dragon returns to Earth

    Derek RichardsonAugust 26th, 2016

    After more than a month berthed to the International Space Station (ISS), SpaceX’s CRS-9 Dragon capsule was detached and released from the orbiting complex. A few hours later, the spacecraft was deorbited and recovered in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Baja California.

  • Jeff Williams sets US space endurance record

    Derek RichardsonAugust 25th, 2016

    Astronaut Jeff Williams, International Space Station (ISS) Expedition 48 commander, recently surpassed former astronaut Scott Kelly for the all-time U.S. endurance record in space – more than 520 days as of Aug. 24. When he returns home on Sept. 6, he will have accumulated more than 534 days above Earth over four missions.

  • NASA previews spacewalk to install IDA-2

    Derek RichardsonAugust 16th, 2016

    Two members of the International Space Station’s (ISS) Expedition 48 crew will be performing a spacewalk this Friday to install an International Docking Adapter (IDA) on the forward end of the station. The docking ring was brought up on SpaceX’s CRS-9 Dragon mission and has been sitting inside the spacecraft's trunk since arriving at the orbiting outpost one month ago.

  • Crew preps for spacewalk; advisory council warns of gap in ISS access

    Derek RichardsonAugust 6th, 2016

    With SpaceX’s Dragon cargo ship securely attached to the International Space Station (ISS), and cargo being transferred, two members Expedition 48 are gearing up for a spacewalk, set for August 19. The spacewalk will see the installation of the International Docking Adapter (IDA).

  • SpaceX CRS-9 Dragon arrives at International Space Station

    Derek RichardsonJuly 20th, 2016

    Bringing 5,000 pounds (2,300 kilograms) of supplies and a new International Docking Adapter (IDA), SpaceX’s CRS-9 Dragon cargo ship arrived at the International Space Station (ISS). The spacecraft was captured and berthed to the outpost at 9:03 a.m. CDT (14:03 GMT) July 20.

  • Progress MS-03 glides in for successful docking with ISS

    Derek RichardsonJuly 18th, 2016

    The first of two cargo ships to supply the International Space Station (ISS) in as many days arrived ao the orbiting outpost when the Russian Progress MS-03 glided in to dock with the Pirs module. Contact between the ISS and spacecraft occurred at 7:20 p.m. CDT July 18 (00:20 GMT July 19).

  • ISS crew increases to six with Soyuz MS-01 docking

    Derek RichardsonJuly 9th, 2016

    Three fresh crew members arrived at the International Space Station (ISS) in the new Soyuz MS-01 spacecraft. The trio rendezvoused and docked with the orbital outpost’s Rassvet module at 12:06 a.m. EDT (04:06 GMT) Saturday, July 9, while flying 254 miles (409 kilometers) over the South Pacific.

  • First Soyuz MS spacecraft successfully launches with next Space Station crew

    Tomasz NowakowskiJuly 6th, 2016

    Thundering off from Site 1/5 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, a Soyuz-FG rocket lit up the early morning sky, marking the first launch of Russia’s upgraded Soyuz MS spacecraft. The mission, carrying a trio of future International Space Station (ISS) inhabitants, was launched exactly at 4:36 a.m. MSK (01:36 GMT) on Thursday, July 7, 2016.

  • Despite thruster glitch, test of manual Progress docking successful

    Derek RichardsonJuly 1st, 2016

    In a test of the manual docking system on the Russian side of the International Space Station (ISS), a Progress cargo ship undocked from the Pirs docking compartment early this morning and was remotely re-docked by cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin some 30 minutes later, despite a thruster glitch at the moment of capture.