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  • Yevgeny Mikrin, General Designer of Russian space program, dead at age 64

    Sean CostelloMay 5th, 2020

    The Russian space community is mourning the tragic loss of their General Designer, with Roscosmos confirming today that Yevgeny Anatolyevich Mikrin died in hospital on May 5, 2020, at the age of 64.

  • NASA astronaut assigned record-setting mission

    Derek RichardsonApril 23rd, 2019

    Having been aboard the International Space Station for about a month, NASA astronaut Christina Koch is set for an extended stay of about 11 months.

  • NASA planning to buy 2 more seats aboard Russian Soyuz spacecraft

    Derek RichardsonFebruary 16th, 2019

    NASA is looking to ensure uninterrupted access to the International Space Station while two commercial spacecraft finish development.

  • Gallery: Soyuz FG rocket returns to service with MS-11 flight

    Jason RhianDecember 3rd, 2018

    BAIKONUR COSMODRONE, Kazkhstan. — A crew of three blasted off atop a Soyuz-FG rocket at 6:31 a.m. EST (11:31 GMT) on Dec. 3, 2018, from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Nine minutes later, Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, NASA astronaut Anne McClain and Canadian Space Agency astronaut David Saint-Jacques were in orbit.

  • Pressure mounts on Commercial Crew as Russia plans to stop flying U.S. astronauts to ISS

    Jason RhianSeptember 5th, 2018

    Amidst worsening conditions between the United States and Russia, the contract that provides U.S. astronauts with transportation to and from the International Space Station - is a few months away from expiring. The close of this agreement coincides with the time that NASA and its commercial partners hope to conduct the first test flights of so-called "space taxis" to the orbiting lab.

  • Nick Hague set to become first member of 2013 astronaut class to fly

    Jason RhianJune 18th, 2018

    One of the 2013 class of astronauts is preparing himself for his flight into space. When Nick Hague takes to the skies in a Russian Soyuz spacecraft later this year, he will become the first of his class to fly.

  • Space station trio returns to Earth after record-setting mission

    Derek RichardsonFebruary 28th, 2018

    Three members of the International Space Station’s Expedition 54 crew returned to Earth on Feb. 27, 2018. Riding in their Soyuz MS-06 spacecraft, the trio blazed through the atmosphere and landed on the snow-covered Kazakh Steppe in Kazakhstan.

  • U.S. astronauts may continue to launch aboard Soyuz into 2020

    Curt GodwinJune 23rd, 2017

    According to a report from the Russian news agency TASS, not only will U.S. astronauts launch to the International Space Station (ISS) in a Soyuz spacecraft through 2019, but also there is a strong possibility that Boeing will engage their Russian counterpart to continue the service through 2020.

  • Reaching for the stars: An interview with former NASA astronaut Mike Fossum

    Tomasz NowakowskiFebruary 20th, 2017

    In an interview with SpaceFlight Insider affiliate, veteran NASA astronaut Mike Fossum talked about his career as an astronaut, recollecting unforgettable and thrilling moments in space.

  • NASA mulls purchasing Soyuz seats—from Boeing?

    Derek RichardsonJanuary 20th, 2017

    Despite the Commercial Crew Program being years behind schedule, NASA has said for the last number of months that it has no plans to purchase additional Soyuz seats from Russia past the end of 2018. While that may technically hold true, the U.S. space agency is, however, looking to buy Soyuz seats acquired by Boeing.

  • Cosmonaut Igor Volk dead at 79

    Jason RhianJanuary 4th, 2017

    Former Soviet cosmonaut Igor Volk passed away while on vacation in Bulgaria on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017 – he was 79. Volk was a test pilot for the Mikoyan Aircraft Design Bureau. His accomplishments covered an array of vehicles and environments – including a mission to orbit.

  • 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.

  • NASA not planning to buy more Soyuz seats

    Tomasz NowakowskiOctober 15th, 2016

    NASA has no plans to sign another agreement with the Roscosmos State Corporation to continue astronaut transportation services to the International Space Station (ISS) via the Russian Soyuz spacecraft. The last half-billion dollar deal for six Soyuz seats, which was signed last year, ends with the Soyuz MS-11 mission scheduled for launch in November 2018 and landing in early 2019.

  • Soyuz TMA-17M and crew return home after five months on ISS

    Derek RichardsonDecember 11th, 2015

    Three members of the Expedition 45 crew departed the International Space Station in their Soyuz TMA-17M spacecraft on Dec. 11, landing a few hours later on the steppes of Kazakhstan in sub-zero, post sunset conditions. This was the first night landing of a Soyuz since TMA-05M in November 2012.

  • ISS crew gear up for visiting vehicle traffic

    Derek RichardsonNovember 29th, 2015

    After a few weeks of there being no visiting spacecraft traffic, allowing more time to be spent on science, the Expedition 45 crew of the International Space Station are gearing up for a period of comings and goings on board the orbiting laboratory. This more active period should kickoff with the arrival of Orbital ATK's Cygnus spacecraft in early December.