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Spacecraft carrying Russian humanoid robot docks at ISS

Aug 27, 2019 - 12:51 PM

The lifesize robot named Fedor – short for Final Experimental Demonstration Object Research – copies human movements, a key skill that allows it to help carry out tasks remotely

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

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

Rocket bound for ISS fails, crew survives emergency landing

Oct 11, 2018 - 9:28 PM

US astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Aleksey Ovchinin are safe after their Soyuz rocket fails shortly after blast-off

Boeing, SpaceX unlikely to make manned flights to ISS in 2019

Jul 13, 2018 - 3:39 PM

The independent Government Accountability Office says neither company is expected to be ready to carry out manned flights by November 2019 because of various delays in certifying their programs

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

The week in photos: March 17-23, 2018

Mar 24, 2018 - 12:49 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

A refugee child participates in an anti-racist demonstration in Athens on March 17, 2018, marking as well two-years of the EU-Turkey deal and the closing of the borders. The banner reads' fight fortess Europe'. Refugees and solidarity groups condemned the new shipwreck off Agathonissi island earlier today, where 16 refugees drowned. / AFP PHOTO / LOUISA GOULIAMAKI

Aircraft overhead forces Orbital to cancel cargo launch

Nov 11, 2017 - 8:58 AM

(UPDATED) The unmanned, barrel-shaped Cygnus is packed with food, supplies, and equipment for the 6 astronauts at the International Space Station

SET FOR LAUNCH. The Orbital ATK Antares rocket, with the Cygnus spacecraft onboard, is seen on launch Pad-0A, Friday, November 10, 2017 at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Photo by Bill Ingalls/NASA/AFP

Pope gets philosophical with ISS crew in space chat

Oct 26, 2017 - 10:31 PM

The Argentine pontiff sits at a small desk inside the tiny city state, facing a wide-screen television on which the astronauts from America, Russia and Italy could be seen floating together in their blue suits

CHAT. This handout picture taken and released on October 26, 2017 by the Vatican press office shows Pope Francis (R) speaking during a video conference connection with the International Space Station (ISS), at the Vatican, on 26 October, 2017. Photo by  Osservatore Romeno/ AFP

3 astronauts reach ISS for 5-month mission

Sep 13, 2017 - 11:45 AM

Russia s Roscosmos space agency says that the Soyuz MS 06 spacecraft successfully docked at the ISS at 0255 GMT

The Soyuz MS-06 spacecraft carrying NASA astronauts Mark Vande Hei and Joe Acaba and cosmonaut Alexander Misurkin of Roscosmos is seen on the right approaching the International Space Station on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017. The spacecraft docked to the station at 10:55 p.m. EDT. Credits: NASA Television

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.

SpaceX hails 'revolution' after recycled rocket launch, landing

Mar 31, 2017 - 9:08 AM

UPDATED SpaceX officials have said that reusing hardware could slash costs – with each Falcon 9 launch costing over 61 million – by about 30

REVOLUTION. The SES-10 launch is the world's first reflight of an orbital class rocket. Photo from SpaceX Flickr account

Two US astronauts on spacewalk to upgrade ISS

Jan 06, 2017 - 11:53 PM

The astronauts spacewalk is expected to last six and a half hours during which the pair will install adapter plates and electrical connections for 3 of 6 new lithium ion batteries installed on the station s truss

SPACEWALK. This NASA TV frame grab shows astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Peggy Whitson reloacating a battery on January 6, 2017 outside the International Space Station. Image from NASA TV / AFP

Russia seeks answers after ISS cargo ship crashes

Dec 02, 2016 - 7:05 PM

Russia s space agency says the Progress ship – carrying tons of food and equipment as well as gifts for the ISS crew of 6 – was lost minutes after launch Thursday evening December 1 in an abnormal situation

Service towers move towards the Soyuz-U carrier rocket with the cargo ship Progress MS-04 lifted on the launch pad at the Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on November 29, 2016. Roscosmos/Stringer/AFP

'Fire in space' experiment kicks off aboard U.S. cargo ship

Nov 22, 2016 - 7:08 AM

How does fire act in space? Researchers will soon find out by trying to ignite 9 different materials aboard an unmanned spaceship on its way to a fiery re entry

In this file photo, Orbital ATK's Cygnus cargo craft (left) is seen from the Cupola module windows aboard the International Space Station on Oct. 23, 2016. NASA photo

Russian spaceship delivers 3 astronauts to space station

Nov 20, 2016 - 7:53 AM

Thomas Pesquet Oleg Novitsky and Peggy Whitson join 3 other astronauts already staffing the International Space Station

DOCKED. This image obtained from NASA TV shows a view from a camera on the International Space Station before the Soyuz MS-03 spacecraft docks to the Rassvet module on November 19, 2016 Photo by HO/NASA TV/AFP

Orbital cargo ship arrives at space station

Oct 24, 2016 - 12:15 AM

The unmanned cargo ship successfully brings 2 5 tons of food and supplies to the 6 astronauts living in orbit

In this October 23, 2016 Iamge from NASA TV, the Cygnus resupply ship after joining up with the International Space Station(ISS. The unmanned cargo ship operated by the US company OrbitalATK arrived Sunday at the International Space Station, delivering 2.5 tons of food and supplies to the six astronauts living in orbit. US astronaut Kate Rubins and Japanese astronaut Takuya Onishi led the operation to grab the incoming Cygnus spaceship with the space station's robotic arm.  / AFP PHOTO / NASA TV / HO / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / NASA TV" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

US astronauts prepare spacewalk to install new docking port

Aug 19, 2016 - 2:30 PM

International Space Station operations integration manager Kenneth Todd calls the installation a very significant milestone on the path to establishing commercial crew capability

SPACEWALK. This NASA photo obtained October 30, 2015 shows an image taken by Expedition 45 Commander Scott Kelly during a spacewalk on October 28, 2015. File photo by  Scott Kelly/NASA/AFP

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Jul 18, 2016 - 7:58 PM

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SpaceX propels cargo to space station, lands rocket

Jul 18, 2016 - 12:38 PM

UPDATED SpaceX launches its unmanned Dragon cargo capsule to the International Space Station carrying a key piece of equipment that was lost last year in a rocket explosion

DRAGON AND FALCON. A multiple exposure photo showing the trail of the Dragon spacecraft as it lifts off, with the Falcon 9 rocket's trail as it landed, at Cape Canaveral, Florida, July 18, 2016. Photo courtesy SpaceX

Three astronauts touch down after 6 months in space

Jun 18, 2016 - 8:10 PM

Tim Peake the first British astronaut on the ISS Russia s Yury Malenchenko and NASA s Tim Kopra parachuted down onto the Kazakh steppe in their Soyuz capsule after spending 186 days in orbit

TOUCHDOWN. A handout photo provided by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) on June 18, 2016 shows Tim Peake (seated L) of the European Space Agency ESA, Yuri Malenchenko (seated C) of Roscosmos, and Tim Kopra (seated R) of NASA sitting in chairs outside the Soyuz TMA-19M spacecraft just minutes after they landed in a remote area near the town of Dzhezkazgan (Zhezkazgan), Kazakhstan. Photo by Bill Ingalls/NASA/EPA

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Jun 02, 2016 - 6:58 PM

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WATCH: The first-ever Facebook Live video to outerspace

Jun 02, 2016 - 11:53 AM

Facebook s Mark Zuckerberg talks to astronauts at the International Space Station live

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May 17, 2016 - 6:31 PM

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ISS completes 100,000th orbit of Earth – mission control

May 17, 2016 - 9:00 AM

This is a significant milestone and is a tribute to this international partnership made up of the European Space Agency of Russia Canada Japan and the United States

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

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Apr 27, 2016 - 6:30 PM

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PH microsatellite Diwata-1 launched into space

Apr 27, 2016 - 2:23 PM

3rd UPDATE Diwata 1 the Philippines first microsatellite is deployed into space to start its mission to be the country s eye in the sky

The microsatellite Diwata-1 being deployed into space. Photo courtesy ESA/Astronaut Tim Peake/Twitter

SpaceX cargo arrives at crowded space station

Apr 10, 2016 - 8:18 PM

Included in the Dragon s cargo is an expandable room that will be temporarily attached to the orbiting outpost

DRAGON IN SPACE. A handout picture provided by NASA shows SpaceX's Dragon cargo capsule docked to the Earth-facing port of the Harmony module of the International Space Station (ISS), May 19, 2015. File photo by NASA/EPA

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Mar 28, 2016 - 12:00 PM

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PH microsatellite Diwata-1 reaches Int'l Space Station

Mar 27, 2016 - 8:10 AM

The unmanned space freighter Cygnus carrying the Diwata 1 microsatellite in its payload of experiments and supplies successfully docks at the International Space Station

ARRIVAL. A computer overlay with engineering data provides video of the Canadarm2 robotic arm maneuvering to capture the Orbital ATK Cygnus space freighter. Credit: NASA TV

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Mar 23, 2016 - 7:04 PM

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Excitement, hope as PH launches own microsatellite

Mar 23, 2016 - 3:55 PM

After a successful launch into space the Philippines now looks forward to the deployment of its first microsatellite Diwata 1

The Atlas V rocket lifts off. Image courtesy NASA

PH microsatellite Diwata-1 heads to Int'l Space Station

Mar 23, 2016 - 11:11 AM

The Philippines first ever homegrown microsatellite the Diwata 1 sets off for the International Space Station aboard the Cygnus resupply mission

LIFTOFF. The Atlas V rocket, carrying the Cygnus resupply mission, lifts off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, March 22, 2016. Frame grab courtesy NASA TV

WATCH: Cygnus sets off for ISS with PH microsatellite Diwata-I

Mar 23, 2016 - 10:17 AM

UPDATED NASA partner Orbital ATK sent its Cygnus cargo ship to the International Space Station with it the Philippines first microsatellite the Diwata I in its payload

The Atlas V rocket lifts off. Image courtesy NASA

Philippine microsatellite Diwata-I set for launch

Mar 22, 2016 - 9:46 PM

The Diwata I microsatellite is set to be brought to the International Space Station ISS on Wednesday morning March 23 Manila time

HELLO, DIWATA! Diwata 1, the first Filipino-made microsatellite, is surrounded by Filipino and Japanese scientists in this photo during its turnover to the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), January 13, 2016. Photo courtesy Department of Science and Technology

NASA to test fire in space by burning unmanned orbiting craft

Mar 16, 2016 - 7:45 PM

The experiment called Saffire 1 aims to help NASA improve the safety of space missions

In this December 9, 2015 NASA TV image the Orbital ATK's Cygnus cargo ship is seen just before capture as it arrives at the International Space Station. Cygnus is carrying more than 7,000 pounds (3,000 kilograms) of water, food and supplies for global astronauts. AFP PHOTO / HANDOUT / NASA TV == RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE / MANDATORY CREDIT: "AFP PHOTO / HANDOUT / NASA TV "/ NO MARKETING / NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS / DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS == / AFP / NASA TV / -

Astronaut Scott Kelly to retire in April

Mar 12, 2016 - 11:37 PM

Kelly hopes the legacy of his near one year mission would be to help pave the way toward a deep space mission to Mars someday

RETIRING. International Space Station (ISS) crew member Scott Kelly of the U.S. shows a victory sign after landing near the town of Dzhezkazgan (Zhezkazgan), Kazakhstan, March 2, 2016. File photo by Kirill Kudryavtsev/EPA

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Mar 02, 2016 - 6:27 PM

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Super Bowl viewing party... in space

Feb 08, 2016 - 9:22 AM

Hosted Super Bowl party on the International Space Station but no one showed up I would have served nachos

SUPER BOWL IN SPACE. A photo taken by NASA astronaut Scott Kelly showing a broadcast of the Super Bowl 50 aboard the International Space Station, February 7, 2016. Scott Kelly/NASA

Space bloom: Astronauts grow flower at space station

Jan 19, 2016 - 3:58 PM

Astronaut Scott Kelly tweets: Yes there are other life forms in space

OUT OF THIS WORLD. The first-ever flower to bloom in space, a zinnia, pictured here by astronaut Scott Kelly aboard the International Space Station (ISS), January 18, 2017. Photo courtesy NASA/Scott Kelly

'Exhilarated' British astronaut starts first spacewalk

Jan 15, 2016 - 9:36 PM

Peake says he felt exhilarated but had no time to dwell on these emotions

Photo by AFP/NASA/Tim Peake

US astronauts fix stalled rail car during spacewalk

Dec 21, 2015 - 10:26 PM

The pair of astronauts went on a three hour spacewalk to move a stalled railcar outside the International Space Station

3 astronauts land back on Earth from space station

Dec 12, 2015 - 1:32 AM

The ISS space laboratory has been orbiting the Earth at roughly 28 000 kilometres per hour since 1998

LIVESTREAM LANDING. Russian support teams watch a live video stream of Expedition 45 crew members Oleg Kononenko of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos), Kj Lindgren of NASA and Kimiya Yui of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) at their landing site in a remote area. Photo by Bill Ingalls/NASA/AFP

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

IN PHOTOS: Typhoon Soudelor from space

Aug 06, 2015 - 3:49 AM

NASA s International Space Station shares photos of 2015 s most powerful typhoon on social media

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 https://blogs.nasa.gov/spacestation/2015/05/07/progress-59-update/

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