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First Arab on ISS returns to Earth

Oct 03, 2019 - 6:17 PM

(UPDATED) Although Hazzaa al-Mansoori's mission was short – 8 days in total – it has been the source of great pride in the UAE, a newcomer to the world of space with ambitions to send an unmanned probe to orbit Mars by 2021

SAFE. In this image released by NASA, Russian space agency rescue team members and United Arab Emirates (UAE) specialists carry UAE astronaut Hazzaa al-Mansoori shortly after the landing of the Russian Soyuz MS-12 space capsule about 150kms (90 miles) southeast of the Kazakh town of Dzhezkazgan on October 3, 2019. AFP PHOTO / NASA / Bill INGALLS

Rocket carrying Emirati, Russian, American blasts off for ISS

Sep 25, 2019 - 11:00 PM

Hazzaa al-Mansoori of the United Arab Emirates will spend 8 days on the ISS and will be the first Emirati and the first Arab on the orbiting laboratory

CHEERS. People at Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre in Dubai gesture and wave Emirati national flags as they watch screens showing a Soyuz MS-15 spacecraft lifting off from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The spacecraft carries 35-year-old Emirati astronaut Hazzaa al-Mansoori, who will spend 8 days aboard the International Space Station. Photo by Karim Sahib /AFP

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

Soyuz spacecraft carrying humanoid robot fails to dock with space station

Aug 24, 2019 - 3:07 PM

(UPDATED) The life-size robot, named Fedor, was to spend 10 days learning to assist astronauts in the space station

This handout picture taken on July 26, 2019 and released by the official website of the Russian State Space Corporation ROSCOSMOS on August 21, 2019 shows Russian humanoid robot Skybot F-850 (Fedor) being tested ahead of its flight on board Soyuz MS-14 spacecraft at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. - Russia space agency Roscosmos is about to send a humanoid robot to the International Space Station. Skybot F-850 will be sent to the ISS on August 22 on board the Soyuz MS-14 spacecraft, and will spend over two weeks there before returning to Earth on September 7. It's the first time that a robot will take the commander's place in a Soyuz — the Skybot will monitor and report on conditions during the otherwise uncrewed flight. (Photo by - / Roscosmos space agency / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / ROSCOSMOS / Space Center Yuzhny/TsENKI /" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

The week in photos: March 9-15, 2019

Mar 16, 2019 - 12:45 PM

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

CARNIVAL. Costumed revelers perform in a carnival procession on the streets of Strumica, Macedonia, during the great evening carnival on March 9, 2019. Photo by Robert Atanasovski/AFP

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

Astronauts land from ISS stint marred by air leak, rocket failure

Dec 20, 2018 - 4:49 PM

The astronauts detected a small hole in the Soyuz spacecraft, with Russia suggesting that it could have been deliberate sabotage carried out in space

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

Aborted launch astronauts return to space next year – Russia

Oct 12, 2018 - 6:07 PM

Russian cosmonaut Aleksey Ovchinin and US astronaut Nick Hague who survived an aborted flight are likely to go into space in the spring

Russia's Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft carrying the members of the International Space Station (ISS) expedition 57/58, Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin and NASA astronaut Nick Hague, blasts off to the ISS from the launch pad at the Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome in Baikonur on October 11, 2018.  Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV / AFP

The week in photos: June 2-8, 2018

Jun 09, 2018 - 11:52 AM

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

INDEPENDENCE DAY DISPLAY. Mall goers in Rizal on June 8, 2018, look on the 120 miniature jeepneys arranged to form a Philippine Flag in celebration of the country's 117th Independence Day. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

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

The week in photos: December 16-22, 2017

Dec 23, 2017 - 3:57 PM

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

A girl waits for her present next to a man dressed as Santa Claus during a Christmas ceremony at the Palace of the National Military Club in Bucharest on December 21, 2017. Children of the Romanian Army army personnel, who were injured or died on duty, attended a children's show and received Christmas presents. / AFP PHOTO / Daniel MIHAILESCU

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 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

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

Two Russians, one American blast off to ISS

Oct 19, 2016 - 5:01 PM

NASA s Shane Kimbrough and Andrei Borisenko and Sergei Ryzhikov of Roscosmos blast off from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan after a one month delay

HEADING TO THE ISS. Russia’s Soyuz MS-02 spacecraft carrying the International Space Station (ISS) crew of Shane Kimbrough, Sergey Ryzhikov, and Andrey Borisenko blasts off from the launch pad at the Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome on October 19, 2016. Photo by Vasily Maximov/ AFP

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

First rocket launch from Russia's Vostochny after delay

Apr 28, 2016 - 2:49 PM

The launch is good news for Russia s beleaguered space sector with the new cosmodrome touted to mark a rebirth of an industry plagued by a string of embarrassments in recent years

LIFTOFF. A Russian Soyuz 2.1a rocket carrying Lomonosov, Aist-2D and SamSat-218 satellites lifts off from the launch pad at the new Vostochny cosmodrome outside the city of Uglegorsk, about 200 kms from the city of Blagoveshchensk in the far eastern Amur region on April 28, 2016. Kirill Kudrayvtsev/Pool/AFP

Glitch delays first rocket launch from Russia's new cosmodrome

Apr 27, 2016 - 9:02 PM

The launch of a Soyuz rocket bedecked with the Russian flag and watched by President Vladimir Putin is halted just two and a half minutes before takeoff with space chiefs saying it would be postponed by at least 24 hours

FAILURE TO LAUNCH. A handout picture provided April 27, 2016 by the press service of the Russian State Corporation 'Roscosmos' shows Russian Soyuz-2.1a rocket on the launch pad at the Vostochny cosmodrome, outside Uglegorsk, Amur region, Russia, April 23, 2016. Phoo by ROSCOSMOS/EPA

Einstein's theory of relativity faces satellite test

Apr 26, 2016 - 6:05 PM

The mission of the Microscope orbiter is to test the basis for our modern understanding of gravity

A handout picture taken on April 25, 2016 and released by the European Space Agency (ESA) shows a Soyuz VS14 rocket lifting off from the European space centre at Kourou, French Guiana. / AFP PHOTO / AFP / S. MARTIN / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / ESA-CNES-ARIANESPACE / S MARTIN " - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Europe to launch satellites for Earth, Einstein

Apr 22, 2016 - 1:30 PM

Setting off on a Russian Soyuz rocket will be Sentinel 1B with its Earth surveillance radar and Microscope a French built orbiter seeking to poke a hole in Einstein s theory of general relativity

TESTS. French National Centre for Space Studies' employees work on the last thermal vacuum tests of the Microscope satellite in Toulouse, France. Photo from phys.org

Sore – but no taller – astronaut Scott Kelly adjusts to Earth

Mar 05, 2016 - 10:41 AM

One of the effects of spending such a long time in the absence of gravity was that Kelly s spine expanded temporarily making him grow 1 5 inches only to shrink as he returned to Earth

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

International Space Station's 'one year crew' returns to Earth

Mar 02, 2016 - 8:14 AM

3rd UPDATE US astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko return to Earth after spending almost a year in space

The 6 Expedition 46 crew members gather one last time before saying farewell and closing the hatches between the Soyuz spacecraft and the International Space Station. From left are, Yuri Malenchenko, Tim Kopra, Mikhail Kornienko, Sergey Volkov, Scott Kelly and Tim Peake. Credit: NASA TV

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)

Italy's first female astronaut heads to ISS in Russian craft

Nov 24, 2014 - 7:39 AM

Samantha Cristoforetti is joined by Russian cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov and American astronaut Terry Virts

In the Integration Facility at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 42/43 crewmembers Terry Virts of NASA (left), Anton Shkaplerov of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos, center) and Samantha Cristoforetti of the European Space Agency (right) answer questions from reporters Nov. 19 during their second and final pre-launch “fit check” dress rehearsal activities. Image courtesy NASA/Viktor Ivanov

Crew with newest woman cosmonaut blasts off for ISS

Sep 26, 2014 - 11:20 AM

The Soyuz TMA14M spacecraft took off at 12:25 am Moscow timefrom Russia s Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to start the journey to the International Space Station ISS

BLASTING OFF. The Soyuz TMA-14M rocket is launched with Expedition 41 Soyuz Commander Alexander Samokutyaev of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) Flight Engineer Elena Serova of Roscosmos, and Flight Engineer Barry Wilmore of NASA, Friday, Sept. 26, 2014 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Joel Kowsky/NASA

Soyuz brings 3-man crew to ISS after two-day delay

Mar 28, 2014 - 11:30 AM

The Soyuz team had to orbit the Earth 34 times before they could link up with the International Space Station

GETTING SETTLED. Expedition 39, now a six-member crew, talks to family and mission officials moments after entering the space station for the first time. Photo from NASA TV.

Soyuz rocket with US-Russian crew misses ISS rendezvous

Mar 26, 2014 - 3:04 PM

The Soyuz rocket failed to hook up with the space station due to complications that appeared in the functioning of the vessel s orientation system

SOYUZ FROM SPACE. Rick Mastracchio sends a picture of the Soyuz rocket taking off from the International Space Station. Photo from Rick Mastracchio's Twitter via NASA.gov

American, two Russians back on Earth after half-year in space

Mar 11, 2014 - 1:49 PM

The 3 spacemen were extracted from the capsule in good shape and wrapped with blankets to protect them from the Kazakhstan cold

WRAPPING UP A TRIP. The three spacemen in blankets on the Kazakh steppe. Photo from NASA TV at http://www.nasa.gov/

New space crew joins ISS on Olympic torch mission

Sep 26, 2013 - 2:46 PM

Cosmonauts Kotov and Ryazansky are expected to carry into open space the Olympic torch for the 2014 Winter Games

HELLO, ISS. The International Space Station is seen from a Soyuz TMA-10M camera as it approaches for docking. Image: NASA TV

3 astronauts back on Earth from ISS

Sep 11, 2013 - 4:22 PM

Russians Pavel Vinogradov and Alexander Misurkin landed on schedule at 8:58 am Kazakh time 0258 GMT in the Kazakh steppe along with American Chris Cassidy

BACK HOME. (L-R) ISS Expedition 36 astronaut Chris Cassidy of NASA, and cosmonauts Pavel Vinogradov and Alexander Misurkin, sit in chairs outside the Soyuz TMA-08M capsule just minutes after they landed in a remote area near the town of Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan, on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013. NASA/Bill Ingalls

Trio takes shortcut to International Space Station

May 29, 2013 - 8:55 AM

UPDATE The Soyuz took a shortcut that slashes the travel time from two days to just six hours thanks to a special orbit

LIFTOFF. The Soyuz TMA-09M lifts off from the Baikonour space center in Kazakhstan to begin a six-hour trip to the International Space Station (ISS), May 29, 2012. Photo courtesy of NASA

Three astronauts return to Earth after ISS mission

May 14, 2013 - 12:46 PM

Chris Hadfield Tom Marshburn and Roman Romanenko return from the International Space Station

HADFIELD DOES BOWIE. Chris Hadfield in a dramatic moment on his farewell music video to the International Space Station. Screen shot from YouTube