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Soyuz MS-04 lands as Peggy Whitson ends record-breaking mission


After four and a half months in space, Roscosmos’ Soyuz MS-04 returned three spaceflight veterans to Earth – including one who has been on orbit far longer than…

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Italian veteran Paolo Nespoli to return to the ISS


The European Space Agency (ESA) has announced Paolo Nespoli is to return to the International Space Station (ISS) in 2017. The veteran Italian astronaut will be making his…

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Soyuz TMA-17M successfully docks to ISS


A Russian Soyuz FG rocket successfully launched the Soyuz TMA-17M spacecraft on a six-hour launch-to-docking mission on Wednesday. Launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome occurred at 21:02 UTC, followed…

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Station trio return home on Soyuz TMA-15M


NASA’s Terry Virts, Samantha Cristoforetti of ESA and Anton Shkaplerov of Roscosmos have returned home on their Soyuz TMA-15M spacecraft following undocking from the International Space Station on…

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ISS dodges Minotaur debris via PDAM


The International Space Station (ISS) conducted a Pre-Determined Debris Avoidance Maneuver (PDAM) on Monday, dodging part of a spent Minotaur rocket body. The space shove was provided by the…

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ISS relocates PMM in reconfiguration for future crew vehicles


Astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) and their supporting ground teams have begun the process of reconfiguring the station from its current Space Shuttle-optimised configuration, to a…

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SpaceX Dragon completes CRS-6 mission with splashdown


SpaceX’s CRS-6 Dragon unberthed from the International Space Station (ISS) and was released from the grip of the Station’s “Big Arm” on Thursday. The resupply ship then completed…

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ISS enjoys a reboost after Progress M-26M initially misbehaves


The orbit of the International Space Station (ISS) has been successfully reboosted by the Progress M-26M cargo vehicle on Monday, after aborting the first attempt. The initial reboost attempt…

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Soyuz 2-1A caused Progress M-27M failure and ISS schedule changes


The failure of the Progress M-27M cargo run to the International Space Station (ISS) was caused by issues with the Soyuz 2-1A third stage, Roscosmos announced on Tuesday….

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Progress M-27M re-enters over the Pacific as Russia evaluates schedule


The doomed Progress M-27M resupply ship has met its fiery demise on Thursday night, following its problematic launch last week. In reaction to the loss, Russian planners are…

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CRS-6 Dragon successfully completes ISS berthing


While the internet community continues its fascination with the Falcon 9 First Stage landing attempt on the Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship (ASDS), SpaceX’s primary mission objective – the…

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SpaceX preparing for a busy season of missions and test milestones


SpaceX is set for a salvo of events over the coming months, ranging from resupply runs to the International Space Station, to abort test objectives for its Dragon…

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Soyuz TMA-16M docks and begins historic one year expedition


A Soyuz FG rocket launched the Soyuz TMA-16M spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome ahead of a successful docking with the International Space Station (ISS) on Friday. Onboard the…

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ISS trio end ISS adventure with Soyuz TMA-14M landing


NASA astronaut Barry Wilmore – along with flight engineers Alexander Samokutyaev and Elena Serova – bid farewell to their six month tour on the International Space Station (ISS)…

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EVA-30 concludes latest ISS commercial crew preparations


NASA astronauts Barry “Butch” Wilmore and Terry Virts have completed another EVA on Wednesday, the second of three spacewalks to begin the arduous process of reconfiguring the exterior…

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Europe’s final ATV cargo vehicle completes mission


Europe’s Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV-5, the Georges Lemaître) departed from the International Space Station (ISS) on Saturday morning, ahead of a destructive re-entry that was conduted on Sunday….

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ISS ammonia leak alarm suspected as false sensor indication


Alarms in the US section of the International Space Station – pointing to a potential, but likely false indication of an ammonia leak – resulted in the two…

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The Singing Soyuz: TMA-15M crew arrive at the ISS


Another three crewmembers have competed a fast rendezvous trip to the International Space Station on Sunday. Terry Virts of NASA, Anton Shkaplerov of Roscosmos and a tuneful Samantha…

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Soyuz TMA-13M returns crew back to Earth


Another three humans took the orbital commute back to Earth on Monday morning, this time via the Russian Soyuz TMA-13M spacecraft. Soyuz Commander Maxim Suraev of Roscosmos successfully carried…