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For 2nd Time This Year, ISS Dodges Space Junk

Debris is from Russian missile test that was condemned as 'reckless'

(Newser) - Astronauts aboard the International Space Station conducted a "pre-determined debris avoidance maneuver" Monday night to steer clear of a piece of space junk. Per NPR , the station fired its thrusters for five minutes and five seconds, increasing its altitude by 0.2 miles to 0.8 miles (depending on...

First Native American Woman to Go to Space Has Arrived at ISS

SpaceX launch also carried Russian cosmonaut

(Newser) - Update: SpaceX on Thursday delivered a new crew to the International Space Station for a five-month stay, the AP reports. That includes Marine Col. Nicole Mann, the first Native American woman to travel to space; Anna Kikina, the first Russian cosmonaut to hitch a ride to space from NASA's...

Russia Taking Its Toys and Leaving the Space Station

Country's new space chief Yuri Borisov says 'the decision ... has been made'

(Newser) - Russia will opt out of the International Space Station after 2024 and focus on building its own orbiting outpost , the country's newly appointed space chief said Tuesday. Yuri Borisov, who was appointed earlier this month to lead the state-controlled space corporation Roscosmos, said during a meeting with Russian President...

Boeing Launches Starliner Capsule on Test Do-Over
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Boeing's Starliner Makes It Home

'On a scale of one to 10, I think I’d give it a 15'

(Newser) - Update: Boeing moved a giant step closer to being able to send astronauts to space on Wednesday with the successful return of its Starliner spacecraft—which had a spacesuit-clad mannequin aboard. After spending five days at the International Space Station, the spacecraft detached from its port and touched down in...

4 ISS Astronauts Splash Down in Gulf of Mexico

It's been a busy month for SpaceX service

(Newser) - SpaceX brought four astronauts home with a midnight splashdown in the Gulf of Mexico on Friday, capping the busiest month yet for Elon Musk’s taxi service. The three US astronauts and one German in the capsule were bobbing off the Florida coast, near Tampa, less than 24 hours after...

3 Blast Off for Space Station Visit, Paying $55M Each

SpaceX provides the ride for tourists shelling out big bucks to NASA

(Newser) - SpaceX launched three rich businessmen and their astronaut escort to the International Space Station on Friday for more than a week’s stay, as NASA joins Russia in hosting guests at the world’s most expensive tourist destination. It’s SpaceX’s first private charter flight to the orbiting lab...

Cosmonauts 'Blindsided' by Hubbub Over Spacesuits

Mark Vande Hei says Russians weren't wearing yellow as statement on Ukraine during ISS arrival

(Newser) - Last month, three Russian astronauts showed up at the International Space Station sporting bright yellow flight suits with blue accents—Ukraine's colors, leaving some wondering if the cosmonauts were making a statement on Russia's invasion of that country. Wonder no more, because that simply wasn't the case,...

Russia: Sanctions Imperil Future of Space Station

US, other nations' agencies ignored a deadline for lifting penalties

(Newser) - The head of Russia's space program said Saturday that the future of the International Space Station hangs in the balance after the US, the European Union, and Canadian space agencies missed a deadline to meet Russian demands for lifting sanctions on Russian enterprises and hardware. Dmitry Rogozin, the head...

Russian Astronauts Board ISS Wearing Surprising Outfits

Were they wearing Ukraine's colors on purpose, or was it a coincidence?

(Newser) - For the first time since Russia invaded Ukraine last month, a trio of Russian astronauts arrived at the International Space Station. But when the ISS hatch opened to let them in, their appearance raised some eyebrows, reports Space.com . Oleg Artemyev, Denis Matveyev, and Sergey Korsakov blasted off in their...

Cosmonauts Reach Space Station After Russian Warning

NASA administrator plays down comment about supplying rocket engines

(Newser) - A trio of Russian cosmonauts arrived at the International Space Station on Friday, the first new faces in space since the start of the Russian war in Ukraine. Russian space corporation Roscosmos cosmonauts Oleg Artemyev, Denis Matveyev and Sergey Korsakov blasted off successfully from the Russia-leased Baikonur launch facility in...

International Space Station's Final Resting Place: Point Nemo

NASA releases updated transition plan

(Newser) - NASA on Tuesday provided an updated International Space Station transition plan —including what will happen when deorbit occurs in 2031. The report states that "based on the ISS structural health analysis performed to date, there is high confidence that ISS life can be further extended through 2030,"...

ISS About to Open Doors to a Rare Guest

Expect to hear from billionaire space tourist Yusaku Maezawa on YouTube, Twitter

(Newser) - Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa has been launched into space on what CNN calls “the first self-funded tourism mission to the International Space Station in a decade." "In total, seven self-funded individuals have visited the space station and Mr. Maezawa plans to be the 8th and the first...

ISS Takes Unexpected Ride in 'Wake-Up Call for Mankind'

International Space Station was forced to drop 1K feet to avoid collision with space junk

(Newser) - Astronauts on the International Space Station took a 1,000-foot plunge on Friday after a piece of decades-old space junk threatened to collide with them. Dmitry Rogozin, who heads up Russia's Roscosmos space agency, says the unscheduled three-minute "evasion maneuver" was set in motion due to space debris,...

'A Pretty Glorious Sight': SpaceX Delivers Crew to ISS

4 astronauts will remain there until spring

(Newser) - A SpaceX capsule carrying four astronauts pulled up Thursday at the International Space Station, their new home until spring, the AP reports. It took 21 hours for the flight from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center to the glittering outpost. The one German and three US astronauts said it was an...

SpaceX Crew, Already Gone 6 Months, Has Minor Delay
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SpaceX Crew Splashes Down

Toilet-less astronauts experienced a minor delay getting back to Earth

(Newser) - Update: Following a brief delay, a SpaceX crew of four astronauts returned to Earth Monday, the AP reports. Their capsule streaked through the late night sky like a dazzling meteor before parachuting into the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Pensacola, Florida. Recovery boats quickly moved in with spotlights,...

Crew Returning in SpaceX Capsule Must Wear Pee Pads

Toilet issue can't be fixed in Crew Dragon Endeavour capsule docked at the ISS

(Newser) - Update: When four astronauts head home from the International Space Station this month, they'll have to relieve themselves on their person. CNN reports the crew reached the ISS in April, and the SpaceX Crew Dragon Endeavour capsule that has since been waiting to take them home is experiencing the...

Astronauts Dine on 'Best Space Tacos Yet!'

Friday's meal featured ISS' first space-grown Hatch chiles

(Newser) - NASA astronauts dined Friday on tacos with a star ingredient: some of the first chile peppers grown from seed to maturity in space. Astronaut Megan McArthur tweeted a photo of "my best space tacos yet" consisting of fajita beef, rehydrated tomatoes and artichokes and fresh Hatch chile peppers, which...

Crew Making First Movie in Space Is Now in Orbit

Three cosmonauts will have parts in movie filmed on ISS

(Newser) - A Russian actress and a film director rocketed to space Tuesday on a mission to make the world’s first movie in orbit , a project the Kremlin said will help burnish the nation’s space glory. Film star Yulia Peresild and director Klim Shipenko blasted off for the International Space...

Fire, Smoke Alarms Sound at Space Station

Issue may have been related to battery recharge

(Newser) - Fire and smoke alarms sounded on a Russian segment of the International Space Station early Thursday as the smell of burnt plastic drifted into the US section. Russian space agency Roscosmos described an issue in the Zvezda module, which houses living quarters and has lately been dealing with an air...

Unwanted Space Station Discovery: Cracks

'This is bad and suggests that the fissures will begin to spread over time,' says engineer

(Newser) - The first part of the International Space Station to arrive in space has developed cracks that experts fear are likely to spread. Russian cosmonauts discovered "superficial fissures … in some places on the Zarya module ," a Russian-built, US-funded section of the space station also known as the Functional...

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