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5.4K Lbs. of Supplies Explode in Skies Over Siberia

Russian cargo spaceship en route to International Space Station crashes

(Newser) - The International Space Station crew may find themselves short of a few presents this Christmas: A Russian Progress 65 cargo spacecraft carrying around 5,400 pounds of supplies to the station broke up over Siberia on Thursday, minutes after it was launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Bloomberg reports.... More »

Soyuz Returns 3 From ISS

Including NASA astronaut Kate Rubins, after 4-month mission

(Newser) - A Russian Soyuz space capsule has landed in Kazakhstan, reports the AP , bringing three astronauts from the United States, Japan, and Russia back to Earth from a 115-day mission aboard the International Space Station. The landing took place Sunday morning near Dzhezkazgan on the treeless Central Asian steppes. Kate Rubins... More »

ISS Astronauts Flee Flying Russian Space Debris

It was too late to do 'evasive maneuver' by the time they got word from NASA

(Newser) - American astronaut Scott Kelly and two Russian cosmonauts shacked up at the International Space Station had to scurry out of the way of flying space debris after a chunk of a Russian weather satellite sped by earlier today, AFP reports. The men hurried into the Soyuz spacecraft, which ferries them... More »

Supplies Finally On the Way to Space Station

Soyuz launch follows 2 consecutive failures

(Newser) - A Russian booster rocket has successfully launched an unmanned cargo ship to the International Space Station, whose crew is anxiously awaiting it after the successive failures of two previous supply missions. A Soyuz-U rocket blasted off flawlessly from the Russian-leased Baikonur launch pad in Kazakhstan today, placing the Progress M-28M... More »

Object 40077 'Belly Flops' Over Australia

Fireball was the third stage of Russia's Soyuz rocket

(Newser) - A few Australians might have assumed the worst last night as a truck-sized fireball raced across the sky. But it wasn't a meteorite spelling out Earth's doom—or the plane crash some feared on Twitter—but "object 40077," an ejected piece of Russia's Soyuz rocket,... More »

NASA Yanks Cooperation With Russia —Sort of

They're kinda our ride to the ISS

(Newser) - NASA is cutting off much of its contact and cooperation with Russia—except when it comes to the International Space Station, which NASA relies on Russia to reach. "Given Russia's ongoing violation of Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity," all contact with Russian representatives are suspended, "... More »

US, Russian Crew Blasts Off for ISS

Snag delays Soyuz arrival

(Newser) - A joint Russian-American crew has blasted off for the International Space Station on a mission that leaves the messy politics of Earth behind. A Soyuz spacecraft carrying two Russians and NASA's Steve Swanson took off from Kazakhstan last night, but their arrival was delayed until tomorrow after the spacecraft... More »

Olympic Torch Returns From Space

Crew parachutes into Kazakhstan

(Newser) - A Russian space capsule carrying the Sochi Olympic torch and three astronauts returned to Earth today from the International Space Station in a flawless landing on the steppes of Kazakhstan. The Soyuz capsule landed at 8:49 local time, about three and a half hours after undocking from the station... More »

Crew Hops 6-Hour Flight— to International Space Station

Trip usually takes 2 days

(Newser) - Typically, a voyage to the International Space Station is a two-day affair. Though it's just 250 miles from the Earth, it's constantly moving, complicating the trip. But a team of three astronauts—two Russian, one from NASA—arrived at 10:28pm last night after just a five-hour, 45-minute... More »

Soyuz Blasts Off for Space Station

New crew launched today from Kazakhstan

(Newser) - An American and two Russians blasted off for the International Space Station from Kazakhstan today in a Soyuz rocket. NASA astronaut Kevin Ford and Russians Oleg Novitsky and Yevgeny Tarelkin will travel for two days before meeting up with US astronaut Sunita Williams, Russia's Yuri Malenchenko, and Japan's... More »

Soprano to Become First Singer in Space

Sarah Brightman plans Soyuz trip

(Newser) - The world's best-selling soprano has booked her ticket to space. British singer Sarah Brightman, who rose to fame as the heroine in The Phantom of the Opera, plans to head to the International Space Station on a Russian Soyuz in 2015, reports the Guardian . Brightman, who plans to spend... More »

American, Russians Land Safely in Soyuz

Trio back to earth after 123 days at space station

(Newser) - One American and two Russian astronauts landed safely back on terra firma early today when their Soyuz capsule hit the ground in Kazakhstan. The three, who spent 123 days at the International Space Station, "are safe and adjusting to gravity," tweeted NASA. "I feel great," said... More »

Soyuz Lands Safely in Kazakhstan

'Bulls-eye' landing for trio that oversaw first private spaceflight

(Newser) - A Soyuz space capsule carrying a three-man multinational crew touched down safely today on the southern steppes of Kazakhstan, bringing an end to their 193-day mission to the International Space Station. Around a dozen recovery helicopters zeroed into the vast uncultivated land mass, where NASA astronaut Donald Pettit, Russia's... More »

Capsule Returns 3 to Earth

Astronauts had spent 165 days in space

(Newser) - A Russian Soyuz capsule made touchdown in the frigid steppes of Kazakhstan this morning, safely returning the first three astronauts to Earth since NASA wound down its shuttle program in July . American Michael Fossum, Russian Sergei Volkoy, and Satoshi Furukawa of Japan emerged from the craft after having spent 165... More »

Jeff Bezos' Unmanned Spaceship Blows Up

Amazon founder's ship is destroyed in test flight

(Newser) - Amazon founder Jeff Bezos' plans to develop a space taxi have taken a big hit after an unmanned spaceship from his Blue Origin company went ka-boom on a test flight, reports the Wall Street Journal . Few details are known about what happened, other than it's a setback for both... More »

Space Station May Be Forced to Go Unmanned

Would be first time in a decade

(Newser) - The failure of a Russian spaceship, which crashed back to Earth shortly after its launch last week, could lead to the International Space Station being unmanned for the first time since 2001. Russian engineers are trying to determine why the unmanned ship crashed, but they only have a short time... More »

After Last Shuttle Lifts Off, Russia Owns Space

Moscow will have a monopoly on flights to ISS for years

(Newser) - After the last US space shuttle flight blasts off tomorrow, Russia will officially have a monopoly on outer space. The 40-year-old Soyuz capsule will be the only vessel capable of reaching the International Space Station, and Russia can charge dearly for rides, the Wall Street Journal reports. “We are... More »

3 More Astronauts Join Space Station Crew

New tenants include an American

(Newser) - It's a full house again at the International Space Station after a Russian capsule carrying three astronauts from three countries docked at the orbiting lab yesterday. The new tenants arriving for a five-month stay were American Michael Fossum, Russian Sergey Volkov, and Japan's Satoshi Furukawa. They join American... More »

Vacationed Everywhere? Try the Space Station

10-day trip will set you back $35 million

(Newser) - If you happen to have tens of millions of dollars burning a hole in your pocket, Virginia-based Space Adventures has vacation plans for you. It can arrange a spaceflight via a Russian Soyuz rocket in which you will not only leave the boundaries of our atmosphere, but spend 10 days... More »

Russians Plan to Launch Space Hotel

Firm says 'comfortable' space station will be up by 2016

(Newser) - A Russian firm has good news for would-be space tourists worried about lousy food or getting cramped by astronauts performing experiments. Orbital Technologies says it aims to have a "comfortable" space hotel circling the Earth by 2016, the BBC reports. Chief exec Sergei Kostenko says the hotel will have... More »

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