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Astronauts to Chow Down on First Food Grown in Space

Today's ISS salad comes with romaine lettuce and a citric-acid-sanitizer dressing

(Newser) - In May, the first fresh cup of coffee was brewed on the International Space Station. Today, ISS astronauts will enjoy another fresh debut: a meal made with the first food grown in outer space. On the menu will be a salad made out of microgravity-grown romaine lettuce, washed with a... 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 »

Cygnus at Last Docks With Space Station

Orbital becomes 2nd private company to successfully resupply ISS

(Newser) - NASA's newest delivery service has finally made it to the International Space Station. After a week's delay, Orbital Science Corp.'s Cygnus cargo ship pulled up at the orbiting lab this morning. The space station astronauts used their robot arm to grab it. The capsule is making... More »

Cygnus Glitch Scotches Hookup With Space Station

Orbital Sciences' capsule rejects data, causes delay

(Newser) - The private spacecraft hauling some 1,300 pounds of food and clothes to the International Space Station will have to wait at least another couple of days to make its delivery, after a technical glitch this morning foiled the meet-up between the two spacecraft. Virginia-based Orbital Sciences says its Cygnus... More »

Humbled Dragon Docks With ISS

Capsule had suffered glitch after takeoff, SpaceX salvages mission

(Newser) - The Dragon capsule arrived safely at the International Space Station today, delivering a ton of supplies, after a shaky, nerve-wracking start to its mission . The Dragon's arrival was one day late but especially sweet—and not because of the fresh fruit on board for the station astronauts who snared... 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 »

NASA-Backed 'Space Taxi' to Fly Next Year

Dream Chaser's first test flight scheduled for summer 2012

(Newser) - With the space shuttles retired, NASA currently has to rely on the Russians to ferry astronauts and cargo to and from the International Space Station. But it hopes to be able to hail a taxi soon. Dream Chaser, one of four "space taxis" being developed by private industry with... More »

Space Station Will Plunge Into Pacific After 2020

Station won't be left to become space junk

(Newser) - The International Space Station's grave will be a watery one, not a cosmic one. The colossal orbiting outpost will be deliberately crashed into the Pacific Ocean when it reaches the end of its working life some time after 2020, AP reports. "It cannot be left in orbit, it'... More »

'Godspeed:' Atlantis Leaves ISS a Final Time

Shuttle takes unprecedented photos of space station on last return trip

(Newser) - Atlantis left the International Space Station for the very last time today, heading home to end the 30-year run of a vessel that kept Americans flying to and from orbit longer than any other rocketship. The space shuttle slipped away after performing a partial lap around the space station. Ten... More »

Atlantis Docks a Final Time

Last shuttle mission cruising along smoothly

(Newser) - Atlantis has docked with the International Space Station, yet another final milestone as NASA winds down its storied shuttle program with what the AP is perhaps excessively referring to as "a flight full of passion." "Atlantis arriving," called space station astronaut Ronald Garan Jr. as the... More »

Endeavour Wraps Final Mission

Mark Kelly and crew will undock tonight, return home

(Newser) - It's all over for Endeavour but the undocking: The shuttle's crew floated out the door this morning and closed the hatch behind them, having completed Endeavour's final mission. "We're looking forward to getting home," said commander Mark Kelly, "and we're going to... More »

Shuttle Atlantis Back Home

11-day mission to resupply International Space Station a success

(Newser) - Space shuttle Atlantis and its seven astronauts are back on Earth. The shuttle landed at Kennedy Space Center in Florida this morning, swooping through a clear sky. The touchdown ended an 11-day flight in which the astronauts spent time stockpiling the International Space Station with big spare parts. More »

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