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Space Station Takes a Delivery 2 Years in Making

Orbital ATK's cargo ship docks with ISS, the first to launch from Virginia since 2014

(Newser) - The International Space Station received its first shipment from Virginia in more than two years Sunday, reports the AP , following a sensational nighttime launch observed 250 miles up and down the East Coast. Orbital ATK's cargo ship pulled up at the space station bearing 5,000 pounds of food,... More »

Doomed Rocket's Engine Was Ancient, a 'Joke'

Leftover from Soviet program in '60s, '70s; crabcakes aboard tragically burnt

(Newser) - The cause of yesterday's rocket explosion over Wallops Island, Va., remains under investigation: While a tweet from Orbital Sciences refers to a "vehicle anomaly," other reports have focused on aging rocket engines. They were built in the 1960s and 1970s to send Soviet cosmonauts to the moon,... More »

Unmanned Rocket Explodes After Liftoff at NASA Site

It was on its way to the International Space Station

(Newser) - A rocket that was supposed to deliver supplies to the crew aboard the International Space Station exploded in spectacular fashion just six seconds after liftoff this evening, reports CNN . The good news is that nobody was aboard, and NASA says nobody appears to have been killed on the ground at... More »

SpaceX Capsule Full of Experiments Lands

High seas had delayed its return; another launch set for tomorrow

(Newser) - A SpaceX capsule loaded with space station experiments is back on Earth. The unmanned Dragon capsule parachuted yesterday into the Pacific, west of Mexico's Baja Peninsula. It departed the International Space Station earlier in the day with 3,300 pounds of gear for NASA, including valuable science samples. More »

It's Finally Christmas at ISS

After a month of delays, Cygnus docks with space station

(Newser) - Christmas has finally arrived for the six space station astronauts. A privately launched supply ship arrived at the International Space Station this morning, three days after blasting off from Virginia. The space station crew used a hefty robot arm to capture the Cygnus capsule as the two craft zoomed side... 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 »

Another Private Spacecraft Making Space Station Trip

Orbital Sciences' Cygnus heading up with supplies tomorrow

(Newser) - Astronauts at the International Space Station are waiting patiently for their next shipment of goods to arrive on a privately owned space capsule. After taking off tomorrow, the spacecraft from Orbital Sciences (a rival of SpaceX) will carry about 1,500 pounds of supplies up to the ISS—including chocolate.... More »

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