International Space Station

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After More Drama, Astronauts Arrive for 'a Little Dance Party'
Astronauts Reach Space Station

Astronauts Reach Space Station

Thruster problems delay docking

(Newser) - Boeing's new capsule arrived at the International Space Station on Thursday, delayed by last-minute thruster trouble that almost derailed the docking for this first test flight with astronauts. The 260-mile-high linkup over the Indian Ocean culminated more than a day of continuing drama for Boeing's astronaut flight debut...

Boeing Ready for Test Flight to ISS With Astronauts on Board
Why Boeing's
Astronaut Launch
Was Called Off

Why Boeing's Astronaut Launch Was Called Off

Buzzing valve raised concerns Monday night

(Newser) - Boeing's first astronaut launch was called off because of a valve problem on the rocket Monday night. The two NASA test pilots had just strapped into Boeing's Starliner capsule for a flight to the International Space Station when the countdown was halted, just two hours before the planned...

When Space Junk Hits a Home, Who Pays for Repairs?

Florida incident is 'kind of unprecedented,' space law expert says

(Newser) - It's a question that could appear on a law school exam: If a home is hit by debris falling from space, who is liable for the repairs? The question isn't theoretical for Naples, Florida, resident Alejandro Otero, whose home was hit by debris from the International Space Station...

Object That Pierced Roof May Be From Space Station
NASA IDs Object That
Blew Through Home's Roof

NASA IDs Object That Blew Through Home's Roof

The plan was for the piece from the International Space Station to burn up before reaching Earth

(Newser) - That indeed was debris from the International Space Station that came crashing through the roof of a Florida home last month, NASA confirmed Monday after analyzing it. The agency identified the object as a metal support used to mount old batteries on a cargo pallet for disposal, the AP reports....

Major Piece of Space Junk Heads This Way

Most of a pallet released by the International Space Station will burn up in Earth's atmosphere, but not all

(Newser) - A 2.9-ton piece of space junk, the heaviest discard ever from the International Space Station, is due to reach the Earth's atmosphere any time now. The pallet, which was used for a battery upgrade, was released by Canadarm2 in March 2021, Quartz reports. A Harvard-Smithsonian astronomer said the...

2 NASA Astronauts Vote From Space
2 Astronauts Perform
Civic Duty in Space

2 Astronauts Perform Civic Duty in Space

They voted from International Space Station

(Newser) - Aboard the International Space Station, two NASA astronauts performed their civic duty. On Super Tuesday, astronauts Jasmin Moghbeli and Loral O'Hara confirmed they had cast their celestial ballots in posts on X , reports the AP . "Being in space didn't stop (O'Hara) and I from voting. Go vote today!" Moghbeli wrote....

Tomato Mysteriously Lost in Space Turns Up 8 Months Later

Astronaut Frank Rubio, who'd been accused of eating it, is vindicated

(Newser) - In late March, astronauts aboard the International Space Station successfully harvested a batch of space-grown tomatoes, and each astronaut was given a plastic baggie with a sample. One of those tomato bags ended up floating away, with the tiny tomato still inside, and now, nearly nine months later, the missing...

Strange Object in Space: a Lost Tool Bag

You may be able to spot it with a good pair of binoculars, near the International Space Station

(Newser) - It may not be as exciting as spotting a comet in space, but it's definitely ... weirder. With a good pair of binoculars, you might be able to spot a tool bag lost by astronauts, reports . It seems that astronauts Jasmin Moghbeli and Loral O'Hara were doing...

Space Station Springs Another Leak, Raising Concerns

This is the 3rd leak in a year on Russian segment of ISS

(Newser) - For the third time in a year, the Russian segment of the International Space Station has sprung a coolant leak, adding to concerns about the country's space program. After the Russian space agency Roscosmos on Monday announced the leak from a backup radiator circuit, and flakes of frozen coolant...

After Their Ride Got Hit by Space Junk, 3 Are Finally Home

Astronaut Frank Rubio, 2 cosmonauts return after more than a year in space

(Newser) - A NASA astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts returned to Earth on Wednesday after being stuck in space for just over a year. As the AP reports, American Frank Rubio set a record for the longest US spaceflight—a result of the extended stay. The trio landed in a remote area...

SpaceX Put on an Overnight Show
SpaceX Was at
Work Overnight

SpaceX Was at Work Overnight

4 astronauts splash down off Florida in 'spectacular' middle-of-night capsule landing

(Newser) - Four astronauts returned to Earth early Monday after a six-month stay at the International Space Station, reports the AP , with their SpaceX capsule parachuting into the Atlantic off the Florida coast. Returning were NASA astronauts Stephen Bowen and Warren "Woody" Hoburg, Russia's Andrei Fedyaev, and the United Arab...

Crew of 4 From 4 Countries Heads to Space Station

'We're a united team with a common mission'

(Newser) - Four astronauts from four countries rocketed toward the International Space Station on Saturday. They should reach the orbiting lab in their SpaceX capsule Sunday, replacing four astronauts who have been living up there since March. A NASA astronaut was joined on the predawn liftoff from Kennedy Space Center by fliers...

Glitch Delays Crew's Arrival at Space Station

US, Russian, Emirati crew had 'brief scenic detour'

(Newser) - A new crew arrived at the International Space Station on Friday for a six-month mission after overcoming trouble with one of the capsule’s docking hooks. The SpaceX capsule and its four astronauts had to wait 65 feet from the orbiting lab, as flight controllers in California scrambled to come...

Russia Launches Rescue Mission to Space Station

Sends up empty Soyuz to bring home astronaut, 2 cosmonauts after their ride home was damaged

(Newser) - Russia launched a rescue ship on Friday for two cosmonauts and a NASA astronaut whose original ride home sprang a dangerous leak while parked at the International Space Station. As the AP reports, the new, empty Soyuz capsule should arrive at the orbiting lab on Sunday. The capsule leak in...

Russia to Send Rescue Capsule for Astronauts on ISS

Damaged Soyuz means there's only one other 'escape pod,' with just 4 seats for 7 astronauts

(Newser) - Last month, a Soyuz MS-22 capsule docked at the International Space Station sprang a tiny leak , suspected to be the result of a meteoroid hit. Although Roscosmos, Russia's space agency, said the astronaut and two cosmonauts who flew to the ISS in September in that capsule—American Frank Rubio...

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
Boeing's Starliner
Makes It Home

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...

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