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Dragon CRS-10 cargo craft is unhooked from ISS to re-enter and splash down in the Pacific

Having been unloaded in late February, the SpaceX Dragon CRS-10 (CRS1-10) spacecraft was unberthed from the International Space Station’s Harmony module at 2145 GMT on 18 March after its NASA delivery mission. At 0911 GMT on 19 March DRAGON CRS-10 …

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Recent re-entries: Progress MS-03 de-orbits in visible burn-up with HTV-6 following afterwards

Progress MS-03/ISS-64P was undocked from the International Space Station’s (ISS) Pirs module at 1425 GMT on 31 January 2017. Bright lights from the External Television Camera Groups (ETVCGs) were left on to see if this made in-orbit remote control manoeuvres …

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NASA spacewalkers start to change out ISS batteries

In the first spacewalk of the year, two NASA astronauts left the safety and comfort of the International Space Station (ISS) to do the initial leg in the planned replacement of old batteries. The idea is to change the older …

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JAXA launches HTV cargo craft to ISS using H-2B rocket

A HTV (H-II Transfer Vehicle) cargo craft was carried into orbit by an H-2B (H-IIB) rocket at 1326 GMT on 9 December. The mission was a resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS) and was launched from the Tanegashima …

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Progress MS-04 mission to ISS ended by a Soyuz-U launch failure (Updated)

An ISS (International Space Station) resupply mission, which lifted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, has suffered a launch failure. The Progress MS-04 mission, which was being carried by a Soyuz-U rocket, successfully lifted off from Baikonur at 1452 GMT …

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Soyuz MS-01 departs from ISS and successfully re-enters and lands with three crew

The Soyuz MS-01 spacecraft undocked from the Rassvet module of the International Space Station (ISS) at 0035 GMT on 30 October 2016 carrying Russian astronaut Anatoly Ivanishin, US astronaut Kate Rubins and Japanese astronaut Takuya Onishi.

The spacecraft made a …

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Back in play: Antares 230 launches Cygnus freighter to the ISS on long awaited return (Updated)

At 2345 GMT on 17 October an Antares 230  rocket lifted off from Wallops Flight Facility, Wallops Island, Virginia, carrying the Cygnus OA-5 commercial resupply mission for the International Space Station (ISS) into orbit. This flight marks the return-to-flight of …

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Russian Soyuz vehicle successfully launches astronauts, and troubled Soyuz craft, to the ISS

At 0805 GMT, 19 October 2016, a Soyuz-FG rocket lifted off from Site 31/6, at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, carrying the Soyuz MS-02 craft containing crew members of Expedition 49/50 to the International Space Station (ISS). The new crew members …

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Russian Soyuz craft suffers anomaly, while Roscosmos announces crew reductions to the ISS

The Russian space agency, Roscosmos, announced on 17 September 2016, that the next flight of the Soyuz-MS crew transport craft would be delayed for technical reasons after testing conducted at the Baikonur Cosmodrome. According to TASS, the Russian state …

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Cygnus OA-6 (Rick Husband) cargo craft departs from ISS for fire experiment, sat deployment, and then returns to Earth

The second enhanced-Cygnus cargo craft, Cygnus OA-6 (Rick Husband), undocked from the ISS (International Space Station) at 1143 GMT on 14 June 2016, and was released at 1330 GMT. For the return trip 1,854 kg of waste was loaded onto …

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On a lighter note: For all those space sales monkeys out there one goes berserk on ISS

For all those space sales monkeys, worker monkeys, surrender monkeys, and cheeky monkeys slogging away out there, the Chinese Year of the Monkey was bad news: 2016 was also a leap year.  This effectively meant that workers had an extra …

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Need to fix robot arm transporter results in extra spacewalk on ISS

On 17 Dec 2015 the Mobile Transporter carrying Canadarm-2 robot arm became jammed on the rail on worksite due to a jammed brake on an attached cart.  As the jammed robot arm was deemed a safety issue, an unscheduled spacewalk …

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On a lighter note: Major Tim becomes suspect phone caller

While naturally elated at becoming the UK’s first “official” astronaut in space as part of ESA’s astronaut corps, that did not prevent Major Tim Peake from making his first gaffe in orbit. Major Tim made an error in dialling back …

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Scilly space news as Dragon spacecraft parts from Falcon 9R launch failure found near islands after long sea drift

Some unexpected news from the launch failure of the Falcon 9R (v1.1R) rocket on 28 June 2015.  On 26 November 2015, a large part of the unmanned SpaceX Dragon cargo capsule carried on that flight was discovered floating in the …

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NASA astronauts replenish cooling system ammonia after fixing system on spacewalk

NASA astronauts Scott Kelly and Kjell Lindgren spent a total of seven hours and 48 minutes working outside the International Space Station on a spacewalk (extra vehicular activity) to fix the port truss (P6) ammonia cooling system back to its …

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International Space Station bungs more cubesats out of the hatch…while spacewalking astronaut later takes a selfie (Updated)

Some of the small cubesat craft that were carried to the International Space Station on 24 August 2015 by the HTV-5 cargo craft have now been released into orbit. First to be ejected from the JEM module airlock were the …

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Busy late month in August for ISS involving lots of comings and goings and even a spacewalk

While August is traditionally a slow month for major news stories, the same cannot be said for the International Space Station with several comings and goings and even a spacewalk during the latter part of the month.

On 14 August, …

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Unintentional firing of Soyuz thruster causes concern as it reorients ISS

The Soyuz TMA-015M spacecraft that was due to return astronauts back to Earth made an unintentional thruster firing on 9 June 2015 while connected to the International Space Station (ISS).  The firing took place at 1527 GMT, apparently during testing …

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Module moved on International Space Station to free up docking port

In a move to free up an Earth facing docking port for future commercial docking missions to the International Space Station (ISS), on 28 May 2014 the Permanent Multi-purpose Module (PMM) was moved from the Unity module to a port …

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Double Soyuz launch: Long staying astronauts are launched from Baikonur while Galileo navsat pair is launched from Sinnamary

A pair of Soyuz rockets were launched into orbit on the same day. At 1943 GMT on 27 March 2015, a Soyuz FG launched the TMA-016M spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, near Tyuratam in Kazakhstan.  The flight carried Russian cosmonauts …

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