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Op-Ed: The new space race: It's not just the U.S. and Russia anymore
There are now many space programs, both national and private. And that's good for science.

Posted by Louis D. Friedman on 2013/12/13 12:05 CST | 7 comments

I once argued that the concept of a space race represented old thinking. The modern way forward in space would be through international cooperation and coordination. Today, I think my insistence that the space race was over was naive. There are now many space races.

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Good morning, Moon

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2013/10/21 11:39 CDT | 1 comments

What a happy way to start the week: a new video for Marian Call's astronaut wakeup song, "Good Morning Moon!" It was filmed in part at Space Expo, ESA's visitor center in Noordvijk, the Netherlands.

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A Big Day for Commercial Spaceflight

Posted by Jason Davis on 2013/09/29 11:42 CDT | 1 comments

On Sunday, Orbital Sciences Corporation's Cygnus resupply spacecraft was berthed to the ISS, while SpaceX's upgraded Falcon 9 lifted off from the California coast.

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A Russian Guide to Wednesday's Союз Старт (Soyuz Launch)

Posted by Jason Davis on 2013/09/24 11:28 CDT | 6 comments

Follow along with Roscosmos during the launch of Soyuz TMA-10M using this list of common Russian flight terms.

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Cygnus Aborts Station Approach, Will Retry Tuesday

Posted by Jason Davis on 2013/09/22 05:46 CDT

The private spacecraft Cygnus was forced to abort its first attempt to berth with the International Space Station Sunday morning due to a software glitch.

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Antares and Cygnus blast off to International Space Station

Posted by Jason Davis on 2013/09/18 11:09 CDT | 1 comments

Orbital Sciences Corporation's Antares rocket lifted off from the Virginia coast this morning, successfully carrying the first operational Cygnus resupply spacecraft into orbit.

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Cygnus ready to spread its wings, fly to ISS

Posted by Jason Davis on 2013/09/16 01:43 CDT

Orbital Sciences Corporation's Cygnus spacecraft will launch to the International Space Station Wednesday atop an Antares rocket.

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Expedition 36 crew returns to Earth

Posted by Jason Davis on 2013/09/10 11:45 CDT | 3 comments

NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy and cosmonauts Pavel Vinogradov and Alexander Misurkin returned to Earth following a five-and-a-half month stay aboard the International Space Station.

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Dream Chaser mini-shuttle prepares for free flight tests

Posted by Jason Davis on 2013/08/15 03:42 CDT | 4 comments

Sierra Nevada Corporation's Dream Chaser spacecraft recently completed a series of range and taxi tow tests, which pave the way for free flights that could begin this fall.

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Japan sends fourth cargo craft to International Space Station

Posted by Jason Davis on 2013/08/05 06:01 CDT

Japan’s HTV-4 resupply vessel is en route to the International Space Station following a Sunday launch from the Tanegashima Space Center.

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Interpreters: the ties that bind international spaceflight

Posted by Jason Davis on 2013/07/24 02:34 CDT | 2 comments

An interview with Elena Kozhukhov, a veteran Russian interpreter who supports the International Space Station.

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Spacewalk ends early following helmet water leak

Posted by Jason Davis on 2013/07/16 12:09 CDT

A spacewalk outside the International Space Station Tuesday ended early after a water leak inside astronaut Luca Parmitano’s helmet created a potentially dangerous situation.

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Russians start workweek with stroll outside ISS

Posted by Jason Davis on 2013/06/25 11:59 CDT | 1 comments

Cosmonauts Fyodor Yurchikhin and Alexander Misurkin performed a six-and-a-half hour spacewalk outside the International Space Station on Monday.

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ESA launches fourth cargo spacecraft to ISS

Posted by Jason Davis on 2013/06/06 11:57 CDT | 1 comments

An Ariane 5 rocket carrying the Automated Transfer Vehicle Albert Einstein lifted off from French Guiana Wednesday.

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Express Soyuz sends new crew to station

Posted by Jason Davis on 2013/05/29 08:21 CDT | 1 comments

Fyodor Yurchikhin, Karen Nyberg and Luca Parmitano lifted off in their Soyuz TMA-09M at 4:31 p.m. EDT and arrived at the International Space Station six hours later.

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Soyuz capsule carrying Hadfield and company lands safely in Kazakhstan

Posted by Jason Davis on 2013/05/14 11:15 CDT | 2 comments

A Soyuz capsule carrying Roman Romanenko, Chris Hadfield and Tom Marshburn landed safely in Kazhakstan after 146 days in space.

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Station suffers ammonia leak; Saturday spacewalk likely (rolling updates)

Posted by Jason Davis on 2013/05/10 01:25 CDT | 2 comments

Following an ammonia leak reported Thursday morning, NASA is planning a spacewalk to investigate a radiator on the P6 truss.

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Antares ready for inaugural flight

Posted by Jason Davis on 2013/04/11 09:48 CDT | 5 comments

Orbital Sciences Corporation is ready to send their Antares rocket system on its inaugural flight.

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Dragon overcomes issues, arrives at Station

Posted by Jason Davis on 2013/03/04 09:16 CST | 2 comments

SpaceX's Dragon capsule has arrived at the International Space Station following a wild Friday in which the capsule's thrusters experienced an issue.

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Dragon reaches orbit, but experiences propellant valve issue

Posted by Jason Davis on 2013/03/01 11:41 CST | 1 comments

SpaceX's CRS-2 mission began successfully, but hit a snag when a thruster propellant valve failed to work properly.

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