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International Postcards from Space

Jason Davis • August 27, 2014

A collection of pretty pictures by cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev, who currently serves as a flight engineer aboard the International Space Station.

No, Russia Did Not Just Kick the U.S. Out of the Space Station

Casey Dreier • May 20, 2014

A top Russian official announced a ban on Russian engines in U.S. military launches and questioned Russia's long-term commitment to the International Space Station. We cut through the hype and try to understand what was actually said and the immediate consequences facing NASA.

Lovely, live, continuous, high-definition video of Earth

Emily Lakdawalla • May 20, 2014

Have you ever wished you could enjoy the astronauts' view of Earth from the Space Station? Now, you can. Just go to the live feed from the High Definition Earth Viewing (HDEV) experiment, crank it up to its highest resolution, let it take over your monitor, and watch Earth spin by.

How Does NASA's Ban on Russian Contact Affect Curiosity?

Casey Dreier • April 04, 2014

Earlier this week, NASA announced that it was cutting off ties with Russia, except for activities relating to the ISS. This raised questions about Russian participation on NASA's science missions, particularly the Russian experiment on the Curiosity rover.

[Updated] To Europa!...Slowly. First Impressions of NASA's New Budget Request

Casey Dreier • March 07, 2014

Europa may get a mission...eventually. We give our first take on the 2015 NASA Budget request. How does Planetary Exploration fare? Which projects were cancelled? Will NASA capture an asteroid? And most importantly, what can you do about it?

International Space Station gets warranty extension to 2024

Jason Davis • January 09, 2014

The White House and NASA have approved a 2024 lifespan extension for the International Space Station.

Op-Ed: The new space race: It's not just the U.S. and Russia anymore

Louis D. Friedman • December 13, 2013

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.

Good morning, Moon

Emily Lakdawalla • October 21, 2013

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.

A Big Day for Commercial Spaceflight

Jason Davis • September 29, 2013

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.

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

Jason Davis • September 24, 2013

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

Cygnus Aborts Station Approach, Will Retry Tuesday

Jason Davis • September 22, 2013

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.

Antares and Cygnus blast off to International Space Station

Jason Davis • September 18, 2013

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

Cygnus ready to spread its wings, fly to ISS

Jason Davis • September 16, 2013

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

Expedition 36 crew returns to Earth

Jason Davis • September 10, 2013

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.

Dream Chaser mini-shuttle prepares for free flight tests

Jason Davis • August 15, 2013

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.

Japan sends fourth cargo craft to International Space Station

Jason Davis • August 05, 2013

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

Interpreters: the ties that bind international spaceflight

Jason Davis • July 24, 2013

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

Spacewalk ends early following helmet water leak

Jason Davis • July 16, 2013

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.

Russians start workweek with stroll outside ISS

Jason Davis • June 25, 2013

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

ESA launches fourth cargo spacecraft to ISS

Jason Davis • June 06, 2013

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

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