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Welcome home, AstroSamantha

Emily Lakdawalla • June 15, 2015 • 2

Three astronauts have returned to Earth, and while I'm happy that they landed safely, I'm very sad that astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti is not in space anymore to wish us "buona notte dallo spazio" with her lovely photos and piquant comments.

In Pictures: Expedition 42 Crew Returns to Earth

Jason Davis • March 12, 2015

Three International Space Station crew members are back on Earth today following a morning Soyuz landing on the snowy steppes of Kazakhstan.

Spacewalk Timelapse Makes Cable Routing Look Fun

Jason Davis • February 23, 2015

A timelapse video shows two NASA astronauts as they became typical neighborhood cable technicians—except for the fact that they were wearing space suits.

First Look Photographs of Orion's Return to Dry Land

Jason Davis • December 09, 2014 • 1

NASA's Orion spacecraft is back on dry land following its offloading from the USS Anchorage late Monday night. Here are some selected photographs by Kevin Baird.

In Pictures: Expedition 42 Crew Launches to Station

Jason Davis • November 24, 2014

Three more humans are in space today following the launch of Soyuz TMA-15M from the chilly steppes of Kazakhstan.

Expedition 40 Crew Returns Safely to Earth

Jason Davis • September 11, 2014

NASA astronaut Steve Swanson and Russian cosmonauts Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev are safely back on Earth following a five-and-a-half month stay aboard the International Space Station.

Neil Armstrong: A Life of Flight By Jay Barbree

Mat Kaplan • July 27, 2014 • 1

Mat Kaplan reviews a wonderful new biography on Neil Armstrong, written with the support of Armstrong and many of the other pioneering astronauts.

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

Casey Dreier • May 20, 2014 • 8

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.

Commander Dave Scott's Masursky Lecture from LPSC 2014

Emily Lakdawalla • April 04, 2014 • 5

A video of Apollo astronaut David Scott's lecture to the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference. His talk was an absolute treat: funny, educational, engaging, full of joy at his adventure, though at the end, a little angry that we've not sent more humans back. It's well worth 45 minutes of your time.

Slate's Misleading Hit Piece on the Future of NASA

Casey Dreier • February 06, 2014 • 17

A response to Slate's recent piece on the future of NASA, correcting many of its myths and misconceptions about how NASA works.

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