NASA fills open Soyuz Spots with Veteran Space Station & Shuttle Crew Members

NASA selected veteran ISS crew members Shannon Walker and Joe Acaba to fill two seats on Russia’s Soyuz craft to increase the U.S. Segment crew contingent from three permanent residents to four in the second half of 2017 and first half of 2018

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French-American Spacewalking Duo aces busy EVA, ISS Docking Module ready for Robotic Relocation

Two Astronauts aboard the International Space Station ventured outside the hatches of the orbiting complex on Friday, spending six and a half hours spacewalking to complete a number of tasks including preparations for the relocation of one of the Station’s docking modules on Sunday.

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Successful Dragon Splashdown concludes tenth SpaceX Visit to ISS

SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft parachuted into the Pacific Ocean on Sunday, returning after a month-long mission to the International Space Station, delivering critical supplies to the orbiting outpost and picking up precious samples and science equipment eagerly awaited in laboratories across the United States

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Dragon departs Space Station after busy Cargo Mission, en-route to Splashdown Landing

SpaceX’s tenth operational Dragon cargo spacecraft departed the International Space Station on Sunday to embark on its homecoming that is expected to culminate in a parachute-assisted splashdown in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of California, returning valuable samples and experiment hardware from the orbiting laboratory.

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Video: Busy ISS Robots install Atmospheric Sensing Payload

Timelapse video of robotic activities underway outside the International Space Station from March 2 through 8 covering the installation of the Stratospheric Aerosol and Gas Experiment III (SAGE-III) and the removal of the Robotic Refueling Mission payloads. This clip plays at 50x real speed, you can use YouTube’s speed adjustment function to slow it down or increase to up to 100x real speed.

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NASA inks Agreement with Boeing for up to five Seats on Russian Soyuz Spacecraft

NASA quietly closed a deal with Boeing for up to five seats aboard the Russian Soyuz spacecraft to expand the U.S. Crew Complement aboard the International Space Station and gain additional margin in the agency’s Commercial Crew Program.

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Progress Resupply Craft pulls into Port at ISS after flawless Rendezvous

Russia’s Progress MS-05 cargo spacecraft completed a fully automated docking with the International Space Station Friday morning, marking the return of Russian resupply missions after the Progress MS-04 launch failure in December left an unusually long gap in the typically near-continuous presence of a Progress craft at ISS.

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Dragon Cargo Craft successfully Captured by Space Station Crew after extended Rendezvous

SpaceX’s Dragon cargo spacecraft arrived at the International Space Station on Thursday, captured by the Station’s robotic arm after an extended rendezvous that required Dragon to fly around the orbiting laboratory after a rendezvous attempt on Wednesday was waved off due to a problem with Dragon’s GPS navigation system.

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World’s most-flown Rocket sails into Retirement after Four-Decade Career

Soyuz U – the world’s most-flown and longest-serving rocket – made its final blastoff from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on Wednesday, capping a 44-year career by lifting the Progress MS-05 cargo spacecraft into orbit on a resupply mission to the International Space Station.

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Final Soyuz U rolls to Baikonur Launch Pad to cap Four-Decade Career with ISS Logistics

Russia’s final Soyuz U rocket rolled to its historic Baikonur Launch Pad on Monday to end a career of over four decades with what is hoped to be a successful Return to Flight mission on Wednesday, lifting off with the Progress MS-05 cargo spacecraft – the first Russian cargo delivery to ISS after December’s Soyuz U launch failure.

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Last-Second Countdown Abort for Inaugural Falcon 9 Launch from LC-39A

The inaugural launch of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral’s historic Launch Complex 39A had to be scrubbed on Saturday after a late countdown abort due to a potential issue with an engine steering device on the rocket’s second stage.

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Falcon 9 declared GO for Historic Debut Launch from LC-39A with Dragon Cargo Craft

SpaceX and NASA are GO for Saturday’s planned launch of a Falcon 9 rocket with the Dragon cargo spacecraft set for its tenth operational mission to the International Space Station, carrying 2,500 Kilograms of cargo to the orbiting laboratory.

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NASA considers ISS Crew Expansion in 2017/18, Looks into Options for Soyuz Seats in 2019

NASA is looking to temporarily increase the American crew contingent aboard the International Space Station from three to four as soon as September by purchasing seats on Russian Soyuz spacecraft given to Boeing in the dismantling of the failed Sea Launch endeavor.

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ISS Spacewalkers hook up new Space Station Batteries, blaze through Bonus Task List

A French-American astronaut duo ventured outside the hatches of the International Space Station on Friday for the second spacewalk in one week dedicated to the integration of new batteries put in place by the Space Station’s robots in an extensive effort to rejuvenate the ISS power system as the complex heads into its last decade of operations.

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Space Station Crew ready for Second Battery Replacement Spacewalk on Friday

A U.S.-European astronaut duo is set for a busy spacewalk outside the International Space Station on Friday to continue outfitting the station with new batteries – a complex task split between the station’s robots and spacewalking crew members to give ISS a pair of revamped power channels driven by Li-Ion battery technology.

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Veteran Spacewalkers connect new Space Station Batteries, race through long Task List

Two astronauts spent their Friday working outside the International Space Station, completing a challenging spacewalk to integrate new batteries into one of the Station’s power channels to mark the beginning of a major transition in battery technology to enable ISS to head into its last decade of operations.

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