ISS Spacewalk Effort to Conclude with Friday EVA to Replace Cameras, Fuses; Prepare for Robotic Work

The Expedition 53 crew aboard the International Space Station is gearing up for the third and last in a series of spacewalks planned this month to complete repair work on the Space Station’s robotic arm and deal with broken cameras and other outfitting tasks on the exterior of the complex.

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Soyuz Rocket Soars to Orbit with Progress Cargo Ship, set for Revised Two-Day Mission Profile

Coming back from a rare ignition abort two days ago, Russia’s Soyuz rocket shot into clear skies over the Baikonur Cosmodrome on Saturday with the Progress MS-07 cargo spacecraft headed to the International Space Station with fresh supplies for the six crew members in orbit.

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Robotic Arm Lubrication, Camera Replacement & More – Back-to-Back EVA Success for ISS Astronauts

International Space Station crew members Randy Bresnik and Mark Vande Hei checked off a busy task list on Tuesday on the second of three spacewalks planned outside the orbiting laboratory this month to tackle a number of repair and outfitting tasks.

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Sunday Morning Soyuz Landing on Tap for U.S.-Russian Trio, Peggy Whitson to Return after 289 Days

A veteran Russian Cosmonaut and two NASA Astronauts will barrel through a blaze of fire Sunday morning aboard their Soyuz MS-04 spacecraft, aiming for a parachute-and-rocket-assisted landing on the steppe of Kazakhstan Sunday morning

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New High-Energy Particle Detector Installed on International Space Station

The International Space Station received a new flagship particle detector earlier this week when the CREAM instrument package was retrieved from the Dragon spacecraft’s Trunk Section and transferred – via robotic arm handshake – to the Exposed Facility of the Station’s Kibo module

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Successful Monday Commute to Orbit for Dragon Cargo Craft, Falcon 9 aces another Landing

Mice, a supercomputer, small satellites and a new state-of-the-art particle detector roared into clear skies over Florida’s Space Coast on Monday aboard the twelfth regular Dragon cargo spacecraft launching atop SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket.

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ISS Completes Scheduled Reboost, External Robots Fetch Failed Power Unit for Internal Repairs

The International Space Station conducted a scheduled orbital reboost on Wednesday amid ongoing robotics work to move a failed power switching unit to the interior of the Station for a first-of-its-kind repair attempt in orbit that could pave the way for future component repairs on long-duration missions into the Solar System.

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Russian-U.S.-Italian Crew Trio Arrives at ISS after Express Soyuz Rendezvous

A Russian Commander and Flight Engineers from the U.S. and Italy lifted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome at sunset on Friday, riding a Soyuz FG rocket into orbit to embark on an express rendezvous with the International Space Station that took them to their orbital destination just over six hours after launch.

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SpaceX Dragon Parachutes to Pre-Sunrise Splashdown, capping First Re-Use Flight

SpaceX’s first Dragon re-use mission successfully concluded on Monday with the spacecraft parachuting to a safe splashdown landing in the Pacific Ocean to return nearly two metric tons of science and hardware from the International Space Station.

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Progress MS-06 Cargo Ship Dispatched on ISS Supply Run by Soyuz 2-1A Rocket

A Russian Soyuz 2-1A rocket arced into overcast skies over the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, embarking on a nine-minute climb into orbit with the Progress MS-06 cargo spacecraft headed to the International Space Station.

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First Re-Used Dragon Arrives at Space Station with Critical Science-Enabling Cargo

A busy period of traffic wrapped up at the International Space Station on Monday with the successful capture of the SpaceX Dragon SpX-11 spacecraft, marking that craft’s second arrival at the orbiting laboratory as the first re-used Dragon following up on a visit in 2014 with the delivery of a second batch of cargo.

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Dragon & Falcon 9 put on Spectacular Show over Europe

Observers in Western and Central Europe were treated to a unique sight passing overhead Saturday night when the freshly launched SpaceX Dragon along with its second stage and two protective covers streaked across the sky just minutes after lifting off from Florida’s Space Coast.

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Cygnus S.S. John Glenn departs ISS for Week-Long Free Flight for Fire Experiment, CubeSat Release

Orbital ATK’s Cygnus OA-7 resupply craft departed the International Space Station on Sunday after a six-week stay to head for a week-long free flight for the deployment of small CubeSats and the third iteration of NASA’s Spacecraft Fire Experiment

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Falcon 9 sends Dragon on High-Profile ISS Resupply Mission, 1st Stage Return sets new Record Time

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket thundered away from Florida’s Space Coast Saturday afternoon, starting an eight-minute round-trip for its first stage booster and a ten-minute ascent into orbit for the Dragon SpX-11 cargo spacecraft sitting atop the 65-meter tall rocket to head off on a critical resupply mission to the International Space Station.

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