ISS Robots work Overtime replacing first Batch of Batteries ahead of Friday Spacewalk

The robots aboard the International Space Station were busy over the past four days starting the most complex robotic maintenance task every carried out on ISS to replace the Station’s aging batteries with new state of the art units that will power the orbiting laboratory for its final decade of operations.

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Japanese HTV-6 Resupply Craft arrives at Space Station for critical Cargo Delivery

Japan’s H-II Transfer Vehicle arrived at the International Space Station on Tuesday for an out-of-this-world cargo delivery to the orbiting laboratory including the first batch of new batteries that will overhaul the ISS power system for the Station’s next decade of operations.

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HTV-6 Cargo Craft on Course to Space Station with fresh Cargo & new Batteries

Japan’s HTV-6 spacecraft, launched atop an H-IIB rocket on Friday, is inbound to the International Space Station for a robotic capture on Tuesday to mark the start of a 60-day stay for the delivery of important cargo including the first batch of batteries to revamp the ISS power system.

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Japanese HTV Cargo Craft ready to sail into Orbit atop H-IIB Rocket

Japan’s H-II Transport Vehicle is poised for liftoff from the picturesque Tanegashima Space Center on Friday to begin a four-day link-up with the International Space Station to deliver nearly six metric tons of cargo to the orbiting outpost including a set of six new batteries that will revamp the Station’s power system and replace a dozen aging battery units.

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Flawless Sunday Morning Landing caps 115-Day International Space Station Mission

Temperatures were barely above freezing Sunday morning when a Soyuz space capsule parachuted to a safe landing in South Central Kazakhstan, returning with a crew from Russia, Japan and the U.S. after circling the Earth 1,840 times in a busy mission to the International Space Station.

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International Crew Trio to Return to Earth Saturday Night aboard Soyuz Craft

An international crew trio from Russia, Japan and the U.S. is ready to undock from the International Space Station aboard their Soyuz MS-01 spacecraft to put an end to a 115-day space flight with a parachute-and-rocket-assisted landing in South-Central Kazakhstan Sunday morning.

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Photos: Three Space Station Crew Members return to Earth

The Soyuz TMA-17M crew of Oleg Kononenko, Kimiya Yui and Kjell Lindgren made a safe landing in Kazakhstan on Friday after a space flight of four and a half months. It marked the fifth nighttime landing of a Soyuz returning from ISS, but the first to take place after sunset instead of the early morning hours.

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Space Station Crew parachutes to safe Night Landing in snow-covered Kazakh Steppe

A trio of Soyuz crew members parachuted down to a safe landing in the dark of night on Friday, returning from a 142-day mission to the International Space Station. Making a rare nighttime landing and the first post-sunset touchdown in ISS history, Soyuz commander Oleg Kononenko and Flight Engineers Kimiya Yui and Kjell Lindgren returned safely

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Soyuz TMA-17M Undocks from ISS to set sail for Nighttime Return of three Crew Members

Three International Space Station residents departed the orbiting complex on Friday to start their return journey towards a rare nighttime landing of the Soyuz spacecraft on the steppe of Kazakhstan.

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Soyuz Trio set for rare Nighttime Landing on Friday

A trio of International Space Station crew members are on the eve of their return to Earth aboard Soyuz TMA-17M after a mission of four and a half months living and working on the orbiting laboratory. Soyuz Commander Oleg Kononenko and Flight Engineers Kimiya Yui and Kjell Lindgren are set for a rare nighttime landing well after sunset in typical winter conditions in the steppes of Kazakhstan.

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