ISS Welcomes Soyuz MS-04 & Two Crew Members after Speedy Rendezvous

Russia’s Soyuz MS-04 spacecraft, carrying a reduced crew of two, chased down the International Space Station for a speedy rendezvous on Thursday, bringing its veteran commander Fyodor Yurchikhin and NASA Astronaut Jack Fischer to their orbital destination just six hours after blasting off from Kazakhstan.

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Early Morning Rollout kicks off Launch Week for Soyuz FG Rocket & Two-Man ISS Crew

Russia’s Soyuz rocket emerged from its assembly facility on Monday and rolled to the historic Site 1/5 launch complex at the Baikonur Cosmodrome from where it will blast off later this week with a two-man crew headed to the International Space Station.

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Busy Spacewalk outside ISS Highlights NASA’s Problem Solving Skills

Two veteran spacewalkers worked overtime outside the International Space Station on Thursday to outfit a recently relocated docking module, upgrade the Station’s external computer system and put in place a series of protective covers to shield a docking port against harmful debris impacts.

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Spacewalkers to outfit Newly Relocated ISS Docking Module, upgrade External Computer System

Two experienced spacewalkers will venture outside the hatches of the International Space Station on Thursday to work on upgrading the Station’s external command and control system and outfit a recently relocated docking module to prepare for its role as a docking port for Commercial Crew vehicles.

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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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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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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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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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