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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Tweets from Space, December 8, 2015

Sunlight reflections on water make metallic #EarthArt. #YearInSpace pic.twitter.com/XZCN83DWCh — Scott Kelly (@StationCDRKelly) December 8, 2015 Moon rise)) 月の出の瞬間を写真に撮ってみました。月の光が大気を通過してくるので、月が歪んでしまっていますね。高い山の上に望遠鏡を作ると、大気の影響を減らす事が出来るのです。もっと観測に最適なのは、宇宙空間や月面ですね。 pic.twitter.com/Khp0WTXV4M

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Cygnus inbound for Rendezvous with Space Station in record-setting Cargo Delivery Mission

Orbital ATK’s Cygnus spacecraft is set for its rendezvous with the International Space Station on Wednesday to mark a record-setting cargo delivery in the Commercial Resupply Services Program. Going through a methodical rendezvous process, Cygnus will link up with ISS to arrive at its Capture Point where it can be grappled by the Station’s robotic arm to mark the start of a berthed mission of up to two months.

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Cygnus Resupply Mission to ISS begins with spectacular Sunset Launch of Atlas V

The Cygnus spacecraft is back in orbit for its return to flight mission to the International Space Station, coming back from last October’s Antares launch failure. Orbital ATK’s resupply spacecraft lifted off on Sunday atop an Atlas V rocket as the first in a pair of interim missions contracted to United Launch Alliance until the modified Antares rocket will be ready for flight using a new main engine system.

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