About a month ago, Orbital Sciences launched its Cygnus spacecraft on a demonstration mission to the ISS. The Cygnus spacecraft is a cargo logistics ship designed to be contracted by NASA to ferry cargo to and from the ISS in orbit around the Earth. Cygnus was forced to abort its first approach to the ISS after some of the data it received from the ISS had unexpected values.
Last Thursday, astronauts aboard the ISS snapped pictures of bizarre clouds and posted the photographs to twitter. The same day a number of reports were made from citizens in Russia claiming to have seen a UFO. As it turns out, both the UFO reports and bizarre clouds photographed from the ISS were linked to the same thing.
Orbital Sciences has announced that it has successfully launched its Cygnus spacecraft. Cygnus was launched aboard an Antares rocket on a demonstration mission to the International Space Station. Cygnus is a cargo logistics spacecraft is designed to be a private spacecraft contracted by NASA to ferry cargo to and from the International Space Station.
After returning to Earth last month from the International Space Station and serving as the commander, astronaut Chris Hadfield is stepping down from the Canadian Space Agency. The CSA notes that Hadfield's resignation is in part due to wanting to pursue new professional challenges, as well as for personal reasons.
Astronaut Chris Hadfield, as well as the rest of the Expedition 35 team, returned safely to Earth last night after spending 5 months on the International Space Station. While aboard the ISS, Hadfield tweeted many photos of Earth from his perspective and even uploaded many YouTube videos that described life on the ISS. He'll be giving his first public talk since returning to Earth on Thursday, May 16 at 10 am ET.
We get all sorts of welcomes in life, but few of them are as grand as the one you'd no doubt receive returning to Earth after having hovered above it for 144 days. Such was the case for Commander Chris Hadfield and the rest of his crew that was aboard the International Space Station, all of whom have just safely landed on our home planet in Dzhezkazgan, Kazakhstan.
After an ammonia leak was discovered on the International Space Station last night, NASA and the ISS crew are working together to come up with a fix. It's been decided that an emergency spacewalk will be conducted to inspect the leak and attempt to fix it before matters get worse. The leak is on the outside, so it isn't immediately life-threatening, but the supply will run out if the leak continues.
NASA has confirmed that the international space station is currently in need of maintenance on the cooling system used on one the solar power generating arrays. At about 10:30 AM yesterday, members of ISS Expedition 35 crew reported to NASA that small white flakes were floating away from an area of the ISS' P6 truss structure.