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Russian cargo spacecraft successfully docks with ISS

Russian cargo spacecraft successfully docks with ISS

The Russian space freighter headed the ISS on a resupply mission that we mentioned earlier this week has now officially docked with the space station. The spacecraft launched on Monday and performed a successful automated docking procedure with the ISS early Tuesday morning. A mission control spokesman said that the docking was carried out using an automated process as scheduled.

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NASA and Roscosmos select crew for Space Station mission

NASA and Roscosmos select crew for Space Station mission

NASA and the Russian Federal Space Agency Roscosmos have selected the two lucky souls who will spend a year on the International Space Station in 2015. During this time, the ISS crew will collect data essential for human exploration of space, which, more specifically, means they'll be live experiments on how the human body reacts to space's environment. They're slated to return to earth in spring of 2016.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: November 2, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: November 2, 2012

Welcome to Friday evening everyone - the weekend is here at last, but before we dive in, it's time to recap the news. Today we heard that Microsoft might be testing out a smartphone of its own, which doesn't really surprise us considering that it just recently entered the tablet market. Apple's freshly rephrased "apology" to Samsung went live in UK newspapers today, and one analyst is expecting the iPad mini to top 1.5 million sales this weekend. Speaking of the iPad mini, we saw a drop test featuring the tiny slate today, and the tablet launched to shorter-than-normal lines for an Apple product.

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SpaceX Dragon capsule leaves ISS, returning to Earth today

SpaceX Dragon capsule leaves ISS, returning to Earth today

Today is a pretty big day for the folks at SpaceX and NASA, as the Dragon capsule has detached from the International Space Station and will soon begin plummet toward the surface of Earth. Engineers on the ground remotely controlled the station's robotic arm as it removed the Dragon capsule from the ISS earlier today, pointing it in the right director for its return trip. To get back to Earth, Dragon will use a set a pre-programmed commands to perform a series a burns, with the final one happening in just about an hour (2:28 PM Eastern) to slow the capsule down and prepare it for re-entry.

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