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Soyuz MS-12 ISS Crew Launch live: Heading to first all-woman spacewalk

Soyuz MS-12 ISS Crew Launch live: Heading to first all-woman spacewalk

This morning preparations began for the launch of mission Soyuz MS-12, operator Roscosmos, headed for the International Space Station. This mission will be launched aboard a Soyuz FG rocket from Russia's Baikonur Cosmodrome. The payload aboard this launch is a mixed Russia and USA International Space Station Expedition 59/60 crew.

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NASA shares SpaceX Crew Dragon splashdown video after milestone mission

NASA shares SpaceX Crew Dragon splashdown video after milestone mission

NASA shared a video of the SpaceX Crew Dragon reentry and splashdown this morning, completing Demo-1 flight test in its entirety. This is a historic video - and event - due to its place in returning human astronauts to space via commercial means. Now that this test is complete, SpaceX can move forward with tests with humans onboard craft of similar stature.

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ISS crew officially welcomes SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule

ISS crew officially welcomes SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule

The weekend was a big one for space fans and enthusiasts in the US. SpaceX made a successful launch of its Falcon 9 rocket with the Crew Dragon capsule on board. The launch and travel to the ISS went off without a hitch.

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Russia will send two space tourists to the ISS in late 2021

Russia will send two space tourists to the ISS in late 2021

Russia has revealed new plans to send a pair of space tourists to the International Space Station in late 2021. According to the nation's Roscosmos, the space agency has signed a contract with Space Adventures Inc., a private spaceflight company. The space tourists will be delivered to the Russian segment in the ISS using the Soyuz spacecraft.

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ISS toilet system privacy stall installation caused big water leak

ISS toilet system privacy stall installation caused big water leak

A NASA status report revealed a bit of drama involving the International Space Station's toilet last week. According to the report, the problem happened while installing a new double stall enclosure in the ISS' Node 3 'Tranquility' section. Around 9.5 liters of water leaked while installing the new Universal Waste Management System, requiring the astronauts to sop it up with towels.

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NASA: Astronaut immune system cells affected by long-term trips

NASA: Astronaut immune system cells affected by long-term trips

NK-cell function appears to be impaired during spaceflights over long durations according to a new study published this week. This means that immune systems could be broken down somewhat during the long trips NASA hopes to take with astronauts in the distant future. The research here was done by a team of researchers at the University of Arizona, the University of Houston, Louisiana State University, and NASA-Johnson Space Center.

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SpaceX Dragon cargo ship departs ISS packing scientific cargo

SpaceX Dragon cargo ship departs ISS packing scientific cargo

NASA has announced that a SpaceX cargo ship has departed the ISS. The spacecraft was released by the Canadarm2 robotic arm sending the Dragon on a course that will return it to Earth. Astronaut Anne McClain supervised the process from the cupola of the ISS.

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Russia says that hole in Soyuz was drilled from inside

Russia says that hole in Soyuz was drilled from inside

Last week the Soyuz capsule left the ISS and returned three crew members safely back to Earth. The landing of the capsule marked the end of an exciting stint aboard the ISS for NASA astronaut Serena Auñón-Chancellor, German astronaut Alexander Gerst of the European Space Agency and Russian cosmonaut Sergey Prokopyev. We wondered at the time if the capsule had the samples that the Russian cosmonauts had cut from around a mysterious hole that appeared in that same Soyuz module.

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Soyuz capsule safely returns three ISS astronauts to Earth

Soyuz capsule safely returns three ISS astronauts to Earth

On December 4, three new International Space Station (ISS) crewmembers arrived at the station to spend their time in space. Briefly, the crew aboard the ISS numbered six. Now the three ISS astronauts who had spent their months in space have returned safely to Earth aboard a Russian Soyuz capsule.

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SpaceX launched Christmas dinner for ISS astronauts this week

SpaceX launched Christmas dinner for ISS astronauts this week

The International Space Station has a delivery on the way, one containing important cargo for both the science experiments and astronauts on board. The space station receives regular cargo shipments; that's nothing unusual. This month's delivery will include something special for the crew, however, and it'll arrive in time for Christmas.

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ISS’ newest crew members arrive at the space station

ISS’ newest crew members arrive at the space station

NASA has confirmed that the three newest crewmembers for the ISS have arrived safely on the space station. The three new crewmembers successfully launched and docked with the space station via a Russian Soyuz MS-11 spacecraft on Monday. The new crew includes Anne McClain of NASA, David Saint-Jacques of the Canadia Space Agency, and Oleg Kononenko of Roscosmos.

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ISS timelapse shows the launch of the Progress MS-10 resupply mission

ISS timelapse shows the launch of the Progress MS-10 resupply mission

Some of the best photography and video of the Earth available comes from the lucky few astronauts that are aboard the ISS. As the space station orbits the Earth, the crew members get a literal bird's eye view of the entire planet complete with clouds during the day and bright city lights at night. Crew members also got an extraordinary view of the launch of the Russian resupply mission last week.

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