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The ISS has a new visitor: NASA confirms Cygnus docks with science haul

The ISS has a new visitor: NASA confirms Cygnus docks with science haul

NASA has confirmed the International Space Station's latest - temporary - addition, with the Northrop Grumman Cygnus spacecraft successfully docking with the orbiting scientific platform this morning. Cygnus launched on August 10, and took two days to reach the ISS with its 8,200 pound payload of scientific experiments and supplies.

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Glitch means Boeing Orbital Flight Test-2 will leave the launch pad

Glitch means Boeing Orbital Flight Test-2 will leave the launch pad

This week was supposed to be the long-awaited second uncrewed test launch of the Boeing Starliner space capsule called Orbital Flight Test-2. The spacecraft was on the launch pad earlier this week when the launch was canceled after an incident with thrusters firing accidentally on the new Russian laboratory module aboard the ISS. The flight was rescheduled for the next day, but it was again delayed on August 3 with hopes that the mission could launch on August 4.

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NASA and Boeing scrub Starliner OFT-2 launch today over new glitch

NASA and Boeing scrub Starliner OFT-2 launch today over new glitch

NASA and Boeing have scrubbed today's Starliner Orbital Flight Test-2 launch, though contrary to expectations it's not because of last week's problems at the International Space Station. The US space agency had warned that the Starliner launch might be pushed back, after an unexpected incident on the new Russian ISS module saw it shuffled out of position.

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NASA invites the public to watch the Starliner launch virtually

NASA invites the public to watch the Starliner launch virtually

With the new Russian module successfully attached to the ISS, NASA is now turning its attention to the Starliner launch expected to happen early next week. NASA has confirmed that it will provide prelaunch, launch, and docking activities coverage for the Boeing Orbital Flight Test-2 mission to the ISS. OFT-2 is the second uncrewed flight test of the Boeing CST-100 Starliner spacecraft as part of the Commercial Crew Program.

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Roscosmos talks about unintended MLM thruster firing

Roscosmos talks about unintended MLM thruster firing

Last week was a big week for the ISS after Russia's new laboratory module called Nauka docked with the space station after years of delays. The space station took up residency on the port where the Pirs docking station and a Russian cargo spacecraft were stationed previously. While the launch and docking with the ISS went smoothly with no issues, a scary problem popped up after docking.

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NASA delays Boeing Starliner OFT-2 launch after Russia’s ISS mishap

NASA delays Boeing Starliner OFT-2 launch after Russia’s ISS mishap

NASA and Boeing have postponed today's Orbital Flight Test-2 launch attempt, pushing back the Starliner test into August as work continues on the International Space Station. The orbiting research platform was unexpectedly jolted this week, after what's been described as a software glitch caused the newly-arrived Russian module to light up its thrusters.

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ISS experiences unplanned Nauka module thruster firing

ISS experiences unplanned Nauka module thruster firing

Yesterday was a big day aboard ISS as, after many years of delay, a new Russian ISS module arrived and docked with the space station. That module is the Multipurpose Laboratory Module named Nauka. The new ISS module docked with the station at 9:29 AM EDT, and shortly after that, Russian cosmonauts conducted leak checks between the module and the service module it attached to.

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Astronaut shares photos of Progress 77 and Pirs burning up in the atmosphere

Astronaut shares photos of Progress 77 and Pirs burning up in the atmosphere

Astronaut Thomas Pesquet is currently aboard the ISS and often has his Nikon D5 camera handy. The astronaut has in the past shared some beautiful images of the Earth from orbit. Recently, he shared some images of the Russian DC1 Pirs docking module and the Progress 77 cargo spacecraft burning up in the atmosphere.

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Progress 77 cargo spacecraft and Pirs docking compartment depart the ISS

Progress 77 cargo spacecraft and Pirs docking compartment depart the ISS

NASA has confirmed that the un-piloted Russian Progress 77 cargo spacecraft has been undocked from the international space station. The biggest difference between this undocking and a large number of other undockings that have occurred at the Pirs docking compartment over its lifetime is that the docking compartment detached from the ISS along with the cargo spacecraft. The undocking happened at 6:55 AM EDT on July 26.

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Boeing completes flight readiness tests for Orbital Flight Test-2

Boeing completes flight readiness tests for Orbital Flight Test-2

NASA and Boeing have announced they are proceeding with plans for the Boeing Starliner CST-100 uncrewed Orbital Flight Test-2 (OFT-2) mission to the ISS. The confirmation that flight readiness tests were complete came from NASA following a full day of briefings and discussion during the Flight Readiness Review at Kennedy Space Center.

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Russian Multipurpose Research Module finally heads to the ISS

Russian Multipurpose Research Module finally heads to the ISS

After more than a decade of delays, Russia finally launched a long-awaited research module to the ISS this week. The module is called the Russian Multipurpose Research Module (MLM) and is known as Nauka. The laboratory was supposed to have arrived and been fitted to the orbiting space station 14 years ago.

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Why red hot chili peppers are growing on the International Space Station

Why red hot chili peppers are growing on the International Space Station

The newest sort of tasty experimentally-grown food to hit the International Space Station are chile (or chili) peppers. Red and green chili peppers, sent to the ISS in the form of Hatch chili pepper seeds, are in the process of being grown for the consumption of astronauts in the next few months. This is part of NASA's Plant Habitat-04 (PH-04) experiment.

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