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Russian Soyuz spacecraft thruster firing test at the ISS went wrong

Russian Soyuz spacecraft thruster firing test at the ISS went wrong

In July, Russia finally got its new Nakua laboratory module into orbit and attached to the ISS. Unfortunately for the crew and the space station, shortly after being attached an inadvertent thruster firing in the laboratory module pushed the entire space station off-axis. Another unplanned thruster firing by Russian spacecraft happened this week that pushed the ISS out of proper orientation again.

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An ISS spacewalk is underway and the helmet-cam video is mesmerizing

An ISS spacewalk is underway and the helmet-cam video is mesmerizing

Two Russian cosmonauts have been undertaking a spacewalk at the International Space Station today, and while their task may be to establish key links to the new Nauka module, it's also an opportunity for some jaw-dropping helmet-cam footage. Expedition 65 Flight Engineers Oleg Novitskiy and Pyotr Dubrov - both of Roscosmos - opened the airlock hatch at 10:41am EDT.

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Russia finds cracks in International Space Station

Russia finds cracks in International Space Station

The International Space Station (ISS) is showing its age. The space station is made up of multiple modules, each with different points of connection and manufacturing dates, but when one fails, there's a chance the rest will suffer. This isn't like Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, where the ISS grew at an extraordinary rate without significant incident, eventually reaching a size too massive to stay in orbit around Earth.

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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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Google was given one day to delete banned content in Russia

Google was given one day to delete banned content in Russia

Roskomnadzor is a regulating body in Russia, and on Monday, it gave search giant Google only 24 hours to remove prohibited content or face sanctions within the country. According to the regulator, the sanctions would be levied against Google for what it called "insufficient filtering." Among the sanctions that Google potentially faces are the slowdown of its online traffic within Russia and possible monetary fines.

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Russia wants to launch its own space station by 2025

Russia wants to launch its own space station by 2025

Russian space agency Roscosmos has announced this week that it hopes to launch its own orbiting space station by 2025. The agency is considering withdrawing from the ISS program and operating its own space station. Roscosmos head Dmitry Rogozin says that work has already begun on the first module for the space station.

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Russia and China reveal lunar research station plans

Russia and China reveal lunar research station plans

China and Russia plan to collaborate on a new lunar research station, located either on the moon or in orbit around it, as space agencies in the two countries mount an alternative to NASA's Artemis program. The International Lunar Research Station (ILRS) is designed to operate autonomously on the lunar surface or in lunar orbit, or potentially both, and act as a hub for science experiments and further exploration of the moon.

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Odd stripes spotted by NASA satellite in Russia baffle scientist

Odd stripes spotted by NASA satellite in Russia baffle scientist

A NASA satellite orbiting the earth taking pictures has spotted something that has scientists stumped in Siberia's cold Arctic reaches in Russia. Near the Markha River in Siberia, the earth has ripples that scientists don't completely understand. NASA recently posted new images of the odd landscape to its Earth Observatory website, taken with the Landsat 8 satellite over several years.

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Russian Progress 77 cargo spacecraft arrives at the ISS marking the end for Pirs

Russian Progress 77 cargo spacecraft arrives at the ISS marking the end for Pirs

Earlier this week, we mentioned that Russia had launched a resupply spacecraft to the ISS filled with supplies for the space station crew. The mission was Progress 77, and it has arrived at the ISS Pirs docking station on the Russian segment of the spacecraft as of 1:27 AM EST today. Progress 77 arrived at the ISS two days after launching from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Sunday.

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ISS cargo resupply mission launches from Russia

ISS cargo resupply mission launches from Russia

The ISS crew is getting fresh supplies with a Russian Progress cargo ship launched into orbit Sunday night. The cargo ship is a Progress MS-16, and the mission is Progress 77. The mission is set to arrive at the ISS on Tuesday, February 16.

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Simple $40 wiretap planted in iPhone of Russian activist

Simple $40 wiretap planted in iPhone of Russian activist

An interesting little device was discovered planted in the iPhone of Russian anti-corruption activist Lyubov Sobol's campaign manager over the new year. On December 21, 2020, Sobol's campaign manager Olga Klyuchnikova was taken into custody by the Russian FSB. She spent a week in jail on "administrative charges" and was released - but something was amiss.

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Roscosmos is prepared to send more oxygen to the ISS as the atmosphere leaks

Roscosmos is prepared to send more oxygen to the ISS as the atmosphere leaks

Astronauts on the ISS continue to struggle with an oxygen leak that is venting the breathable atmosphere into space. General director of Roscosmos, Dmitry Rogozin, has stated that the oxygen leak is under control. Still, the Russian space organization is prepared to send additional oxygen to the space station in February if needed.

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