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Orbital Sciences Corporation launches first cargo mission to space station

Orbital Sciences Corporation on Thursday launched its unmanned Cygnus cargo ship on the company’s first regular supply mission to the International Space Station. The liftoff of the Antares rocket carrying the ship took place at 1:07 pm (1807 GMT) from Wallops Island, Virginia, according to footage carried by the US…

International Space Station in partial shutdown due to cooling pump problem

Crew members shut down minor systems to reduce power load, though Nasa says issue is not an emergency at the moment A possible coolant leak on the International Space Station has led to a partial shutdown, NASA has said. Astronauts hope to fix the problem by altering the software. But…

Russia sends Olympic torch to International Space Station

Three new crew members blast off Thursday for the International Space Station (ISS) on a Russian rocket, taking with them the precious cargo of an Olympic torch for the 2014 Winter Games in the Black Sea resort of Sochi. In an unprecedented move, the Olympic torch will on Saturday be…

WATCH: U.S.-Russia crew begins shortened trip to International Space Station

An American and two Russians blasted off Thursday for the International Space Station atop a Soyuz rocket that will slash more than a day off the usual travel time. Michael Hopkins of NASA and Oleg Kotov and Sergei Ryazansky of Russia took off without a hitch from the Baikonur space…

Astronauts ‘flew blind’ from International Space Station as sensors failed

The three crew of the International Space Station (ISS) who returned to Earth this week endured a hair-raising descent after their height sensors failed, a Russian cosmonaut revealed on Friday. Pavel Vinogradov said that he and the two other crew of the Soyuz capsule which touched down in Kazakhstan Wednesday…

Europe makes its heaviest space launch ever

An automated craft laden with supplies for the International Space Station (ISS) headed into space on Friday in the heaviest launch ever undertaken by Europe. The 20-tonne vessel, named after 20th-century Italian physicist, Edoardo Amaldi, blasted off atop a heavyweight version of the Ariane 5 launcher at 01:34 am (0434…

Russian cosmonauts begin ISS spacewalk

MOSCOW — Two Russian cosmonauts stepped out of the International Space Station on Thursday in a spacewalk due to last six hours, Russia’s mission control centre said. Oleg Kononenko and Anton Shkaplerov opened the door to the Pirs space module and began work on the exterior of the ISS, the…

Russian satellite crashes into Siberia after launch

MOSCOW — A Russian satellite on Friday crashed into Siberia minutes after its launch due to rocket failure, the defense ministry said, in the latest humiliating setback for Russia’s embattled space programme. The failure of the Soyuz-2.1B rocket — a member of the same family that Russia uses to send humans to…

Discovery to dock today with International Space Station

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The US space shuttle Discovery was approaching the International Space Station on Saturday as part of its final mission, carrying a new module and a robot to the orbiting research lab. The shuttle, which blasted off from the Kennedy Space Center on Thursday, is set to dock…

European freighter docks with space station

TOULOUSE, France – A robot freighter laden with seven tonnes of supplies docked flawlessly on Thursday with the International Space Station (ISS), its European controllers said here. The Johannes Kepler teamed up with the ISS at 1708 GMT after an eight-day orbital flight covering some four million kilometres (2.5 million…

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