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Russia blames frightening ISS Nauka incident on a software error

August 1st, 2021

The Russian Nauka module docked with the International Space Station (ISS) on Thursday at 9:29 AM EST, more than a week after its rocky launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on July 21. At around 12:34 PM, the Nauka began firing its thrusters without explanation, initiating a frightening sequence of events. The ISS lost attitude control …

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NASA will help send a private mission to the ISS next year

May 12th, 2021

For decades now, the International Space Station has been occupied by astronauts from the United States, Russia, and other nations. These scientists are hand-picked and go through rigorous training so they are well-equipped to handle long stays in Earth orbit. In recent years, NASA has shown an interest in opening up the ISS to private …

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Russia’s talk of leaving the ISS makes so much more sense now

April 20th, 2021

NASA may have been a bit blindsided this week when its partner, Russia’s Roscosmos, revealed that it was going to decide whether or not it wanted to leave the ISS permanently. The space station has been co-operated by both the United States and Russia for a long time and has hosted astronauts from many different …

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Russia to decide whether to quit the International Space Station

April 19th, 2021

The International Space Station has its name for a reason. The orbiting laboratory has hosted astronauts from all over the globe during its many years in operation. As new hardware has been installed on the spacecraft, its capabilities have grown, and a great deal of science is carried out there. Over the years, the two …

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Following upgrades, ISS ejects 2.9 tons of old batteries

March 15th, 2021

The International Space Station is a massive laboratory that has produced some incredible scientific discoveries over the past couple of decades. It’s been manned on a continuous basis for the majority of that time, and while that’s awesome for science, it also means that the space station produces a steady supply of trash as well. …

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NASA once again needs Russian help to get into space

March 11th, 2021

NASA’s Commercial Crew Program didn’t work out exactly as the space agency had planned, but it has produced at least one suitable spacecraft for taking astronauts to and from the International Space Station. NASA has already flown missions to the ISS using SpaceX’s Crew Dragon, and another mission is already on the schedule, but if …


Spacewalking NASA astronauts just gave the ISS a major upgrade

March 2nd, 2021

The International Space Station is, well, old. It’s still working great and fulfilling the needs of NASA, Russia’s Roscosmos, Japan’s JAXA, and the European Space Agency, among others, but it’s definitely not as cutting-edge as it once was. The groups responsible for maintaining the spacecraft have done a great job of keeping it up and …