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Russian sanctions could put the future of the ISS at risk

March 2nd, 2022

The future of the ISS is starting to look a little bleak. Previously, NASA shared that it had extended plans to operate the International Space Station until its retirement in 2030. Now, though, those updated plans could be in jeopardy. The United States and several other countries have hit Russia with multiple sanctions following its …

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Venus is a ‘Russian Planet’ according to Russia’s space chief

September 16th, 2020

Venus was recently revealed to hold a biosignature in its atmosphere that may indicate the presence of life in some form.  Russia, which previously landed probes on Venus, has declared Venus to be “a Russian Planet.” Both NASA and Russia’s Roscosmos are dedicated to exploring Venus in the near future. When the United States landed …

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Russia’s tone changes regarding SpaceX’s Crew Dragon success

June 10th, 2020

Russia’s space agency and its officials have seemingly grown sour over the accomplishments of SpaceX and the Crew Dragon spacecraft. Comments out of Russia were initially positive and congratulatory regarding the Crew Dragon launch and docking, but things have changed in the weeks since. Russia says SpaceX is at war with Boeing, not with Russia. …

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Trio of space travelers safely returns to Earth

June 25th, 2019

Being chosen to spend time aboard the International Space Station is a privilege that only the tiniest fraction of people will ever experience. But all good things must come to an end, and this week marked the end of Expedition 59 aboard the ISS, and half of the space station’s six-person crew just arrived back …

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Russia’s Soyuz rocket got nailed by lightning shortly after launch

May 31st, 2019

When planning for a rocket launch there are many things that have to be taken into account, and one of the biggest factors is always the weather. Launches are delayed frequently due to uncooperative weather conditions such as brisk high-level winds and storms, but sometimes Mother Nature can throw a serious curve ball right in …

Yesterday’s ISS resupply mission broke an incredible record

April 5th, 2019

A resupply mission for the International Space Station, Progress MS-11, took off yesterday from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, eventually docking with the space station and providing its inhabitants with over 5,400 pounds of supplies. In many ways it was exactly like the countless resupply missions carried out before it, but in one way it …