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With second launch, regular ISS crew flights begin for NASA

SpaceX launched four astronauts to the International Space Station on Sunday on the first full-fledged taxi flight for NASA by a private company. The crew of three Americans and one Japanese astronaut will arrive at the space station late Monday.

Astronauts arrive at launch site for SpaceX crew flight to ISS

Four astronauts, one woman, and three men arrived at the Kennedy Space Center on Sunday for SpaceX’s second crew launch to the International Space Station (ISS), coming up next week. And NASA reminds us it's also time for Another #LaunchAmerica mission.

International Space Station marks 2 decades of humans on board

The first International Space Station component was launched in 1998, and the first long-term residents arrived on November 2, 2000. Next week, on November 2, 2020, we will celebrate 20 years of continuous human occupation of the orbiting laboratory.

Russian Soyuz rocket takes NASA astronaut to ISS one last time

Today's launch of a Russian Soyuz rocket, carrying two cosmonauts and one NASA astronaut to the International Space Station marks the end of an era. It was the last time NASA paid for one of its astronauts to fly with Roscosmos, the Russian space agency.

Today marks the return of human spaceflight from US soil

When NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken blast off from Florida's Cape Canaveral in a SpaceX Crew Dragon Wednesday, it will be the first time Americans once again will launch from U.S. soil since 2011.

History-making SpaceX mission to launch in nine more days

Cape Canaveral - SpaceX confirmed on Monday that its next launch will be Demo-2, currently scheduled for May 27. The mission will see two NASA astronauts strap into SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule and head for the International Space Station (ISS).

NASA announces May 27, date for manned flight to Space Station

Cape Canaveral - NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine tweeted on Friday that a launch date of May 27, 2020, has been set for the launch of American astronauts on American rockets from American soil to the International Space Station (ISS).

Bartolomeo to become first commercial platform on ISS

Its days on Earth are numbered - the external platform Bartolomeo is currently waiting for its launch to the International Space Station (ISS) at Kennedy Space Center in Florida inside a SpaceX Dragon capsule.

Sending red wine into space could help food sustainability

Red wine has been taken up to the International Space Station as part of the latest cargo delivery. The aim is to study the wine to help to develop new solutions for the future of food and agriculture production on Earth.

Fungi onboard ISS survives high doses of ionizing radiation

New research presented at the 2019 Astrobiology Science Conference shows that mold on the International Space Station is capable of surviving high doses of ionizing radiation. This finding is important for future deep space missions.

NASA project proves the New Mexico chile is out of this world

A team of scientists at NASA is working to launch the Española chile pepper into space. This would be the first fruiting plant the United States has grown and harvested at the International Space Station.

NASA — 'No doubt' SpaceX explosion delays flight program

Paris - The explosion that destroyed a SpaceX astronaut taxi in April “no doubt” delays NASA’s drive to return Americans to the International Space Station (ISS) from U.S. soil later this year, the U.S. space agency’s chief said on Tuesday.

NASA announces it's opening the Space Station to tourism

For a mere $35,000 per night, tourists will now be able to visit the International Space Station (ISS), NASA announced on Friday. The price does not include transportation, which will run around $85,000.

Power shortage on space station delays SpaceX supply launch

NASA and SpaceX have postponed the planned launch of a new Dragon cargo ship this week due to a power system glitch on the International Space Station, agency officials said today (April 30).

SpaceX's Crew Dragon splashes down off Florida coast

SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule splashed down into the Atlantic Ocean Friday morning after a six-day stay on the International Space Station - completing its Demonstration Mission 1 (DM-10 mission successfully.

'Celestial Buddies' plush Earth toy takes tour of Space Station

A toy company has sold out of cute cuddly teddies shaped like Earth after Elon Musk sent one into orbit aboard a SpaceX rocket in the new Crew Dragon spacecraft. Earth is now enjoying its new home aboard the ISS.

SpaceX taking its biggest step toward flying people into space

Early Saturday morning, SpaceX will launch its uncrewed Crew Dragon space capsule on a demonstration flight to the International Space Station - a giant step toward NASA's goal of sending its own crewed spacecraft to the ISS and beyond.

Leak in space: ISS toilet floods astronauts

A leaking toilet can be a pain, especially when water gushes out. Imagine what it is like on-board a space station. This is what astronauts had to content with recently on the International Space Station.

Project aims to grow human organs in space

There is a shortage of organs patients worldwide. This has led to developments with lab-grown organs, but these are hampered by various factors. Growing organs in micro-gravity may be the answer.

Infectious bacteria on-board the International Space Station

The International Space Station hosts some less desirable strains of bacteria, with the organism Enterobacter bugandensis having been identified from samples taken from the toilets used by the astronauts.

NASA floppy disks found in space

In a sign of the times and a testament to the age of the International Space Station, an astronaut has found old NASA floppy disks in space.

ISS crew may be there awhile says astronaut Chris Hadfield

Three people currently on board the international space station are "essentially marooned" on the ship for a while, renowned Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield has told Euronews.

Small air leak detected on board the International Space Station

Astronauts are working to contain a pressure leak on the Russian Soyuz spacecraft docked at the International Space Station that was possibly caused by a micrometeorite striking the lab.

Meet SpaceX's Crew Dragon that will carry astronauts into space

At first glance, the Crew Dragon space capsule looks like something out of a Star Trek movie, but it's the real thing. This is the spacecraft that SpaceX will fly during its Demonstration Mission 1 flight test later this summer.

Human spaceflight to return to Florida's Space Coast in 2018

Cape Canaveral - U.S. Space Agency, NASA announced on Thursday its industry partners, Boeing and SpaceX, are targeting the return of human spaceflight for Florida’s Space Coast in 2018.

SpaceX to launch supercomputer to Space Station Monday

On Monday, a SpaceX CRS-12 rocket will be launched from Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, headed to the ISS. The payload will include an HP Enterprise (HPE) supercomputer, called the Spaceborne Computer.

Essential Science: Space agencies are looking at space microbes

Moscow - Wherever you find people you find microorganisms and life onboard the International Space Station is no exception. Do these organism behave differently and do any differences pose a threat to astronauts?

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket to launch from historic Apollo-era site

On Sunday afternoon, SpaceX completed a successful static fire test on its Falcon 9 rocket in preparation for a planned cargo launch this Saturday to the International Space Station (ISS).

Astronaut sets record, throws football more than 500,000 yards

Houston - It was “sort of a record” and there are a lot of “buts” associated with it. The ball was thrown by Astronaut Tim Kopra while orbiting the Earth on the ISS and it travelled 564,664 yards. The distance was measured relative to the Earth.

NASA announces first African-American space station crew member

While African-American astronauts have flown on the space shuttle and have visited the ISS on technical or supply missions, none have ever been a member of the crew. NASA announced Jeanette Epps will become the first black ISS crew member next year.
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Progress 47 redocks at ISS.
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Tweet by Alexander Gerst  German astronaut on board the ISS.
Tweet by Alexander Gerst, German astronaut on board the ISS.
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International Space Station solar array wings are featured in this image.
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NASA astronaut Scott Kelly on the International Space Station captured this interesting image in the...
NASA astronaut Scott Kelly on the International Space Station captured this interesting image in the stations Cupola, the 360 degree observation area and remote control location for grappling and docking and undocking spacecraft. Scott tweeted this comment with the image on June, 4, 2015: "Often when I look out the window I think we should call it Planet Water instead of Earth. Sadly mostly saltwater".
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The International Space Station is seen in 2008 in a photo taken from the shuttle Discovery.
The International Space Station is seen in 2008 in a photo taken from the shuttle Discovery.
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STS-116 Shuttle Mission Imagery of International Space Station Dec. 2006
STS-116 Shuttle Mission Imagery of International Space Station Dec. 2006
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Growing plants on the International Space Station
Growing plants on the International Space Station
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Three crew members from Expedition 36 on the ISS return to Earth.
Three crew members from Expedition 36 on the ISS return to Earth.
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Japan s HTV3 space freighter.
Japan's HTV3 space freighter.
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Dragon capsule approaching ISS
Dragon capsule approaching ISS
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Dragon capsule on the way to the ISS.
Dragon capsule on the way to the ISS.
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Hurricane Harvey as seen from the International Space Station on Friday evening.
Hurricane Harvey as seen from the International Space Station on Friday evening.
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Suni Williams competes in the Malibu Triathlon while aboard ISS
Suni Williams competes in the Malibu Triathlon while aboard ISS
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Astronauts play in zero-gravity on the International Space Station
Astronauts play in zero-gravity on the International Space Station
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Dragon capsule docking at ISS
Dragon capsule docking at ISS
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Endeavour s Final Roll: Space shuttle Endeavour moves along the crawlerway from the Vehicle Assembly...
Endeavour's Final Roll: Space shuttle Endeavour moves along the crawlerway from the Vehicle Assembly Building to Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
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The eye (center of frame) of Hurricane Earl is seen in this image taken as the International Space S...
The eye (center of frame) of Hurricane Earl is seen in this image taken as the International Space Station passed over the storm on Wednesday, Sept. 1 2010.
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Soyuz TMA-05M approaches ISS on July 17  2012.
Soyuz TMA-05M approaches ISS on July 17, 2012.
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A screenshot of a viral video that shows Earth at night.
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The International Space Station is featured in this image photographed by an STS-133 crew member on space shuttle Discovery after the station and shuttle began their post-undocking relative separation. Undocking of the two spacecraft occurred at 7 a.m. (EST) on March 7, 2011
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