The First Time NASA Docked with a Soviet Spacecraft in Orbit

Two spacecraft drifted closer to one another far above planet Earth, as they prepared to dock. It was July 17th, 1975, and they were about to make history. For the first time, a United States Apollo and Soviet Union Soyuz spacecraft would dock with one another, an enormously symbolic mission that served as a small… »11/18/15 2:00pm11/18/15 2:00pm


Dammit, Congress: Just Buy NASA its Own Space Taxi, Already

Ever since the shuttle program ended, NASA has been paying Russia to ferry U.S. astronauts to the International Space Station. But the price-per-seat aboard Russia’s spacecraft has gotten ridiculous. The solution is clear and cost-effective: The US needs its own space taxis. So why won’t Congress pay for it? »8/21/15 2:20pm8/21/15 2:20pm

Tonight's Mission To the ISS Successfully Limped Home With Only One Wing

A Soyuz capsule carrying three astronauts to the International Space Station blasted off at 5:02 EST EDT today. Despite only deploying one of two solar panels, the capsule has docked safely, and it’s welcome party (and fresh food!) time on the ISS. »7/23/15 1:00am7/23/15 1:00am

What Happens If A Fire Ignites When Astronauts Are Heading Into Space?

Currently, the only route from Earth to the International Space Station for astronauts is by hitching a ride on the Soyuz spacecraft. But what happens if a fire breaks out en route to the station? Without fire extinguishers or normal firefighting tools, astronauts have special procedures to return them safely to Earth. »5/18/15 11:30am5/18/15 11:30am

This Cargo Run To The Space Station Is Starting With A Train Ride [Updated]

This Russian Soyuz rocket is getting ready to launch a Progress spacecraft to carry supplies to the International Space Station, and it’s oddly gorgeous. Update: A problem with sporadic telemetry and spacecraft control sent Progress spinning in space and thus far unable to rendezvous with the Space Station.
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Did You Know Soviet Cosmonauts Carried A Bear-Killing Shotgun To Space?

Anything can happen during a launch or landing of a crewed spacecraft, and just in case the crew would end up stranded in a remote area of the world, astronauts and cosmonauts undergo survival training and carry survival kits. The kits contain items such as food rations, water, extra clothing, items for making a… »2/08/15 10:30am2/08/15 10:30am

Astronauts Arrive Safely At Station Despite Minor Spacecraft Malfunction

Despite a glitch with a solar array failing to deploy on Soyuz, three more astronauts arrived at the International Space Station on Thursday. Mission 41 is officially underway now that the station crew is back up to six people. The station is also once again at maximum capacity with five docked spacecraft. »9/26/14 1:21pm9/26/14 1:21pm