Crew Begins Two Day Trip to Orbital Laboratory

Three crew members are orbiting Earth getting ready to dock to the International Space Station early Friday in their Soyuz TMA-18M spacecraft. Meanwhile, the six residents on the orbital laboratory are exploring human research and maintaining life support systems. Soyuz Commander Sergey Volkov and first-time space flyers Andreas Mogensen from Denmark Read full post

Posted Sep 2, 2015 at 3:52 pm on Space Station

SpaceX Offers Glimpse of 39A for Commercial Crew Launch

SpaceX released this artist concept of Launch Pad 39A as it would look for the launch of its Crew Dragon spacecraft on top of a Falcon 9 rocket carrying astronauts to the International Space Station. The trunk of the Crew Dragon shimmers in the Florida sunshine in the depiction. Note Read full post

Posted Sep 2, 2015 at 10:29 am on Commercial Crew Program

Three Soyuz Crew Members Launch for Two Day Trip to Station

Soyuz Rocket Launches on Time

The Soyuz TMA-18M launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to the International Space Station at 12:37 a.m. EDT Wednesday (10:37 a.m. in Baikonur). At launch, the station was flying 250 miles above south-central Kazakhstan, having passed over the Baikonur Cosmodrome less than a minute before liftoff. Sergey Volkov of Read full post

Posted Sep 2, 2015 at 1:01 am on Space Station

Watch Soyuz Rocket Launch on NASA TV at 11:45 p.m. EDT

Soyuz Rocket on Launch Pad

Sergey Volkov of Roscosmos, Andreas Mogensen of ESA (European Space Agency) and Aidyn Aimbetov of the Kazakh Space Agency have boarded the Russian Soyuz TMA-18M spacecraft that will carry them to the International Space Station. All is on track for liftoff at 12:37 a.m. EDT Wednesday. NASA Television coverage of Read full post

Posted Sep 1, 2015 at 11:01 pm on Space Station

Schedule of Pre-Launch Activities Before Tonight's Soyuz Liftoff

Soyuz TMA-18M Crew Members

At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Sergey Volkov of Roscosmos, Andreas Mogensen of ESA (European Space Agency) and Aidyn Aimbetov of the Kazakh Space Agency are preparing for their launch to the International Space Station. Their journey to the station will begin with a lift off at 12:37 a.m. EDT Read full post

Posted Sep 1, 2015 at 4:42 pm on Space Station

Flown Orion Arrives in Colorado for Additional Analysis and Testing

Engineers Examine Orion

NASA’s Orion spacecraft that flew into space in 2014 has completed its trek from the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida to the Littleton, Colorado, facility of Orion prime contractor Lockheed Martin. Engineers will perform final decontamination of the crew module, continue post-flight analysis and evaluate a new acoustic technology Read full post

Posted Sep 1, 2015 at 4:08 pm on Orion

ISS Daily Summary Report – 09/1/15

44 Soyuz (44S) Launch: 44S is scheduled to launch from Baikonur tonight at 11:37pm CDT carrying Aidyn Aimbetov, Andreas Mogensen and Sergey Volkov to the ISS which will increase the crew complement to 9 members.  Docking is scheduled for this Friday, September 4 at 2:42am CDT.   Human Research Program (HRP) Operations: Read full post

Posted Sep 1, 2015 at 3:55 pm on ISS On-Orbit Status Report

From OPF to C3PF: A New Facility for a New Era

The third of NASA's Orbiter Processing Facilities built to protect the space shuttle fleet as engineers outfitted them for their next flights is nearing the end of its renovation into a factory for a new generation of spacecraft. The transformation required extensive work, starting with the removal of the tons Read full post

Posted Sep 1, 2015 at 1:53 pm on Commercial Crew Program

Proving Amelia Earhart Right

Amelia Earhart is reported to have professed: “Never do things others can and will do, if there are things others cannot do or will not do.” All across our country, hardworking NASA employees and contractors live these words on a daily basis. They are turning science fiction into fact and Read full post

Posted Sep 1, 2015 at 1:28 pm on Deputy Administrator Dava Newman

Boning Up on Skeletons in Space

NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman, Expedition 40 flight engineer, gets a workout on the Advanced Resistive Exercise Device (ARED) in the Tranquility node of the International Space Station. (NASA)

In today’s A Lab Aloft, Jean Sibonga, Ph.D., explains what’s next for microgravity bone research aboard the International Space Station. Using what we’ve learned in the last 50 years, investigations in orbit will help scientists pinpoint the impacts of countermeasures and refine treatments. Boning Up on Skeletons in Space All research Read full post

Posted Sep 1, 2015 at 12:00 pm on A Lab Aloft (International Space Station Research)