Looking like a wounded bird with only one of its two solar wings deployed, a Russian Soyuz spacecraft glided to an otherwise picture-perfect docking with the International Space Station late Thursday, boosting the lab's crew back to six with the addition of a veteran cosmonaut, a NASA shuttle flier and the first female cosmonaut to win a station berth. With commander Alexander Samokutyaev at the controls, flanked on the left by board engineer Elena Serova and on the right by Barry "Butch" Wilmore, the Soyuz TMA-14M spacecraft engaged the docking mechanism on the station's upper Poisk module at 10:11 p.m. EDT (GMT-4) as the two spacecraft sailed 260 miles above the Pacific Ocean approaching the coast of Ecuador. "Contact and capture confirmed," someone said over a translated Russian audio loop. "Congratulations." The linkup came six hours -- four orbits -- after a sky-lighting launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The eight-minute 45-second climb to space went smoothly, but … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Soyuz delivers team of 3 to space station
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After three back-to-back weather delays, a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket finally boosted an Orbital ATK Cygnus cargo ship into orbit Sunday on a flight to deliver nearly 4,700 pounds of critical supplies and equipment to the International Space Station. The Atlas 5's powerful Russian-built RD-180 engine ignited with a rush of brilliant exhaust at 4:44:57 p.m. EST (GMT-5), throttled up to full power and majestically pushed the 19-story-tall rocket away from pad 41 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Propelled skyward by more than 860,000 pounds of thrust, the rocket initially climbed straight up, knifed through a deck of low clouds and arced over on a northeasterly trajectory into the plane of the space station's orbit, quickly disappearing from view as it began a three-day rendezvous. Launch tries Thursday, Friday and Saturday were scrubbed due to thick clouds, rain and high winds, but conditions improved over the weekend and despite late-afternoon clouds and gusting … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Fourth time’s the charm for space station cargo launch
An Orbital ATK cargo ship loaded with more than 7,200 pounds of space station-bound equipment and supplies -- including research to learn more about fires in space and gecko-inspired adhesives -- was boosted into orbit late Tuesday, the second of a record four flights to the lab complex in just three weeks. With a full moon and Jupiter shining overhead, the United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket carrying the Cygnus cargo ship thundered to life at 11:05:52 p.m. EDT (GMT-5), lighting up the night sky with a rush of fiery exhaust from its Russian-built RD-180 first-stage engine. Putting on a spectacular show as it climbed above the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, the 194-foot-tall Atlas 5 arced away to the northeast atop 860,000 pounds of thrust, smoothly accelerating as it burned up its first-stage load of liquid oxygen and RP-1 rocket fuel. At the moment of liftoff, the International Space Station was passing north of the Bahamas a few hundred miles to the southeast, but it wasn't … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Space station cargo ship carries cool science experiments into orbit
Last Updated Sep 25, 2014 5:30 PM EDT An experienced Russian cosmonaut, a NASA shuttle veteran and the first female cosmonaut to be assigned to the International Space Station blasted off Thursday aboard a Soyuz ferry craft, kicking off a six-hour flight to the orbiting lab complex. One of two solar arrays failed to initially deploy, but officials said the spacecraft had more than enough power for the planned four-orbit rendezvous.With Soyuz TMA-14M commander Alexander Samokutyaev at the controls, flanked on the left by board engineer Elena Serova and on the right by Barry "Butch" Wilmore, the Soyuz rocket thundered to life at 4:25 p.m. EDT (GMT-4; 2:25 a.m. Friday local time), lighting up the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan as it climbed away.Launching directly into the plane of the space station's orbit, the iconic Russian rocket soared away through a cloudy, deep overnight sky, putting on a dramatic show for family members, spaceport workers and agency managers as it accelerated … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Soyuz blasts off with three bound for space station
Boeing (NYSE: BA) and its partners spent more than $100 billion to build the International Space Station (ISS). But in 2023 (or 2024 at the latest), Russia plans to take that investment apart -- detaching Russian-built sections of the ISS, and moving them into a new orbit to form the core of a new, all-Russian station. By now, this should be old news for you, but here's something new: President Donald Trump supports the Russian plan to abandon the ISS, and plans to cut off U.S. government support for the station as early as 2025. Boeing is not a big fan of the idea, as NASA currently pays it to help operate the station, and has awarded Boeing a multibillion-dollar contract to transport astronauts to the ISS. So Boeing has gone on record opposing the idea of "walking away" from it. When Russia and NASA walk away from the the space station, investment opportunities will arrive. Image source: Getty Images. Moving day 2025 But as we learned from the just-released NASA 2019 … [Read more...] about Will Abandoning the International Space Station Set Investors Adrift?