Russian spacewalk goes into overtime

Russian spacewalk goes into overtime

The two cosmonauts on board the International Space Station donned spacesuits and stepped outside the outpost for the 43rd Russian segment-based extravehicular activity. The Aug. 17, 2017, spacewalk lasted more than an hour longer than planned for a total duration of 7 hours, 34 minutes.

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SpaceX’s CRS-12 Dragon capsule arrives at space station

SpaceX’s CRS-12 Dragon capsule arrives at space station

Some 36 hours after leaving Kennedy Space Center atop a Falcon 9 rocket, SpaceX’s CRS-12 Dragon capsule rendezvoused with and was berthed to the International Space Station. The cargo spacecraft is carrying more than 2,900 kilograms of supplies and science experiments.

Once the capsule was within about 10 meters beneath the Destiny laboratory module, Expedition 52 crew members Paolo Nespoli of the European Space Agency and Jack Fischer of NASA used the robotic Canadarm2 to pluck the spacecraft from space.

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Final new first-generation Dragon launches toward ISS

Final new first-generation Dragon launches toward ISS

SpaceX sent its final new first-generation Dragon capsule into space Aug 14, 2017. Launching atop a Falcon 9 rocket, the CRS-12 Dragon cargo ship was sent on its way toward the International Space Station.

The spacecraft is loaded with over 2,900 kilograms of equipment, science experiments and food to the orbiting laboratory. It will spend 36 hours fine-tuning its orbit before rendezvousing to and berthing with the Earth-facing port of the Harmony module.

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Getting a phone call from SPACE!

Getting a phone call from SPACE!

Starting in July, Gary Jordan of NASA's Johnson Space Center has been hosting a new podcast called "Houston, We Have a Podcast." The most recent episode was broadcast live on YouTube and featured a special out of this world guest.

Episode six, which was recorded Aug. 10, 2017, featured astronaut Jack "2fish" Fischer, who is currently residing onboard the International Space Station. It was the first live broadcast of the show.

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Station boosts orbit ahead of spacewalk, visiting vehicle swaps

Station boosts orbit ahead of spacewalk, visiting vehicle swaps

The International Space Station got its orbit reboosted on Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017. The slight raising of its orbit set up the next crew swap planned for the beginning of September.

Recently arrived Progress MS-06 used its onboard engines to increase the speed of the outpost, thus raising its orbit. The spacecraft is currently docked to the Zvezda service module located at the aft end of the station.

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You can now visit the ISS via Google Street View

You can now visit the ISS via Google Street View

Google Street View has partnered with NASA to allow the map services's users to explore the International Space Station on their computers. While virtually flying through each of the station's 16 modules, users can click on particular points of interest to learn about each one.

This was done primarly by European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Pesquet, who returned from the orbiting outpost June 2, 2017.

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Astronaut Randy Bresnik enters BEAM

Astronaut Randy Bresnik enters BEAM

Just days after arriving at the ISS, NASA astronaut and Expedition 52 Flight Engineer Randy Bresnik got to visit the usually sealed-off BEAM module.

The Bigelow Expandable Activity Module is a technology demonstrator designed to test the effectiveness of an "inflatable" habitat as an alternative or supplement to traditional rigid modules. Astronauts periodically enter the module to collect various data points such as temperature, radiation exposure, condensation, etc.

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ISS crew flies over Super Typhoon Noru

ISS crew flies over Super Typhoon Noru

Recently arrived NASA astronaut Randy Bresnik snapped an amazing photo of Super Typhoon Noru in the Northwestern Pacific Ocean. The picture was taken Aug. 1, 2017 as the ISS was flying overhead.

Less than a week ago, the system was a mere tropical storm. But by Sunday, July 30, the storm had swelled to a super typhoon. According to meteorologists, it is the most intense storm of 2017, so far.

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ISS crew size increases to 6 with Soyuz MS-05 docking

ISS crew size increases to 6 with Soyuz MS-05 docking

After a six-hour, four-orbit trek to rendezvous and dock with the International Space Station (ISS), the three-man crew of the Soyuz MS-05 spacecraft joined Expedition 52, increasing the outpost’s population to six people.

Docking took place at 5:54 p.m. EDT (21:54 GMT) July 28, 2017, while the spacecraft and station were flying over Germany.

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