ISS crew captures dramatic views of Hurricane Florence

ISS crew captures dramatic views of Hurricane Florence

Hurricane Florence continues to hone in on the U.S. East Coast at the Carolinas and could become the most damaging tropical cyclone to make landfall in that area in decades.

Some 400 kilometers above the Earth, the International Space Station periodically passes over the area. Cameras on the exterior, as well as the Expedition 56 crew aboard, have recorded the massive 300-kilometer-wide storm as it churns in the Atlantic southwest of Bermuda.

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Roscosmos boss: Soyuz pressure leak caused by ‘technological error’

Roscosmos boss: Soyuz pressure leak caused by ‘technological error’

Last week’s depressurization event at the International Space Station may have been caused by human error, not a micrometeoroid impact, Roscosmos boss Dmitry Rogozin told Russian media.

At about 23:00 UTC Aug. 29, 2018, ground controllers in Houston and Moscow noticed the pressure aboard the ISS dropping.

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Expedition 56 crew repairs pressure leak on Soyuz MS-09

Expedition 56 crew repairs pressure leak on Soyuz MS-09

The six-person Expedition 56 crew aboard the International Space Station had to troubleshoot what NASA described as a “minute pressure leak," which was detected in the orbiting complex by ground controllers in Houston and Moscow.

According to the U.S. space agency, the first signs of a leak were detected around 23:00 UTC Aug. 29, 2018, while the crew was still in their scheduled sleep period.

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Progress MS-08 departs ISS

Progress MS-08 departs ISS

Progress MS-08 undocked from the International Space Station after just over six months attached to the orbiting outpost’s Zvezda service module. Rather than an immediate deorbit, however, the cargo freighter will continue orbiting Earth for a week.

Undocking occurred at 02:16 UTC Aug. 23, 2018. Once the unpiloted Progress MS-08 was safely away from the station, the second phase of its mission began.

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Russian spacewalk runs into overtime during ‘Icarus’ experiment installation

Russian spacewalk runs into overtime during ‘Icarus’ experiment installation

Two Russian cosmonauts stepped outside the International Space Station for more than 7.5 hours to deploy several small satellites and install an experiment designed to monitor animal migration.

Expedition 56 flight engineers Oleg Artemyev and Sergey Prokopyev were tasked with Russian EVA 45, which officially began at 16:17 UTC Aug. 15, 2018, when the Pirs docking compartment's airlock hatch was opened.

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SpaceX’s CRS-15 Dragon splashes down in Pacific

SpaceX’s CRS-15 Dragon splashes down in Pacific

SpaceX’s CRS-15 Dragon returned to Earth on Aug. 3, 2018, after a month-long stay at the International Space Station. The capsule splashed down in the Pacific Ocean with cargo and research samples that were returned for further analysis.

Since July 2, the spacecraft was berthed to the Earth-facing port of the space station’s Harmony module.

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OA-9 Cygnus leaves ISS

OA-9 Cygnus leaves ISS

Following two months attached to the International Space Station, the ninth Cygnus resupply spacecraft was unberthed and released from the orbiting outpost to perform a secondary two-week free-flight mission.

The Northrop Grumman (formerly Orbital ATK) OA-9 Cygnus was unberthed in the early-morning hours of July 15, 2018, before being released at 8:37 a.m. EDT (12:37 GMT).

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Progress MS-09 spacecraft reaches ISS in record time

Progress MS-09 spacecraft reaches ISS in record time

Russia’s Progress MS-09 freighter launched atop a Soyuz 2.1a rocket from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan and docked with the International Space Station in less than four hours—a mere 2.5 laps around Earth.

Liftoff from Site 31 at the Cosmodrome took place at 5:51 p.m. EDT (21:51 GMT) July 9, 2018. Once in orbit, the spacecraft began a series of automated burns to catch up with and dock to the station’s Pirs docking compartment. Docking took place at 9:31 p.m. EDT (00:31 GMT July 10).

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CRS-15 Dragon brings science experiments, artificial intelligence to ISS

CRS-15 Dragon brings science experiments, artificial intelligence to ISS

SpaceX’s CRS-15 Dragon cargo resupply ship has been attached to the International Space Station. the spacecraft rendezvoused with the orbiting outpost in the early-morning hours of July 2, 2018, and is expected to remain berthed for about a month.

Capture took place at 6:54 a.m. EDT (10:54 GMT) by the 17.6-meter Canadian-built robotic Canadarm2, which was under the control of Expedition 56 NASA astronauts Ricky Arnold and Drew Feustel at the robotics work station in the station’s cupola window.

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Astronaut Peggy Whitson retires from NASA

Astronaut Peggy Whitson retires from NASA

Peggy Whitson retired from NASA on June 15, 2018, after 32 years with the space agency—22 as an astronaut. Between 2002 and 2017, she participated in three long-duration International Space Station expeditions, accumulating 665 days orbit—a record for any U.S. space flyer.

Whitson, now 58, concluded her most recent mission in September 2017. Her nine-month stay aboard the ISS as part of Expedition 50, 51 and 52 was the longest for any woman and included multiple spacewalks.

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