Emirati astronaut to fly to ISS in 2019

Emirati astronaut to fly to ISS in 2019

The United Arab Emirates is slated to send its first astronaut to the International Space Station in the spring of 2019.

Either Hazza al-Mansouri, 34, or Sultan al-Neyadi, 37, will fly into orbit in Soyuz MS-12 alongside Russian cosmonaut Oleg Skripochka and NASA astronaut Christina Hammock.

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Newly-delivered glovebox set to aid life science research

Newly-delivered glovebox set to aid life science research

Among the 6,200 kilograms of cargo that Kounotori 7 brought to the International Space Station is NASA’s new Life Sciences Glovebox to help with biological and physiological studies.

Designed to help with ongoing research relating to the impact of long-duration spaceflight on the human body, the glovebox is a fully-enclosed, acrylic-windowed facility about the six of a large fish tank.

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Japanese Kounotori 7 brings food, science and new hardware to ISS

Japanese Kounotori 7 brings food, science and new hardware to ISS

Japan’s Kounotori 7 spacecraft arrived to the International Space Station to begin a two-month period attached to the outpost while crews work to unload its 6,200 kilograms of cargo. The 9.8-meter-long spacecraft, also known as HTV-7, rendezvoused with the outpost Sept. 27, 2018.

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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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