Soyuz MS-13 launches to ISS on Moon landing anniversary

Soyuz MS-13 launches to ISS on Moon landing anniversary

As the world celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing, three people left Earth to join the International Space Station’s Expedition 60 crew. Launching in their Soyuz MS-13 spacecraft, Russian cosmonaut Aleksandr Skvortsov, NASA astronaut Drew Morgan and European Space Agency astronaut Luca Parmitano raced toward the outpost to dock just four orbits later.

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‘Hundreds’ of impacts found on ESA’s Columbus module

‘Hundreds’ of impacts found on ESA’s Columbus module

Each International Space Station module is designed with micrometeoroid debris protection. A recent survey of the European Space Agency’s Columbus module shows just how much it is needed.

According to a news release from ESA, a survey performed Sept. 6, 2018, using the station’s 17.6-meter robotic arm showed “hundreds of impacts” across the surface of the Columbus module.

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