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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Soyuz MS-11 trio returns to Earth after 7 months in space

Soyuz MS-11 trio returns to Earth after 7 months in space

Three International Space Station crew members returned to Earth in the Soyuz MS-11 spacecraft, bringing an end to their 204-day mission. Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, NASA astronaut Anne McClain and Canadian Space Agency astronaut David Saint-Jacques landed safely at 02:47 UTC June 25, 2019, on the Kazakh Steppe in Kazakhstan.

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Soyuz MS-12 reaches ISS, Expedition 59 begins

Soyuz MS-12 reaches ISS, Expedition 59 begins

After a successful launch from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the Soyuz MS-12 spacecraft rendezvoused and docked with the International Space Station some six hours later.

Aboard Soyuz MS-12 was Russian cosmonaut Aleksey Ovchinin and NASA astronauts Nick Hague and Christina Koch. The spacecraft’s arrival at the Earth-facing port of the Rassvet module at 01:01 UTC March 15 doubled the outpost’s crew size and set the stage for a busy next couple of weeks of spacewalks and science.

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NASA planning to buy 2 more seats aboard Russian Soyuz spacecraft

NASA planning to buy 2 more seats aboard Russian Soyuz spacecraft

While the first Commercial Crew flights are just around the corner, NASA is looking to buy a little more buffer time in order to ensure uninterrupted access to the International Space Station.

First reported by NASASpaceflight, a procurement document published on Feb. 13, 2019, shows the U.S. space agency is looking to buy two more seats aboard Russian Soyuz spacecraft. These seats would presumably be on Soyuz MS-15 and Soyuz MS-16 in the fall of 2019 and spring of 2020 respectively.

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Home for Christmas: Soyuz MS-09 crew lands in Kazakhstan

Home for Christmas: Soyuz MS-09 crew lands in Kazakhstan

Three people made a fiery return to Earth in a Soyuz capsule after spending 197 days in space, mostly aboard the International Space Station.

Russian cosmonaut Sergey Prokopyev, NASA astronaut Serena Aunon-Chancellor and European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst landed in a frigid Kazakhstan at 5:02 UTC Dec. 20, 2018 in their Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft’s descent module.

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Crewed flights to ISS resume with Soyuz MS-11 launch

Crewed flights to ISS resume with Soyuz MS-11 launch

Normalcy is beginning to return to International Space Station operations as the crew of Soyuz MS-11 successfully launched and docked with the orbiting outpost—seven weeks after an in-flight abort thwarted plans of the previous human spaceflight.

Liftoff took place atop a Soyuz-FG rocket at 11:31 UTC Dec. 3, 2018, from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

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Booster collision blamed for Soyuz MS-10 failure

Booster collision blamed for Soyuz MS-10 failure

It’s been more than two weeks since then in-flight abort of the Soyuz MS-10 mission with Russian cosmonaut Aleksey Ovchinin and NASA astronaut Nick Hague. Now the pieces of the mishap puzzle are starting to trickle in.

On Oct. 11, 2018, Ovchinin and Hague were strapped into their Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft atop a Soyuz-FG rocket in Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, for a planned six-month stay at the International Space Station. It was to be Ovchinin’s second spaceflight and Hague’s first.

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Soyuz MS-10 fails to reach orbit, crew safe

Soyuz MS-10 fails to reach orbit, crew safe

For the first time in International Space Station history, a crew has failed to reach orbit. The spacecraft's escape tower safely pulled Soyuz MS-10 with its two-person crew away from the failed booster.

Russian cosmonaut Aleksey Ovchinin and NASA astronaut Nick Hague lifted off atop a Soyuz-FG rocket at 2:40 p.m. local time (4:40 a.m. EDT / 8:40 GMT) Oct. 11, 2018. Around the time of the separation of the four strap-on boosters was when the issue occurred.

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Soyuz MS-08 crew completes 197-day space station mission

Soyuz MS-08 crew completes 197-day space station mission

After spending 197 days in space, three members of the International Space Station’s Expedition 56 crew returned to Earth in their Soyuz MS-08 spacecraft, landing in Kazakhstan some 500 kilometers from where they launched in March.

Returning home were Russian cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev and NASA astronauts Drew Feustel and Ricky Arnold. The trio undocked from the ISS at 07:57 UTC Oct. 4, 2018, and performed a fly around of the station before moving away from the complex.

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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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