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White Stork Delivers Metal-Levitating Furnace, Backup Toilet, and Whiskey to Space Station

Astronauts on the International Space Station are resupplied with the safe arrival of JAXA’s HTV-5 “White Stork” cargo tug. The spacecraft delivered a metal-levitating furnace, a high-energy radiation observatory, whiskey, extra food, and experimental materials to the space station on Monday morning. » 8/25/15 8:00am Tuesday 8:00am

Dammit, Congress: Just Buy NASA its Own Space Taxi, Already

Ever since the shuttle program ended, NASA has been paying Russia to ferry U.S. astronauts to the International Space Station. But the price-per-seat aboard Russia’s spacecraft has gotten ridiculous. The solution is clear and cost-effective: The US needs its own space taxis. So why won’t Congress pay for it? » 8/21/15 11:15am 8/21/15 11:15am

This video of a Soyuz flight to the ISS is simply outstanding

This is so cool. Stitched together from both old and new clips of Soyuz launch footage over the years, this video shows what a Soyuz flight from Earth to the International Space Station looks like. And it’s absolutely incredible. You get to see the launch, approach and how it docks to the ISS from multiple angles. » 8/13/15 3:00am 8/13/15 3:00am

Watching the Soyuz Dock to the ISS Is Almost Unbearably Tense

Shot from almost every angle imaginable, these combined takes of the Soyuz spacecraft launching, flying through space, and then going through incredibly fiddly process of trying to dock itself to the space station is straight up hair-raising. (Spoiler! The Soyuz makes it—but not without some drama.) » 8/07/15 9:30pm 8/07/15 9:30pm

Tonight's Mission To the ISS Successfully Limped Home With Only One Wing

A Soyuz capsule carrying three astronauts to the International Space Station blasted off at 5:02 EST EDT today. Despite only deploying one of two solar panels, the capsule has docked safely, and it’s welcome party (and fresh food!) time on the ISS.http://gizmodo.com/watch-a-3-pers... » 7/23/15 7:00am 7/23/15 7:00am

The ISS Astronauts Had To Shelter From Russian Space Junk This Morning

About two hours ago—at about 8AM EST this morning—a piece of an old Russian-built weather satellite sped by the International Space Station, dangerously close to the station. It’s the fourth time that astronauts aboard the ISS have “sheltered” because of space junk. » 7/16/15 6:00pm 7/16/15 6:00pm

Last Night's Routine Rocket Launch Was Thankfully Routine

Last night saw the launch of a resupply mission to the ISS atop a Russian Progress rocket — a pretty routine event (as far as firing things into low-earth orbit will ever be routine), but an important one given recent events. Thankfully, it seems like everything went fine and nothing exploded this time around. » 7/03/15 10:00pm 7/03/15 10:00pm

Why The Sky Isn't Falling On SpaceX After Yesterday's Rocket Explosion

Yesterday morning, an unmanned SpaceX Falcon 9 v. 1.1 rocket carrying a Dragon cargo capsule to the International Space Station (ISS) exploded shortly after launch. While this is a setback to SpaceX, we have to view it in the context of a series of failures that have plagued commercial spaceflight in the last year. » 6/30/15 9:00pm 6/30/15 9:00pm