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Meir, Koch back in space station after completing first all-female spacewalk

Meir, Koch back in space station after completing first all-female spacewalk

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Oct. 18 (UPI) -- NASA astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir are back inside the space station having completed a historic spacewalk -- the first featuring two women. The mission was originally supposed to last rough 5.5 hours, but the duo ended up spending 7 hours and 17 minutes outside the space station. After completing their main mission, replacing a broken power controller, Koch and Meir extended their time in space in order to complete some "get ahead" work, NASA announced on Twitter. The historic mission began on Friday morning, as the pair exited the International Space Station and commenced the 221st spacewalk in support of ISS. The two flight engineers switched their spacesuits to battery power just before 8 a.m. ET Friday. To begin the mission, the space station's robotic ...
Unmanned Soyuz docking at International Space Station aborted; another try planned

Unmanned Soyuz docking at International Space Station aborted; another try planned

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Aug. 24 (UPI) -- An unmanned Russian Soyuz MS-14 spacecraft aborted a docking with the International Space Station and another attempted is planned no earlier than Monday, space officials said Saturday. The spacecraft, which was maneuvered by a robot called Skybot F-850, was aborted at 1:36 a.m. EDT, NASA said in a blog post. After liftoff Wednesday night, the spacecraft made 34 orbits of Earth en route to its anticipated docking. Instead it came within roughly 330 feet from the ISS. The docking could not be attempted manually because there wasn't a necessary system on board the Soyuz, a NASA announcer said during the live broadcast. There is no threat to the International Space Station and its crew, according to Russian space agency Roscosmos in a report by state-run TASS. The Soyuz is...
Spaceplane gets a ride for space station trips

Spaceplane gets a ride for space station trips

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The Dream Chaser spaceplane, which will ferry cargo to the International Space Station (ISS), now has a rocket to launch on.Sierra Nevada, the private company that builds the spaceplane, has chosen the Vulcan rocket as its ride into orbit.The company hopes to start launching missions by 2021, to deliver supplies to astronauts on the ISS.Neither the Dream Chaser vehicle, nor the Vulcan rocket, has yet flown to space.Sierra Nevada was recently awarded the contract by Nasa to re-supply the ISS.It joins two other private companies that already ship cargo and experiments to the station - SpaceX and Orbital ATK.The Vulcan Centaur rocket, built by United Launch Alliance (ULA), is currently in production.Under its Nasa contract, Dream Ch...
Signal failure at London train station disrupts thousands

Signal failure at London train station disrupts thousands

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Aug. 8 (UPI) -- Thousands of customers were stranded or delayed Thursday after a signal failure at a London train station. An hour after tweeting about the signal failure at the Euston railway station Thursday, London Euston tweeted that power was restored. "Signals are now working again," the tweet said. "We're sorry to passengers as significant disruption is expected while trains get back to normal." The signal failure left thousands of commuters stranded or delayed up to an hour. The train operating company, Virgin Trains, announced earlier in a tweet that delays and cancellations were due to "fault with the signaling system," at Euston, which caused "all lines to be blocked." National Rail said on its website that "all lines have now reopened," but "major disruption" is still expecte...
Astronauts arrive at space station aboard Soyuz on 50th anniversary of moon landing

Astronauts arrive at space station aboard Soyuz on 50th anniversary of moon landing

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July 20 (UPI) -- NASA astronaut Andrew Morgan isn't going to the moon, but he celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission with a trip to the International Space Station on Saturday. Morgan was joined inside the Soyuz MS-13 spacecraft by Luca Parmitano of the European Space Agency and Alexander Skvortsov of the Russian space agency Roscosmos. The trio blasted off from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 12:28 p.m. EDT and docked with the ISS at 6:48 p.m. EDT. They opened the hatch between the Soyuz spacecraft and the ISS around 9 p.m. EDT. Skvortsov was the first inside the ISS, followed by Morgan and Parmitano. NASA space station program manager Kirk Shireman congratulated the three-man crew on its successful launch and docking. "Thank you, Mr. Shireman," Morgan said. "The...