Italy's first female astronaut heads to ISS aboard Russian craft

Nov 24, 2014

Italy's first female astronaut heads to ISS aboard Russian craft

A Russian Soyuz spacecraft carrying Italy’s first female astronaut safely blasted off Sunday to begin its journey to the International Space Station. Samantha Cristoforetti was joined by Russian cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov and American astronaut Terry Virts as the Soyuz TMA-15M spacecraft launched from Russia’s ...

U.S. rocket explosion probed; space station resupplied

Oct 30, 2014

U.S. rocket explosion probed; space station resupplied

Authorities on Wednesday started investigating what made an unmanned U.S. supply rocket explode in a fireball moments after lifting off from a launchpad in Virginia, destroying supplies and equipment bound for the International Space Station. The 14-story Antares rocket, built and launched by Orbital ...

Orbital launches cargo ship to space station

Jul 14, 2014

Orbital launches cargo ship to space station

Orbital Sciences Corp. on Sunday launched its unmanned Cygnus cargo carrier on a journey to resupply the astronauts living aboard the International Space Station. The spacecraft lifted off from Wallops Island, Virginia, at 12:52 p.m. aboard a gleaming white Antares rocket. A NASA commentator ...

Wakata back on Earth after stint as ISS commander

May 14, 2014

Wakata back on Earth after stint as ISS commander

Koichi Wakata, the first Japanese commander of the International Space Station, returned to Earth on Wednesday after completing a six-month mission. Wakata, 50, landed in Kazakhstan aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft after handing his duties as ISS commander, which he assumed in March, to ...

Rocket blasts off for ISS carrying Olympic torch

Nov 7, 2013

Rocket blasts off for ISS carrying Olympic torch

A Soyuz spacecraft carrying astronauts from Russia, Japan and the United States bound for the International Space Station successfully lifted off on a rocket Thursday from a launch site in Kazakhstan. The 50-meter-high, three-stage rocket with the spacecraft carrying Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata, 50, ...

Wakata to depart for ISS on Nov. 7, take command

Oct 18, 2013

Wakata to depart for ISS on Nov. 7, take command

Astronaut Koichi Wakata is set to ride a Russian Soyuz rocket to the International Space Station, where he will do a six-month stint as its first Japanese skipper, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency said Thursday. Wakata, 50, and two colleagues, from Russia and the ...

Japanese robot: ISS mission one 'big stride' for androids

Jun 27, 2013

Japanese robot: ISS mission one 'big stride' for androids

A talking robot that will accompany a Japanese astronaut in space this summer says the cosmic tour will be one giant leap for androids everywhere. In a scene straight out of “Star Wars,” the pint-sized Kirobo fielded questions from curious journalists who asked what ...