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2009-08-28 12:40:00

The European Space Agency (ESA) is looking to buy a Soyuz spacecraft from Russia in an effort to maintain flight opportunities for its astronauts, BBC News reported. ESA officials met in Moscow to explore the possibility of increasing the production of the craft from four to five a year. The ESA could then buy its own vehicle "“ possibly in a joint purchase with Canada, which is also looking for more ways to put its astronauts into space. The U.S. shuttle fleet is expected to be retired...

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2009-08-17 10:05:00

The launch date for the STS-128 mission to the International Space Station with Space Shuttle Discovery is scheduled for no earlier than Monday 24 August. The crew of seven includes ESA astronaut Christer Fuglesang of Sweden, on his second spaceflight, a mission dubbed "ËœAliss©'. For a launch on 24 August, liftoff is scheduled for 07:58 CEST from Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Florida. Docking with the International Space Station (ISS) will occur on...

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2009-08-03 08:30:00

ESA has chosen "ËœAliss©' as the name of ESA astronaut Christer Fuglesang's mission to the International Space Station. The name was proposed in response to a competition launched by ESA's Directorate of Human Spaceflight in June. Fuglesang will be a Mission Specialist on the STS-128 flight to the International Space Station (ISS), scheduled for launch with Space Shuttle Discovery at the end of August. This will be Fuglesang's second flight following his 13-day Celsius mission...

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2009-06-19 11:30:00

Orbital Sciences Corporation and Italian Thales Alenia Space have announced an agreement that will see the two firms developing a pressurized cargo module for an unmanned resupply spacecraft for the ISS program. The two firms made the announcement during the Paris air show. They will be combining efforts to develop the cargo module that will enable Cygnus to carry almost three tons of food and equipment to the International Space Station. "Cygnus has built into it all the critical safety...

2009-06-10 08:25:00

Following the enthusiastic response to earlier competitions to name European astronaut missions, ESA's Directorate of Human Spaceflight is once again giving European citizens the opportunity to be part of a space mission by suggesting a name for ESA astronaut Christer Fuglesang's mission to the International Space Station. Fuglesang will join the 11-day STS-128 mission to the International Space Station (ISS) as a Mission Specialist. Currently scheduled for launch with Space Shuttle Discovery...

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2008-11-28 12:15:00

After a Thanksgiving meal together, seven astronauts boarded space shuttle Endeavor in preparation for undocking from the International Space Station. Endeavour then departed in a circular movement so astronauts could capture images of the orbiting outpost. "I'm looking forward to the views," said pilot Eric Boe, who was at the shuttle's controls. Endeavour will fly 46 miles from the station for a final inspection to make sure the shuttle's heat shield is damage-free before re-entering...

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2008-11-20 08:05:00

On Wednesday, astronauts installed a water recycling system and two new bedrooms aboard the International Space Station.  The installations are part of a final effort to finish the $100 billion ISS before NASA retires the space shuttle in 2010. Over the last decade, the shuttle fleet has provided construction, delivery, and repair services for the ISS.  Above all else, the shuttle has provided nearly all the water needed to support the three crew members aboard the space station....

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2008-11-15 08:45:00

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was carried into space last night with the successful launch of Space Shuttle Endeavour from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The launch of the Declaration on board Endeavour is part of a year long calendar of celebrations to mark 60 years since the document was first adopted by the United Nations General Assembly at the Palais de Chaillot in Paris, France. Ms Rama Yade, State Secretary for Foreign Affairs and Human Rights within the French...

2006-03-02 17:57:41

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - NASA on Thursday unveiled a plan to finish the International Space Station that could see construction resume in September after a four-year hiatus and a new laboratory launched next year. The future of the half-built orbiting research outpost depends on NASA proving that problems have been fixed with its space shuttle fuel tank that caused the 2003 Columbia disaster and reappeared on the only shuttle mission since the accident....

2005-07-29 07:37:58

By Jeff Franks HOUSTON (Reuters) - Shuttle Discovery commander Eileen Collins said on Friday she was surprised the flying debris problem that brought down Columbia in 2003 re-emerged on their flight and said shuttles should not return to space until it was fixed. She and astronaut Andy Thomas said in press interviews from space they were not worried about damage the debris may have caused Discovery, saying the orbiter looked "very clean" despite a few nicks to its protective tile. "What...