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3 astronauts blast off for five-month ISS mission

3 astronauts blast off for five-month ISS mission

Kazakhstan – Two US astronauts and a Russian cosmonaut blasted off for the International Space Station in a nighttime launch from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan early Wednesday, heading for a five-month mission. The Soyuz MS-06 rocket carrying Alexander Misurkin of the Russia’s Roscosmos space agency, NASA first-time flyer Mark Vande Hei and his veteran […]

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NASA launches satellite to help astronauts talk to Earth

NASA launches satellite to help astronauts talk to Earth

Miami – NASA on Friday launched the latest in a series of satellites aimed at ensuring astronauts at the International Space Station can communicate with Earth. The $408 million Boeing-made Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS-M) soared into space atop an Atlas V rocket that launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida at 8:29 am (1229 GMT). […]

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Chinese astronauts return to earth after longest mission

Chinese astronauts return to earth after longest mission

Beijing – China’s Shenzhou-11 spacecraft returned to earth Friday, bringing home two astronauts from the rising power’s longest-ever orbital mission in a milestone for its vaulting ambitions. China’s state broadcaster CCTV showed the return capsule’s separation from the Tiangong-2 space lab 393km above the earth, and its descent through the atmosphere to its landing on […]

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NASA astronaut casts lone vote from space

NASA astronaut casts lone vote from space

Miami – In a US presidential election that’s already been out of this world, the lone American astronaut in outer space has cast his vote, NASA said Monday. Shane Kimbrough became the latest astronaut to join in a long tradition of voting while floating above the Earth, inside the orbiting International Space Station. Kimbrough rode […]

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Three astronauts touch down after 6 months in space

Three astronauts touch down after 6 months in space

Moscow – A three-man crew, including British astronaut Tim Peake, landed in the Kazakh steppe on Saturday after completing a six-month mission at the International Space Station (ISS). Peake, the first British astronaut on the ISS, Russia’s Yury Malenchenko and NASA’s Tim Kopra parachuted down to Earth in their Soyuz capsule at 0915 GMT (5.15pm […]

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From highly decorated astronaut to murder accused

From highly decorated astronaut to murder accused

Tuscaloosa – Retired NASA astronaut James Halsell Jr was freed on bail, yesterday, after being charged with two counts of murder. Police say two girls — ages 13 and 11 — died when Halsell’s vehicle hit theirs near Tuscaloosa, Alabama this week. A preliminary investigation showed alcohol and speed may have been factors. It’s a […]

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Russian rocket with US grandpa astronaut onboard lifts off for space station

Russian rocket with US grandpa astronaut onboard lifts off for space station

Moscow – A Russian rocket lifted off from the Baikonur space base Friday, carrying three crew to the International Space Station, including a US grandfather who is poised to enter the record books. The rocket took off in windy conditions from Russia’s space base in Kazakhstan at 2126 GMT, an AFP reporter saw. The trio […]

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Astronaut Scott Kelly to retire in April

Astronaut Scott Kelly to retire in April

Miami – Astronaut Scott Kelly will retire from NASA next month, after spending nearly a year in space and setting a record for the most cumulative days in space of any American, the US space agency said. Kelly, a former Navy pilot who joined NASA in 1996, will leave the agency April 1. “This year-in-space […]

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Space station crew lands in Kazakhstan

Space station crew lands in Kazakhstan

A Soyuz capsule carrying NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonauts Mikhail Kornienko and Sergey Volkov landed in Kazakhstan on Wednesday, NASA television reported. The landing took place in a steppe near the Kazakh city of Zhezkazgan at 10:26 local time (11:26 ET), it said. A search and rescue team has located the capsule. – […]

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NASA releases strange ‘music’ heard by astronauts

NASA releases strange ‘music’ heard by astronauts

Washington – NASA has made public a recording of strange “music” that astronauts reported hearing in 1969 while on the far side of the Moon, out of radio contact with the Earth. The story behind these unusual whistling noises was showcased Sunday night in a show on the cable channel Discovery, as part of a […]