On March 21, 2018 at 17:44 UTC the Russian “Soyuz MS-08” spacecraft was launched from Baykonur Cosmodrome. The space vehicle was orbited by the Russian “Soyuz-FG” rocket-carrier. The spacecraft is piloted by 3 cosmonauts: Commander, Russian cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev (center); American astronauts Andrew Feustel (right) and Richard Arnold (left).
Photo by Russian Cosmonaut training center.
The space vehicle is to dock with the International Space Station on March 23. Artemyev, Feustel and Arnold will join current ISS expedition members Shkaplerov, Tingle and Kanai.
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On February 28, 2018 at 02:31 UTC the Russian “Soyuz MS-06” landing capsule landed safely in Kazakhstan.
The spacecraft delivered to Earth the 3 members of ISS’s Expedition 54 – Russian cosmonaut Aleksandr Misurkin, American astronauts Mark Vande Hei and Joseph Acaba. They spent in space 168 days. Three other ISS crew members – Russian cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov, American astronaut Scott Tingle and Japanese astronaut Norishige Kanai remained in orbit aboard the International Space Station as the Expedition 55 crew. The undocking of Soyuz MS-06 marked the e
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On February 27, 2018 at 23:08 UTC (on February 28, 2018 at 02:08 Moscow time) the Russian “Soyuz MS-06” spacecraft undocked from the International Space Station to deliver to Earth the 3 members of Expedition 54 – Russian cosmonaut Aleksandr Misurkin, American astronauts Mark Vande Hei and Joseph Acaba.
On February 16, 2018, American astronaut Mark Vande Hei and Japanese astronaut Norishige Kanai performed a spacewalk. The astronauts repositioned two robot arm grapple mechanisms following repair work last month. The non-working mechanical manipulator gripper will eventually be returned to Earth aboard a SpaceX Dragon cargo ship, refurbished and re-launched. The EVA (extravehicular activity) lasted 5 hours and 57 minutes. This was the fourth spacewalk for Mark Vande Hei and the first for Norishige Kanai, who is the fourth Japanese astronaut to walk in space.
On February 15, 2018 at 10:38 UTC the Russian “Progress MS-08” unmanned supply spacecraft docked to the International Space Station. The spacecraft was docked to the Russian “Zvezda” (“Star”) module. The spacecraft delivered about 2500 kilograms of cargo for the ISS crew.
On February 13, 2017 at 08:13 UTC the “Progress MS-08” unmanned supply spacecraft was launched from Baykonur Cosmodrome to the International Space Station. The spacecraft was orbited by the “Soyuz-2.1A” rocket-carrier.
On February 2-3, 2018, Russian cosmonauts Aleksandr Misurkin and Anton Shkaplerov performed the extra vehicle activities (EVA – spacewalk) to install an upgraded electronics box on a high-gain communications antenna at the aft end of the Russian “Zvezda” service module. The EVA lasted 8 hours and 13 minutes and became the longest in the history of Russia’s space program, and the fifth-longest ever. It was the 4th EVA for Aleksandr Misurkin and the 2nd for Anton Shkaplerov.
On January 13, 2018 at 15:36 UTC the "Dragon” capsule splashed down in the Pacific Ocean in a distance of 625 kilometers to west from Baja California, a state in Mexico. The Dragon delivered to Earth about 1900 kilograms of cargo. It was the "SpaceX CRS-13” mission. CRS means Commercial Resupply Services. It was the 13th flight of Dragon to the ISS with docking.
On January 12, 2018 the station's robotic arm removed the Dragon capsule from its berthing port on the station’s Harmony module in preparation for departure on January 13. Using a command issued from the Canadian Space Agency’s control center, the robot arm released the Dragon CRS-13spacecraft at 09:58 UTC on January 13. It was the first time a visiting vehicle was released from the station v
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On January 5, 2018 American astronaut John Watts Young passed away. He was 87. John Young was America's ‘most experienced astronaut’ who walked on the Moon during the Apollo program and commanded the first space shuttle mission. He was the 6th American astronaut.