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Off goes 2017

This long-exposure shot shows the November launch of a Soyuz spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. It ferried Peggy Whitson, Oleg Novitskiy and Thomas Pesquet to the International Space Station. (Nature)


Searching on the ISS why we exist

On May 19, 2011, astronauts used a remote-controlled robotic arm to attach a nearly 17,000-pound payload to the side of the International Space Station. That payload was the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer, or AMS-02, an international…


Malfunctions in simulated space

A fun ride. ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet, NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson and Roscosmos commander Oleg Novitsky this week passed their final exams on the Soyuz spacecraft that will fly them to the International Space Station…


Nice, easy and splashing down

After delivering almost 5,000 pounds of supplies, experiments and equipment – including a docking adapter for future American commercial crew spacecraft – a SpaceX Dragon cargo craft is set to leave the International Space Station…


ATV Docking ring

The docking ring used by ESA’s Automated Transfer Vehicle cargo spacecraft for five missions to the International Space Station is displayed in the laboratory corridor of ESA’s technical heart in the Netherlands. Supplied by Russia’s…


Radiation, one rad at a time

Radiation is an invisible hazard of spaceflight, but a new monitoring system for ESA astronauts gives a realtime snapshot of their exposure. The results will guide researchers preparing for deep-space missions to come. A key…


The Milky Way

ESA astronaut Tim Peake posted this stunning image on his social media channels, commenting: “Watching the Milky Way rising over the horizon”. Tim’s six-month mission to the ISS is named Principia, after Isaac Newton’s ground-breaking…