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Thursday, October 07
Expedition 25/26 Crew Launch
Expedition 26 crew launches from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
Saturday, October 09
Expedition 25/26 crew
Expedition 26 crew docks at ISS
Wednesday, October 27
Progress 40 Cargo Ship Launch
Russia launches Progress 40 cargo ship for ISS from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan.
Saturday, October 30
Progress 40 Cargo Ship Arrives at ISS
The unmanned Progress 40 cargo ship docked at the space station under manual control due to an autopilot system glitch
Tuesday, November 02
10 Years of Continuous Crewed ISS Missions
10th anniversary of crewed operations on the International Space Station, beginning with Expedition 1 crew arrival in 2000.
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Cosmonauts Take Spacewalk Outside ISS
16 February 2011, 12:04 PM EST
Russian cosmonauts
Station Crew Prepares for Spacewalk
19 January 2011, 01:20 PM EST
The International Space Station's Expedition 26 crew is preparing for the first spacewalk of their mission: a 6-hour excursion by cosmonauts Dmitry Kondratyev and Oleg Skripochka.

The spacewalk will begin at 9:20 a.m. ET (1420 GMT) and is aimed at performing a variety of maintenance tasks.
Hatches Open Between Soyuz Spacecraft and Space Station
17 December 2010, 08:05 PM EST
Spaceflyers have opened the hatches between the newly arrived Russian Soyuz TMA-20 spacecraft and the International Space Station, clearing the way for three new crewmembers to join the three current space station residents. The new arrivals – NASA astronaut Catherine Coleman, Russian cosmonaut Dmitry Kondratyev and European astronaut Paolo Nespoli – greeted their crewmates with hugs as they entered their new temporary home. -- Clara Moskowitz NASA is broadcasting the Expedition 26 mission live on NASA TV. You are invited to follow the mission using SPACE.com’s NASA TV feed, which is available by clicking here.
DOCKING: Soyuz Arrives at Station
17 December 2010, 05:12 PM EST
The Russian Soyuz TMA-20 carrying three spaceflyers has docked at the International Space Station. Crewmembers must now check the connection between the two spacecraft for leaks before they can open the hatches. -- Clara Moskowitz NASA is broadcasting the Expedition 26 mission live on NASA TV. You are invited to follow the mission using SPACE.com’s NASA TV feed, which is available by clicking here.
Soyuz Spacecraft Within Sight of Space Station
17 December 2010, 04:50 PM EST
Three new crewmembers bound for the International Space Station are within sight of their destination. The flight of their Russian Soyuz spacecraft is progressing smoothly. The trio is set to dock at 3:12 p.m. EST (2012 GMT). Read SPACE.com’s docking preview story here. -- Clara Moskowitz NASA is broadcasting the Expedition 26 mission live on NASA TV. You are invited to follow the mission using SPACE.com’s NASA TV feed, which is available by clicking here.
Soyuz Spacecraft Closes in on Space Station
17 December 2010, 04:15 PM EST
The Soyuz TMA-20 spacecraft carrying NASA astronaut Catherine Coleman, Russian cosmonaut Dmitry Kondratyev and European astronaut Paolo Nespoli is catching up to the International Space Station, where it is scheduled to dock at 3:12 p.m. EST (2012 GMT). Read SPACE.com’s docking preview story here. -- Clara Moskowitz NASA is broadcasting the Expedition 26 mission live on NASA TV. You are invited to follow the mission using SPACE.com’s NASA TV feed, which is available by clicking here.
Soyuz Spacecraft Successfully in Orbit
15 December 2010, 04:32 PM EST
The Soyuz TMA-20 spacecraft carrying NASA astronaut Catherine Coleman, Russian cosmonaut Dmitry Kondratyev and European astronaut Paolo Nespoli is successfully in orbit, after blasting off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakstan. The trio launched at 2:09 p.m. EST (1909 GMT). The Soyuz will now embark on a two-day orbital chase of the space station, and will complete a series of corrective burns to correct its altitude relative to the ISS. The spacecraft is expected to rendezvous and dock at the station on Friday (Dec. 17) at 3:12 p.m. EST (2012 GMT). Read SPACE.com’s Soyuz launch story here. -- Denise Chow NASA is broadcasting the Expedition 26 mission live on NASA TV. You are invited to follow the mission using SPACE.com’s NASA TV feed, which is available by clicking here.
Overcast Skies and Frigid Temperatures for Upcoming Soyuz Launch
15 December 2010, 03:25 PM EST
NASA astronaut Catherine Coleman, Russian cosmonaut Dmitry Kondratyev and European astronaut Paolo Nespoli are ready to embark on their journey to the International Space Station today (Dec. 15). The spaceflying trio will launch at 2:09 p.m. EST (1909 GMT) from Kazakhstan's Baikonur Cosmodrome aboard a Russian Soyuz TMA-20 spacecraft. The temperature at the time of launch is forecasted to be very cold, as is typical at this time of year, and current forecasts are showing overcast skies. NASA spokesman Rob Navias described the frigid temperature in Baikonur as, "bone-chilling cold." The cool temperature is not expected to be a problem for today's launch. After liftoff, the Soyuz will ride nine minutes into orbit, after which the spacecraft will make a series of corrective burns to adjust its altitude relative to the International Space Station. -- Denise Chow NASA is broadcasting the Expedition 26 mission live on NASA TV. You are invited to follow the mission using SPACE.com’s NASA TV feed, which is available by clicking here.
New Space Station Crewmembers Prepare for Soyuz Launch
15 December 2010, 11:10 AM EST
Two veteran and one rookie spaceflyer are making final preparations before the start of their journey to the International Space Station this afternoon. NASA astronaut Catherine Coleman, Russian cosmonaut Dmitry Kondratyev and European astronaut Paolo Nespoli are set to launch today (Dec. 15) at 2:09 p.m. EST (1909 GMT) from Kazakhstan's Baikonur Cosmodrome. The trio will fly to the station aboard a Russian Soyuz TMA-20 spacecraft. Read SPACE.com’s Soyuz preview story here. Here is a look at NASA TV’s schedule of events (all times EST): 10:00 p.m. – ISS Update 1:15 p.m. – ISS Expedition 26/Soyuz TMA-20 coverage (Launch at 2:09 p.m. EST) -- Denise Chow NASA is broadcasting the Expedition 26 mission live on NASA TV. You are invited to follow the mission using SPACE.com’s NASA TV feed, which is available by clicking here.
Returning Space Station Astronauts Exit Soyuz
26 November 2010, 02:21 AM EST
NASA astronauts Douglas Wheelock and Shannon Walker, and Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin exited their Soyuz TMA-19 spacecraft following a successful landing on the steppes of Kazakhstan in Central Asia. The trio of spaceflyers were in excellent spirits after landing at 11:46 p.m. EST (0446 Nov. 26 GMT). NASA spokesman Rob Navias said that recovery teams received a thumbs-up from Wheelock when they first opened the Soyuz hatch. Yurchikhin was first to be extracted from the capsule, followed by Walker and then Wheelock. Russian search and recovery forces presented Walker with a bouquet of flowers after she was removed from the Soyuz. Medical personnel and technical specialists are now performing initial checks on the crewmembers and the spacecraft at the landing site. The astronauts will then remove their Sokol spacesuits and change into more comfortable flight clothing for the 2-hour flight to Kustanai, Kazakhstan. From there, Yurchikhin will return to Russia’s Federal Space Agency headquarters in Moscow, while Wheelock and Walker journey back to NASA’s astronaut headquarters at the Johnson Space Center in Houston. Read SPACE.com’s Soyuz landing story here. -- Denise Chow
Soyuz Spacecraft and Station Crew Touch Down on Earth
26 November 2010, 01:48 AM EST
NASA astronauts Douglas Wheelock and Shannon Walker, and Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin have safely landed in their Soyuz spacecraft on the central steppes of Kazakhstan. Landing occurred at 11:46 p.m. EST (0446 Nov. 26 GMT). Read SPACE.com’s Soyuz landing story here. Follow SPACE.com's updates via Twitter (@Spacedotcom) and Facebook. -- Denise Chow
Soyuz Spacecraft Re-enters Earth’s Atmosphere
26 November 2010, 01:00 AM EST
The Soyuz TMA-19 capsule carrying returning space station crewmembers Douglas Wheelock, Shannon Walker and Fyodor Yurchikhin completed a deorbit burn in preparation for landing. The burn was initiated at 10:55 p.m. EST (0355 Nov. 26 GMT), and lasted about four minutes. The maneuver helps the spacecraft reduce its orbital speed, thereby enabling the capsule to re-enter the Earth’s atmosphere. Beginning at 11:23 p.m. EST (0423 Nov. 26 GMT), the crewmembers will begin to feel the first effects of Earth’s atmosphere from inside their descent module. The command to open the spacecraft’s parachutes will be issued at 11:32 p.m. EST (0432 Nov. 26 GMT). The Soyuz is then scheduled to touchdown in Kazakhstan at 11:46 p.m. EST (0446 Nov. 26 GMT).Typical for this time of year, the weather at the landing site is expected to be very cold but dry for tonight’s landing. Follow SPACE.com's updates via Twitter (@Spacedotcom) and Facebook. -- Denise Chow
Returning Station Crew Undocks from Space Station
25 November 2010, 10:24 PM EST
The Soyuz spacecraft that will carry NASA astronauts Douglas Wheelock, Shannon Walker and Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin back to Earth has undocked from the International Space Station. The capsule began backing away from the orbiting outpost at 8:23 p.m. EST (0123 Nov. 26 GMT). The three spaceflyers are due to land on the central steppes of Kazakhstan tonight at 11:46 p.m. EST (0446 Nov. 26 GMT). The moment of undocking also signified the beginning of Expedition 26 on the ISS. NASA astronaut Scott Kelly assumed command of the space station and Expedition 26 yesterday, in a ceremony hosted by outgoing commander Doug Wheelock. Follow SPACE.com's updates via Twitter (@Spacedotcom) and Facebook. -- Denise Chow
Hatches Closed Between Space Station and Departing Soyuz Spacecraft
25 November 2010, 07:14 PM EST
NASA astronauts Douglas Wheelock and Shannon Walker, and Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin, said their farewells to the remaining three members of the International Space Station, as the trio prepares to return to Earth. The hatches between the spaceflyers’ Soyuz TMA-19 spacecraft and the ISS were sealed at 5:14 p.m. EST (2215 GMT). Amid hugs and handshakes, Wheelock and Walker lightheartedly expressed their unwillingness to leave, saying they wanted to remain on the station for the shuttle to come and retrieve them. After more than five months living and working onboard the space station, Wheelock, Walker and Yurchikhin will land on the central steppes of Kazakhstan tonight at 11:46 p.m. EST (0446 Nov. 26 GMT). Weather at the landing site is currently forecasted to be very cold but with acceptable conditions. The veteran cosmonaut Yurchikhin has now spent over a year in space – a total of 371 days. Wheelock has spent 178 days in space, and Walker, the first astronaut to hail from Houston, has logged 163 days. Follow SPACE.com's updates via Twitter (@Spacedotcom) and Facebook. -- Denise Chow
Space Station Crewmembers Prepare for Return to Earth
25 November 2010, 04:00 PM EST
Two NASA astronauts and a Russian cosmonaut are getting ready to return to Earth tonight aboard a Soyuz TMA-19 spacecraft. NASA astronauts Douglas Wheelock and Shannon Walker, and Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin are nearing the finish of their more than five-month stay at the International Space Station. The three spaceflyers are due to land on the central steppes of Kazakhstan tonight at 11:46 p.m. EST (0446 Nov. 26 GMT). Read SPACE.com’s preview story here. Here is a look at NASA TV’s schedule of events (all times EST): 4:30 p.m. – Farewells and Hatch Closure (Hatch Closure at 4:50 p.m.) 8:00 p.m. – Undocking from the ISS (Undocking at 8:22 p.m.) 10:30 p.m. – Deorbit burn and Landing coverage (Deorbit burn at 10:54 p.m., landing at 11:46 p.m.) Follow SPACE.com's updates via Twitter (@Spacedotcom) and Facebook. -- Denise Chow
Cosmonauts Complete Spacewalk
15 November 2010, 06:24 PM EST
After a roughly six-and-a-half hour spacewalk chock full of maintenance activities outside the International Space Station, spacewalkers Fyodor Yurchikhin and Oleg Skripochka have wrapped up their excursion and come back inside. They were able to achieve almost all their goals for the day, but a stuck camera on the station's Rassvet module that wouldn't attach correctly had to be left for a future spacewalk. -- Clara Moskowitz NASA is broadcasting the Expedition 25 mission live on NASA TV. You are invited to follow the mission using SPACE.com’s NASA TV feed, which is available by clicking here or using the button at the left.
Stuck Camera Thwarts Spacewalkers
15 November 2010, 05:32 PM EST
Russian mission control has decided that the spacewalkers will have to give up on attaching a television camera on the station's Rassvet module. The cosmonauts were unable to secure it at its intended location because insulation was in the way. -- Clara Moskowitz NASA is broadcasting the Expedition 25 mission live on NASA TV. You are invited to follow the mission using SPACE.com’s NASA TV feed, which is available by clicking here or using the button at the left.
Spacewalkers Work to Reinstall Space Camera
15 November 2010, 05:15 PM EST
The pair of cosmonauts spacewalking outside the International Space Station are working to relocate a television camera on the space station's Rassvet module. However, they've run into some difficulty installing the camera in its new location, and are still trying to get it attached. -- Clara Moskowitz NASA is broadcasting the Expedition 25 mission live on NASA TV. You are invited to follow the mission using SPACE.com’s NASA TV feed, which is available by clicking here or using the button at the left.
Spacewalkers Begin Final Big Job
15 November 2010, 04:20 PM EST
The two spacewalkers outside the International Space Station are readying to move on to the final major task of their spacewalk – the relocation of a television camera on the space station's Rassvet module. They are well ahead of schedule and have been making good time getting through their to-do items. -- Clara Moskowitz NASA is broadcasting the Expedition 25 mission live on NASA TV. You are invited to follow the mission using SPACE.com’s NASA TV feed, which is available by clicking here or using the button at the left.
Cosmonauts Speeding Through Spacewalk Tasks
15 November 2010, 03:37 PM EST
The two spacewalkers are working well ahead of schedule and have gotten through almost all of their tasks for the day, including installing a new workstation outside the orbiting laboratory, removing an old experiment to test the internet control of the station's robotic arm, and collecting samples from the insulation of an oxygen-generation machine to test for signs of microorganisms there. In fact, the cosmonauts have been working themselves so hard that Russian Mission Control has had to force the pair to take a break. "Oleg, you have to stop, you have to rest," said the communicator from Mission Control. "Everything will be fine, you have a lot of time." -- Clara Moskowitz NASA is broadcasting the Expedition 25 mission live on NASA TV. You are invited to follow the mission using SPACE.com’s NASA TV feed, which is available by clicking here or using the button at the left.
Spacewalkers Remove Robotic Experiment
15 November 2010, 02:20 PM EST
Cosmonauts working outside the International Space Station have removed a robotics experiment that was mounted outside the lab's Zvezda module. They will stow it inside the station when they return for the day. The experiment is called Kontur (a Russian project that stands for Development of a System of Supervisory Control Over the Internet of the Robotic Manipulator in the Russian Segment of ISS). -- Clara Moskowitz NASA is broadcasting the Expedition 25 mission live on NASA TV. You are invited to follow the mission using SPACE.com’s NASA TV feed, which is available by clicking here or using the button at the left.
Cosmonauts Making Up for Lost Time on Spacewalk
15 November 2010, 01:35 PM EST
The two spacewalkers are running about 10 minutes ahead of schedule, despite the fact that they floated outside the space station's hatch about 30 minutes later than planned. They have been doing quick work to make up for lost time, and are finishing up work installing a multipurpose workstation on the outside of the station's Zvezda module. -- Clara Moskowitz NASA is broadcasting the Expedition 25 mission live on NASA TV. You are invited to follow the mission using SPACE.com’s NASA TV feed, which is available by clicking here or using the button at the left.
Spacewalkers Investigate Possible Lost Tool
15 November 2010, 12:54 PM EST
The two spacewalkers are checking their inventories of tools to make sure they have everything, because one of them saw what appeared to be an object floating away in space. If an object isn't tethered at all times to a spacewalker or the spacecraft, it can easily fly away in the microgravity of space. -- Clara Moskowitz NASA is broadcasting the Expedition 25 mission live on NASA TV. You are invited to follow the mission using SPACE.com’s NASA TV feed, which is available by clicking here or using the button at the left.
Spacewalkers Get to Work on Station Maintenance
15 November 2010, 12:22 PM EST
The two Russian cosmonauts floating outside the International Space Station are beginning a series of maintenance tasks outside the lab. First, they are working to install a new multipurpose workstation on the outside of the orbiting outpost. -- Clara Moskowitz NASA is broadcasting the Expedition 25 mission live on NASA TV. You are invited to follow the mission using SPACE.com’s NASA TV feed, which is available by clicking here or using the button at the left.
Spacewalk Begins
15 November 2010, 11:58 AM EST
Running about half an hour behind schedule, two cosmonauts have opened the hatch of the International Space Station to begin a planned six-hour spacewalk. It is the fifth spacewalk for Fyodor Yurchikhin, while Oleg Skripochka is making his first excursion outside of a spacecraft. Read SPACE.com's preview story here. -- Clara Moskowitz NASA is broadcasting the Expedition 25 mission live on NASA TV. You are invited to follow the mission using SPACE.com’s NASA TV feed, which is available by clicking here or using the button at the left.
Cosmonauts Suited Up and Ready for Station Spacewalk
15 November 2010, 11:02 AM EST
Russian cosmonauts Fyodor Yurchikhin and Oleg Skripochka are wearing their Orlan spacesuits and are readying to begin depressurizing the airlock on the space station so they can open the hatch and float outside. The two plan to begin the roughly six-hour spacewalk at 9:25 a.m. EST (1425 GMT). Read SPACE.com's preview story here. -- Clara Moskowitz NASA is broadcasting the Expedition 25 mission live on NASA TV. You are invited to follow the mission using SPACE.com’s NASA TV feed, which is available by clicking here or using the button at the left.
Soyuz Rocket Ready for 8:02 pm ET Docking
09 October 2010, 09:44 PM EDT
A Russian Soyuz spacecraft carrying two cosmonauts and one American astronaut willdock tonight at the International Space Station at 8:02 p.m. EDT (0002 GMT Sunday). The new Soyuz TMA-M01 launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan two days ago. Watch the action LIVE on NASA TV. Follow SPACE.com's updates via Twitter (@Spacedotcom) and Facebook. Click here for SPACE.com's Soyuz docking preview. 7:30 p.m. – NASA begins live TV broadcast for docking 8:01 p.m. – Soyuz TMA-01M docks at space station 10:30 p.m. – NASA begins TV broadcast for hatch opening 11:01 p.m. – Hatches open between Soyuz TMA-01M and Space Station. -- Tariq Malik NASA is broadcasting the Expedition 24 mission live on NASA TV. You are invited to follow the mission using SPACE.com’s NASA TV feed, which is available by clicking here or using the button at the left.
Soyuz Crew to Board Space Station at 11 pm ET
09 October 2010, 09:23 PM EDT
A Russian Soyuz spacecraft carrying two cosmonauts and one American astronautdocked tonight at the International Space Station at 8:02 p.m. EDT (0002 GMT Sunday). The new Soyuz TMA-M01 launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan two days ago. Watch the action LIVE on NASA TV. Follow SPACE.com's updates via Twitter (@Spacedotcom) and Facebook. Click here for SPACE.com's Soyuz docking story. 10:30 p.m. – NASA begins TV broadcast for hatch opening 11:01 p.m. – Hatches open between Soyuz TMA-01M and Space Station. -- Tariq Malik NASA is broadcasting the Expedition 24 mission live on NASA TV. You are invited to follow the mission using SPACE.com’s NASA TV feed, which is available by clicking here or using the button at the left.
Soyuz Rocket Ready for 7:10 pm ET Launch
07 October 2010, 08:12 PM EDT
A Russian Soyuz rocket carrying two cosmonauts and one American astronaut are poised to launch toward the International Space Station tonight at 7:10 p.m. EDT (2310 GMT). The new Soyuz TMA-M01 will launch from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, where the local time will actually be 5:10 a.m. Oct. 8. Watch the action LIVE on NASA TV. Click here for SPACE.com's Soyuz prelaunch story. Here's a look at the crew's events (all times EDT): 6:15 p.m. – NASA begins live TV broadcast 7:10 p.m. – LIFTOFF! 7:19 p.m. – Soyuz TMA-01M reaches orbit SATURDAY Oct. 9 7:30 p.m. – NASA begins live TV broadcast for docking 8:01 p.m. – Soyuz TMA-01M docks at space station 10:30 p.m. – NASA begins TV broadcast for hatch opening 11:01 p.m. – Hatches open between Soyuz TMA-01M and Space Station. -- Tariq Malik NASA is broadcasting the Expedition 24 mission live on NASA TV. You are invited to follow the mission using SPACE.com’s NASA TV feed, which is available by clicking here or using the button at the left.
Space Station Astronauts All Smiles After Landing
25 September 2010, 04:09 AM EDT
Russian cosmonauts Alexander Skvortsov, Mikhail Kornienko and American astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson wore broad smiles after exiting their Soyuz TMA-18 spacecraft following a successful landing on the steppes of Kazakhstan in Central Asia. The three spaceflyers appeared in good health and spirits as they ate apples (a post-landing tradition), with the cosmonauts alternating between apples and crisp cucumbers. Landing occurred at 1:23 a.m. EDT (0523 GMT). The astronauts are now removing their launch/landing Sokol spacesuits and will undergo a series of medical checks before leaving the landing site on recovery helicopters. They will be flown to Karaganda, a city near their landing site, before splitting up – the cosmonauts will head to Moscow while Caldwell Dyson will return to Houston, home to NASA's astronaut corps. Click here for SPACE.com's Soyuz landing story. -- Tariq Malik NASA is broadcasting the Expedition 24 mission live on NASA TV. You are invited to follow the mission using SPACE.com’s NASA TV feed, which is available by clicking here or using the button at the left.
Space Station Astronauts Exiting Soyuz
25 September 2010, 03:43 AM EDT
With today's Soyuz landing a success, Russian cosmonauts Alexander Skvortsov, Mikhail Kornienko and American astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson are exiting their spacecraft on the sunny steppes of northern Kazakhstan. Watch the action LIVE on NASA TV. Click here for SPACE.com's Soyuz landing story. Landing occurred at 1:23 a.m. EDT (0523 GMT). -- Tariq Malik NASA is broadcasting the Expedition 24 mission live on NASA TV. You are invited to follow the mission using SPACE.com’s NASA TV feed, which is available by clicking here or using the button at the left.
Space Station Crew Ready for 2nd Landing Try
24 September 2010, 08:17 PM EDT
Three astronauts are once more preparing to return to Earth tonight to wrap up a six-month mission. Russians Alexander Skvortsov and Mikhail Kornienko and American astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson will return to Earth on their Soyuz spacecraft. Watch the action LIVE on NASA TV. The landing was delayed one day due to a docking system glitch. Read SPACE.com's latest Soyuz landing story here. Here's NASA's Webcast broadcast schedule for tonight's landing: ALL TIMES IN Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). Add 4 Hours for GMT 6:15 p.m. - Farewells and Hatch Closure (Hatch Closure at 6:45 p.m.) 9:45 p.m. - Undocking from the ISS (Undocking at 10:02 p.m.) September 25, Saturday 12 a.m. - Deorbit Burn and Landing Coverage (Deorbit Burn at 12:32 a.m.) 1:21 a.m. - Landing in Kazakhstan 3 p.m. - Video File Feed Landing and Post-Landing Activities -- Tariq Malik NASA is broadcasting the Expedition 24 mission live on NASA TV. You are invited to follow the mission using SPACE.com’s NASA TV feed, which is available by clicking here or using the button at the left.
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