Soyuz Thruster Malfunction Has ISS Crew Running Two Days Late

Yesterday afternoon's Soyuz launch has hit a snag. A thruster misfire means the planned six-hour flight, delivering U.S. astronaut Steven Swanson and Russian cosmonauts Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev to the International Space Station, will now take two days. Talk about a terrifying flight delay. » 3/26/14 1:30pm 3/26/14 1:30pm

Astronauts took a Soyuz for a little fly around the ISS, Gravity-style

In a planned mission, three ISS crew members took their Soyuz out for a ride around the ISS. Why? Did they want to show Sandra Bullock's character in Gravity how it's really done? Not exactly. Instead, it's actually the astronaut equivalent of moving your car out of a parking space so your roommate can park his. Only… » 11/01/13 9:18pm 11/01/13 9:18pm

ISS Crew "Flew Blind" on Their Way Back to Earth

While exciting in some ways—homecoming, yay!—the trip home from the International Space Station is a scary enough journey even when everything goes right. Now imagine doing it with no height sensors to tell you how far from the ground you are and when to brace for impact. That's exactly what happened earlier week. » 9/13/13 11:41am 9/13/13 11:41am

Soyuz Capsule Returns Chris Hadfield and Crew Safely Back to Earth

After inspiring all of us on Earth, Commander Chris Hadfield and crew have finally re-joined us here. The Soyuz space capsule landed safely at 10:31 PM EDT in Kazakhstan. Hadfield had spent 144 days on the ISS, 2,336 orbits around the planet and totaled up around 62 million miles. That's a lot of miles! » 5/13/13 10:40pm 5/13/13 10:40pm

In Six Hours, A Russian Robo-Freighter Sprints To the ISS with Tons of …

Two days might not seem that long for your latest Amazon order's arrival. But for the crew of the International Space Station, waiting 48 hours for fresh supplies must be an eternity. That's why NASA and Rosaviakosmos have melded new technology and an old technique to deliver supplies eight times faster than ever… » 8/03/12 11:30am 8/03/12 11:30am

NASA Might Have to Control the International Space Station by Remote…

Space.com reports that, with last week's resupply failure putting NASA behind schedule, Russia needs to get its Soyuz craft back up to speed. If they don't, the ISS will be an empty vessel after the last of the current crew leaves in November. » 8/29/11 3:40pm 8/29/11 3:40pm

The Loneliest Spacecraft in the Universe

When NASA discontinues the Discovery program in 2011, the 43-year-old, Russian-made Soyuz spacecraft will be the last physical link between Earth and the International Space Station. So, let's get acquainted with what's about to be the most important, active spacecraft. » 12/14/10 2:40am 12/14/10 2:40am