Human Spaceflight

Russian actress, Japanese entrepreneur cleared for space station visits

STORY WRITTEN FOR CBS NEWS & USED WITH PERMISSION Russian actress Yulia Peresild participates in a press conference Thursday in Moscow. Credit: Roscosmos Russian actress Yulia Peresild and filmmaker Klim Shipenko will join cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov for a Soyuz flight to the International Space Station on Oct. 5 to shoot scenes for an upcoming movie, the Russian …

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NASA, Axiom sign agreements moving ahead with first commercial station visit

STORY WRITTEN FOR CBS NEWS & USED WITH PERMISSION A view of the Atlantic Ocean from the International Space Station. Credit: NASA NASA and Houston-based Axiom Space have signed a “mission order” setting the stage for four civilians to visit to the International Space Station early next year, the first fully commercial flight to the orbiting lab …

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Core of NASA’s first Artemis moon rocket towed into Vehicle Assembly Building

The 212-foot-long core stage for the Artemis 1 mission rolls into the Vehicle Assembly Building Thursday at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Credit: Stephen Clark / Spaceflight Now A decade in the making, the core stage for NASA’s first Space Launch System heavy-lift rocket rolled into the Vehicle Assembly Building at the Kennedy Space …

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Assembly of Chinese space station begins with successful core module launch

A Chinese Long March 5B rocket lifts off with the Tianhe space station core module. Credit: Xinhua Chinese officials confirmed the successful launch of the first element of the country’s space station early Thursday, laying the keystone to China’s own orbiting research complex designed to accommodate three astronauts for long-duration expeditions. The liftoff of the …

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Apollo 11 astronaut Mike Collins dies at 90

STORY WRITTEN FOR CBS NEWS & USED WITH PERMISSION NASA astronaut Michael Collins inside an Apollo command module simulator. Credit: NASA Michael Collins, the man who stayed behind aboard the Apollo 11 command module while crewmates Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin descended to the moon and walked into history, has passed away after a battle with cancer, …

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NASA barge delivers first SLS core stage to Kennedy Space Center

The core stage of NASA’s first Space Launch System heavy-lift rocket arrived at the Kennedy Space Center on Tuesday evening aboard a specially-built barge, completing a voyage by sea from a test site in Mississippi to begin final preparations for the first flight of NASA’s Artemis Moon program. The 310-foot-long (94.4-meter) transport vessel completed a …

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Return of SpaceX crew capsule delayed by high winds

SpaceX’s Crew Dragon Resilience spacecraft during a port relocation maneuver outside the International Space Station on April 5. Credit: NASA High winds predicted off the coast of Florida this week will keep SpaceX’s Crew Dragon Resilience spacecraft and its four-person crew in orbit until Saturday, three days after their previously scheduled return to Earth from …

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With SpaceX crew docking, it’s a full house on the International Space Station

NASA astronaut Mike Hopkins, commander of the Crew-1 mission, tweeted this picture of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon Endeavour spacecraft approaching the International Space Station on Saturday. Credit: NASA/Mike Hopkins A refurbished SpaceX Crew Dragon spaceship linked up with the International Space Station early Saturday more than 260 miles above Earth, delivering four veteran astronauts to the …

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In another first, NASA’s Perseverance rover generates oxygen on Mars

This view from the Perseverance rover’s navigation cameras shows the “Mars 2020” and “Perseverance” name plates on the vehicle’s robotic arm. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech In another first, an instrument inside NASA’s Perseverance rover has made oxygen out of carbon dioxide sucked in from the atmosphere of Mars, officials said Wednesday. The technology could help future astronauts …

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SLS core ready for shipment to Florida; NASA still hopes for late 2021 launch

Teams at NASA’s Stennis Space Center in Mississippi hoist the Space Launch System core stage out of the B-2 test stand April 19 after a hot fire test March 18. Credit: NASA Teams at Stennis Space Center in Mississippi removed the core of NASA’s first Space Launch System heavy-lift rocket from a test stand earlier …

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