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ISS to pass in front of the Sun Thursday morning

ISS to pass in front of the Sun Thursday morning

Some individuals living in the Denver Metro area will get a rare chance to enjoy a special view of the International Space Station (ISS) in the morning hours of Thursday as the orbiting lab will be passing in front of the Sun.

The Denver Astronomical Society has created and released a map showing the ISS’ path across the Sun through Denver. In case the weather cooperates, individuals living within 14 miles of this line will be able to get the best chance to view the orbiting lab.

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Russian cargo spacecraft destroyed in failed launch

Russian cargo spacecraft destroyed in failed launch

An unmanned Russian cargo spacecraft failed to reach orbit and fell back to Earth shortly after being launched toward the International Space Station (ISS) on Thursday, Dec. 1, Russian federal space agency Roscosmos confirmed.

Roscosmos officials said that the Progress 65 freighter was launched atop a Soyuz-U rocket at 9:51 a.m. EST or 1451 GMT yesterday from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Around 6 minutes into the flight, mission controllers stopped receiving signal from the freighter and radar stations were unable to spot on its planned orbit.

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American astronaut to vote from space

American astronaut to vote from space

NASA’s Shane Kimbrough, the only American aboard the International Space Station (ISS), will have already filled out his ballot by the time when tens of millions of voters around the U.S. will be heading to polling places to cast their votes in presidential election next week.

The government-run space agency announced that astronaut Kimbrough will fill out his absentee ballot through an electronic system that has specifically been designed for astronauts.

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Three ISS astronauts return safely to Earth

Three ISS astronauts return safely to Earth

Three astronauts returned from the International Space Station (ISS) to Earth on a Soyuz spacecraft, marking the end of the Expedition 49 mission to the orbiting lab.

NASA said in a statement that three astronauts, viz. American astronaut Kate Rubins, Russian space agency Roscosmos’ Anatoly Ivanishin, and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s Takuya Onishi floated back to Earth in the Soyuz MS-01 space capsule, making a safe landing in Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan at around 10.00 a.m. local time on Sunday, October 30, 2016.

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Cygnus cargo ship to remain tethered to ISS for weeks

Cygnus cargo ship to remain tethered to ISS for weeks

The Orbital ATK Cygnus cargo ship that recently arrived at the International Space Station (ISS) will remain tethered to the orbiting lab for weeks to allow space station crew to unload the vessel and then reload it with trash and release it to burn up in the atmosphere.

Around a week after its launch, the Cygnus cargo ship loaded with equipment and supplies docked with the ISS at 7:28 a.m. EDT (GMT-4) on Sunday. It was pulled up grabbed by the space station’s robotic arm operated by Japanese astronaut Takuya Onishi and NASA crewmate Kate Rubins.

Orbital ATK’s OA-5 Cygnus spacecraft successfully docks with ISS

Orbital ATK’s OA-5 Cygnus spacecraft successfully docks with ISS

Orbital ATK’s Cygnus spacecraft successfully docked with the International Space Station (ISS) on Sunday, October 23rd, American space agency NASA announced.

According to a NASA statement, the spacecraft designated OA-5 under the agency’s Commercial Resupply Services 1 (CRS-1) contract docked with the ISS at 10:53 a.m. EDT, nearly 250 miles above the Indian Ocean.

Frank Culbertson, the president of Orbital’s Space Systems Group, called the OA-5 mission ‘distinct’ and ‘special’ to their entire team.

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IDA’s successful installation at ISS offers NASA independent access to lab complex

IDA’s successful installation to ISS means NASA to regain independent access to lab complex

After a successful spacewalk, NASA astronauts have announced the installation of a new docking port to the International Space Station (ISS) on Friday. The step was considered to be quite crucial for NASA to regain an independent access to the lab complex since 2011 when the shuttle fleet was retired.

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Newly installed docking port means ISS could accommodate different space taxis

Newly installed docking port means ISS could accommodate different space taxis

A key step towards having new commercial space taxis that arrive at the International Space Station (ISS) has been taken with successful installation of a new docking port to the ISS on Friday. Two NASA astronauts have installed the International Docking Adapter (IDA).

Jeff Williams, commander of Expedition 48, and flight engineer Kate Rubins started the spacewalk at 8:04 a.m. EDT to accomplish the task. Due to minor communication problem, the spacewalk came to an early end at 2.02pm EDT.

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NASA astronauts to conduct six-and-a-half hour spacewalk to install new IDA outside ISS this Friday

NASA astronauts to conduct six-and-a-half hour spacewalk to install new IDA outside ISS this Friday

This Friday, NASA astronauts Kate Rubins and Jeff Williams will carry out a six-and-a-half hour spacewalk to install a new international docking adapter (IDA) outside the International Space Station (ISS). NASA will live stream the event starting at 6.30am ET.

The IDA forms to be an important element of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, an initiative in which private companies will come up with space taxis for NASA. The space taxis will be used to take agency’s astronauts to and from the ISS.

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Deep-space travel may increase death risk for astronauts with major impact on heart health

Deep-space travel may increase death risk for astronauts with major impact on heart health

A research based on mice has shown deep-space travel may take toll on the heart of astronauts going for long term missions. In the study, the researchers have compared Apollo astronauts' heart health with of those who have never been into space and those whose journeys have been restricted to low-earth orbit.

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