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The Sentinel 1A satellite was launched from Europe's Kourou Spaceport, French Guiana, on A...

ESA has released compelling video footage displaying the ascent of its Sentinel 1A satellite as viewed from external cameras mounted on the Soyuz Fregat launch vehicle which carried it into orbit.  Read More

NASA's dependence on the Russian Soyuz spacecraft (pictured) to send astronauts to the ISS...

The Ukraine crisis reached into space yesterday as NASA confirmed that it is cutting ties with the Russian space program. With the exception of continued cooperation aimed at keeping the International Space Station (ISS) operating, the agency says that in response to Russia’s annexation of the Crimea, it will no longer participate with its Russian counterparts on projects, bilateral visits or communications.  Read More

Dragon is rotated to be mated to Falcon 9

SpaceX has delayed the scheduled launch of the third commercial flight of its unmanned Dragon cargo ship to the International Space Station (ISS). The launch, which was originally scheduled for Sunday, March 16 at 4:41 AM EDT from Launch Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, would have been the first mission of the Falcon 9 launch vehicle with its landing legs.  Read More

The Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft containing the crew of expedition 38 on its return to Earth (...

Crew members of Expedition 38 have safely returned to Earth, their Soyuz capsule setting down in Kazakhstan on Mar. 10 at 11:24 p.m. EDT. The astronauts and cosmonauts spent 116 days in space, carrying out a wide range of experiments and successfully executing multiple space walks.  Read More

Flight Engineer Oleg Kotov waves the Olympic torch outside the International Space Station...

The torch for next year's Winter Olympics in Russia took a detour into orbit yesterday as two Russian cosmonauts working outside the International Space Station (ISS) conducted the first ever torch handover in the vacuum of space.  Read More

Soyuz 34 docking with the ISS after fastest manned rendezvous (Image: NASA)

A manned Soyuz spacecraft set a record for traveling to the International Space Station (ISS), arriving six hours after launch instead of the usual two days. Soyuz 34 lifted off from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Friday, March 28 at 4:43 p.m. EDT (08:43 GMT) and docked with the ISS at 10: 28 PM EDT (03:28 GMT). It was able to catch up and match trajectories with the ISS in only four orbits using new techniques previously tested in ISS rendezvouses with Russian unmanned Progress cargo ships.  Read More

The nearest escape from certain death in history!

January 19, 2009 Forty years ago this week saw one of the most spectacular escapes from certain death in recorded history. Soviet Commander Boris Volynov was returning to earth in Soyuz 5 when the service module failed to separate and he found himself entering the earth’s atmosphere with an inverted craft and the heat shields facing backwards. He was just moments from incineration when the service module sheared and the craft resumed the correct orientation. The heat damage was extensive though, and the descent parachute only partially deployed, then the chute-mounted soft-landing rockets failed, and it landed so hard Volynov smashed teeth. Crawling out of the craft, he found himself in minus 38 C temperatures in wilderness, hundreds of kilometres outside his landing zone, so he walked until finding a peasant hut. Volynov is also a contender for the most frightening case of déjà vu in history – seven years later, while flying Soyuz 21 …  Read More

Soyuz space parachutes recycled into designer bags

November 8, 2004 What do you do when you find a Soyuz parachute from a mission to the space station? If you're Everquest Design Inc. of Canada, you transform them into unique, designer bags and sell them on eBay! Everquest Design specialise in unique, limited edition bags with authentic parachutes from Space Station missions, America's Cup sails, Mount Everest Expeditions and more. The Soyuz bags are a simple, unique "piece of adventure" all the way from outer space to your shoulder.  Read More

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