The Expedition 58 crew will spend Christmas in space for the first time since the Apollo 8 crew exactly 50 years ago.

CHRISTMAS IN SPACE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 50 YEARS Three people from the U.S., Canada and Russia are orbiting Earth today getting ready to observe Christmas and experience New Year’s Eve from space aboard the International Space Station. Back on Earth, another three station crew members have returned to their home bases just 24… Continue reading CHRISTMAS IN SPACE 50 YEARS LATER

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Back home are the astronauts and cosmonaut of the International Space Station. Expedition 57 crew members (from left) Serena Auñón-Chancellor of NASA, Alexander Gerst of ESA (European Space Agency) and Sergey Prokopyev of Roscosmos prepare to board their Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft.

BACK TO EARTH SAFELY Back to earth the astronauts and cosmonauts have returned, safely. This article over the last three days covers the command handover to the landing.   ASTRONAUTS AND COSMONAUTS RETURN TO EARTH Three members of the International Space Station’s Expedition 57 crew, including NASA astronaut Serena Auñón-Chancellor, returned back to Earth Thursday,… Continue reading BACK ON EARTH WELCOME FOR CREW

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NASA astronauts Anne McClain (background) and Serena Auñón-Chancellor are pictured inside the U.S. Destiny laboratory module. McClain watches as Auñón-Chancellor trains on the robotics workstation ahead of the rendezvous and capture of the SpaceX Dragon cargo craft on Dec. 8, 2018.

Biology space research continues while the crew prepares to split up next week. After the latest spacewalk, the International Space Station crew has earned a rest from tasks. Half of the Expedition 57 crew is getting ready to depart International Space Station while the other half is getting used to life on orbit. Amidst those… Continue reading BIOLOGY RESEARCH CONTINUES

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Russian spacewalker Oleg Kononenko is on the Strela boom getting ready for inspection work on the Soyuz crew vehicle.

Russian spacewalkers complete inspection of the spaceship that will bring three astronauts home on December 19, 2018. Expedition 57 Flight Engineers Oleg Kononenko and Sergey Prokopyev of Roscosmos completed a spacewalk lasting 7 hours and 45 minutes. The two cosmonauts opened the hatch to the Pirs docking compartment to begin the spacewalk at 10:59 a.m.… Continue reading RUSSIAN SPACEWALK COMPLETE

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