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The Russian ambassador to the United States said Jan. 31 that Russia would be open to enhanced cooperation in space should the Trump administration pursue improved relations between the countries. Ambassador Sergei Kislyak, speaking at a meeting of the American Physical Society here, said that cooperation on space activities is improving in the aftermath of sanctions the U.S. enacted after Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014.
2016 marked record-breaking progress in NASA’s exploration objectives. The agency advanced the capabilities needed to travel farther into the solar system while increasing observations of our home and the universe, learning more about how to continuously live and work in space and, of course, inspiring the next generation of leaders to take up our Journey to Mars and make their own discoveries.
Astronaut Jeffrey Williams has a new record for NASA under his space belt. The commander of the International Space Station marked a U.S. recording-breaking 521st day in orbit Wednesday, a number accumulated over four flights. That surpasses the 520-day record set by Scott Kelly, whose one-year space station mission ended in March.
During a televised presentation to NASA employees, on May 25 from NASA Headquarters, Deputy Administrator Dava Newman and retired NASA astronaut Scott Kelly reflected on Kelly’s historic one-year mission aboard the International Space Station, which he and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko completed in March.
NASA successfully inflated a new experimental room at the International Space Station on Saturday, producing the world's first pump-it-up compartment for astronauts. The operation took much longer than expected, stretching over three days in all. But victory, when it came, was sweet.
NASA's annual Space Apps Challenge has kicked off in Pasadena, California, with more than a hundred volunteers set to compete in 26 categories over 48 hours, globally, with improvised teams seeking viable solutions to current and future space challenges. RT’s Nicholas Hankoff spoke to Douglas “Wheels” Wheelock, an active NASA astronaut, about the importance of such brainstorming events to the future of space science, and listened to accounts of Wheelock’s two missions at the International Space Station (ISS).
A SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft launched aboard a Falcon 9 rocket on April 8, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida to resupply the International Space Station. Among the almost 7,000 pounds of science research, crew supplies and hardware being delivered is the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module, or BEAM.
A SpaceX Dragon cargo ship arrived at the International Space Station on Sunday, two days after launching from Cape Canaveral. Station astronauts used a robot arm to capture the Dragon, orbiting 250 miles above Earth. The Dragon holds 7,000 pounds of freight, including the soft-sided compartment built by Bigelow Aerospace. The pioneering pod -- packed tightly for launch -- should swell to the size of a small bedroom once filled with air next month.
Future astronauts will require highly reliable habitation systems to keep them healthy and productive during missions that take them farther from Earth than humans have ever gone before. Through public-private partnerships with U.S. industry, NASA is investigating habitation concepts that can support astronauts who are living and working in the harsh environment of deep space.
NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden was back on Capitol Hill during the week of March 13 for more Congressional hearings on the agency’s $19 billion dollar Fiscal Year 2017 budget proposal.