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Soyuz ferry craft moved to launch pad

November 21, 2014

Riding a specialized railroad car before dawn Friday, a Soyuz rocket rolled out of a cavernous assembly building and arrived at its launch pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan for liftoff Sunday with American, Russian and Italian crew members heading for the International Space Station.

Video: Soyuz launcher ready for rollout

November 20, 2014

Inside the final assembly building at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, the Soyuz TMA-15 spacecraft is mated to the core of the Soyuz booster rocket for Sunday’s Expedition 42 launch to the International Space Station.

New Mars lander takes shape

November 17, 2014

The next Mars lander — a platform to drill beneath the surface of the red planet — has begun its assembly phase in preparation for launch in March 2016.

Videos: Delta 4-Heavy and Orion prepared for launch

November 14, 2014

Delta 4-Heavy processing — CBC mate Inside the Horizontal Integration Facility, the three Common Booster Cores for the Delta 4-Heavy rocket to launch Orion on Exploration Flight Test No. 1 are mated together. Delta 4-Heavy processing — second stage mate Inside the Horizontal Integration Facility, the cryogenic upper stage is mated the center Common Booster Core for the Delta 4-Heavy rocket to launch Orion on Exploration Flight Test No. 1. Delta 4-Heavy processing — rollout The United Launch Alliance Delta 4-Heavy rocket is rolled out of the Horizontal Integration Facility to launch pad 37B at Cape Canaveral for the Orion test flight. Delta 4-Heavy processing — vehicle vertical The United Launch Alliance Delta 4-Heavy rocket is raised vertically at launch pad 37B for the Orion test flight. Rollout of the Orion spacecraft The next-generation Orion spacecraft is transported to launch pad 37B for its liftoff aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta 4-Heavy rocket. Orion hoisted atop launch vehicle The Orion spacecraft is hoisted 200 feet into the launch pad gantry and mated to the Delta

Video: Reid’s “awesome” ride in Soyuz

November 10, 2014

NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman speaks soon after his return to Earth after 165 days living aboard the International Space Station, describing his landing inside the Russian Soyuz capsule.

Soyuz lands in Kazakhstan with station crew

November 10, 2014

A veteran cosmonaut, a German volcanologist and a Navy test pilot-turned-astronaut undocked from the International Space Station and returned to Earth, descending through low clouds to a jarring touchdown on the frigid steppe of Kazakhstan to close out a 165-day stay in orbit.

Station trio set for return to Earth

November 9, 2014

A veteran cosmonaut, a German volcanologist and a Navy test pilot-turned-astronaut whose mastery of social media earned him — and NASA — a global following, bid their space station crewmates farewell and sealed the hatch of their Soyuz ferry craft, setting the stage for undocking and a fiery trip back to Earth to close out a 165-day stay aboard the International Space Station.

Orbital looking for Cygnus launch slots next year

November 9, 2014

Facing pressure to find a ride into space for its commercial Cygnus cargo craft in the wake of a catastrophic rocket failure, Orbital Sciences Corp. says it has found openings in the mission manifests of the world’s busiest launch operators to accommodate resupply flights to the International Space Station next year.

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