International Space Station (ISS): News

The International Space Station or ISS is a habitable artificial satellite orbiting the Earth at a speed of approximately 27,600 km/h. At this rate, it takes the spacecraft just 90 minutes to go around the Earth once. The spacecraft was launched on November 20, 1998. As of August 2021, it has clocked 22 years and eight months in orbit, of which it has been inhabited by astronauts for 20 years and nine months (since November 2000) on a rotational basis. National Aeronautics and Space Agency (NASA) records indicate that the space station has been visited by 243 individuals from 19 different countries. The record for the longest time spent on the ISS is held by American astronaut Peggy Whitson for spending 665 days on the ISS. The ISS is approximately as big as a six-bedroom house with amenities for 7 astronauts including six sleeping quarters, two bathrooms, a gym, and a 360-degree view bay window. The station is controlled by over 50 computers powered by solar energy it draws from solar panels mounted externally. At a total cost of $150 billion, the station has been described as the most expensive item ever constructed.

22 May 2023

Space News

Key science experiments Ax-2 mission astronauts will perform on ISS

Texas-based Axiom Space has launched Ax-2, its second all-private astronaut mission to the International Space Station (ISS).

10 May 2023

Space News

Ax-2 mission astronauts will grow first stem cells in space

For the first time, stem cells will be grown in space, by astronauts flying to the International Space Station (ISS) on Axiom Space's Ax-2 mission, which is scheduled to launch on May 21.

31 Mar 2023


Meet Amit Kshatriya, the Indian-American scientist heading NASA's Moon-to-Mars program

NASA has set up a new and vital Moon to Mars Program Office at its headquarters in Washington. Amit Kshatriya—an Indian-American scientist—has been appointed as the first head of the office.

14 Mar 2023


How NASA will crash ISS into Pacific Ocean in 2031

The International Space Station (ISS) will be operational until 2030 and NASA intends to bring down the orbiting space lab in early 2031 by safely crashing it into the Pacific Ocean.

13 Mar 2023


Here's how these astronauts grew tomatoes on the ISS

NASA's SpaceX Crew-5 astronauts safely returned to Earth from the International Space Station on Sunday (March 12).

12 Mar 2023


NASA-SpaceX Crew-5 astronauts return from ISS after five-month mission

The NASA-SpaceX Crew-5 mission has officially come to an end.

10 Mar 2023


How ISS evaded an imminent collision with an approaching satellite

The International Space Station (ISS) had to swerve out of the way of an Earth-imaging satellite on March 6.

07 Mar 2023


What is NASA's upcoming CRS mission to the ISS

NASA will send the 27th SpaceX Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) mission to the International Space Station (ISS) this month. The launch will occur from Kennedy Space Center, Florida.

27 Feb 2023


NASA-SpaceX Crew-6 mission to ISS canceled due to ground issues

The NASA-SpaceX Crew-6 mission which was supposed to head off to the International Space Station (ISS) today, has been scrubbed.

24 Feb 2023


NASA-SpaceX Crew-6 to launch soon: Key facts about the mission

NASA-SpaceX Crew-6 mission will soon take off for the International Space Station. The launch is scheduled for February 27 from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida.

22 Feb 2023


NASA, SpaceX delay launch of Crew-6 mission to February 27

NASA and SpaceX have decided to delay the launch of Crew-6, a crewed mission to the International Space Station.

14 Feb 2023

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia to soon send first woman astronaut to space

Saudi Arabia is set to send its first-ever woman astronaut to space later this year.

03 Feb 2023


Astronauts complete construction job needed for upgrading ISS's power system

NASA astronaut Nicole Mann and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Koichi Wakata have successfully completed upgrading the power generation system on the International Space Station (ISS).

17 Jan 2023


International Space Station avoided three collision risks in 2022

The International Space Station (ISS) had to perform three Collision Avoidance Manoeuvres (CAMs) in 2022.

29 Dec 2022

Space News

When will ISS astronauts celebrate New Year 2023?

As New Year is around the corner, have you wondered at what time will the astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) celebrate the occasion?

15 Dec 2022


ISS spacewalk scrapped after "significant leak" from Soyuz spacecraft

The scheduled ISS spacewalk has been canceled after two Russian astronauts, called cosmonauts, noticed a "significant leaking of an unknown substance" in the Soyuz MS-22 spacecraft.

28 Nov 2022


SpaceX Dragon docks at ISS; delivers science equipment, Thanksgiving treats

SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft carrying around 3,500kg of cargo, successfully docked at the International Space Station (ISS) on November 27 at 7:39 am ET (6:09 pm IST).

22 Nov 2022


NASA to send resupplies to ISS: Check the mission items

NASA and SpaceX will launch the 26th Commercial Resupply Mission (CRS) to the International Space Station (ISS) from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, US on November 22.

19 Oct 2022


NASA greenlights spacewalks outside ISS again; next one in mid-November

NASA has resumed spacewalks outside the International Space Station (ISS) after a hiatus of seven months. The next one will occur in mid-November.

29 Sep 2022

Space News

Exercising taken to new heights: Astronaut performs yoga in ISS

How does it feel to do yoga in microgravity? Well, we have no idea, but we do know someone who knows a thing or two about it.

23 Sep 2022

Saudi Arabia

First Saudi woman astronaut will go to space in 2023

It seems that the Middle-Eastern space push has caught some real steam. Saudi Arabia is the latest to join the party.

27 Jul 2022


Russia will exit International Space Station after 2024. But why?

After a plethora of threats about pulling out from the International Space Station (ISS), Roscosmos, Russia's federal space agency, has finally decided to end the multilateral cooperation after 2024.

22 Jul 2022

Space News

Samantha Cristoforetti becomes first European woman to walk in space

Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti created history when she became the first female European to conduct a space walk.

09 Jul 2022

Space News

International Space Station ejects 78kg trash using unique waste-disposal technology

Have you ever wondered how astronauts in the International Space Station (ISS) dump their trash? As you can imagine, it is tough, but not anymore.

27 Jun 2022

Space News

#NewsBytesExplainer: How do astronauts sleep in space at the ISS?

Many people on Earth suffer from sleeping disorders and it becomes even more challenging in space.

06 May 2022


SpaceX Crew Dragon returns from ISS with 4 astronauts onboard

A SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft has successfully brought four astronauts home with a midnight splash off the coast of Florida.

28 Oct 2021

Jeff Bezos

Blue Origin, Boeing to establish 'business park' in low-Earth orbit

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos's Blue Origin has unveiled plans to build a "space park" that would be launched into low Earth orbit.

18 Oct 2021


Russian crew lands back on Earth after shooting in space

A Russian film crew just completed the production of a movie literally out of this world!

15 Aug 2021

3D Printing

Can NASA 3D-print structures using regolith aboard the ISS?

NASA has sent a contracted Northrop Grumman Cygnus resupply spacecraft to the International Space Station (ISS) with nearly 3,720kg of cargo on board, including a machine meant to demonstrate 3D printing regolith on the moon and other extraterrestrial surfaces.

30 Jul 2021


ISS veers off course due to Russian module's misfiring thrusters

The International Space Station (ISS) is a space laboratory that's approximately as large as a football field. However, the uncontrolled firing of thrusters on the newly-docked Russian Nauka module caused the ISS to briefly shift out of orbit on Thursday.

12 Jun 2021

Space News

NASA inviting proposals for two private astronaut missions to ISS

Following in the footsteps of Jared Isaacman-led civilian crewed mission and Amazon boss Jeff Bezos's plans to attain escape velocity this year, NASA has announced that it is welcoming proposals from commercial establishments for two private crewed missions to the International Space Station (ISS).

30 Apr 2021

Space News

China's space station materializes with the launch of first module

The International Space Station's (ISS) decades long monopoly on space is coming to an end. China has launched the first module of its ambitious space station program from the country's Wenchang Space Launch Centre.

23 Apr 2021


NASA, SpaceX Crew-2 astronauts successfully embark on journey to ISS

On April 23, NASA launched a crew of four astronauts on a flight to the International Space Station (ISS) without incident.

06 Apr 2021


Astronauts successfully relocate SpaceX's Resilience—first for a commercial crew port

On Monday, astronauts successfully relocated the SpaceX Crew-1 spacecraft from the forward port of the International Space Station's (ISS) Harmony module to the space-facing port.

27 Jan 2021


Axiom Space reveals space tourists visiting ISS for $165 million

You can buy your way into space! For $55 million each, former Israeli Air Force pilot Eytan Stibbe, Canadian investor Mark Pathy, and American real estate investor Larry Connor will fly to the International Space Station sometime next year.

16 Nov 2020


SpaceX's Crew Dragon 'Resilience' successfully launches 4 astronauts to ISS

Elon Musk-owned SpaceX has successfully launched four astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) on its Crew Dragon 'Resilience' spacecraft—its first-ever operational space taxi flight for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

06 Oct 2020

Kalpana Chawla

International Space Station gets a new toilet, costs $23 million

A new space toilet has been delivered at the International Space Station (ISS).

21 Aug 2020


NewsBytes Briefing: Air leak at International Space Station, and more

In the updates since last night, NASA revealed that there has been a small air leak at the International Space Station.

10 Jun 2020

Space News

Kathy Sullivan, America's first woman spacewalker, reaches ocean's deepest point

America's first woman spacewalker has now become the first-ever woman to reach the deepest known point in our planet's oceans.

31 May 2020


Along with astronauts, SpaceX launched a 'glittery dinosaur' to ISS

In the wee hours of Sunday, Elon Musk's SpaceX launched astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley on the historic #LaunchAmerica mission to the International Space Station.