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U.S. lawmakers discussing future of International Space Station

U.S. lawmakers discussing future of International Space Station

As the two-decade-old International Space Station (ISS) is facing key questions about its future, a key Republican representative has cautioned that long-term sponsorship of the space station could hamper the United States’ goal of sending humans to Mars.

The aging outpost requires the nation to spend $3 to $4 billion annually to maintain its operations. Some partner-nations may also step aside in the coming few years.

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ISS receives three new crew members

ISS receives three new crew members

With the successful docking of the Russian Soyuz spacecraft on Saturday, the International Space Station (ISS) received three new crew members, viz. Russian cosmonaut Oleg Novitskiy, NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson and French astronaut Thomas Pesquet.

The three new crewmembers were welcomed by NASA astronaut and ISS commander Shane Kimbrough and Russian cosmonauts Sergey Ryzhikov and Andrey Borisenko, who were already aboard the orbiting lab. Now, the space station’s crew has returned to six.

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Everything in universe is in motion

Everything in universe is in motion

Being on earth, it does not feel like earth is moving. NASA has come up with a time-lapse video of earth 365-day journey around the sun. The video is based on 3,000 images from Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC, aboard the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) satellite.

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Russian Soyuz safely docks with International Space Station

Russian Soyuz safely docks with International Space Station

On Friday, a Russian Soyuz spacecraft successfully docked with the International Space Station. The spacecraft carried three astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS), despite a technical fault that threatened to delay their journey to the $100 billion complex.

The spacecraft had left the ground to go into ISS from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Soyuz had carried United States astronaut Barry Wilmore, Russian astronaut Alexander Samokutyaev and his compatriot Elena Serova in it.

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