Space Station

A space station is a spacecraft capable of supporting a human crew in orbit for an extended period of time, and is therefore a type of space habitat. It lacks major propulsion or landing systems. An orbital station or an orbital space station is an artificial satellite. Stations must have docking ports to allow other spacecraft to dock to transfer crew and supplies. The purpose of maintaining an orbital outpost varies depending on the program. Space stations have most often been launched for scientific purposes, but military launches have also occurred. Space stations have harboured so far the only long-duration direct human presence in space. After the first station Salyut 1 and its tragic Soyuz 11 crew, space stations have been operated consecutively since Skylab, having allowed a progression of long-duration direct human presence in space. Stations have been occupied by consecutive crews since 1987 with the Salyut successor Mir.

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ESA is no longer planning to send astronauts to China’s Tiangong space station

NASA and Boeing recently completed a full start to finish integrated mission dress rehearsal for the company’s CST-100 Starliner flight with astronauts to the International Space Station, which is scheduled to launch in April 2023.

Space Station Astronauts Study Bone Growth and Space Physics

Space Station Crew Kicks Off Week With Bone Research and Physics Studies

Astronauts ring in Chinese New Year on Tiangong space station

Fires in a microgravity environment (like the space station) are fed by random oxygen molecules stumbling into them in a process called molecular diffusion. This produces spherical flames that burn more slowly and consume less oxygen, giving off a fraction of the heat emitted by terrestrial flames.

Montana Students to Hear from NASA Astronaut on Space Station

This Week @NASA: A More Powerful Space Station, More Fuel-Efficient Aircraft & Solar Flashes

NASA, Space Station Partners Approve Next Axiom Private Mission Crew

45 Years Ago: Progress 1 Begins the Era of Space Station Resupply

NASA astronaut and 2 cosmonauts may stay on space station for a full year after Soyuz leak

International Space Station: Live updates

Spacewalking astronauts hit snags installing new solar array mount outside space station

NASA and JAXA Astronauts Begin Spacewalk To Prep for Space Station Power Upgrades

SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch spotted from space station (photo)

Astronaut vest designed to combat harmful space radiation returns to Earth following testing on space station.

SpaceX had four rockets on four pads and two Dragons on orbit today—as CRS-26 Dragon departed the space station with Crew-5 Dragon still attached to the orbiting lab, Falcon Heavy rolled out of the hangar, two Falcon 9’s readied for launch, and Ship 24 was stacked onto Booster 7

SpaceX Dragon cargo capsule returns to Earth after 6-week stay at space station

Russia to launch new capsule to return space station crew

Russia to launch new Soyuz capsule to replace leaky spacecraft on space station