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‘SpaceX, this is Resilience’: Four astronauts begin six-month stay on space station

WASHINGTON: Four astronauts riding a newly-designed spacecraft from Elon Musk’s rocket company SpaceX greeted their new crewmates aboard the International Space Station on Tuesday after successfully docking in a landmark achievement for private space travel. In NASA’s first full-fledged mission ferrying a crew into orbit on a privately-owned spacecraft, the SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule dubbed Resilience opened its hatch door shortly after 1 a.m. EST (0600 GMT), two hours after docking and 27 hours after launching atop a…

Work in space does not seem to shorten astronauts’ lives

Although space travel exposes astronauts to forms of radiation that are uncommon on Earth, and that are linked to cancers and heart problems, a US study suggests this doesn’t significantly shorten their lives. Researchers compared nearly 60 years of data on U.S. male astronauts and a group of men who are similarly extra-fit, affluent and receive elite healthcare - pro athletes. They found that neither group has higher rates than the other of death overall or of early deaths. Both groups do tend to outlast the rest of us,…

Astronauts say look forward to space launch after Soyuz accident

BAIKONUR:  Astronauts set to board the first manned space mission since an unprecedented accident aboard Russia's Soyuz, on Sunday brushed aside safety concerns, saying they were ready to take risks. Oleg Kononenko of Roscosmos, Anne McClain of NASA and David Saint-Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency will launch to the International Space Station (ISS) from Baikonur in Kazakhstan on Monday. They will head to the ISS after a Soyuz rocket carrying Russia's Aleksey Ovchinin and US astronaut Nick Hague failed on October…

Pakistan decides to send astronauts into space with Chinese help

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has decided in principle to send its astronauts on a space mission with assistance of China, ARY News reported. The decision to this regard will be taken during the Federal Cabinet meeting today with Prime Minister Imran Khan in the chair. The Cabinet will also ratify the space mission proposal soon after discussion on the matter. The meeting will also approve agreement between Pakistan and China on joint anti-narcotics task force. In December last year, Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman had…

ISS astronauts return to Earth amid US-Russia tensions

Two American astronauts and a Russian cosmonaut returned to Earth on Thursday wrapping up a six-month mission at the International Space Station as tensions between Washington and Moscow threaten a rare area of cooperation. NASA astronauts Drew Feustel and Ricky Arnold and Oleg Artemyev of Roscosmos touched down on steppe land southeast of the Kazakh town of Dzhezkazgan at the expected time of 1145 GMT. The landing came with Russian and US officials investigating the appearance of a mysterious hole in a Russian space…