There has been a great deal of concern over the fate of the International Space Station in the wake of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and the resulting deterioration in relations between Russia and the West. But despite what were perceived as ominous warnings from the head of the Russian space agency
Russia recently destroyed a defunct intelligence satellite, on November 15, 2021– with an anti-satellite missile. This created a debris cloud that encroached on the International Space Station, an alert that prompted its seven crew members to prepare for a potential impact. Although the scenario closely resembles the setup for the
Due to delays stemming from manufacturing and safety certification issues, the new manned spacecraft being developed by Boeing and SpaceX may not be ready to ferry U.S. astronauts to the International Space Station before NASA’s contract with Russia’s Soyuz program in November of 2019 runs out, meaning that beginning in late 2019, the ISS may not have an American presence onboard for the better part of a year — and possibly longer.
It’s a first! Space X has created a cargo craft that brought supplies to the International Space Station on October 10th, a task that NASA usually takes care of. Space X has signed a $1.6 billion contract with NASA for 11 more cargo trips.
Among other items, it brought the astronauts up there a special treat: ice cream (and clean underwear?)