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U.S. Commercial Cargo Ship Arrives at the Space Station

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Loaded with more than 2.5 tons of supplies and science experiments, Orbital ATK's Cygnus cargo craft arrived at the International Space Station Oct. 23 following its launch on a refurbished Antares rocket from the Wallops Flight Facility, Virginia Oct. 17. Expedition 49 crewmembers Takuya Onishi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and Kate Rubins of NASA captured Cygnus using the stations Canadian-built robotic arm. Ground controllers then manoeuvred Cygnus to the Earth-facing port of the Unity module where it was installed and bolted into place for a month-long stay.



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Expedition 49-50 Crew Welcomed Aboard the Space Station 

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Expedition 49-50 Crew Docks to the Space Station

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NASA Astronaut Shane Kimbrough, Crewmates Launch to Space Station to Continue Research

Three crew members representing the United States and Russia are on their way to the International Space Station after launching from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 4:05 a.m. EDT Wednesday (2:05 p.m. Baikonur time).
The Soyuz spacecraft carrying astronaut Shane Kimbrough of NASA, and cosmonauts Sergey Ryzhikov and Andrey Borisenko of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, is scheduled to dock to the Poisk module of the space station at 5:59 a.m. Friday, Oct. 21. NASA Television coverage of docking will begin at 5:15 a.m. Hatches are scheduled to open about 8:35 a.m., with NASA TV coverage starting at 8 a.m.

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Next Space Station Crew Set for Launch, Live on NASA TV

Three crew members of Expedition 49/50 are scheduled to launch to the International Space Station at 4:05 a.m. EDT Wednesday, Oct. 19 (2:05 p.m. Baikonur time) from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Live launch coverage will begin at 3:15 a.m. on NASA Television and the agency's website.
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Expedition 49-50 Crew Prepares for Launch in Kazakhstan 

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At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 49-50 Soyuz Commander Sergey Ryzhikov and Flight Engineer Andrey Borisenko of Roscosmos and Flight Engineer Shane Kimbrough of NASA along with their backups, Alexander Misurkin and Nikolai Tikhonov of Roscosmos and Flight Engineer Mark Vande Hei of NASA participated in a variety of activities Sept. 8-16 as they prepared for the launch of Kimbrough, Ryzhikov and Borisenko Sept. 24, Kazakh time, on the Soyuz MS-02 spacecraft for a five-month mission on the International Space Station. 



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