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Can the US Part of ISS survive independent of the Russian?

A new story came out today about Russia potentially preventing the US from using the ISS. One of the claims made was: "The Russian segment [of ISS] can exist independently from the American one. The U....
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Why is NASA planning to deorbit the ISS instead of reusing its newer modules, like the Russians will?

I was reading about Russia's plans to detach their modules from the ISS before its deorbit and use them to begin a new space station. The version I read said Zvezda (DOS-8) and Poisk (MRM-2) are ...
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Can X-37B dock with the ISS

X-37 can fly in the same orbit as ISS but can they dock?
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Can Dragon, or Dragon V2 be used to boost the ISS orbit?

One of the roles that Progress (and ATV) fulfill at the ISS is station reboost. This works because they can dock at the back of the Zvezda module, and boost inline with the station. I cannot find a ...
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With six spacecraft currently docked at the ISS, how could Santa (or anyone else) deliver presents?

This ISS tweet says: Three days after launching from Florida the @SpaceX #Dragon cargo craft was installed to the Harmony module at 10:36 a.m. EST. There are now six spaceships parked at the ...
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Why does SpaceX not use the Crew Dragon for CRS missions to test it?

SpaceX has the Dragon 1 (Cargo) and Dragon 2 (Crew). It unveiled Dragon 2 about 1 year ago (30 May 2014). Dragon 2 is a radical change over Dragon 1 with many parts that are untested. I would think ...
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Does the ISS team plan cargo flights when at half crew on purpose?

A number of times now, the cargo vehicles (Dragon, Cygnus, or HTV) seem to have arrived while the station was between crew switchovers. With indirect crew handovers, three crew depart in a Soyuz, ...
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What module(s) on the ISS do the Soyuz dock to?

I've started to notice more and more as I study the ISS, that I can only ever find pictures of one Soyuz docked. Where is the other one? Lets say their sending up a crew of 6 for an expedition. A ...
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What will be NASA Policy on backup ISS docking/berthing ports, once commercial crew is up and running?

The news that Boeing will bid the CST-100 as a Commercial Resupply Services 2 (CRS-2) vehicle raises a question: will they be using a docking port, to a PMA or berthing to a CBM port? The problem is ...
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Current ISS configuration (Dec. 2014)?

Is this the current configuration of the ISS (ignoring visiting vehicles)? (source: wikipedia) STS-134/UL6 delivered the last elements. Nauka still to launch. (source: Nasa) (source: space.com)
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On Mir, Zarya, or Zvezda, do docking ports consume space inside the module?

I have been asking about why Zarya, Zvezda have the number of docking ports they have, and whether more will be needed. This got me thinking about what the inside of the docking module looks like. ...
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On Mir, did they ever move a Soyuz at the front end, to a side docking port using Lyappa?

On Mir, the docking module was at the front end of the station. It technically had 6 ports (one was used to connect to Mir itself, so 5 exposed). In general the docking node had one active port ...
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Will ISS grow further

Are there plans to keep building the ISS? In particular adding more modules and generally expanding it. If not, are there some fundamental limitations on its expansion? Like power, cooling, or ...