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geckos in space
2014-07-29 04:02:39

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online UPDATE: July 29, 2014 4AM After losing contact with a satellite filled with geckos taking part in an unusual reproductive experiment late last week, Russian space officials have re-established communication with the Photon-M probe, various media outlets have confirmed. According to BBC News reports, the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) successfully regained contact with the satellite on Saturday night, and has since...

High Tech Telecom Satellite Destroyed After Russian Rocket Launch Fails
2014-05-16 13:17:27

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A Russian telecommunications satellite crashed to the ground on Friday as a result of a launch failure by the country’s Proton-M rocket. Launched in the early morning hours from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the rocket experienced an "emergency situation" that kept it from going into orbit, Russian space agency Roscosmos said. Russian media reported that an issue with the rocket occurred about 94 miles above the Earth and...

History Of Baikonur Cosmodrome Includes Many Firsts For Russian Space Program
2014-04-12 08:00:41

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Forty-three years ago today, the former Soviet Union launched the first human into space. Now, on this International Day of Human Spaceflight, which coincides with the anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s famous leap into space, Russia celebrates the history of spaceflight from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. According to a new infographic released by Portland Communications, Baikonur Cosmodrome, located in the desert steppe of...

Russia To Launch Progress Cargo Vessel Despite Recent Proton Rocket Failure
2013-07-06 06:10:25

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Despite a recent Proton-M rocket failure, and an order to ground all Proton-based launches while an investigation is under way, one launch will continue as planned later this month. Russia will launch its Progress M-20M space freighter on July 28 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, where the Proton rocket carrying three GLONASS navigational satellites exploded on Tuesday. The Progress vessel will deliver supplies to the...

Russia Launches Investigation Into Proton-M Rocket Failure
2013-07-05 07:48:34

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Russia has suspended all launches of Proton rockets following the July 2 launch failure of a Proton M rocket carrying navigational satellites into space. The country is also launching a criminal investigation into the disaster, sparking renewed doubts about the capabilities of the Russian space industry. On Tuesday, July 2, an unmanned Proton M rocket was launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan carrying three GLONASS...

Another Setback For Russian Space Industry As Rocket Fails Moments After Lift Off
2013-07-02 12:11:39

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The Russian space agency, Roscosmos, is facing another setback after it failed to launch a Proton-M rocket into space. Seconds after the rocket lifted off from the launch pad it started to veer off its trajectory, falling apart in mid-air and erupting into a ball of flames. The Proton-M rocket was supposed to be taking three Russian Glonass-M navigation satellites into space. "There was an accident during the Proton-M launch. The...

Putin: First Manned Launch From New Russian Spaceport By End Of 2018
2013-04-14 08:38:43

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports — Your Universe Online The target date for the first manned spaceflight launch at Russia´s planned Vostochny Cosmodrome will be sometime in 2018, President Vladimir Putin told astronauts on board the International Space Station (ISS) on Friday. Speaking with Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) station crewmembers via video conference from the building site, Putin said that the new launch pad will help the one-time space exploration...

Russian Rocket Fails To Deliver US Satellite Into Orbit, Crashes In Pacific
2013-02-01 07:19:50

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Russia´s space industry has suffered yet another blow after a Zenit-3SL launch vehicle failed to deliver a US telecommunications satellite into orbit last night. The rocket, operated from a floating launch pad south of the Hawaiian Islands, failed 40 seconds after lift-off at 06:59 GMT and plunged back into the Pacific Ocean. The Russian rocket was carrying the Intelsat-27 telecommunications satellite, which was built by...

Officials Ready Soyuz Spacecraft For Wednesday Launch
2012-12-18 07:54:39

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Expedition 34 crew members aboard the International Space Station are busy preparing for the arrival of three new members that will join them later this week. The Soyuz spacecraft that will take the new crew to the orbiting lab was placed on the launch pad, along with a towering rocket, at Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Monday as Russian space officials make final preparations for the launch. The craft was rolled out of its...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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