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Russia May Lose Cosmodrome Lease
2012-12-10 19:26:25

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Russia's lease with the Baikonur Cosmodrome launch facility in Kazakhstan may be suspended, according to several reports. Russia has been renting the Baikonur launch pad from Kazakhstan since 1994 and the leasing contract is valid until 2050. However, Interfax-Kazakhstan news agency reported that Kazcosmos head Talgat Musabayev said the rent agreement on Baikonur has "run its course." Dropping the lease could create...

South Korean Man To Launch Homemade Satellite
2012-07-26 07:54:15

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A South Korean inventor is going where no man has gone before“¦ rather he will be the first individual to send a do-it-yourself satellite into orbit, after securing a contract with a French technology company to get his device launched into space. The 2.2-lb., 4-cu.-in. satellite was fully designed, developed and constructed by Song Hojun, a 34-year-old engineering student and ex-intern of a private satellite company,...

Russia Launches Cargo Ship To International Space Station
2012-01-26 07:03:15

Russian cargo ship Progress M-14M (ISS Progress 46) launched from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 5:06 a.m. Thursday morning (Wednesday 6:06 p.m. EST), carrying 2.9 tons of food, fuel and equipment for the crew aboard the International Space Station, reports ABC News. The Progress 46 re-supply vessel is scheduled to arrive at Pirs docking compartment early Saturday (Friday evening EST). The successful launch was a critical one for the Russian space agency, Roscosmos, which has...

Soyuz Successfully Takes Satellite System To Orbit
2011-12-29 04:54:19

A Russian Soyuz rocket launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Wednesday, successfully carrying the Globalstar system into orbit. The vehicle saw triumph after the Soyuz line faced a malfunction last Friday when launching from the Plesetsk spaceport in northern Russia. "These satellites were flawlessly placed exactly where we needed them so that our ground stations could find them on the very first pass," Tony Navarra, Globalstar's president of global operations said in a...

New Crew Headed To International Space Station
2011-11-14 06:54:09

[ Watch the Video ] An American astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts were launched successfully on Monday to return a full crew to the International Space Station (ISS), the first manned launching since the US shuttle program retired in July. The launch also marks Russia´s return to confidence after a dramatic August launch failure and a recent Mars probe malfunction. The three crew memebers, astronaut Dan Burbank, cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov and cosmonaut Anatoly Ivanishin,...

Manned Flights To ISS Scheduled To Resume Sunday Night
2011-11-13 09:55:20

Manned Russian space flights are scheduled to resume today, with two cosmonauts and one American astronaut scheduled to depart for the International Space Station (ISS) onboard a Soyuz rocket shortly after 11pm EST this evening. According to AFP reporter Stuart Williams, the launch, which will take place at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, will be "the first manned launch since the retirement of the US shuttle made Russia the sole nation capable of taking humans to the ISS," as well...

Progress 44 Accident And The Consequences For The Space Station
2011-08-31 12:57:29

   The six astronauts on the International Space Station are safe and continuing their normal work after the loss of their space-bound cargo craft on 24 August. While the cause of the accident is being sought by a Russian commission, the Station partners are preparing for several scenarios to ensure the safety of the crew and the orbital outpost. The Progress 44 freighter, carrying 2670 kg of cargo for the Station, failed to reach proper orbit after the premature shutdown...

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2011-07-13 12:19:16

The Russian space agency (Roscosmos) said today that a Soyuz rocket successfully carried six U.S. Globalstar satellites into orbit on Wednesday after postponing the launch twice earlier this week. Roscosmos said in a statement that the rocket blasted off from Russia's Baikonur cosmodrome, which it leases from Kazakhstan. The launch of the Globalstar-2 satellites had been initially scheduled for Monday.  However, it was postponed twice for technical reasons, according to the space...

2011-04-07 08:00:00

AMSTERDAM, April 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- - Rob Van Scheers & Gustavo Garcia On April 12 1961, 50 years ago, Yuri Gagarin became the first human to journey into outer space. Dutch publishing house Lebowski Publishers presents the beautiful graphic novel Gagarin - The greatest adventure of mankind on April 12 2011 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of this historic event. Cultural journalist Rob van Scheers of the Dutch magazine Elsevier wrote the script for Gagarin, based...


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  • The navel or umbilicus.
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  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
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