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2010-10-25 05:45:00

Russia marked the 50th anniversary of the worst space catastrophe in history on Sunday, remembering the day when 126 people were burned alive when a prototype rocket exploded on the launch pad before a scheduled launch. According the the AFP news agency, the accident happened October 24, 1960 at the Baikonur cosmodrome, located in the desert steppes of Kazakhstan. The Soviet Union was locked in a heated space race with the United States and had been developing an intercontinental ballistic...

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2010-10-06 05:25:00

The Russian Soyuz chief constructor said on Tuesday that the spacecraft set to launch in December has suffered damage to its container during transit.  Vitaly Lopota, the president of the Energia spaceship factory, told the Interfax news agency that engineers spotted damage to the Soyuz TMA-20's transport container after it was shipped by rail to the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. "When we put the ship on a stand to check it over before the launch, we discovered damage, but to the...

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2010-07-20 12:25:00

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said Monday that the country would provide $800 million to help jump start the construction of a new cosmodrome to ease its dependence on a Soviet-era launch site in Kazakhstan. "The government has made a decision to earmark $809 million over the next three years for the start of the full-blown construction of the Vostochny Cosmodrome," Putin said in televised remarks at a government meeting. Russia rents its main Soviet-era spaceport Baikonur from...

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2009-09-30 06:10:00

The next residents of the International Space Station launched into orbit aboard a Soyuz spacecraft Wednesday from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. NASA astronaut Jeff Williams, Russian cosmonaut Max Suraev and spaceflight participant Guy Laliberte lifted off at 2:14 a.m. CDT. Future Expedition 22 Commander Williams, Soyuz Commander Suraev and Laliberte are scheduled to dock with the station at 3:37 a.m., Friday, Oct. 2. They will spend nine days as members of a joint crew that includes...

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2009-06-18 06:48:39

Activity is continuing at the Guiana Space Centre (Centre Spatial Guyanais "“ CSG), Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana, as the Soyuz launch site takes shape. Soyuz is a medium-class launcher and its performance will perfectly complement that of the other ESA launchers, Ariane and Vega. On the spaceport's new launch pad, the infrastructure that maintains Soyuz in its erected position prior to launch is being completed. In the nearby launcher assembly and testing building...

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2009-03-25 15:35:00

The two astronauts set to take over the International Space Station (ISS) this week said on Wednesday they felt privileged to be part of the space station crew that will increase to six members in May, the AFP reported. Both Michael Barratt and Gennady Padalka said before launch at the Baikonur cosmodrome that their mission marked a new phase in the history of the ISS. The two astronauts spoke to the press from behind a glass screen in order to prevent any crew infections ahead of the...

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2009-03-17 07:05:00

The Russian space program is looking to send a rocket carrying cosmonauts to the moon by 2018, BBC News reported. The Russian space agency (Roscosmos) reported that the future rocket would be able to transport a payload three times heavier than Russia's veteran Soyuz spacecraft, including twice the number of crew, and use environmentally friendly propellants. The unnamed rocket project should carry its first manned spacecraft in 2018, Russian space officials said. They hope to coincide its...

2009-02-28 14:30:00

A Russian military satellite is now in orbit above the Earth after being launched with a Proton-K heavy carrier rocket Saturday, an official says. A Space Forces spokesman, Lt. Col. Alexei Zolotukhin, said the satellite successfully separated from the Russian rocket after being launched from the Baikonur space center, RIA Novosti reported. The separation of the satellite from the upper stage took place in a normal mode, Zolotukhin said. The Baikonur center, located in the central Asian...

2008-10-31 18:00:10

Russian space technicians are preparing to launch a Ukrainian-built rocket containing a U.S. Telstar telecom satellite, Russia's space agency said Friday. The Zenit-3SLB carrier rocket is scheduled to lift off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome space center in the desert steppes of Kazakhstan, about 125 miles east of the Aral Sea, at the end of December, space officials said. "A preliminary assessment of the launch facilities at Baikonur was carried out this week in preparation for the launch of...

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2008-10-12 09:25:00

Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google Inc., made a surprise visit on Saturday to Russia's Baikonur Cosmodrome, located in the barren steppes of central Kazakhstan. Brin, a native of Moscow, made the visit to wish fellow space tourist, and U.S. computer game developer Richard Garriott luck before Garriott's Sunday flight into space.  The mission will take Garriott, U.S. astronaut Michael Fincke, and cosmonaut Yury Lonchakov to the International Space Station. Brin recently put down a $5...


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tesla
  • The unit of magnetic flux density in the International System of Units, equal to the magnitude of the magnetic field vector necessary to produce a force of one newton on a charge of one coulomb moving perpendicular to the direction of the magnetic field vector with a velocity of one meter per second. It is equivalent to one weber per square meter.
This word is named for Nikola Tesla, the inventor, engineer, and futurist.