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2005-12-21 18:05:44

MOSCOW -- An unmanned Russian cargo ship carrying supplies and Christmas gifts for the crew of the international space station blasted off Wednesday from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, a spokesman said. The Progress M-55 was launched at 9:39 p.m. (1:39 p.m. EST), according to a duty officer with the Federal Space Agency who was not authorized to give his name. In addition to 2.8 tons of food, water, books, DVDs and scientific equipment, the ship is also bringing cosmonaut Valery...

2005-11-10 12:47:07

MOSCOW (AP) - Engineers raised the orbit of the international space station Thursday by nearly five miles ahead of next month's arrival of a Russian cargo ship, a Russia space agency spokesman said. In coordination with Russian Mission Control, the crew of the space station twice fired the engines of a Russian Progress M-54 ship attached to the station, raising the orbit by about 4.8 miles, spokesman Valery Lyndin said. Engineers had planned to raise the orbit last month, but an unexpected...

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2005-10-01 00:10:00

BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan -- A Russian Soyuz rocket carrying U.S millionaire scientist Gregory Olsen lifted off Saturday from the Central Asian steppe, launching the world's third space tourist on a two-day journey to the international space station. The rocket streaked off into the blue sky, trailing blindingly bright yellow and pink flames, as family and friends of Olsen and the two-member U.S.-Russian crew, as well as Russian and U.S. space officials, watched from a viewing platform at the...

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2005-09-30 15:55:41

BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan (AP) - NASA's top official said Friday that the future of U.S. participation in Russian space flights was in doubt. Michael Griffin told reporters near the Baikonur cosmodrome that "an acceptable financial agreement" could be reached to resolve Russian demands that the U.S. pay for its participation in future Russian flights. But Griffin said a U.S. law - the Iran Nonproliferation Act of 2000 penalizing countries that sell unconventional weapons and missile technology...

2005-09-10 10:10:00

MOSCOW (Reuters) -- An unmanned Russian spaceship carrying food and equipment successfully docked with the International Space Station on Saturday, mission control said. The Progress M54 cargo ship took off on Thursday from the Baikonur cosmodrome in the Central Asian state of Kazakhstan, which Russia rents from its former Soviet neighbor. "Everything went excellently," said a mission control spokesman. Russian commander Sergei Krikalev and U.S. flight engineer John Phillips have been living...

2005-09-08 12:31:29

MOSCOW (AP) -- A Russian cargo ship blasted off Thursday from the steppes of Kazakhstan carrying supplies for the international space station, a Russian space official said. The Progress M-54 ship lifted off from the Baikonur cosmodrome at around 5:08 p.m. with about 2.8 tons of fuel, food, water and technical supplies, Russian space agency spokeswoman Vera Medvedkova said. The cargo also included a replacement cartridge for the station's oxygen generator. A day earlier, the station's...

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2005-06-02 17:27:47

BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan -- Born in Cold War secrecy and the scene of Soviet space triumph and tragedy, the Baikonur cosmodrome marked its 50th anniversary Thursday, hailed by the presidents of Russia and Kazakhstan as a technological workhorse on the wind-swept steppes of Central Asia. Baikonur launched the first satellite and the first man into space, and is now home to the Soyuz rockets that service the international space station, shuttling crucial deliveries, along with Russian cosmonauts...

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2005-04-15 13:00:00

BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan (AP) -- A Russian rocket blasted off from the steppes of Central Asia at dawn Friday, catapulting three astronauts in a crowded capsule on a two-day journey to the International Space Station. The rising sun turned the capsule's smoky trail shades of pink, purple and orange as the Soyuz-FG rocket lifted off from Russia's base at the Baikonur Cosmodrome with a Russian, American and Italian crew. They will be welcoming Discovery to the station next month when NASA revives...

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2005-02-28 16:49:50

MOSCOW (AP) -- A Russian cargo ship blasted off Monday for the international space station, carrying food, equipment and other supplies, Mission Control said. The unmanned Progress M-52 spacecraft lifted off as scheduled at 10:09 p.m. (2 p.m. EST) from the Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome in the steppes of Kazakhstan, said Valery Lyndin, a spokesman for Mission Control in Korolyov just outside Moscow. It entered orbit 124 miles above the Earth about nine minutes later, Lyndin said in a...

2004-11-25 15:00:07

Excerpt from report by Russian news agency ITAR-TASS Moscow, 25 November: The launch of Foton and Bion scientific satellites will be moved from Plesetsk to Baykonur cosmodrome. This is linked to the creation of the Angara space missile system at the northern cosmodrome [Plesetsk]. Today at Plesetsk an ITAR-TASS correspondent was told that "specialists from the Samara-based Progress design bureau have already begun dismantling the technical ground equipment used to prepare Foton and Bion...


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