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2010-11-18 12:37:00

HOUSTON, Nov. 18, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA Television will air the Thanksgiving Day return to Earth of three crew members from the International Space Station and the preparation, launch and docking of the newest trio of station residents three weeks later. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Soyuz Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin, NASA Expedition 25 Commander Doug Wheelock and NASA Flight...

2010-11-18 14:45:00

NASA Television will air the Thanksgiving Day return to Earth of three crew members from the International Space Station and the preparation, launch and docking of the newest trio of station residents three weeks later. Soyuz Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin, NASA Expedition 25 Commander Doug Wheelock and NASA Flight Engineer Shannon Walker are scheduled to land in the Soyuz TMA-19 spacecraft on the northern steppe of Kazakhstan on Nov. 25 (Nov. 26 local time). On Dec. 15, Soyuz Commander Dmitry...

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2010-08-29 07:45:00

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said on Saturday that the country hopes to launch manned rockets from its new Vostochny cosmodrome located in the far east of Russia as early as 2018. "The first manned flights from the cosmodrome should take place in 2018-2020," Putin was quoted as saying by Interfax news agency. Russia currently uses the Soviet-built Baikonur launch facility in Kazakhstan for its manned space missions and other commercial launches.  Currently, Russia pays...

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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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2010-04-08 10:15:00

The CryoSat-2 satellite, which will monitor the impact of global climate change on marine ice in the North and South poles, was successfully launched at 8:57 CDT Thursday morning. According to an April 8 European Space Agency (ESA) press release, CryoSat-2 was propelled into space "on a Dnepr rocket provided by the International Space Company Kosmotras from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The signal confirming that it had separated from the launcher came 17 minutes later from the...

2008-10-12 21:00:12

BAIKONUR. Oct 12 (Interfax-AVN) - A Russian launch vehicle, Soyuz- FG, carrying the Soyuz TMA-13 spacecraft, blasted off from Baikonur, Kazakhstan, on Sunday, an Interfax-AVN correspondent reported from the launch site. The Soyuz TMA-13 is carrying Russian cosmonaut Yury Lonchakov, NASA astronaut Michael Fincke and the sixth space tourist Richard Garriott. "The launch was successful. In about nine minutes the rocket will put the spacecraft into an earth orbit," a spokesman for the Energia...

2008-10-08 12:00:06

Text of report by privately-owned Interfax-Kazakhstan news agency Almaty, 7 October: The National Space Agency of Kazakhstan (Kazkosmos) does not rule out that in future, Russia may abandon the use of the Baykonur [space ground] and it [Kazkosmos] develops plans on the further functioning of the space centre. In particular, the deputy chairman of Kazkosmos, Meyrbek Moldabekov, noted at a Kazakh-Ukrainian scientific and practical conference entitled "Modern space technologies" in Almaty on...

2008-09-11 09:00:35

Text of report in English by corporate-owned Russian military news agency Interfax-AVN website Baikonur, 10 September: The launch of the Express AM-44 and Express MD-1 communication satellites by means of a Proton-M rocket, scheduled for 2008, could be postponed until 2009, a source with the Baikonur federal space centre told Interfax on Wednesday. "This is linked to the fact that the Moscow-based Khrunichev centre has problems with the production of the Express MD-1 spacecraft. It was...

2008-08-30 09:00:50

Text of report by corporate-owned Russian military news agency Interfax-AVN website Baykonur [Kazakhstan], 28 August: It is planned to launch six Proton booster rockets from the Baykonur space centre before the end of 2008, Interfax was informed by a source at the centre on Thursday [28 August]. According to the agency's informant, three of the forthcoming Proton launches would carry Russian payloads, and three would carry commercial telecommunications satellites. In September, it is...

2008-08-29 21:00:23

MOSCOW. Aug 29 (Interfax-AVN) - Five German RapidEye satellites have separated from the Dnepr (intercontinental ballistic missile RS- 20) launched from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Friday. "The satellites have been put into orbit. They will be transferred into the client company's management in the nearest future," the international consortium Kosmotrans told Interfax. The launch occurred at 11:15 a.m. Moscow time. The missile was launched by the Ukrainian-Russian-Kazakh...


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