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2014-08-13 16:25:43

Transaction Marks First Step Toward Creation of a Molecular Diagnostics Subsidiary to Aid in Patient Diagnosis and Management PARSIPPANY, N.J., Aug. 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- PDI, Inc. (Nasdaq: PDII), a leading healthcare commercialization company, today announced that its Interpace Diagnostics subsidiary has entered the expanding cancer molecular diagnostics market with the acquisition of the miRInform(®) Thyroid and Pancreas cancer test assets from privately held Asuragen, Inc. This...

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...

Space Station Celebrates 12 Years Of Operation
2012-11-02 15:30:29

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online The International Space Station (ISS) officially opened for business twelve years ago today, marking a milestone in international efforts to expand life beyond Earth. Bill Shepherd, Yuri Gidzenko and Sergei Krikalev (Expedition 1) made history on November 2, 2000 when their Russian Soyuz capsule docked with the orbiting lab, making them the first crew to live and work on the space station. From the moment the crew entered the...

Year-Long Manned Missions In Space Could Be A Reality By 2015
2012-10-03 09:40:33

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online It has been decided by International Space Station (ISS) partners that special crews aboard the orbiting lab will partake in year-long missions potentially beginning in March 2015, doubling the current standard of six months in space, according to a report by Ria Novosti news agency. “The principal decision has been made and we just have to coordinate the formalities,” Alexei Krasnov, the head of Roscosmos human space...

Instruments Installed, Gaia Ready For Testing
2012-09-17 07:54:53

The payload module of ESA´s billion-star surveyor Gaia is integrated and ready for the next stage of rigorous testing it must undergo before launch next year. Once in space, Gaia will make precise measurements of the positions and motions of a billion stars. The information will be used to create a 3D map of stars in our home Galaxy, the Milky Way, revealing information about its composition, formation and evolution. This latest image shows the payload module in the Astrium...

Progress Docks With ISS, Automated Test A Success
2012-07-29 06:38:14

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The Russian Progress cargo vehicle successfully docked with the International Space Station (ISS) using a new automated rendezvous system late Saturday evening, NASA officials have announced. According to the US space agency, the Progress 47 resupply ship, which had undocked on July 22 to test the updated Kurs-NA automatic docking system, successfully re-docked with the space station's Pirs module at 9:01 EDT on July 28....

What’s That Smell? Space of Course!
2012-07-23 14:53:15

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online While most of us on Earth are more curious about what it´s like working in an environment without gravity, a new curious element of the abyss has risen up.  What is that smell? As astronauts return from spacewalks, they enter the airlock, remove their helmets, and are overwhelmed by a peculiar smell. According to the account of a few astronauts who have experienced this, space apparently smells.  The aroma space...


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Vladimir Dezhurov
2012-09-03 07:41:01

Vladimir Dezhurov is a former Russian cosmonaut who has performed nine spacewalks. He was born Vladimir Nikolayevich Dezhurov on July 30, 1962 in Yavas, Zubovo-Polyansky District, Mordovia, Russia. Dezhurov attended the S.I. Gritsevits Kharkov Higher Military Aviation School, where he graduated with a pilot engineer’s diploma in 1983. After graduating, Dezhurov served as a pilot and senior pilot in the Russian Air Force. In 1987, he was assigned to the Cosmonaut Training Center, where he...

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2012-05-12 09:29:42

Atlantis launched from Kennedy Space Center on November 12 at 7:30 AM EST and landed at Kennedy on November 20, 1995 at 12:01 PM EST. The shuttle orbited 129 times at an altitude of 213 nautical miles at an inclination of 51.6 degrees and travelled 3.4 million miles. The mission lasted 8 days, 4 hours, 30 minutes, and 44 seconds. STS-74 marked the second docking of a U.S. Space Shuttle to the Russian Space Station Mir, continuing Phase I activities leading to construction of International...

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2012-05-12 09:25:13

Atlantis launched from Kennedy Space Center on June 27, 1995 at 3:32 PM EDT and landed at Kennedy on July 7 at 10:54 AM EDT. The shuttle orbited 153 times at an altitude of 170 nautical miles at an inclination of 51.6 degrees and travelled 4.1 million miles. The mission lasted 9 days, 19 hours, 22 minutes, and 17 seconds. STS-71 marked a number of historic firsts in human spaceflight: 100th U.S. human space launch conducted from the Cape; first U.S. space shuttle-Russian Space Station Mir...

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2012-05-12 08:56:08

Discovery launched from Kennedy Space Center on April 8, 1993 at 1:29 AM EST and landed at Kennedy on April 17 at 7:37 AM EDT. The shuttle orbited 148 times at an altitude of 160 nautical miles at an inclination of 57 degrees and travelled 3.9 million miles. The mission lasted 9 days, 6 hours, 8 minutes, and 24 seconds. The primary payload of the flight was the Atmospheric Laboratory for Applications and Science-2 (ATLAS-2), designed to collect data on relationship between sun's energy...

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2011-01-04 21:50:03

Nikolai Budarin is a Russian cosmonaut and a veteran of three extended space missions aboard the Mir Space Station and the International Space Station. He was born Nikolai Mikhailovich Budarin on April 29, 1953 in Kirya, Chuvashia. Budarin is married to Marina Lvovna Budarina, and they have two sons, Dmitry and Vladislav. In 1971, Budarin served in the Soviet Army in Czechoslovakia. He graduated from the evening education department of the Moscow Aviation Institute in 1979, specializing...

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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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