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2005-07-19 09:13:19

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Two astronauts briefly left the International Space Station unmanned Tuesday to re-dock their transport vessel so it would not hamper a spacewalk next month, mission control said. Russian cosmonaut Sergei Krikalyov and U.S. astronaut John Phillips needed two attempts to close the hatch between the Soyuz craft and the space station, taking a few minutes longer than scheduled at the start of the procedure. A mission control spokesman said the maneuver had nevertheless been...

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2005-07-13 10:59:03

NASA -- For more than a decade, American astronauts and Russian cosmonauts have been regularly living and working together in Earth orbit, first in the Shuttle-Mir program, and now on the International Space Station. This international partnership is the hallmark of modern space exploration, the backdrop for President Bush's declaration that humanity's future explorations of the cosmos must be "a journey, not a race." But before the two Cold War-rivals first met in orbit in 1975, such a...

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2005-06-19 08:58:19

MOSCOW -- A Russian cargo ship successfully docked with the international space station early Sunday in a manually controlled maneuver after a communications problem switched off the autopilot system, Russian Mission Control said. The unmanned Progress M-53 spacecraft, which took off from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Friday, was delivering supplies and equipment for its U.S. and Russian crew. Russian Soyuz crew capsules and Progress cargo ships have been the only link to the...


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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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holluschickie
  • A 'bachelor seal'; a young male seal which is prevented from mating by its herd's older males (mated bulls defending their territory).
This comes from the Russian word for 'bachelors.'
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