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Russia Announces Manned Moon Mission By 2030
2012-04-30 10:52:02

Roscosmos, the Russian space agency, announced this past weekend that it is planning to send a manned mission to the moon by 2030, reports RIA Novosti. The space agency said that it will start off resuming its lunar activities by 2015 by using an unmanned space ship. Roscosmos head Vladimir Popovkin voiced back in January that the agency desired to set up a manned moon research base with European and U.S. partners. Popovkin said that there were plans to either set up a moon base, or...

Roscosmos, ESA Agree Joint Mars Research
2012-04-09 11:13:49

Russian and European space officials on Friday agreed on a joint Mars mission to hunt for signs of life on the Red Planet, after NASA pulled the plug on its program, the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) said on April 6, reports RiaNovosti. Despite describing the ExoMars project as the “Holy Grail” of exploration, NASA bailed out in February due to budgetary problems. That project meltdown left the ESA with few other options to launch a joint mission to Mars. The...

Working Models For Phobos Gravitational Fields Updated
2012-03-05 05:05:42

Phobos is the larger and closer of the two natural satellites of Mars. Despite decades of Martian exploration, we still know very little about Phobos. Many fundamental properties of this small potato-shaped body stay vague, for example, its gravitational field. SHI Xian and coauthors from Shanghai Astronomical Observatory and Technical University Berlin recently updated working models for the gravitational field of Phobos. Their work, entitled "Working models for the gravitational field of...

Russia Looking For New Cosmonauts For Potential Moon Trip
2012-02-05 07:31:45

Roscosmos and the Cosmonauts Training Center are launching a campaign to select a new line of cosmonauts, training them for possible flights to the Moon within ten years, Pravda.ru news agency reports. Vladimir Popovkin, head of Roscosmos, told radio network Echo of Moscow that any Russian citizen with technical or medical training is open to apply for the upcoming selection. “We will have the preliminary selection at first. But I can say that the group will most likely be trained...

Russia Now Blames Cosmic Radiation For Failed Mars Mission
2012-02-01 05:52:10

Russian space agency Roscosmos announced on Tuesday the initial results of an investigation into its failed Mars mission, blaming cosmic radiation for a computer glitch that ultimately doomed the Phobos-Grunt spacecraft, Moscow's first deep space mission in twenty years. "The most likely reason in the commission's opinion is the local influence of heavy charged particles from outer space on the onboard computer system," the RIA Novosti news agency quoted Roscosmos chief Vladimir Popovkin...

Russia Boosts Space Program Through 2016
2012-01-25 13:49:59

Russian media sources have reported that the Kremlin has agreed to fully finance numerous space research programs for one of the country´s top aerospace engineering companies through 2016. According to Viktor Khartov, chief of the Research and Production division of the state-owned aeronautics firm Lavochkin, the Russian government has authorized full funding for two planned Moon missions, one trip to Venus and a handful of new scientific research satellites that will be used for...

Russia Blaming U.S. Radar For Phobos-Grunt Failure
2012-01-17 12:35:59

Russia said on Tuesday that radiation from U.S. radar is most likely to blame for causing the Phobos-Grunt probe to fail its mission to Mars. The RIA-Novosti news agency said that Yury Koptev, head of the scientific committee of state technology company Russian Technology, confirmed the theory. "To test (the theory), an equipment block similar to the one on Phobos-Grunt will be exposed to radiation from the possible unintentional exposure to American radars," Koptev, a former head of...

Actual Location Of Crashed Russian Probe Still Unknown
2012-01-16 15:00:42

Russian officials said on Monday that they still could not say for certain where the Phobos-Grunt space probe landed upon its return to Earth, despite reports over the weekend that it had landed in the Pacific Ocean. According to MSNBC reports Sunday, the satellite's re-entry was believed to have occurred at approximately 12:45 Eastern time, and the debris zone was believed to be 775 miles — or 1,250 kilometers — west of Wellington Island in the South Pacific. That...

Phobos-Grunt Expected To Return To Earth This Weekend
2012-01-14 04:38:45

The Russian probe that has been stranded in Earth's orbit since its November launch is expected to return to Earth within the next few days, according to various media reports Friday. Brian Vastag of the Washington Post said that the Phobos-Grunt spacecraft, which was to travel to Mars to study one of that planet's two moons, "will plunge to its doom this weekend, likely on Sunday." Ned Potter of ABC News wrote that the probe would "most likely" fall back to Earth on Sunday or Monday....

Russia Hints US May Be Behind Recent Satellite Failures
2012-01-11 05:25:46

A series of Russian satellite failures over the past year may be due to sabotage by foreign nations, Russia´s space chief said on Tuesday in remarks that seemed to be directed at the United States. "I wouldn't like to accuse anyone, but today there exists powerful means to influence spacecraft, and their use can't be excluded," said Roscosmos chief Vladimir Popovkin in an interview with Izvestia daily. Popovkin said it was not clear why several launches went amiss at precisely the...


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endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'kardia,' heart.
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