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2008-07-14 21:00:09

FARNBOROUGH, UK. July 14 (Interfax-AVN) - Russian budgetary expenditure on space exploration will more than double in 2009, Federal Space Agency Deputy Director Vitaly Davydov told Interfax- AVN at the Farnborough Air Show. "The Finance Ministry has informed us of budgetary allocations planned for the federal space program in 2009. I am glad to say that the allocations will more than double," he said. The agency managed to convey to the government the need for worthy funding of space...

2008-07-14 21:00:09

FARNBOROUGH (UK). July 14 (Interfax-AVN) - The Federal Space Agency has received preliminary orders for about 20 Soyuz rocket launches from the Kourou spaceport in French Guiana and the Baikonur spaceport in Kazakhstan, agency deputy head Vitaly Davydov told Interfax-AVN at the Farnborough Air Show on Monday. "We are in active negotiations with the clients. We hope to agree on up to 20 Soyuz launches in the near future," he said. The agency and the Samara CSKB-Progress are preparing to...

2008-06-27 15:01:47

Russia successfully launched a military satellite aboard a Proton-K rocket Friday from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Itar-Tass reported. The launch was one of several planned this year to test new space vehicles, officials said.

2008-04-28 16:41:38

PARIS -- Israel's Amos-3 telecommunications satellite was placed successfully into geostationary orbit on Monday aboard the inaugural flight of the Russian-Ukrainian Land Launch system, setting the stage for what satellite-fleet operators hope will be a lively competition between Land Launch -- affiliated with Sea Launch Co. of Long Beach, Calif. -- and Russian Soyuz rockets launched from Europe's equatorial spaceport. Amos-3's owner, Spacecom of Tel Aviv, confirmed that the...

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2008-04-08 09:40:00

At 5:16 pm (11:16 am GMT) on Tuesday, the first Korean was launched into space on a Russian Soyuz TMA-12 spaceship. The launch took place at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the world's oldest space launch pad. This mission, the 17th International Space Station venture, is comprised of three cosmonauts: Commander Sergei Volkov, Flight Engineer Oleg Kononenko, and Yi So-yeon, the nanotechnology engineer from South Korea. The 29-year-old woman was scheduled as the backup astronaut for the...

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2007-10-21 09:45:00

BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan -- In this remote and rusting town on the barren steppes of Central Asia, the space race and the Sputnik era seem much more than a memory. Rockets still pierce the heavens in a halo of smoke during launches, and engineers and military men still crack open bottles of vodka to celebrate a successful launch. What has changed are the passengers. Nowadays Baikonur embraces the world, from wealthy space tourists to the world's first Malaysian cosmonaut, Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor,...

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2007-04-07 14:40:00

BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan -- A Russian rocket carrying the American billionaire who helped develop Microsoft Word blasted off late Saturday from the Baikonur cosmodrome en route to the international space station. The Soyuz rocket, which also carried two cosmonauts, roared into overcast nighttime skies over the bleak Kazakh steppes, bathing the launch pad and dozens of officials and well-wishers a mile away in a glow of flame as it rose vertically then turned downrange. Charles Simonyi, a...

2006-08-21 10:10:00

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Japanese space tourist who had hoped to blast off on board a Russian rocket next month was deemed unfit for the trip on Monday, a Russian space official said, adding that a U.S. woman was most likely to replace him. Entrepreneur Daisuke Enomoto had been due to lift off in a Soyuz capsule from Russia's Baiionur cosmodrome in the Kazakh steppes to the International Space Station (ISS) on September14. But a medical commission found he was unfit for the 10-day journey. "I...

2006-07-26 16:36:38

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Russian Dnepr rocket carrying satellites crashed shortly after take-off late on Wednesday from the Kazakh launch pad of Baikonur, Russian media reported. RIA Novosti said the first and second stages of the rocket failed to separate correctly after 86 seconds of flight, causing the Dnepr -- a converted intercontinental missile -- to crash. "No harm was caused to the villages in the surrounding areas," Yuri Nosenko, deputy head of Russia's space agency, told...

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...


Word of the Day
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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