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Russian and European teams searched for an experimental mini-spacecraft on the eastern peninsula of Kamchatka on Saturday, a day after the prototype was test-launched from a nuclear submarine thousands of miles away, news reports said.
Engineers made final preparations Thursday for the weekend launch of a Soyuz spacecraft to the international space station, with a U.S. scientist who paid $20 million for the journey among those aboard.
Born in Cold War secrecy and the scene of Soviet space triumph and tragedy, the Baikonur cosmodrome marked its 50th anniversary Thursday, hailed by the presidents of Russia and Kazakhstan as a technological workhorse on the wind-swept steppes of Central Asia.
The Russian space agency Roskosmos wants its American counterpart NASA to shoulder some of the financial burden of equiping the international space station (ISS) with Soyuz emergency escape craft, it said.
Russia and the European Space Agency (ESA) signed an agreement allowing Russia to use ESA's sites for space launches and allowing the two sides to freely exchange research and development information.