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Russian President Mulls Criminal Charges For Space Failures
2011-11-28 06:35:19

A series of failed Russian space missions has impelled Russian President Dmitry Medvedev to contemplate bringing criminal charges against space officials responsible for the embarrassing failures. Medvedev warned that space officials could face stiff fines and possible criminal penalties. “The latest failures [in the space industry] seriously harm Russia´s competitiveness,” he told the RIA Novosti news agency. “This means that we need to conduct a serious analysis...

Chinese Communications Satellite Successfully Enters Orbit
2011-11-27 06:05:40

A Proto-M rocket carrying a Chinese communications satellite successfully launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan late Friday evening, the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) has announced. According to AFP reports, the AsiaSat-7 satellite, which is expected to help expand TV coverage in areas of Southeast Asia, entered its designated orbit at 0423 GMT, or approximately 08:23 Moscow time. The Xinhua news agency noted that AsiaSat-7 would replace an earlier satellite,...

Russia Makes Contact With Phobos-Grunt Probe
2011-11-25 06:23:05

Officials with the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) said on Thursday that they had successfully made contact with the stranded Phobos-Grunt probe, one day after the European Space Agency (ESA) reported having received a signal from the craft. According to AFP reports, the Interfax news agency quoted Roscosmos spokesman Alexei Kuznetsov as stating that the agency had received "a signal" and "some telemetry data" from the probe on Thursday afternoon, and that "specialists" at the...

Mars Phobos-Grunt Probe Has Finally Responded To Signals
2011-11-23 08:00:32

Russia´s Phobos-Grunt space probe, lost in Earth´s orbit for the past two weeks, has finally responded to a signal from space officials working for the European Space Agency (ESA). ESA said on its website today that its tracking station in Perth, Australia had received a signal from the probe at 2025 GMT on Tuesday. ESA is now working with Russian space agency Roscosmos to try to maintain communications with Phobos-Grunt. “ESA teams are working closely with engineers in...

Expedition 29 Space Station Trio Lands Safely In Kazakhstan
2011-11-22 08:14:05

[ Watch the Video ] Three astronauts living aboard the International Space Station for the past six months safely touched down in Kazakhstan Monday, leaving three others aboard the orbiting complex until another crew is sent on December 21. Expedition 29 Commander Mike Fossum and Flight Engineers Satoshi Furukawa of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and Sergei Volkov of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) landed in their Soyuz spacecraft on the central steppe of Kazakhstan...

New Crew Aboard The International Space Station
2011-11-16 09:27:24

[ Watch the Video ] Russia´s Soyuz spacecraft carrying two Russian cosmonauts and an American astronaut docked successfully with the International Space Station (ISS), in the first manned Russian mission in more than five months, and the first for the US since the retirement of NASA´s shuttle program. “The ship docked at 09:24 Moscow time. Everything went ahead normally,” a Russian space agency spokesman told AFP. The rocket launched from Russia´s Baikonur...

New Crew Headed To International Space Station
2011-11-14 06:54:09

[ Watch the Video ] An American astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts were launched successfully on Monday to return a full crew to the International Space Station (ISS), the first manned launching since the US shuttle program retired in July. The launch also marks Russia´s return to confidence after a dramatic August launch failure and a recent Mars probe malfunction. The three crew memebers, astronaut Dan Burbank, cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov and cosmonaut Anatoly Ivanishin,...

Manned Flights To ISS Scheduled To Resume Sunday Night
2011-11-13 09:55:20

Manned Russian space flights are scheduled to resume today, with two cosmonauts and one American astronaut scheduled to depart for the International Space Station (ISS) onboard a Soyuz rocket shortly after 11pm EST this evening. According to AFP reporter Stuart Williams, the launch, which will take place at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, will be "the first manned launch since the retirement of the US shuttle made Russia the sole nation capable of taking humans to the ISS," as well...

Deadline Passes, Still No Communication with Russian Mars Probe
2011-11-12 11:33:05

After another failed attempt to make contact with the Phobos-Grunt probe, reports have surfaced that the Russian space agency (Roscosmos) will abandon the $160 million satellite to its fate, meaning that the spacecraft and the 12 tons of toxic fuel it carries could soon come plummeting back to Earth. Early Saturday morning, an unidentified source told RIA Novosti, "Attempts to make contact were made overnight and this morning by Russian specialists from the European Space Agency. This was...

Successful Docking For China's Unmanned Mission
2011-11-03 09:39:10

China´s unmanned Shenzhou-8 spacecraft docked successfully early on Thursday with the Tiangong-1 space lab module which had been orbiting Earth since September 30, taking the country to new heights in the hopes of giving its astronauts a long-term presence in space. Wu Ping, spokeswoman for China´s manned space program, said the two units docked without any problems, and all onboard instruments are working properly. Prior to this successful mission, only Russia and the United...


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 'karpos', fruit.
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