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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...

Resupply Craft Arrives At ISS
2011-11-02 13:08:43

NASA said on Wednesday that a new Russian resupply craft arrived at the International Space Station. The ISS Progress 45 docked to the spacecraft after launching Sunday from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan. The crew opened the 45P hatches to being the transfer of 1,653 pounds of propellant, 110 pounds of oxygen, 926 pounds of water and 3,108 pounds of maintenance gear. Progress will stay docked at the station until January 25 when it will undock and help dispose trash and discarded...

Successful Sunday Launch For Russian Cargo Freighter
2011-10-31 04:10:39

Sunday morning's scheduled launch of an unmanned Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) cargo ship went off without a hitch, marking the first successful liftoff since an August crash led to concerns over the future of Russian space travel and the International Space Station (ISS). According to Reuters reports, the Progress freighter successfully launched from Kazakhstan's Baikonur Cosmodrome at 6:11 a.m. Eastern time. The cargo ship will travel to the $100 billion ISS, delivering food,...

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2011-10-29 15:11:00

A Russian freighter bound for the International Space Station (ISS) is scheduled to launch early Sunday morning, marking that country's first scheduled flight since they were postponed win the wake of a failed liftoff attempt on August 24. According to Irene Klotz of Reuters, the Roscosmos Progress cargo ship is scheduled to depart from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 6:11 a.m. Eastern time. It was a similar vessel that suffered an upper-stage rocket failure previously, and as the...

NASA To Pay $450 Million Extra Per Year For Russian Soyuz Rides
2011-10-21 10:45:56

NASA's deputy administrator said on Thursday that the U.S. will spend $450 million for the extra year of buying rides aboard Russia's Soyuz rockets. NASA is now dependent on Russia to take its astronauts to the International Space Station since it retired its space shuttle program this summer. Russia charges over $50 million per person for a ride aboard its Soyuz rocket.  However, despite the seemingly high cost paid to the Russians, NASA said on its website that it spent about...

Bigelow Aerospace Announces Lay-Offs
2011-10-20 11:23:40

Bigelow Aerospace announced on Wednesday that it has laid off half its staff because of the delays in developing space taxis, Reuters reports. The company, founded by hotel entrepreneur Robert Bigelow, hoped to send its inflatable habitats for commercial and government lease to space.  Bigelow believed space taxis would be available as early as 2015, but it seems those spacecraft are on track to not appear into space until at least 2016. Until space taxis become available, NASA...

Delayed Soyuz Launches Galileo Satellites
2011-10-21 08:09:28

[ Watch the Video ] Europe´s first two satellites for its Galileo global positioning system were launched Friday from French Guiana aboard a Russian Soyuz rocket. The launch of the Soyuz rocket from French Guiana also marks the first time the Russian rocket has launched from outside the former Soviet Union. The rocket lifted off at 7:30 a.m. local time from the base near Kourou, French Guiana, on the northeastern coast of South America. The Galileo navigational satellites were...

Russian Wants To Build Colony On The Moon
2011-10-19 10:38:57

A Russian cosmonaut said on Tuesday that it may be setting up a colony in volcanic tunnels on the moon. The cosmonaut said the discovery of volcanic tunnels on the moon could provide a natural shelter for the first lunar colony. "This new discovery that the moon may be a rather porous body could significantly alter our approach to founding lunar bases," Sergei Krikalyov, who heads Russia's Star City cosmonaut training center outside Moscow, said at a press event. "If it turns out that...

Russia Asked To Join Joint ESA, NASA Mars Mission
2011-10-16 04:23:19

The European Space Agency (ESA) has formally invited Russia to participate in a pair of space missions in 2016 and 2018, various media outlets reported late last week. According to Space News reporter Peter B. de Selding, ESA Director-General Jean-Jacques Dordain confirmed on Thursday that the organization had written to ask Roscosmos, the country's national space agency, to join the ExoMars project as a third partner alongside the ESA and NASA. The agency is hoping that Roscosmos will...


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out-herod
  • In the phrase to out-herod Herod, to be more violent than Herod (as represented in the old mystery plays); hence, to exceed in any excess of evil.
Herod refers to 'Herod the Great,' a Roman client king and 'a madman who murdered his own family and a great many rabbis.' According to the OED, the term is 'chiefly with allusion to Shakespeare's use' in Hamlet.
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