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Russian Space Chief Says There Are No Flaws In Soyuz Rockets
2011-10-07 11:29:07

Russian Space Agency head Vladimir Popovkin said on Friday that inspectors have found no flaws in their Soyuz rockets, reports the Associated Press. Soyuz had been postponed pending the outcome of a probe influenced by a rocket crashing in August. The Soyuz was just the latest of many launch failures the Russian space agency has endured in the past year, including a military satellite lost in February and three navigation satellites launched in December. Popovkin said a check of 18...

Manned Soyuz Launch Delayed Until November
2011-09-14 09:20:39

  Russia´s space agency (Roscosmos) said Tuesday that it is postponing the launch of its next manned Soyuz spacecraft to the International Space Station (ISS) until November 12, only days before the remaining ISS astronauts are due to return to Earth. The mission was already delayed once, moving back from September 22 to late October, due to the August 24 crash of the agency´s unmanned Progress cargo vessel after a Soyuz rocket suffered a malfunction. That accident was...

Russia To Return Space Station Crew This Week
2011-09-13 04:58:40

  Russia will return half of the crew members on board the International Space Station (ISS) later this week, although there are no immediate plans to send up their replacement, a Russian Mission Control Center official told RIA Novosti on Monday. Two Russians and one NASA astronaut will return on board a Russian Soyuz TMA-21 capsule early Friday, and are expected to land in the steppes of Kazakhstan at 0038 GMT, the official said.   This will leave just three...

Defect Caused Soyuz Failure To Reach Orbit
2011-09-09 13:29:56

  Russian space agency Roscosmos said Friday that the reason for the Soyuz rocket failure on August 24 was a production line defect. The space agency said a blocked duct cut the fuel supply to the Soyuz-U's third stage, causing its engine to shut down prematurely. The Soyuz rockets are currently the only transportation to the International Space Station since NASA retired its shuttle program in July. Russia grounded its Soyuz fleet after the accident a month ago.  The...

Progress 44 Accident And The Consequences For The Space Station
2011-08-31 12:57:29

   The six astronauts on the International Space Station are safe and continuing their normal work after the loss of their space-bound cargo craft on 24 August. While the cause of the accident is being sought by a Russian commission, the Station partners are preparing for several scenarios to ensure the safety of the crew and the orbital outpost. The Progress 44 freighter, carrying 2670 kg of cargo for the Station, failed to reach proper orbit after the premature shutdown...

Soyuz Failure May Force Crew To Abandon Space Station
2011-08-31 04:43:13

  Astronauts may be forced to abandon the International Space Station (ISS) in November if last week´s engine failure of a Russian Soyuz rocket is not diagnosed and fixed, a senior NASA official said on Monday. Evacuation is a distinct possibility in mid-November if the rockets are still grounded at that time, the NASA official said. “We´re going to do what´s the safest for the crew and for the space station, which is a very big investment of our...

International Space Station
2011-08-29 09:57:24

  Russian news agencies said on Monday that the country's space agency is delaying the return of astronauts from the International Space Station (ISS) and the launch of the next mission to the station. The announcement comes after last week's failure to launch an unmanned supply ship to the ISS.  The space agency's Soyuz rocket failed after launch and crashed and exploded in a forested area of Siberia. Russian news agencies report the head of Roscosmos' manned space...

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2011-08-25 12:23:16

  Russia still plans to go ahead with the launch of a navigation satellite on Friday after it carries out additional safety checks following the crash of a supply craft that was supposed to deliver nearly three tons of cargo to the International Space Station (ISS), Russia´s federal space agency, Roscosmos, said on Thursday. Russian authorities said they are using helicopters to hunt for the wreckage that crashed and exploded in a forested area in Siberia. The ship was...

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2011-08-19 07:35:12

Russia said on Thursday that it has lost track of a $265-million telecommunications satellite. The Express AM-4 satellite launched late on Wednesday aboard a Proton-M rocket from the Russia-leased launchpad in Kazakhstan. The space agency said the first stages of the launch went smoothly, but communication with the satellite was lost after a failure of the Briz-M upper stage. The Russian space agency said experts were working to try and re-establish contact with the satellite....


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  • A vial or small glass bottle, especially one for holding vinegar, oil, etc.; a caster for liquids.
This word is Middle English in origin, and ultimately comes from the Old French, diminutive of 'crue,' flask.
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