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2011-07-27 11:20:00

International space agencies announced on Wednesday that NASA and its partners plan to plunge the International Space Station (ISS) into the ocean at the end of its life cycle after 2020. "After it completes its existence, we will be forced to sink the ISS. It cannot be left in orbit, it's too complex, too heavy an object, it can leave behind lots of rubbish," said deputy head of Roscosmos space agency Vitaly Davydov. "Right now we've agreed with our partners that the station will be used...

2011-07-26 15:29:00

WASHINGTON, July 26, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Multilateral Coordination Board (MCB) for the International Space Station partner agencies met Tuesday, July 26, to discuss how to use the space station as a test bed for technologies that will enable missions beyond low Earth orbit. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The board will begin identifying several specific technology collaboration initiatives based on possible future missions suggested by the...

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2011-07-20 07:35:00

A Russian radio telescope intended to be the largest of its kind in space, has started its stellar orbit around planet Earth for the first time since being launched, reports BBC News. The radio telescope, named RadioAstron, part of the Russian space observatory -- Spectrum-R -- will travel in an elliptical orbit that at its farthest point from Earth will take it close to the Moon. It was carried into orbit by the Zenith-3M rocket, taking off from Kazakhstan's Baikonur Cosmodrome on Monday...

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2011-07-13 12:19:16

The Russian space agency (Roscosmos) said today that a Soyuz rocket successfully carried six U.S. Globalstar satellites into orbit on Wednesday after postponing the launch twice earlier this week. Roscosmos said in a statement that the rocket blasted off from Russia's Baikonur cosmodrome, which it leases from Kazakhstan. The launch of the Globalstar-2 satellites had been initially scheduled for Monday.  However, it was postponed twice for technical reasons, according to the space...

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2011-07-04 10:45:00

The U.S. is closing in on a new era in space exploration as its reliance on its shuttle program comes to an end and dependence on Russia for transportation reaches an all-time high. On July 8th, space shuttle Atlantis will usher out the shuttle program with its final launch. The space agency will begin relying on Russia for access to the International Space Station until private companies being picking up the slack the shuttle program will leave behind. The U.S. will be paying $51 million...

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2011-06-10 08:25:00

The International Space Station (ISS) is once again host to a full house. A Russian Soyuz capsule docked at the orbiting lab yesterday to deliver cosmonaut Sergei Volkov, NASA astronaut Mike Fossum and Japan's Satoshi Furukawa, AP is reporting. This brings the number of crew at the station to six as they join station commander Andrey Borisenko, cosmonaut Alexander Samokutyaev and NASA's Ron Garan, who have been aboard the station since April 6. The full crew will orbit 220 miles above the...

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2011-06-08 06:10:00

NASA released on Tuesday the first ever images of a U.S. space shuttle docked at the International Space Station (ISS). The pictures of the shuttle Endeavour were taken last month by astronauts aboard a departing Russian spacecraft, and show the ISS together with one of the shuttles that helped build the complex over the past ten years. "It is the first ever image of a space shuttle docked to the International Space Station," NASA said. Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli took the shots on May...

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2011-06-06 05:55:00

A Russian Soyuz spacecraft, which has been given some much needed updating, was lifted into launch position on Sunday in preparation for a launch to the International Space Station (ISS) this week, reports the Associated Press (AP). With the US shuttle program scheduled for a farewell voyage in July, the Russian craft takes on renewed importance as the only available lifeline to space. An international crew comprised of Russian cosmonaut Sergei Volkov, NASA's Michael Fossum and Satoshi...

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2011-05-24 05:15:00

Expedition 27 Commander Dmitry Kondratyev and Flight Engineers Cady Coleman and Paolo Nespoli safely landed their Soyuz spacecraft on the Kazakhstan steppe Monday, wrapping up a five-month stay aboard the International Space Station. The trio landed at 10:27 p.m. (8:27 a.m. on May 24 local time) at a site southeast of the town of Dzhezkazgan. Kondratyev, the Soyuz commander, was at the controls of the spacecraft as it undocked at 5:35 p.m. EDT from the station's Rassvet module. Once the Soyuz...

2011-05-23 21:49:00

WASHINGTON, May 23, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Expedition 27 Commander Dmitry Kondratyev and Flight Engineers Cady Coleman and Paolo Nespoli safely landed their Soyuz spacecraft on the Kazakhstan steppe Monday, wrapping up a five-month stay aboard the International Space Station. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The trio landed at 10:27 p.m. (8:27 a.m. on May 24 local time) at a site southeast of the town of Dzhezkazgan. Kondratyev, the Soyuz commander,...


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grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
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