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2011-03-16 11:15:00

A communications issue centered around a faulty transistor has delayed the launch date for a Russian-American crew who plan on rocketing to the International Space Station (ISS). The new date will be set some time in early April. Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) tells Reuters that the launch was postponed from March 30.  Roscosmos director Anatoly Perminov said on Tuesday that he hoped to have the crew in orbit before the April 9 anniversary of man's first space flight. April 12...

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2011-03-16 07:10:00

A Russian Soyuz spacecraft has safely returned Expedition 26 Commander Scott Kelly and Russian Flight Engineers Alexander Kaleri and Oleg Skripochka to Earth following a five-month stay on board the International Space Station (ISS), NASA officials announced Wednesday morning. The three astronauts departed from the space station at 12:27am EDT and landed at a location north of the Kazakhstan town of Arkalyk at 3:54am, the US Space agency reported. Kaleri and Skripochka were set to travel to...

2011-03-16 03:11:00

WASHINGTON, March 16, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Expedition 26 Commander Scott Kelly and Russian Flight Engineers Alexander Kaleri and Oleg Skripochka safely landed their Soyuz spacecraft on the Kazakhstan steppe Wednesday, wrapping up a five-month stay aboard the International Space Station. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Kaleri, the Soyuz commander, was at the controls of the spacecraft as it undocked at 12:27 a.m. EDT from the station's Poisk...

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2011-03-15 09:05:00

Inflation has forced NASA officials to sign a revised contract with the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) that will hike the cost of flights to the International Space Station (ISS) from $56 million per astronaut to $63 million per astronaut, according to Associated Press (AP) reports. NASA announced what they are calling a "$753 million modification" to the existing deal which will cover "crew transportation, rescue and related services from 2014 through June 2016." "The firm-fixed...

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2011-03-15 08:56:39

ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli is now half way into his six-month mission on the International Space Station. Monday's handover of command heralds the departure of three crewmembers and the arrival of a new trio in the coming weeks. Expedition 26 Commander Scott Kelly handed over command of the Station to cosmonaut Dmitry Kondratyev during a ceremony yesterday evening. Kelly, Soyuz commander Alexander Kaleri and Russian flight engineer Oleg Skripochka will close the hatch and depart in their...

2011-03-14 15:00:00

Administrator Bolden repeats call for American-made commercial alternative WASHINGTON, March 14, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA has signed a $753 million modification to the current International Space Station contract with the Russian Federal Space Agency for crew transportation, rescue and related services from 2014 through June 2016. The firm-fixed price modification covers comprehensive Soyuz support, including all necessary training and preparation for launch, flight operations,...

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2011-03-14 08:15:00

Officials at the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) have delayed the launch of a rocket set to carry three US and Russian astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) due to technical issues, various media outlets were reporting Monday morning. "A decision to postpone" the launch of the Soyuz TMA-21 capsule, which was scheduled to take place on March 30, "to a later date" was made "due to technical problems," Roscosmos officials announced in a statement, according to Reuters. In...

2011-03-09 11:34:42

NASA Television will cover the March 16th return of three crew members who have called the International Space Station home for more than five months. The March 29th launch of three new residents to the station also will be televised and streamed on the agency's website. NASA's Expedition 26 Commander Scott Kelly, Soyuz Commander Alexander Kaleri and Russian Flight Engineer Oleg Skripochka are scheduled to land the Soyuz TMA-01M spacecraft near the town of Arkalyk in northern Kazakhstan at...

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2011-02-28 10:50:00

Russia's powerful Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov issued a stern dressing down to Russian space agency Roscosmos, the Russian equivalent of NASA, at a meeting with Roscosmos's leadership after two satellite launches ended in partial or complete failure in the last three months, AFP reports. Three Glonass navigation satellites in December ended up crashing into the Pacific near the coast of Hawaii soon after launch due to a simple fuel miscalculation. This month Russia rocketed its new...

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2011-02-27 06:31:03

Russia successfully launched a satellite on Saturday that is vital to the deployment of its own navigation system after the failure of an earlier attempt prompted the Kremlin to fire two top space officials. The Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) said the high-tech Glonass-K satellite reached its intended orbit about four hours after blasting off on top a Soyuz-2 rocket from Russia's northern Plesetsk launch pad. "We have established and are maintaining steady telemetry communications...


Word of the Day
caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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