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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...

2011-02-17 09:17:00

HUNTSVILLE, Ala., Feb. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Space Operations, Inc. announced plans today to build a two-seat manned orbital spacecraft for commercial and government use. The company plans a test launch on February 20, 2012, with a regular flight schedule beginning in late 2012 or early 2013. The Eclipse spacecraft will utilize the highly successful legacy Gemini technology that was developed by NASA to allow SOI to bring this product to market in a very short time frame. "We will...

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2011-02-14 14:40:00

The Russian space agency said Monday that there may have been a foreign power behind the space accident that disabled one of the country's most modern military satellites earlier this month. Russia launched a high-tech Geo-IK-2 craft on February 1st to help the military draw a three-dimensional map of the Earth and locate the precise positions of various targets. According to Russian news reports, the satellite was a vital part of Russia's effort to match the U.S. and NATO's ability to...

2011-02-08 10:55:00

WASHINGTON, Feb. 8, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA participated today in a seminar to create awareness among United Nations member states on potential uses of the International Space Station. At the request of the U.N.'s Office for Outer Space Affairs, NASA and its international partner agencies attended the outreach seminar in Vienna. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Representatives from NASA; the Canadian Space Agency; the European Space Agency; the...

2011-02-03 08:25:23

The International Space Station partner agencies met Thursday, Feb. 3, by videoconference to discuss coordinating the increased use of the space station as a research laboratory. The agencies want to continue using the station as a test-bed for exploration and find innovative ways to reduce costs while increasing use. The Multilateral Coordination Board (MCB) meeting included senior representatives from NASA; the Canadian Space Agency (CSA); the European Space Agency (ESA); the Russian...


Word of the Day
tesla
  • The unit of magnetic flux density in the International System of Units, equal to the magnitude of the magnetic field vector necessary to produce a force of one newton on a charge of one coulomb moving perpendicular to the direction of the magnetic field vector with a velocity of one meter per second. It is equivalent to one weber per square meter.
This word is named for Nikola Tesla, the inventor, engineer, and futurist.