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2011-01-15 06:35:00

Europe is set to add two new types of rocket to its launch fleet in French Guiana, in a move that is being hailed as a space "revolution," European Space Agency (ESA) head Jean-Jacques Dordain said Friday. ESA's Ariane 5 heavy launcher will be joined by Russia's medium-sized Soyuz, and by a new European-designed rocket, Vega, for smaller payloads. "2011 will be the year of the launchers," Dordain said at a press conference at ESA headquarters. This represents a major change in the way ESA...

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2011-01-12 13:17:37

Space Adventures said on Wednesday that Russia will reopen its Soyuz space ships to paying tourists in 2013 after a hiatus since 2009. The Virginia-based company who organizes the trips with Russia's space agency said in a statement that from 2013, three space tourists per year will be able to book seats on Soyuz flights to the International Space Station (ISS). It said that the company has signed an agreement with the Russian space agency and Energia, the state-owned company that designs...

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2011-01-03 06:35:00

China, working jointly with Russia, plans to launch its first Mars probe in October after a two-year delay, state media reported on Sunday. Yinghuo-1 was due to blast off in October 2009 along with Russia's "Phobos Explorer" from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan but the launch was postponed, Xinhua news agency said. The media report, quoting an anonymous expert at China Academy of Space Technology, said the launch was pushed back to October 2011. It also reported that China plans to...

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2010-12-31 07:10:00

NASA officials ordered additional repairs to Space Shuttle Discovery on Friday--a move which could further delay the vehicle's final mission, according to various news outlets. According to the U.S. space agency's website, X-rays taken as part of an ongoing probe into cracks in Discovery's external fuel tank revealed "four additional small cracks on three stringers on the opposite side of the tank from Discovery, and managers elected to repair those cracks in a similar fashion to repairs made...

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2010-12-29 08:35:00

A failed rocket launch that delayed the deployment of Russia's answer to the US Global Positioning System (GPS) has led to the firings of two top officials in that country's space program, various media outlets reported Wednesday. Russian space agency (Roscosmos) deputy head Viktor Remishevsky and Vyacheslav Filin, Vice President of the state controlled RKK Energiya were terminated as a result of a botched December 5 launch in which a Proton-M booster rocket failed to reach its initial orbit....

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2010-12-27 14:35:00

Russian space officials said on Monday that the Cosmonaut program placed the European Ka-Sat into orbit overnight by using a Proton-M rocket from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. "The satellite was successfully put into orbit at 10:03 Moscow time (0703 GMT)," the Khrunichev space center said Monday in a statement. The Proton failed to place three Russian navigation satellites into orbit on December 5 after they fell into the Pacific ocean about 900 miles off the coast of Hawaii....

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2010-12-19 08:35:00

The Russian space agency, Roscosmos, said a shuttle carrying Russian, Italian and American astronauts successfully docked with the International Space Station on Friday, after Russian space control had lost contact with it for several hours on Thursday.The Soyuz TMA-20 docked two days after blasting off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on the Kazakh steppe. The shuttle carried NASA astronaut Catherine Coleman, Russian cosmonaut Dmitry Kondratyev and the European Space Agency's Paolo Nespoli of...

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2010-12-18 08:15:00

Russian investigators said Friday that the Russian Proton rocket that failed to deploy its own satellite system was the result of a fuel miscalculation. The rocket failed to reach orbit during the December 5 launch, causing it to dump the three high-tech Glonass-M satellites 900-miles off Hawaii's coast. It was a setback for Russia's attempt to introduce a rival to the United State's Global Positioning System (GPS). The last three satellites would have enabled Russia to fully deploy the...

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2010-12-15 08:55:00

Preparations were underway at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan early Wednesday morning as a trio of crew members were set to begin a five-month mission onboard the International Space Station (ISS) at 2:09pm EST (1:09am on Thursday Baikonur time). NASA astronaut Catherine Coleman, Roscosmos cosmonaut Dmitry Kondratyev, and European Space Agency (ESA) flight engineer Paolo Nespoli will man the Soviet manufactured Soyuz TMA-20 craft, which is set to dock with the ISS shortly after 3pm EST...

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2010-12-13 11:15:00

Interfax reported that Russia's space agency had delayed the launch of a European satellite after a rocket crashed off the coast of Hawaii last weekend. The Russian space agency Roscosmos said in a statement on Friday that initial preparations for the European satellite launch were "on schedule" but that the launch date would be set after the investigation. The agency said that the Proton rocket could fly again in the last week of December after investigators have cleared the rocket from...


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  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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