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2010-08-27 10:55:00

A vacuum lab that is expected to be added to the International Space Station (ISS) by 2013 would be used to grow crystals that would improve the efficiency of solar cells on the orbital base, according to a Friday article by BBC News Science Reporter Katia Moskvitch. Moskvitch reports that the vacuum conditions in space would allow for the growth of a new film crystal that would possess "properties that are unachievable on Earth." The crystals, which are known as ultra-thin semiconductor...

2010-08-16 10:43:00

NEW YORK, Aug. 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Bion Environmental Technologies, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: BNET) announced today that Ed Schafer, former Governor of North Dakota and former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, has agreed to join Bion's management team through the end of 2013. Mr. Schafer stated, "Bion's technology, along with the Integrated Project business model it supports, has the potential to simultaneously provide significant advantages to the agricultural...

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2010-07-20 12:25:00

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said Monday that the country would provide $800 million to help jump start the construction of a new cosmodrome to ease its dependence on a Soviet-era launch site in Kazakhstan. "The government has made a decision to earmark $809 million over the next three years for the start of the full-blown construction of the Vostochny Cosmodrome," Putin said in televised remarks at a government meeting. Russia rents its main Soviet-era spaceport Baikonur from...

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2010-07-03 00:15:00

An unmanned Russian cargo ship carrying supplies for the International Space Station was forced to abort its docking procedure after a faulty radio link was discovered moments before the ship made contact with the station on Friday, US and Russian space officials said. The glitch occurred about 25 minutes before the Progress cargo ship was due to automatically dock itself at a berthing slip on the station's Zvezda module, scheduled for 20:58 Moscow time (1658 GMT). Instead, Progress floated...

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2010-06-30 12:55:00

The ISS Progress 38 cargo carrier launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Wednesday at 11:35 a.m. EDT. Scheduled to dock with the International Space Station at 12:58 p.m. Friday, the unmanned Progress spaceship is loaded with 1,918 pounds of propellant, 110 pounds of oxygen and air, 220 pounds of water and 2,667 pounds of equipment, spare parts and experiment hardware. To make room for the ISS Progress 38, the Expedition 24 crew relocated the Soyuz TMA-19 spacecraft to the...

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2010-06-17 11:48:21

According to Russia's Federal Space Agency, cosmonaut Leonid Kizim died on Monday at the age of 68. Kizim, a veteran of two earlier space flights, was born on August 5, 1941 in Krasnyi Lyman in the Ukraine.  He graduated as a pilot in 1963 from the Chernigov Lenin Komsomol Higher Air Force and flew as a test pilot and parachutist before becoming a cosmonaut. In 1969 he served on the support crews for the joint missions of Soyuz 6,7 and 8.  He flew with crewmate Vladimir Solovyov...

2010-06-03 17:13:00

HOUSTON, June 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Ever wondered what it would be like to go on a mission to Mars? On June 3, a six-man international crew entered an isolation chamber in Moscow for a simulated 520-day Mars mission conducted by the State Scientific Center of the Russian Federation - Institute for Biomedical Problems (IBMP) of the Russian Academy of Sciences. The crew has a mission schedule full of more than 90 experiments and realistic scenarios, including emergency situations,...

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2010-06-03 05:50:00

An international team of researchers will commence a virtual trip to Mars on Thursday by sealing themselves up in a windowless capsule at the Moscow Institute of Biomedical Problems (IBMP) for 520 days "“ the time required for a round trip visit to the red planet. The six-member, all-male crew will consist of three Russians, a Frenchman, an Italian-Colombian and one Chinese.  Although they won't experience weightlessness, they will live for nearly a year and a half in conditions...

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2010-04-15 11:07:30

ESA's Technology Transfer Program's booth "ËœESA Space Apps' at this year's Hanover Fair will present a number of impressive spin-offs and technology transfers, illustrating the huge untapped potential of advanced space technology for European non-space business. "With "ËœESA Space Apps' we wish to draw the European industry's attention to the great number of existing innovative space technologies available," explains Frank M. Salzgeber, Head of ESA's Technology Transfer...

2010-04-06 15:00:00

WASHINGTON, April 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA has signed a $335 million modification to the current International Space Station contract with the Russian Federal Space Agency for crew transportation, rescue and related services in 2013 and 2014. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The firm-fixed price modification covers comprehensive Soyuz support, including all necessary training and preparation for launch, crew rescue, and landing of a long-duration...


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