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2010-03-20 07:35:00

Russian cosmonaut Alexander Skvortsov displayed a small toy duck on Friday as he and his crewmates prepared for a mission to the International Space Station (ISS) in April. Skvortsov said his daughter picked out the toy as an impromptu "weightlessness sensor." The crew, consisting of Skvortsov, fellow Russian Mikhail Korniyenko and NASA astronaut Tracy Caldwell-Dyson, will take off from Baikonur on April 2 "We thought it was light and pretty enough. I think it should bring us luck," said...

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2010-03-19 13:45:33

The International Space Station Program has received the 2010 Aviation Week Space Laureate Award. This year's winners were recognized for extraordinary accomplishments in the aerospace and defense industries. In announcing the Space Laureate award, Aviation Week noted that the space station, currently orbiting 220 miles above the Earth with a multicultural crew of three on board, is "essentially complete after 25 years of political upheavals, redesigns, technical problems and the loss of the...

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2010-03-18 08:05:00

Expedition 22 Commander Jeff Williams and Flight Engineer Max Suraev landed their Soyuz TMA-16 spacecraft on the steppes of Kazakhstan Thursday, wrapping up a five-and-a-half-month stay aboard the International Space Station. Suraev, the Soyuz commander, was at the controls of the spacecraft as it undocked at 4:03 a.m. EDT from the station's Poisk module. The duo landed at 7:24 a.m. at a site northeast of the Kazakh town of Arkalyk. Working in frigid temperatures, Russian recovery teams were...

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2010-03-04 12:30:00

As NASA looks toward the retirement of its Shuttle program later this year, Russia announced Wednesday it will halt its space tourism program and concentrate on getting professional crews to the International Space Station once the U.S. space program folds, according to a recent Reuters report. Russia, which already sends crews to the ISS aboard its single-use three-man ships, will double the number of its manned missions to four this year to gear up for the extra crews it will be...

2010-03-03 17:19:00

WASHINGTON, March 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's International Space Station Program has won the 2009 Collier Trophy, which is considered the top award in aviation. The National Aeronautic Association in Washington bestows the award annually to recognize the greatest achievement in aeronautics or astronautics in America. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The association says it selected the station "for the design, development, and assembly of the of...

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2010-02-05 12:30:00

NASA and its international partners are looking forward to unprecedented scientific opportunities aboard the International Space Station, or ISS. With station assembly nearing completion, the ISS Partnership is looking forward to using the station to its fullest capacity. The U.S. administration's fiscal year 2011 budget proposal calls for continuing station operations to at least 2020, which will create new opportunities for advancing microgravity science research. "This is a really exciting...

2010-02-05 11:15:00

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Feb. 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA and its international partners are looking forward to unprecedented scientific opportunities aboard the International Space Station, or ISS. With station assembly nearing completion, the ISS Partnership is looking forward to using the station to its fullest capacity. The U.S. administration's fiscal year 2011 budget proposal calls for continuing station operations to at least 2020, which will create new opportunities for...

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2009-12-30 12:15:00

The head of the Russian space agency (Roscosmos) said Wednesday that the country is considering sending a spacecraft to a large asteroid to knock it off its path and prevent a possible collision with Earth, The Associated Press reported. "The space agency will hold a meeting soon to assess a mission to Apophis," said Anatoly Perminov. He told Golos Rossii radio that it would invite NASA, the European Space Agency, the Chinese space agency and others to join the project once it is finalized....

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2009-12-01 06:55:00

Expedition 21 Flight Engineer and Soyuz Commander Roman Romanenko, European Space Agency Flight Engineer Frank De Winne and Canadian Space Agency Flight Engineer Robert Thirsk have returned to Earth, landing on the steppes of Kazakhstan in their Soyuz TMA-15 spacecraft. Landing occurred at 2:15 a.m. EST, 1:15 p.m. Kazakhstan time. All three crew members were reported to be in good condition. Due to icy conditions at the landing site, the landing support team recalled its helicopters to their...

2009-11-24 14:17:00

HOUSTON, Nov. 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA Television will air the events surrounding the landing of three International Space Station crew members who will return to Earth Dec. 1. The space travelers have lived and worked aboard the space station for the past six months. NASA TV coverage will include the broadcast of farewells aboard the orbiting laboratory, hatch closure and undocking on Nov. 30, and the deorbit burn and landing on Dec. 1. (Logo:...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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