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2009-10-02 11:15:00

Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberte entered the International Space Station Friday, making him the seventh space tourist, and the first clown, to board the orbiting outpost. Once he boarded the station alongside American astronaut Jeffrey Williams and Russian cosmonaut Maxim Surayev, Laliberte put on his round clown nose. "I'm adapting pretty good ... but I ain't staying six months," Laliberte joked. The 50-year-old founder of Cirque du Soleil spent about $35 million to reserve his seat on...

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2009-09-30 06:10:00

The next residents of the International Space Station launched into orbit aboard a Soyuz spacecraft Wednesday from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. NASA astronaut Jeff Williams, Russian cosmonaut Max Suraev and spaceflight participant Guy Laliberte lifted off at 2:14 a.m. CDT. Future Expedition 22 Commander Williams, Soyuz Commander Suraev and Laliberte are scheduled to dock with the station at 3:37 a.m., Friday, Oct. 2. They will spend nine days as members of a joint crew that includes...

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2009-09-28 13:30:00

The founder of Cirque du Soleil along with two other astronauts prepared for launch to the International Space Station on Monday aboard a Russian Soyuz rocket. Russian space agency officials readied the launch vehicle at the Gagarin's Start launch pad, where the Yuri Gagarin set off to become the first man in orbital space in 1961. Guy Laliberte, 50, spent about $35 million to reserve his spot on the Soyuz. He will spend 12 days aboard the orbiting outpost, and is expected to be the last...

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2009-09-25 12:10:00

The head of Russia's space agency said Friday that he had hopes that NASA would extend the lifespan of its shuttle fleet, and had indications that it was possible. "From some sources we have learned that it is possible to extend the life of the shuttle beyond 2011," RIA news agency quoted Roscosmos chief Anatoly Perminov. "Then the situation would change substantially and it would be possible to work jointly with the Americans, unlike now, when the main burden (for the ISS) lies with the...

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2009-09-16 05:13:23

NASA Television will air the launch of the next two residents of the International Space Station, a spaceflight participant and the return of two members of the current station crew. Coverage begins with a broadcast of prelaunch activities Sept. 17 and continues through the landing on Oct. 11. Soyuz Commander Max Suraev, NASA Flight Engineer Jeff Williams and spaceflight participant Guy Laliberte are scheduled to launch aboard the Soyuz TMA-16 spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in...

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2009-09-15 05:50:00

Officials are likely to recommend that the launch of Russia's leading planetary spacecraft, scheduled to take place in less than two months, be put off until 2011. The aim of the Phobos-Grunt mission is to gather soil samples from Phobos, one of Mars' two moons. Details of the suspected postponement were provided on RussianSpace.Web by sources within the Russian space industry, and the future of the mission is expected to be made public within a week. The final decision will depend on the...

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2009-08-20 06:10:00

Russia's Interfax news agency reported the European Space Agency (ESA) signed a deal on Wednesday with its Russian counterpart Roscosmos to cooperate on two Mars exploration projects. Roscosmos head Anatoli Perminov and the ESA's Jean-Jacques Dordain inked the deal at the Maks aviation and space show outside Moscow, according to the AFP. The ESA will use Russia's Proton rocket as part of its Exomars project to send a robotic rover to the Mars surface and buy Russian parts for the rover's...

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2009-06-18 06:48:39

Activity is continuing at the Guiana Space Centre (Centre Spatial Guyanais "“ CSG), Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana, as the Soyuz launch site takes shape. Soyuz is a medium-class launcher and its performance will perfectly complement that of the other ESA launchers, Ariane and Vega. On the spaceport's new launch pad, the infrastructure that maintains Soyuz in its erected position prior to launch is being completed. In the nearby launcher assembly and testing building...

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2009-05-30 09:55:00

Alexei Leonov, the first person to walk in space, marked his 75 birthday Saturday with a telegram from Russian President Dmitry Medvedev. You belong to the eminent corps of Russia's first cosmonauts, Dmitry said, calling Leonov a man of the highest professionalism and personal courage. Leonov, twice honored as a Hero of the Soviet Union, was one of 20 Russian air force pilots selected as the first cosmonaut group in 1960, Itar-Tass reported Saturday. He made his historic 12-minute, 9-second...

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2009-05-29 13:21:44

The NASA space agency says it has signed a contract extension with its Russian counterpart regarding crew transports to the International Space Station. The U.S. agency said in an online statement the $306 million deal with Russia's Federal Space Agency Roscosmos will involve four launches by the Roscosmos Soyuz program, RIA Novosti reported Friday. NASA said on its Web site Thursday the new deal includes comprehensive Soyuz support, including all necessary training and preparation for...