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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...

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2009-05-29 06:35:00

NASA has signed a $306 million modification to the current International Space Station contract with the Russian Federal Space Agency for crew transportation and related services in 2012 and 2013. 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 mission for six individual station crew members. Space station crew members will launch on four Soyuz vehicles: two in spring...

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2009-05-23 06:55:00

Russia is making preparations to separate its components of the International Space Station (ISS) and fly them away when the rest of the station de-orbits.  A BBC News report cited Russian officials who said they plan to keep their ISS modules in orbit for another ten years. Although ISS partner nations are hopeful they will be able to extend funding for the project beyond the current deadline of 2015, observers agree that most of the ISS will have to be cancelled by 2020. Russia's plans...

2009-05-16 15:20:16

A Proton-M rocket carrying a ProtoStar-2 telecommunication satellite was launched from the Baikonur space center Saturday, the Russian space agency said. The launch of the Proton-M rocket fitted with a Breeze-M booster and carrying a ProtoStar-2 telecommunication satellite went ahead at the scheduled time, a Roscosmos spokesperson was quoted by RIA Novosti as saying. The Russian news service said the Proton-M rocket launch is the fourth this year carried out by International Launch Services...

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2009-05-13 13:20:03

Russian news agencies reported on Wednesday that the country will charge U.S. astronauts $51 million per return trip to the International Space Station (ISS) from 2012 and will resume selling seats to space tourists, Reuters reported. Much like NASA's own shuttle fleet, Russia's Soyuz capsule will soon be retired after nearly 3 decades in service. However, a replacement for its space shuttle is not due until at least 2014. Interfax quoted Anatoly Perminov head of Russian space agency...

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2009-05-12 10:25:17

Since the inception of NASA, the space agency has designed all of its own rockets, spacecrafts and orbiters. However, after nearly half a century it has finally approved the outsourcing of equipment enabling manned space missions to private contractors. NASA Administrator Chris Scolese told a congressional subcommittee last week that the agency intends to provide $150 million in stimulus-package money to private companies that design, build and service their own rockets and crew capsules....


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attercop
  • 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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