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2009-03-17 07:05:00

The Russian space program is looking to send a rocket carrying cosmonauts to the moon by 2018, BBC News reported. The Russian space agency (Roscosmos) reported that the future rocket would be able to transport a payload three times heavier than Russia's veteran Soyuz spacecraft, including twice the number of crew, and use environmentally friendly propellants. The unnamed rocket project should carry its first manned spacecraft in 2018, Russian space officials said. They hope to coincide its...

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2009-03-09 13:47:12

NASA Television will air the launch of the next residents of the International Space Station and the return of the current station crew. Coverage begins with a broadcast of prelaunch activities March 11 and continues through the landing of the current station crew on April 7. Expedition 19 Commander Gennady Padalka, NASA Flight Engineer Michael Barratt and spaceflight participant Charles Simonyi, a U.S. citizen, are scheduled to launch aboard the Soyuz TMA-14 spacecraft to the station from...

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2009-03-06 06:50:00

Software mogul Charles Simonyi told reporters on Thursday that he pays no mind to the additional $10 million he will pay to Russia for his upcoming journey into space. Simonyi, who earned his wealth as the head of Microsoft's application software group, is expected to spend 11 days on his journey from Russia's Baikonur Cosmodrome to the International Space Station. He spent $25 million on his first space trip in April 2007, but since then the price has risen to $35 million. "It's money that...

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2009-02-13 15:45:00

In an unprecendented event, two satellites collided on Tuesday, creating thousands of pieces of potentially dangerous space debris. A US commercially-owned satellite collided with a crippled Russian military satellite in low-earth orbit. The commercial satellite was owned by Bethseda, Maryland-based Iridium Satellite LLC, which characterized the event as "extremely unusual." "We believe it's the first time that two satellites have collided in orbit," said Air Force Colonel Les Kodlick from...

2009-02-05 19:47:27

Russia's leading spacecraft maker RSC Energia said an agreement has been reached to continue using the International Space Station until 2020. Vitaly Lopota, president of the company, said Russia, the United States, Canada, Japan and the European Space Agency have reached a verbal agreement to extend the use of the orbiter, RIA Novosti reported Thursday. Previously, the United States had said ISS missions would end in 2015. Lopota said 39 space launches are planned for this year, up from 27...

2008-12-03 09:55:19

The U.S. and Russian space agencies said they've signed a $141 million modification of their International Space Station contract, extending it into 2012. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the Russian Federal Space Agency said the fixed-price crew transportation services contract extension covers comprehensive Soyuz support, including all necessary training and preparation for launch, crew rescue and landing of a long-duration mission for three station crew members.

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2008-11-18 09:05:00

Nations around the world will join together to mark a milestone in space exploration this week, celebrating the 10th birthday of a unique research laboratory, the International Space Station. Now the largest spacecraft ever built, the orbital assembly of the space station began with the launch from Kazakhstan of its first bus-sized component, Zarya, on Nov. 20, 1998. The launch began an international construction project of unprecedented complexity and sophistication. The station is a venture...

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2008-10-21 11:25:00

Russia is willing to spend billions of dollars in the next three years to strengthen their lead in the space industry, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin announced on Tuesday. The ex-president stated at a government meeting that Russia, which is responsible for 40 percent of all space launches, will allocate approximately 200 billion roubles from the federal budget for expansion of the competitive space industry. Russia's Soyuz spacecraft and Progress cargo vehicles are the major components...

2008-10-12 21:00:04

BAIKONUR. Oct 12 (Interfax-AVN) - The Soyuz-FG launch vehicle took off without a hitch, the Russian spacecraft Soyuz TMA-13 was placed in orbit, all its systems are functioning properly and crewmembers feel well, the state commission at Baikonur space center announced on Sunday. Flight control in Korolyov outside Moscow assumed control over the spacecraft. "I thank everyone for the good work relating to the takeoff and request you to prepare for the docking of the spacecraft with the...

2008-10-11 15:00:10

Plans to add crew members to the International Space Station might be delayed, the head of the Russian space agency Roscosmos said Saturday. RIA Novosti reported the space agency is considering a boost the number of astronauts on the space station from three to six in 2009. "I doubt that the ISS crew will be increased to six people from next year because the final decision has not been taken yet," Roscosmos head Anatoly Perminov said. "All countries participating in the ISS program have...