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Astronauts Chosen For Year Long ISS Mission In 2015
2012-11-26 08:52:05

NASA Release NASA, the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos), and their international partners have selected two veteran spacefarers for a one-year mission aboard the International Space Station in 2015. This mission will include collecting scientific data important to future human exploration of our solar system. NASA has selected Scott Kelly and Roscosmos has chosen Mikhail Kornienko. Kelly and Kornienko will launch aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in...

Severed Cable Drops Russia's Communication With Space Station
2012-11-14 17:25:28

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online NASA said on Wednesday that a cut found in Russia's communications link with the International Space Station was not serious. The US space agency added that the problem would likely be fixed within an hour, and that it is an occasional issue. "It is a cut communications cable outside of the mission control center in Moscow. That happened before. It happens from time to time," NASA spokesman Josh Byerly said in a statement to...

British Singer Sarah Brightman To Visit International Space Station
2012-10-11 07:58:32

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online One of Britain´s most beloved sopranos, Sarah Brightman, is making plans to fly to the International Space Station (ISS) in 2013. Brightman, who is best known for her roles in the British productions of Cats and Phantom of the Opera in the 80s, told a news conference in Moscow on Wednesday that she will join an elite list of tourists who have actually visited the orbiting space lab. Not only will her journey be one of just...

Yearlong ISS Mission Approved
2012-10-07 10:00:38

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports — Your Universe Online In order to collect scientific data needed to allow astronauts to depart for new destinations in the Solar System, two crew members will be spending an entire year living on the International Space Station (ISS). The project, which was officially announced by NASA officials on Friday, is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2015. As part of the mission, one American astronaut and one Russian cosmonaut will live on board the...

Year-Long Manned Missions In Space Could Be A Reality By 2015
2012-10-03 09:40:33

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online It has been decided by International Space Station (ISS) partners that special crews aboard the orbiting lab will partake in year-long missions potentially beginning in March 2015, doubling the current standard of six months in space, according to a report by Ria Novosti news agency. “The principal decision has been made and we just have to coordinate the formalities,” Alexei Krasnov, the head of Roscosmos human space...

Top Russian Space Official Resigns After Proton-M Rocket Failure
2012-08-17 08:26:19

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Ten days after a Russian space rocket failed to put two communication satellites into orbit, the head of the company in charge of building the particular rocket handed his resignation. The move also came just one day after Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev reprimanded space officials for the failed rocket/satellite launch, according to a government source. The source said that the resignation of Vladimir Nesterov, 63, head of...

Medvedev Orders Russian Space Agency Shakeup
2012-08-15 09:22:30

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev ordered the government to work out a plan to improve Russia's space industry organizations.  Meeting with both cabinet and space industry officials, Medvedev gave them one month to present proposals for practical steps to tighten controls on spacecraft production and reorganize the federal space agency, Roscosmos. This demand comes in response to a string of failed launches that have tarnished...

Russian Proton-M Rocket Suffers Booster Failure, Two Satellites Lost
2012-08-08 10:19:34

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Russian space agency Roscosmos has been dealt another major blow to its faltering space program after a Monday launch of its Proton-M rocket failed to lift two satellites into orbit. The Telkom 3 satellite, belonging to PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia, and a Russian satellite -- Russian Express MD2 -- failed to reach orbit after launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan Monday night, due to a malfunction of the Briz-M booster...

Russia Considering Cooperation In JUICE Jupiter Mission
2012-07-25 05:25:46

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The Russian space agency is considering participating in a developing project to send a spacecraft to Jupiter. The European Space Agency (ESA) is starting-up the Jupiter Icy Moon Explorer (JUICE) project, and Russian scientists are considering the possibility of participating, according to a Voice Of Russia report. Lee Fletcher from JUICE´s Oxford University scientific group presented the objectives of the mission at the...

Progress Resupply Vessel Fails To Dock With ISS
2012-07-24 07:50:45

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Russia´ Progress M-15M cargo ship, which had been docked with the International Space Station (ISS) since late April, has failed to re-dock with the orbiting lab during a test of new docking gear for Russian flights, according to US and Russian space agencies on Tuesday. The new automated docking gear is meant to simplify missions to the ISS, but after Tuesday´s failure, doubts remain. The agencies said they would...