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UFO Or Space Junk?
2012-03-24 05:06:11

Russian media has reported that a giant "UFO fragment" has fallen from the sky and landed near a remote village in Siberia. The object resembles a silvery dome and is currently under inspection by Russian experts, who removed the U-shaped objects from the possession of villages over night. Locals from the village managed to drag the object from the forest where it had fallen by attaching it to a trailer and dragging it through the snow for inspectors to look at it. Police now have...

Station Cosmonauts Complete Spacewalk
2012-02-17 08:36:20

Two Russian cosmonauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) completed a six-hour and 15-minute spacewalk Thursday afternoon to ready for the removal of a docking module due to be flown back into Earth´s atmosphere for incineration sometime next year. Oleg Kononenko and Anton Shkaplerov worked outside the station during the 6-hour exercise, the first of three spacewalks scheduled for this year. They moved the Strela-1 crane from the Pirs docking compartment to begin preparing...

The New Moon Race
2012-02-13 06:02:57

Lee Rannals for RedOrbit.com On October 4, 1957, the Soviet Union changed the night sky, and struck a chord in the competitive hearts of Americans as they launched Sputnik 1 into space. The satellite launch became a monumental moment for the history of space exploration, but at the time was seen almost as a threat by the American people during a time the Soviet Union and U.S. were in the midst of the Cold War. That ambition to explore and create may have been mostly driven by rivalry...

ATV Space Ferry Set For Launch To Space Station
2012-02-09 04:07:58

Fuel, water, oxygen, air and most of the dry cargo have been loaded into ESA's third Automated Transfer Vehicle, Edoardo Amaldi, as the 9 March liftoff approaches. Since arrival at Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, last August, the space ferry has been undergoing intensive preparations to fly to the International Space Station next month. The vessel's mission is set to start with liftoff at 10:00 GMT (11:00 CET) on 9 March on a powerful Ariane 5 ES launcher. It will dock...

NASA Jumping Out Of Joint ESA Mars Mission
2012-02-07 12:03:56

NASA has decided it will be unable to continue a joint endeavor with the European Space Agency (ESA) on the ExoMars mission. The space agency told ESA that it will not be able to continue the mission, in which they planned to send an orbiting satellite and a rover to Mars. NASA has not yet made a formal statement about the situation, but reports say that the decision was due to budget restraints. "The Americans have indicated that the possibility of them participating is now low -...

Russia Looking For New Cosmonauts For Potential Moon Trip
2012-02-05 07:31:45

Roscosmos and the Cosmonauts Training Center are launching a campaign to select a new line of cosmonauts, training them for possible flights to the Moon within ten years, Pravda.ru news agency reports. Vladimir Popovkin, head of Roscosmos, told radio network Echo of Moscow that any Russian citizen with technical or medical training is open to apply for the upcoming selection. “We will have the preliminary selection at first. But I can say that the group will most likely be trained...

NASA's ISS Head Remains Confident In Russian Space Program
2012-02-04 04:50:06

Despite multiple glitches, accidents, and equipment failures in recent months, a NASA representative told reporters on Thursday that the U.S. space agency still had confidence in the Russian space program and specifically the Soyuz rockets used to transport crew and supplies to the International Space Station (ISS). According to Associated Press (AP) reporter Seth Borenstein, NASA's space station program manager Michael Suffredini called the Soyuz rocket the most reliable space system on...

Russia Now Blames Cosmic Radiation For Failed Mars Mission
2012-02-01 05:52:10

Russian space agency Roscosmos announced on Tuesday the initial results of an investigation into its failed Mars mission, blaming cosmic radiation for a computer glitch that ultimately doomed the Phobos-Grunt spacecraft, Moscow's first deep space mission in twenty years. "The most likely reason in the commission's opinion is the local influence of heavy charged particles from outer space on the onboard computer system," the RIA Novosti news agency quoted Roscosmos chief Vladimir Popovkin...

Roscosmos Postponing Launch Of New Crew To ISS
2012-01-31 13:01:32

Roscosmos said on Tuesday that the launch of a new crew for the International Space Station has been postponed by about 45 days. Vladimir Popovkin of Roscosmos said Tuesday that the planned launch of three astronauts would be postponed "likely until the end of April." A previous announcement said three new crew members were scheduled to launch on March 30 and dock two days later.  However, the launch has been delayed due to faults in the Soyuz capsule. Alexei Krasnov, head of...

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2012-01-28 08:12:29

Issues with the spacecraft's landing capsule have forced officials with the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) to delay the next scheduled Soyuz rocket flight to the International Space Station (ISS), various media outlets reported on Friday. Reuters, citing initial reports from the Interfax news agency, said that the launch, which was originally scheduled to take place on March 30, would be delayed for several weeks. In fact, according to unnamed industry sources, breaks suffered...


Word of the Day
call-note
  • The call or cry of a bird or other animal to its mate or its young.
'Call-note' is newer than 'bird-call,' which originally referred to 'an instrument for imitating the note of birds' but now also refers to 'the song or cry of a bird.'
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