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Russia Launches Cargo Ship To International Space Station
2012-01-26 07:03:15

Russian cargo ship Progress M-14M (ISS Progress 46) launched from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 5:06 a.m. Thursday morning (Wednesday 6:06 p.m. EST), carrying 2.9 tons of food, fuel and equipment for the crew aboard the International Space Station, reports ABC News. The Progress 46 re-supply vessel is scheduled to arrive at Pirs docking compartment early Saturday (Friday evening EST). The successful launch was a critical one for the Russian space agency, Roscosmos, which has...

Russia Boosts Space Program Through 2016
2012-01-25 13:49:59

Russian media sources have reported that the Kremlin has agreed to fully finance numerous space research programs for one of the country´s top aerospace engineering companies through 2016. According to Viktor Khartov, chief of the Research and Production division of the state-owned aeronautics firm Lavochkin, the Russian government has authorized full funding for two planned Moon missions, one trip to Venus and a handful of new scientific research satellites that will be used for...

Russia Says Its Planning Moon Base With NASA And ESA
2012-01-20 12:15:46

The Russian space agency (Roscosmos) said on Friday that it is talking with NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) on plans to create a manned research base on the moon. Roscosmos chief Vladimir Popovkin told Vesti FM radio station that it plans to discuss the possibility of a permanent moon base with NASA and ESA. "We don't want man to just step on the moon," Mr Popovkin told Vesti FM radio station. "Today, we know enough about it, we know that there is water in its polar areas ......

Russia Blaming U.S. Radar For Phobos-Grunt Failure
2012-01-17 12:35:59

Russia said on Tuesday that radiation from U.S. radar is most likely to blame for causing the Phobos-Grunt probe to fail its mission to Mars. The RIA-Novosti news agency said that Yury Koptev, head of the scientific committee of state technology company Russian Technology, confirmed the theory. "To test (the theory), an equipment block similar to the one on Phobos-Grunt will be exposed to radiation from the possible unintentional exposure to American radars," Koptev, a former head of...

Actual Location Of Crashed Russian Probe Still Unknown
2012-01-16 15:00:42

Russian officials said on Monday that they still could not say for certain where the Phobos-Grunt space probe landed upon its return to Earth, despite reports over the weekend that it had landed in the Pacific Ocean. According to MSNBC reports Sunday, the satellite's re-entry was believed to have occurred at approximately 12:45 Eastern time, and the debris zone was believed to be 775 miles — or 1,250 kilometers — west of Wellington Island in the South Pacific. That...

Phobos-Grunt Expected To Return To Earth This Weekend
2012-01-14 04:38:45

The Russian probe that has been stranded in Earth's orbit since its November launch is expected to return to Earth within the next few days, according to various media reports Friday. Brian Vastag of the Washington Post said that the Phobos-Grunt spacecraft, which was to travel to Mars to study one of that planet's two moons, "will plunge to its doom this weekend, likely on Sunday." Ned Potter of ABC News wrote that the probe would "most likely" fall back to Earth on Sunday or Monday....

Russia Hints US May Be Behind Recent Satellite Failures
2012-01-11 05:25:46

A series of Russian satellite failures over the past year may be due to sabotage by foreign nations, Russia´s space chief said on Tuesday in remarks that seemed to be directed at the United States. "I wouldn't like to accuse anyone, but today there exists powerful means to influence spacecraft, and their use can't be excluded," said Roscosmos chief Vladimir Popovkin in an interview with Izvestia daily. Popovkin said it was not clear why several launches went amiss at precisely the...

Second Attempt May Be Made At Failed Phobos-Grunt Mission
2012-01-09 05:12:24

Despite the failure of the Phobos-Grunt spacecraft, which could fall back to Earth early next week, Russian space officials say that they would like a second crack at sending a probe to the Mars moon, Dan Vergano of USA Today reported this weekend. "The Phobos-(Grunt) science team would like to repeat the mission using (the) experience that we got working on this mission," mission scientist Alexander Zakharov of the Space Research Institute in Moscow told Vergano via e-mail. However, the...

Mars Moon Probe To Return To Earth Next Week
2012-01-02 04:48:21

The Russian probe that was to explore Mars' moon Phobos before becoming stranded in orbit is expected to fall back to Earth sometime next week, various media outlets are reporting. Early last week, European Space Agency (ESA) space debris chief Heiner Klinkrad told Space.com columnist Leonard David that current re-entry forecasts predict that the Phobos-Grunt satellite, which was launched on November 9, could plummet through Earth's atmosphere on January 14 or 15, plus or minus five day....

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2011-12-30 13:31:23

On Thursday, Russia's deputy prime minister vowed to punish "sleepy" security officials who were caught dozing off in photos taken by bloggers. Blogger Lana Sator said she and her friends were not caught as they roamed around state rocket-maker Energomash's plant on five separate occasions. She posted almost 100 pictures of decrepit-looking hardware from inside an engine-fuel testing tower, the plant's control room and even its roof. Russian media quoted a senior space agency...


Word of the Day
mundungus
  • A stinking tobacco.
  • Offal; waste animal product; organic matter unfit for consumption.
This word comes from the Spanish 'mondongo,' tripe, entrails.