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2011-08-29 09:57:24

  Russian news agencies said on Monday that the country's space agency is delaying the return of astronauts from the International Space Station (ISS) and the launch of the next mission to the station. The announcement comes after last week's failure to launch an unmanned supply ship to the ISS.  The space agency's Soyuz rocket failed after launch and crashed and exploded in a forested area of Siberia. Russian news agencies report the head of Roscosmos' manned space...

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2011-07-13 12:19:16

The Russian space agency (Roscosmos) said today that a Soyuz rocket successfully carried six U.S. Globalstar satellites into orbit on Wednesday after postponing the launch twice earlier this week. Roscosmos said in a statement that the rocket blasted off from Russia's Baikonur cosmodrome, which it leases from Kazakhstan. The launch of the Globalstar-2 satellites had been initially scheduled for Monday.  However, it was postponed twice for technical reasons, according to the space...

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2011-06-10 08:25:00

The International Space Station (ISS) is once again host to a full house. A Russian Soyuz capsule docked at the orbiting lab yesterday to deliver cosmonaut Sergei Volkov, NASA astronaut Mike Fossum and Japan's Satoshi Furukawa, AP is reporting. This brings the number of crew at the station to six as they join station commander Andrey Borisenko, cosmonaut Alexander Samokutyaev and NASA's Ron Garan, who have been aboard the station since April 6. The full crew will orbit 220 miles above the...

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2011-06-06 05:55:00

A Russian Soyuz spacecraft, which has been given some much needed updating, was lifted into launch position on Sunday in preparation for a launch to the International Space Station (ISS) this week, reports the Associated Press (AP). With the US shuttle program scheduled for a farewell voyage in July, the Russian craft takes on renewed importance as the only available lifeline to space. An international crew comprised of Russian cosmonaut Sergei Volkov, NASA's Michael Fossum and Satoshi...

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2011-04-29 14:10:00

On Friday, Russia replaced Anatoly Perminov, the head of its space agency, after being reprimanded over a failed satellite launch in December. Russia lost three satellites when a rocket crashed into the Pacific Ocean. A government statement said Prime Minister Vladimir Putin removed Perminov because he had "reached the age limit for civil servants." First Deputy Defense Minister Vladimir Popovkin will be moved to the head of the federal space agency Roscosmos. President Dmitry Medvedev...

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2011-04-28 08:20:00

To encourage space tourism, the United Kingdom's government will relax its rules and allow operators to launch aspiring astronauts into orbit, reports the Telegraph. Currently, space travel for amateurs is regulated by the same rules relating to commercial air travel, making it difficult to launch rockets in the country. Science Minister David Willetts announced that the Civil Aviation Authority will no longer be responsible for the space industry. Instead, the U.K. Space Agency was ordered...

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2011-04-27 14:15:00

Russia launched an unmanned vessel on Wednesday to supply the crew on board the International Space Station with a new shipment of equipment and supplies. The Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) said in a statement that the M-10M Progress lifted off from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan and was due to dock to the ISS on Friday. The vessel was carrying supplies and scientific equipment for the international crew, which currently consists of an Italian, two NASA astronauts and...

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2011-04-06 10:25:00

Anatoly Perminov, the head of Roscosmos, Russia's space agency, has announced he will be stepping down as he has reached the mandatory retirement age of 65 allowed for state officials. Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov was quoted as saying, "Anatoly Nikolayevich Perminov is 65. According to Russian law, no state official can work once he is over this age," AFP is reporting. "Whether it is April 15, April 20 or April 30, I don't see any big difference," said Ivanov, adding that in any...

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2011-04-05 05:50:00

A NASA astronaut and two rookie cosmonauts launched successfully aboard a Russian Soyuz rocket on Monday from the Baikonur Cosmodrome. The crew rode on a Soyuz TMA-21 spacecraft nicknamed the Yuri Gagarin in honor of the 50th anniversary of Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin's first human spaceflight on April 12, 1961. NASA astronaut Ron Garan and cosmonauts Andrey Borisenko and Alexander Samokutyaev will be joining three other crewmembers already living aboard the International Space Station...

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2011-03-16 11:15:00

A communications issue centered around a faulty transistor has delayed the launch date for a Russian-American crew who plan on rocketing to the International Space Station (ISS). The new date will be set some time in early April. Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) tells Reuters that the launch was postponed from March 30.  Roscosmos director Anatoly Perminov said on Tuesday that he hoped to have the crew in orbit before the April 9 anniversary of man's first space flight. April 12...


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2009-04-23 12:24:22

Nikolay Dimitrievich Zelinsky (1861-1953), was a Russian chemist and academician of the Academy of Sciences of USSR (1929). Zelinsky was educated at the University of Tiraspol, the University of Odessa and also at the German universities of Leipzig and Göttingen with Victor Meyer. Later in 1988 and 1891, he received his masters and PhD from the University of Novorossisk. Zelinsky was appointed professor in 1893 at the University of Moscow. He served in this leadership position until...

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