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First Soyuz Ready For Liftoff From French Guiana Spaceport
2011-10-16 04:12:52

The first Soyuz to take off from Europe´s Spaceport in French Guiana was moved to the launch pad on Friday. The rocket that will carry the first two Galileo navigation satellites into orbit is on track for liftoff on 20 October.   The three-stage Soyuz ST-B was rolled out horizontally on its erector from the preparation building using the 600 m-long railway that leads to the pad. The vehicle was then raised into its launch position. Earlier this week, the two Galileo In-Orbit...

Soyuz Ready With Galileo Satellites For Milestone Launch
2011-10-13 11:06:56

International space cooperation will be highlighted in a historic event on 20 October: the launch of Europe´s first Galileo navigation satellites on Russia´s first Soyuz rocket to depart from Europe´s Spaceport in French Guiana. Liftoff is scheduled for Thursday, 20 October at 12:34 CEST (11:34 GMT, 07:34 local time). The launch will be the first time that Russia´s venerable Soyuz vehicle has ascended from European territory, adding a trusted workhorse to...

Countdown To Europe’s First Soyuz Launch Under Way
2011-09-20 06:48:05

  The clock is ticking for the first Soyuz flight from Europe´s Spaceport in French Guiana. The rocket, which will carry the first two satellites of Europe´s Galileo navigation system into orbit, is being prepared for launch on 20 October. Final assembly began on 12 September of the three-stage Soyuz ST-B, consisting of four first-stage boosters clustered around the core second stage, topped off by the third stage. The Launcher Flight Readiness Review in July gave the...

Manned Soyuz Launch Delayed Until November
2011-09-14 09:20:39

  Russia´s space agency (Roscosmos) said Tuesday that it is postponing the launch of its next manned Soyuz spacecraft to the International Space Station (ISS) until November 12, only days before the remaining ISS astronauts are due to return to Earth. The mission was already delayed once, moving back from September 22 to late October, due to the August 24 crash of the agency´s unmanned Progress cargo vessel after a Soyuz rocket suffered a malfunction. That accident was...

Defect Caused Soyuz Failure To Reach Orbit
2011-09-09 13:29:56

  Russian space agency Roscosmos said Friday that the reason for the Soyuz rocket failure on August 24 was a production line defect. The space agency said a blocked duct cut the fuel supply to the Soyuz-U's third stage, causing its engine to shut down prematurely. The Soyuz rockets are currently the only transportation to the International Space Station since NASA retired its shuttle program in July. Russia grounded its Soyuz fleet after the accident a month ago.  The...

Progress 44 Accident And The Consequences For The Space Station
2011-08-31 12:57:29

   The six astronauts on the International Space Station are safe and continuing their normal work after the loss of their space-bound cargo craft on 24 August. While the cause of the accident is being sought by a Russian commission, the Station partners are preparing for several scenarios to ensure the safety of the crew and the orbital outpost. The Progress 44 freighter, carrying 2670 kg of cargo for the Station, failed to reach proper orbit after the premature shutdown...

Soyuz Failure May Force Crew To Abandon Space Station
2011-08-31 04:43:13

  Astronauts may be forced to abandon the International Space Station (ISS) in November if last week´s engine failure of a Russian Soyuz rocket is not diagnosed and fixed, a senior NASA official said on Monday. Evacuation is a distinct possibility in mid-November if the rockets are still grounded at that time, the NASA official said. “We´re going to do what´s the safest for the crew and for the space station, which is a very big investment of our...


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abrosia
  • Wasting away as a result of abstinence from food.
The word 'abrosia' comes from a Greek roots meaning 'not' and 'eating'.