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2009-05-29 10:13:31

A Soyuz spacecraft carrying three astronauts docked Friday with the International Space Station to begin a 180-day mission, Russian officials said. The Soyuz launched Wednesday from the Baikonur space center carrying Frank De Winne of the European Space Agency, Robert Thirsk of the Canadian Space Agency and Roman Romanenko of Russia, RIA Novosti reported. The members of the 20th Expedition linked up aboard the station with members of the 19th Expedition, Russian Commander Gennady Padalka,...

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2009-05-29 06:35:00

NASA has signed a $306 million modification to the current International Space Station contract with the Russian Federal Space Agency for crew transportation and related services in 2012 and 2013. The firm-fixed price modification covers comprehensive Soyuz support, including all necessary training and preparation for launch, crew rescue, and landing of a long-duration mission for six individual station crew members. Space station crew members will launch on four Soyuz vehicles: two in spring...

2009-05-27 07:45:00

HOUSTON, May 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The International Space Station crew is awaiting the arrival of three new members that will usher in an era of six-person crews aboard the orbiting laboratory. Russian cosmonaut Roman Romanenko, European Space Agency astronaut Frank De Winne and Canadian Space Agency astronaut Bob Thirsk launched aboard a Soyuz spacecraft Wednesday morning from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO)...

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2009-05-22 10:35:00

A Soyuz-2 rocket Friday carried a military communication satellite into orbit from the Plesetsk space center in northern Russia, launch officials said. A steady communication link has been established with the spacecraft. All on-board systems are performing normally, Col. Alexei Zolotukhin said. The Meridian 2 satellite primarily will be used for Russian military communications, though it also will be of commercial use for civilian services, such as navigation, RIA Novosti reported. The...

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2009-05-21 15:55:00

Construction has been completed on the first Russian Soyuz rockets scheduled to launch from South America, Russian Soyuz maker reported Thursday. "The first two rockets are ready. They have got through all the tests and have been placed in the containers in which they will be delivered," a report by ITAR-TASS quoted Sergei Tyulevin, the deputy head of TsSKB-Progress, as saying. The updated Soyuz-ST rockets will be delivered in September, and will launch December 28 from French Guiana, a...

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2009-05-13 07:50:00

NASA Television will provide live coverage as the next residents of the International Space Station launch and arrive at the station to expand its crew to six people. Coverage begins May 15 when the crew members leave Star City, Russia, en route to the launch site in Kazakhstan. On May 27, Russian cosmonaut Roman Romanenko, European Space Agency astronaut Frank De Winne and Canadian Space Agency astronaut Bob Thirsk will launch aboard a Soyuz spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in...

2009-05-12 14:58:00

HOUSTON, May 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA Television will provide live coverage as the next residents of the International Space Station launch and arrive at the station to expand its crew to six people. Coverage begins May 15 when the crew members leave Star City, Russia, en route to the launch site in Kazakhstan. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) On May 27, Russian cosmonaut Roman Romanenko, European Space Agency astronaut Frank De Winne and Canadian...

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2009-05-12 16:13:48

The U.S. space agency says it will air live TV coverage of the next Russian Soyuz mission, including launch and arrival at the International Space Station. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration said the coverage will begin Friday when the crew members leave Star City, Russia, en route to the launch site in Kazakhstan. On May 27, Russian cosmonaut Roman Romanenko, European Space Agency astronaut Frank De Winne and Canadian Space Agency astronaut Bob Thirsk will be aboard the Soyuz...

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2009-04-07 10:15:00

The federal space agency, Roscosmos, chose RSC Energia on Monday to develop its next-generation Russian manned spacecraft, BBC News reported. The new spacecraft will be able to hold a six-cosmonaut crew in low-Earth orbit. The three-seat Soyuz capsule, which has carried Russian cosmonauts into orbit for more than four decades, will be retired once the new ship is constructed. Energia also built the first Soyuz capsules in the late 1960s. The new ship will also have a variant for missions to...

2009-04-06 08:26:38

The U.S. space agency says it will Webcast the landing of the Russian Soyuz spacecraft returning the Expedition 18 crew to Earth. The original Friday landing was postponed because of flooding in Kazakhstan and was rescheduled for Wednesday at a more southerly landing site. Expedition 18 U.S. astronaut Michael Fincke, U.S. space participant Charles Simonyi and Russian cosmonaut Yury Lonchakov are to land at 3:15 a.m. EDT, which is 1:15 p.m. local time in Kazakhstan. Fincke and Lonchakov have...


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2011-01-04 21:27:35

Valery Bykovsky was a Soviet cosmonaut who flew three manned space mission space flights: Vostok 5, Soyuz 22, and Soyuz 31. He was born Valery Fyodorovich Bykovsky on August 2, 1934 in Pavlovsky Posad in Moscow. In 1951, he graduated from middle school and entered Kachinsk's Myasnikov High Aviation School. After graduation in 1955, he served with the Soviet Air Force. In 1960, Bykovsky was accepted into the Soviet cosmonaut unit and then underwent the full space preparation course and...

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2010-11-17 15:15:31

Ivan Bella is a Slovak Air Force officer who became the first Slovak citizen to fly in space. He was born on May 25, 1964 in Brezno, Czechoslovakia. He graduated from Banská Bystrica, a military high school, in 1983. He earned his pilot license, and he then went to a Military Aviation University SNP, where he graduated in 1987. In 1993 he was stationed to serve on the 33rd air base flying Mig-21 and Su-22 fighters. Five years later he headed to Russia for space mission training. In August...

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2004-10-19 04:45:41

International Space Station -- Continuing on from the United States' Skylab and Russia's Mir, the International Space Station (ISS) represents a permanent human presence in space. The space station is located in orbit around the Earth at an altitude of approximately 386 km, a type of orbit usually termed low Earth orbit. (The actual height varies over time by several kilometres due to atmospheric drag and reboosts.) It is serviced primarily by the Space Shuttle, and Soyuz and Progress...

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