Latest Space capsule Stories

2011-02-25 06:05:00

A historic Soviet space capsule will be going up for sale at Sotheby's in New York with a pre-sale price tag that is estimated to be in the millions. Sotheby's will auction the spherical Vostok 3KA-2 Space Capsule on April 12, the 50th anniversary of the first manned space flight by Soviet cosmonaut Yury Gagarin. The spacecraft has significant historical credentials, as it is the model used for the final dummy run before Gagarin made his historic voyage. The capsule is expected to bring...

2011-02-20 06:25:00

Astronauts participating in a simulated space mission to Mars made a second walk on the imitation surface of the Red Planet in Russia on Friday. The AFP news agency reports that Russian cosmonaut Alexander Smoleyevsky, who made the first maneuver with Italian astronaut Diego Urbina on Monday, was joined by China's Wang Yue for the second of the three planned sorties. The simulated mission carried six volunteers who spent eight months in a space capsule cut off from the rest of the...

2011-02-11 10:19:31

SpaceX displayed its Dragon space craft in Washington D.C. on Thursday, showing off its marks from the trip it took to orbit in December. The capsule blasted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida and in a seamless first practice run was able to enter orbit and re-enter the Earth's atmosphere without a glitch. "Luckily, I had nothing to worry about," former NASA astronaut Ken Bowersox, who is now vice president of astronaut safety at SpaceX, said in a statement. "Now we just want everyone to get...

2010-12-10 07:55:00

By Lee Rannals For RedOrbit - Have a question for Lee? Perhaps the man in the classic Monty Python "Cheese Shop" sketch might be able to find his missing cheese aboard SpaceX's Dagon Capsule. SpaceX was the first private enterprise to launch a space capsule into space this week, along with a wheel of cheese as a tribute of the famous Monty Python sketch "The Cheese Shop." The company decided to place a wheel of cheese into its secret payload during Wednesday's flight, which was bolted onto...

2010-12-08 15:00:00

SpaceX successfully launched a space capsule into orbit and back on Wednesday, making it the first attempt by a private enterprise and a major milestone in the future of space travel. The Dragon spacecraft blasted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida on a Falcon 9 rocket. The capsule entered orbit about 10 minutes later, then circled the Earth twice before re-entering the atmosphere from low orbit, and splash landing into the Pacific Ocean. "The SpaceX Dragon Spacecraft has successfully...

2010-08-18 12:04:00

HAMPTON, Va., Aug. 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- If ping-pong balls can float a sunken boat, they should be able to keep an uncrewed space capsule simulator from sinking. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20100818/DC52151) (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20100818/DC52151) (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO ) Right? That's what a team of summer students and engineers think at...

2009-05-30 09:55:00

Alexei Leonov, the first person to walk in space, marked his 75 birthday Saturday with a telegram from Russian President Dmitry Medvedev. You belong to the eminent corps of Russia's first cosmonauts, Dmitry said, calling Leonov a man of the highest professionalism and personal courage. Leonov, twice honored as a Hero of the Soviet Union, was one of 20 Russian air force pilots selected as the first cosmonaut group in 1960, Itar-Tass reported Saturday. He made his historic 12-minute, 9-second...

2009-04-29 13:35:00

The follow-up spacecraft to Russia's Soyuz capsule may be equipped with rocket thrusters that would aid in landing. According to the BBC, engineers of RKK Energia, Russia's developer of manned spacecraft, are considering plans to use rocket thrusters for spacecraft landing. Previous missions have returned to Earth by use of a parachute or wings. The current method of Russian manned space missions involves the Soyuz capsule, which actually uses small propellers to gently aid in landing, but...

2009-03-31 10:50:00

Visitors to the National Mall in Washington got a preview of a built-to-scale mockup of NASA's Orion space capsule that is designed to bring astronauts to the moon and even to Mars. Built by the US Navy, the 18,000-pound Orion space capsule will replace the space shuttle in 2010. Orion's mockup version was exhibited on a trailer in front of the Smithsonian's Air and Space Museum. "People look at this, and they say, 'Wow, that looks a lot like Apollo.' Well, that's done on purpose," said NASA...

2008-09-29 18:00:00

Three Chinese astronauts emerged from their space capsule yesterday upon a jubilant return to Earth after successfully completing the country's first spacewalk mission. State broadcaster CCTV showed their Shenzhou 7 spaceship landing under clear skies in the grasslands of China's northern Inner Mongolia region at 5:37pm (1037 BST). Premier Wen Jiabao applauded at mission control in Beijing. "The astronauts feel very good," mission commander Zhai Zhigang said as the vessel floated down to...

Word of the Day
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'