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2012-07-20 05:30:06

NASA Television will broadcast the move of a Russian cargo spacecraft at the International Space Station and the demonstration of a new docking system beginning Sunday, July 22. NASA TV coverage of ISS Progress 47's initial undocking starts at 4 p.m. EDT, July 22. Progress 47 will undock at 4:27 p.m. Russian flight controllers will command the resupply ship to undock from the space station's Pirs compartment in a test of an updated docking system that will be used for both Progress and...

2012-07-19 10:20:24

WASHINGTON, July 19, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA Television will broadcast the move of a Russian cargo spacecraft at the International Space Station and the demonstration of a new docking system beginning Sunday, July 22. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) NASA TV coverage of ISS Progress 47's initial undocking starts at 4 p.m. EDT July 22. Progress 47 will undock at 4:27 p.m. Russian flight controllers will command the resupply ship to undock from the...

Apollo-Soyuz: When Two Rival Nations Became One Group Of Spacemen
2012-07-17 11:20:19

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Today marks the anniversary of when two rival nations erased a line, and met in space for the first time. On July 17, 1975, American astronauts and Soviet Union cosmonauts rendezvoused and docked in space, starting a new era of international cooperation and partnership. In the modern space world, having astronauts from different countries meet-up in space is not an unusual idea, because for over a decade they have been doing so on...

Chinese Astronauts Complete First Attempted Manual Docking
2012-06-25 04:19:07

A trio of Chinese astronauts manually docked the Shenzhou-9 spacecraft to an orbiting laboratory module on Sunday, achieving success in the first such attempt in the history of that nation's space program, the Xinhua News Agency has reported. The three-person Shenzhou-9 crew -- 33-year-old Liu Yang, 43-year-old Liu Wang, and 45-year-old mission commander Jing Haipeng -- placed their vehicle into docking position outside the Tiangong-1 space lab at 12:48pm, and reconnected with the module...

SpaceX Makes History With Dragon Docking
2012-05-25 12:00:58

[ Watch the Video ] Lee Rannals for RedOrbit.com SpaceX made history today as its Dragon capsule became the first commercial spacecraft to dock with the International Space Station. Dragon launched on Tuesday, May 22 at 3:44 a.m. from Cape Canaveral towards the ISS, reaching the orbiting laboratory on Thursday. "Congratulations on a wonderful capture," astronaut Megan Behnken radioed to the station crew from Mission Control as they used the space station's robotic arm to grasp the...

SpaceX Dragon Spacecraft Catches Up With Space Station
2012-05-24 04:15:41

After a two-day chase that began from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, the SpaceX Dragon commercial cargo craft has finally closed in on its destination, the International Space Station, for a series of tests Thursday to clear it for its final rendezvous and grapple Friday. At 3:58 a.m. EDT, Dragon performed a height adjust burn to bring it to a path 2.4 kilometers below the station. During this “fly-under,” Dragon will establish UHF communication with the...

China Planning To Launch New Manned Space Mission
2012-02-17 12:31:13

China news agency Xinhua reported on Friday that the country's space agency will be launching its next manned space mission sometime between June and August. This will be China's fourth manned mission since 2003, and it will attempt to dock with an experimental module that was launched September 29 last year. According to Xinhua, three astronauts will attempt to dock with the Tiangong-1 module, and will then live and conduct experiments there. China completed its first docking...

China Completes Rendezvous And Docking Mission
2011-11-18 05:22:50

China fully completed its first-ever space rendezvous and docking mission on Thursday after Shenzhou-8 successfully landed back on Earth. The mission completed after having successfully undergone a rendezvous and docking between the target orbiter Tiangong-1 and the Shenzhou-8 spacecraft. China's Vice Premier Zhang Dejiang on Thursday evening delivered a congratulatory note from the central authorities saying that the mission was an important milestone in the history of China's manned...

China Successfully Docks Space Modules A Second Time
2011-11-14 12:55:31

China successfully docked space modules together for a second time on Monday, according to its Xinhua news agency. The country's Shenzhou-8 unmanned spacecraft re-docked successfully with the Tiangong-1 module. The news report said about half an hour before the re-docking, Shenzhou-8 had disengaged from Tiangong-1 after a 12-day flight together. Shenzhou-8 launched on November 1 and rendezvoused and docked with the Tiangong-1 spacecraft on November 3. The Beijing Aerospace Control...

Image 1 - China Launches Tiangong-1 Space Lab
2011-09-29 10:44:10

China´s Tiangong-1 space laboratory was launched from the Jiuquan spaceport in the Gobi Desert on Thursday at 21:16 local time (13:16 GMT) aboard the Long March 2F rocket, reports BBC News. The rocket´s ascent took the spacecraft out over the Pacific and into orbit where it will be stationed roughly 218 miles above Earth. The 35-foot-long module will be unmanned for now, but China does plan to send its astronauts to the station sometime next year. This marks China´s first...