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Progress Docks With ISS, Automated Test A Success
2012-07-29 06:38:14

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The Russian Progress cargo vehicle successfully docked with the International Space Station (ISS) using a new automated rendezvous system late Saturday evening, NASA officials have announced. According to the US space agency, the Progress 47 resupply ship, which had undocked on July 22 to test the updated Kurs-NA automatic docking system, successfully re-docked with the space station's Pirs module at 9:01 EDT on July 28....

Progress Resupply Vessel Fails To Dock With ISS
2012-07-24 07:50:45

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Russia´ Progress M-15M cargo ship, which had been docked with the International Space Station (ISS) since late April, has failed to re-dock with the orbiting lab during a test of new docking gear for Russian flights, according to US and Russian space agencies on Tuesday. The new automated docking gear is meant to simplify missions to the ISS, but after Tuesday´s failure, doubts remain. The agencies said they would...

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...

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...


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omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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