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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...

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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...

China Launching Tiangong-1 On Thursday Or Friday
2011-09-27 12:58:23

Juiquan Satellite Launch Center reports that last-minute preparations for the launch of the Tiangong-1 spacecraft began on Monday. These preparations mean that China could soon be completing its first rendezvous and docking mission in space. China Daily reported that crews were putting pipes and cables in place that will be used to inject fuel into the rocket to help carry the Tiangong-1 into outer space. The Xinhua News Agency reported that the Long March II-F rocket will launch...

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2010-11-10 13:30:00

Space analysts say that China has pulled off a tricky and uncommon feat in space flight, maneuvering one of its satellites to about 300 yards within another while they were orbiting Earth. Some analysts say that this new feat could show China's ability to carry out a hostile act against a rival satellite in space. China has not said why it conducted the August maneuver, but it comes as the nation is ambitiously expanding it space program.  The country's space program is expected to...

2010-10-04 01:58:00

PARIS, October 4, 2010 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Modulowatt Ingenierie, in association with eight partners, including Valeo, is presenting its electronically guided mechanical coupling demonstrator ("AMARE") at the Paris Motor Show. This smart system makes it possible to connect an electric vehicle to an automated charging station. Automatic docking is handled by an automated arm which connects the vehicle to the charging station. The system however, requires the vehicle to be...

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2010-07-05 06:32:34

The ISS Progress 38 cargo resupply ship successfully docked to the aft end of the International Space Station's Zvezda service module at 12:17 p.m. EDT Sunday. The docking was executed flawlessly by Progress' Kurs automated rendezvous system. The Progress spacecraft carries 1,918 pounds of propellant, 110 pounds of oxygen, 220 pounds of water and 2,667 pounds of experiment equipment, spare parts and other supplies to the station. It launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on June...

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2010-02-03 09:16:08

The ISS Progress 36 spacecraft launched at 10:45 p.m. EST (9:45 a.m. Wednesday, Baikonur time), loaded with 1,940 pounds of propellant, 106 pounds of oxygen and air, 926 pounds of water and 2,683 pounds of spare parts and supplies. On Thursday shortly before 11:30 p.m., Progress will dock automatically to the aft port of the Zvezda service module of the International Space Station using the Kurs docking system. Aboard the station Tuesday, Flight Engineers Maxim Suraev and Oleg Kotov checked...

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2008-04-02 13:55:00

Europe's first unmanned space freighter is clear to dock at the International Space Station (ISS) tomorrow after acing two rendezvous tests, mission managers said Wednesday. The European Space Agency (ESA) approved plans to dock the massive automated cargo ship Jules Verne at the station on Thursday at 10:41 a.m. EDT (1441 GMT). The first of Europe's new fleet of Automated Transfer Vehicles (ATVs), the 21-ton spacecraft has already made two approaches to the space station - on Saturday and...

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2008-03-20 14:50:33

Jules Verne ATV is lining up for Europe's first-ever automated docking in space. Following two demonstrations, the final 'putt' must be more accurate and gentle than on any rolling golf green. Now that the vessel is 'on the green' - in a parking orbit 2000 m ahead of the ISS - ATV mission controllers must pace the spacecraft through two pending and crucial demonstration dockings, moving successively closer to the ISS, and then finally go for an actual rendezvous and docking attempt on 3...

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2007-07-10 16:30:00

Picture this: Two robots hang suspended in space, nose to nose. One reaches out a crooked silver arm and begins to minister to the needs of the other. Fuel is exchanged, a battery is replaced; servicing complete, the two silently drift apart. These robots, named ASTRO and NextSat, are real and they are in Earth orbit now. On March 8, 2007, an Atlas V rocket boosted the pair into space. Their mission: to demonstrate autonomous on-orbit satellite servicing, a technology crucial to future space...


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  • A spider.
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'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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