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Soyuz Spacecraft Launches For Year-long Mission With Russian, US Team Onboard

Posted: March 29th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Cankler Science News, Favorite New Thought, NASA | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on Soyuz Spacecraft Launches For Year-long Mission With Russian, US Team Onboard

Soyuz Spacecraft Launches For Year-long Mission With Russian, US Team Onboard

A Russian Soyuz spacecraft carrying three crew, including a US astronaut and a Russian cosmonaut who will be the first to spend an entire year on the International Space Station, blasted off on schedule, Russian mission control says.

The Soyuz-TMA16M spacecraft took off from Russia’s Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan and is headed for the International Space Station :: Read the full article »»»»


SpaceX Falcon.9 Successfully Launches SES-8 Satellite

Posted: December 4th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: SPACE, SpaceX | Tags: , , , , , , , | Comments Off on SpaceX Falcon.9 Successfully Launches SES-8 Satellite

SpaceX Falcon.9 Successfully Launches SES-8 SatellitePrivate space exploration company SpaceX has successfully launched an unmanned rocket carrying a satellite, giving it a potentially game-changing stake in the $190 billion global satellite industry.

The 22-story rocket developed by Space Exploration Technologies – SpaceX – lifted off from its seaside launch pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Tuesday evening.

Two previous launch attempts last week were scuttled by technical glitches, including a last-second abort on Thursday.

Perched on top of the rocket was a 3,175-kilogram communications satellite owned by Luxembourg-based company SES SA, which operates a 54-satellite fleet, the world’s second-largest.

The satellite, known as SES-8 – worth more than $US100 million – will be positioned to provide television, broadband and other communications services to customers in India, China, Vietnam and elsewhere in Asia :: Read the full article »»»»


JAXAs Giant Android Leap

Posted: August 4th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Applied Science, STANDOUT | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on JAXAs Giant Android Leap

JAXA LaunchJapan has launched a cargo-carrying rocket loaded with supplies for the crew of the International Space Station. Amongst the stock standard supplies, Japan has also sent a small companion robot for one of the country’s homesick astronauts.

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s – JAXA – H-2B rocket blasted off on Sunday from the southern island of Tanegashima at 04:48 am local time, JAXA said the launch had gone to plan.

The latest launch is the 22nd for the decade old space agency, and the 3rd lift-off for the Agency’s  Kounotori H-II Transfer Vehicle. It’s the first time anyone has sent an interactive robot to the space station. Sending the android into space is part of a study aimed at seeing how a non-human companion can provide emotional support for people isolated over long periods :: Read the full article »»»»


ISS Astronauts Touch Down After EPIC Stay

Posted: November 22nd, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Favorite New Thought, NASA, National Aeronautics Space Administration, Science News, Solar Stars, SPACE | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on ISS Astronauts Touch Down After EPIC Stay

Mike Fossum Expedition CommanderThree astronauts have landed safely in Kazakhstan aboard a Russian Soyuz capsule after a stay of over five months aboard the International Space Station.

American Mike Fossum, Japan’s Satoshi Furukawa and Russia’s Sergei Volkov touched down outside the remote settlement of Arkalyk just before sunrise on Tuesday after undocking from the ISS earlier in the day. It was during their stay on the ISS that a Russian unmanned Progress supply ship carrying supplies for the station crashed into Siberia in August, forcing a rethink of the timetable for manned spaceflight.

The three astronauts had spent 167 days in space – slightly more than the 161-day mission envisaged as the return was delayed by almost a week due to the Progress mishap. Russian State television pictures showed the astronauts extracted from the capsule apparently in good health.

The Soyuz capsule landed on its side rather than its bottom after its descent to Earth with a parachute, mission control said, but such a landing was not unusual. Read the full article »»»»