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US Marks 50 Years Since Glenn’s Historic Orbit of Earth

Posted February 20th, 2012 at 4:20 pm (UTC-5)
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The U.S. space agency is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first time an American orbited the Earth. John Glenn went around the planet three times in just under five hours on February 20, 1962, in a mission designed to see how man would react to the space environment. The former astronaut and ex-U.S. senator […]

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US Marks 50 Years Since First American Orbited Earth

Posted February 20th, 2012 at 3:10 am (UTC-5)
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The U.S. space agency is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first trip of an American into Earth orbit. John Glenn went around the planet three times in just under five hours on February 20, 1962, in a mission designed to see how man would react to the space environment. Speaking at a NASA event […]

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Russia Blames Radiation for Mars Probe Failure

Posted January 31st, 2012 at 9:06 am (UTC-5)
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Russia’s space agency says cosmic radiation caused its Phobos-Grunt Mars probe to fail. The unmanned probe was launched in November on a mission to explore the Martian moon Phobos and collect soil samples. But it became stuck in the Earth’s orbit and crashed in the Pacific Ocean on January 15. Space agency head Vladimir Popovkin […]

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Russian Cargo Ship Docks With International Space Station

Posted January 28th, 2012 at 3:05 am (UTC-5)
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A Russian space freighter docked with the International Space Station early Saturday. Russia’s Mission Control says Progress was launched from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan early Thursday. The cargo ship is delivering water, fuel, food, and scientific equipment to the six-member crew aboard the orbiting space station. Last August, Russia suspended launches to the […]

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Russian Cargo Ship Docks With International Space Station

Posted January 28th, 2012 at 12:30 am (UTC-5)
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A Russian space freighter docked with the International Space Station early Saturday. Russia’s Mission Control says The Progress M-14M was launched from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan early Thursday. The cargo ship is delivering water, fuel, food, and scientific equipment to the six-member crew aboard the orbiting space station. Last August, Russia suspended launches […]

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Report: Russia to Postpone Next Manned Space Mission

Posted January 27th, 2012 at 1:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Russia plans to delay the next mission carrying astronauts to the International Space Station by several weeks, due to problems with the Soyuz spaceship’s re-entry vehicle. The Interfax news agency Friday quoted a space industry source as saying the capsule did not pass the required tests ahead of the scheduled take-off, which had been planned […]

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Russia to Test if US Radar Caused Failed Space Probe

Posted January 17th, 2012 at 12:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Russia says the failure of its space probe that was intended to travel to a moon of Mars could have been caused by radiation from U.S. radars. Space official Yuri Koptev said Tuesday he will head a government commission that will test whether the Phobos-Grunt probe was affected by U.S. radars. He says an experiment […]

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Failed Russian Spacecraft Falling Back to Earth

Posted January 11th, 2012 at 8:35 am (UTC-5)
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The failed Russian Phobos-Grunt Mars probe is falling from orbit and may hit Earth as soon as Sunday. The 13.2-ton probe was launched in November on a mission to explore the Martian moon Phobos. But the craft became stuck in orbit when its computer malfunctioned and rocket boosters failed. Russian space experts are unsure of […]

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Russia’s Space Chief: Foreign Forces May Be Behind Failures

Posted January 10th, 2012 at 12:20 pm (UTC-5)
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The head of Russia’s space program says foreign forces may be behind the recent failures of Russian spacecraft. Roscosmos chief Vladimir Popovkin told the daily newspaper Izvestia that modern technology makes spacecraft vulnerable to foreign influence. But he said it is unclear why some Russian craft have malfunctioned while flying beyond the reach of the […]

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China Lays Out Ambitious 5-Year Plan To Explore Space

Posted December 29th, 2011 at 10:10 am (UTC-5)
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China has announced an ambitious five-year plan to explore outer space. The plan includes Beijing’s previously-stated goals of putting a man on the moon and building a space station. In a policy paper released Thursday, the China National Space Administration said Beijing will deploy space laboratories, launch manned spaceships and space freighters, and make technological […]

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