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Russia Sends Three-Man Crew to Space Station

Posted December 21st, 2011 at 12:25 pm (UTC-5)
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A multinational crew bound for the International Space Station has blasted off from Russia’s launch facility in the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Wednesday’s launch of the Soyuz spacecraft went smoothly — free of the technical problems that have plagued the Russian space program in recent months. Officials say the spacecraft went into orbit as planned […]

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ESA Abandons Attempts to Contact Stranded Russian Space probe

Posted December 2nd, 2011 at 9:40 pm (UTC-5)
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The European Space Agency says it is abandoning efforts to contact an unmanned Russian space probe that failed to reach its intended course to Mars. The agency issued a statement Friday saying that it is halting attempts to contact the probe which has been stranded in Earth orbit since its November 9 launch. The spacecraft […]

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Three Astronauts return to Earth After 5 Months in Space

Posted November 22nd, 2011 at 12:50 am (UTC-5)
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Three astronauts and their Russian Soyuz capsule landed in snowy Kazakhstan early Tuesday after spending more than five months aboard the International Space Station. American Mike Fossum, Japanese Satoshi Furukawa, and Russian cosmonaut Sergei Volkov departed the space station Monday, five days after their replacements arrived. All three are reported to be in good shape […]

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Chinese Spacecraft Returns to Earth from Space Docking Mission

Posted November 17th, 2011 at 4:40 pm (UTC-5)
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An unmanned Chinese spacecraft has returned to Earth after two weeks in space. The Shenzhou-8 spacecraft landed by parachute in northern China’s Inner Mongolia region late Thursday evening. While in orbit, the spacecraft docked twice with China’s miniature space laboratory the Tiangong-1. China plans two more docking missions with the module next year, with at […]

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International Space Station Welcomes New Crew

Posted November 16th, 2011 at 5:25 am (UTC-5)
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A Russian Soyuz rocket carrying an American and two Russians has docked with the International Space Station . The hatch between the Soyuz TMA-22 and the ISS opened Wednesday to welcome new crew members for the first time since NASA retired the space shuttle program in July. The Soyuz carrying the new three-man crew launched […]

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New Space Station Crew Begins Journey Into Space

Posted November 14th, 2011 at 1:55 am (UTC-5)
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The new International Space Station crew launched early Monday from a snowy Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Despite more than 15 centimeters of snow on the ground at the launch facility, the Soyuz spacecraft was free of the technical problems that have plagued the Russian space program in recent months. The new three-man crew, including an […]

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New Space Station Crew Begins Journey Into Space

Posted November 14th, 2011 at 1:10 am (UTC-5)
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The new International Space Station crew launched early Monday from a snowy Baikonour Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. With more than 15 centimeters of snow on the ground at the launch facility, the Soyuz TMA-22 spacecraft was free of the technical problems that have plagued the Russian space program in recent months. The new three-man crew, including […]

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Large Asteroid Passes Close to Earth

Posted November 8th, 2011 at 9:30 pm (UTC-5)
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An asteroid the size of an aircraft carrier has flown by Earth in the closest encounter by a massive space rock in more than 30 years. The asteroid, named 2005 YU55, came within about 325,000 kilometers of the planet Tuesday evening . The U.S. space agency, NASA, said there was no chance that the spherical […]

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Russia Launches Probe to Mars Moon

Posted November 8th, 2011 at 5:00 pm (UTC-5)
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VIDEO: ReutersUS 3 – 11/8/2011 2:37:00 PM – BC-WORLD-NOV08-RUSSIA/FI Russia says it has successfully launched a space probe on a three year return mission to Mars that aims to bring the first sample of the Martian moon Phobos back to Earth. Space agency officials said the craft blasted off from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan […]

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International “Space” Crew Ends 520-Day Simulated Mission to Mars

Posted November 4th, 2011 at 6:45 am (UTC-5)
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Six international crew members emerged from a Moscow space research facility on Friday, after spending 520 days in isolation as part of a real-time virtual mission to Mars. Since June of last year, the crew was confined to four hermetically sealed habitat modules that simulated the psychological and physiological effects of interplanetary travel – minus […]

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