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Russian rocket launched from Kourou Cosmodrome.

On January 28, 2017 at 01:34 UTC (on January 27, 2017 at 22:03 local time) the Russian "Soyuz-ST-B” rocket-carrier was launched from Kourou launch site (the Guiana Space Centre) in French Guiana. The rocket equipped with the "Fregat-MT” booster orbited the “Hispasat 36W-1” telecommunication satellite. It is a Spanish-owned communications satellite built in Germany to test new commercial telecom technologies and provide video, voice and data relay services.

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Japanese HTV-6 cargo spacecraft departed the Space Station.

On January 27, 2017, the Japanese "HTV Kounotori-6” unmanned supply spacecraft departed the International Space Station. First HTV-6 was disengaged with the space station's robotic arm from a docking port on the Harmony module. At 15:46 UTC the spacecraft was released by French astronaut Thomas Pesquet. The HTV’s mission is not over after its departure from the space station. The "HTV Kounotori-6” spacecraft will stay in orbit until February 5, 2017 conducting an experiment that could lay the foundation for a mechanism to remove space junk from orbit.

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Japan launched its first military satellite.

On January 24, 2017 at 07:44 UTC the Japanese H-2A rocket was launched from Tanegashima Cosmodrome situated at the island located 115 km south of Kyushu. Kyushu is the third largest island of Japan and most southwesterly of its four main islands. The rocket orbited the DSN 2, also known as “Kirameki-2”, military communications satellite. It is Japan's first dedicated military communication satellite and is designed for at least fifteen years of service.

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US launched reconnaissance satellite.

On January 21, 2017 at 00:42 UTC the "Atlas-5” rocket-carrier was launched from Cape Canaveral launch site of US Air Force. The launch was performed by United Launch Alliance supported by the 45th Space Wing of US Air Force. The rocket orbited the “SBIRS GEO Flight 3” (Space Base Infrared System Geosynchronous Earth Orbit) reconnaissance satellite. The first two SBIRS GEO satellites — launched in 2011 and 2013 — currently cover the eastern Atlantic and Europe, Africa, the Middle East, all of Asia and Australia, and the western Pacific. They are the newest part of a global constellation that employs three types of satellites in two diverse orbits to cover the entire planet with persistent monitoring to detect and track adversarial missile launches.

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Eugene Cernan passed away.

American astronaut Eugene Andrew «Gene» Cernan, a Navy pilot and veteran of NASA’s pioneering Gemini program who was the second American to walk in space and then flew to the moon twice as an Apollo astronaut, becoming the last Apollo moonwalker, passed away after a long illness on January 16, 2017. He was 82.

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Six microsatellites launched from ISS.

On January 16, 2017 six micro satellites were launched from the board of the International Space Station. The ITF-2, Freedom and Waseda-Sat3 satellites were launched at 09:11 UTC. The EGG (re-Entry satellite with Gossamer aeroshell and GPS/Iridium) satellite was launched at 09:20 UTC. The “AOBA-Velox III” satellite was launched at 10:40 UTC. The “TuPOD” satellite was launched at 10:50 UTC. The satellites were transported to the space station by the Japanese "Kounotori-6” unmanned supply spacecraft in December 2016.

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SpaceX resumed space flights.

On January 14, 2017 at 17:54 UTC the "Falcon-9” rocket-carrier was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, USA. The launch was performed by SpaceX company. The rocket orbited 10 “Iridium NEXT” satellites. SpaceX’s “Falcon-9” rocket resumed service after an explosive setback last year (September 1).

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The 2nd spacewalk in 2017.

On January 13, 2017, American astronauts Robert Kimbrough and French astronaut Thomas Pesquet performed the spacewalk to complete complex battery replacement work on the right side of the International Space Station’s solar power truss with enough time left over to carry out a variety of lower-priority “get-ahead” tasks. The EVA lasted 5 hours and 58 minutes. It was the 4th EVA for Kimbrough and the first for Pesquet.

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The first commercial mission of Kuaizhou rocket.

On January 9, 2017, at 04:11 UTC the “Kuaizhou-1A №Y1” rocket-carrier was launched from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Jiuquan, Gansu Province, the northwest of China. Kuaizhou means “speedy vessel” in Chinese. The rocket orbited three small satellites to collect high-definition video and test communications technologies.

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US astronauts performed spacewalk.

On January 6, 2017, American astronauts Robert Kimbrough and Peggy Whitson performed the spacewalk to install three adapter plates in the electronics assembly and to connect them to the new Li-ion batteries. They also removed two more NiH2 batteries and mounted them on two of the adapter plates where they will remain in long-term storage. The spacewalkers completed their tasks an hour or so ahead of schedule, so flight controllers asked them to carry out three “get-ahead” tasks. The EVA lasted 6 hours and 32 minutes. It was the third EVA for Kimbrough and the seventh for Whitson.

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