On October 5, 2017, American astronauts Randolph Bresnik and Mark Vande Hei performed a spacewalk. The primary goal of the spacewalk was to replace latching end effector A, or LEE-A, one of two grappling mechanisms on the station’s Canadian-built robot arm. The EVA (extravehicular activity) lasted 6 hours and 55 minutes. This was the third spacewalk for Randolph Bresnik and the first one for Mark Vande Hei.
On September 29, 2017 at 18:56 UTC (on September 30 at 21:56 UTC) the “Ariane-5ECA” rocket-carrier was launched from Kourou Cosmodrome in French Guiana. The rocket orbited the “Intelsat-37e” and the “BSat-4a” telecommunications satellites.
On September 29, 2017 at 04:21 UTC the Chang Zheng-2C (Long March-2C) rocket-carrier was launched from Xichang Cosmodrome, Sichuan province, southwestern China. The rocket orbited an unidentified payload – later revealed to be three “Yaogan-30 01” satellites.
On September 28, 2017 at 18:52 UTC the Russian "Proton-M” rocket-carrier equipped with the “BRIZ-M” booster was launched from Baykonur Cosmodrome. The rocket orbited the U.S. " Asiasat-9” telecommunication satellite. International Launch Services, the company managing the launch of AsiaSat-9, declared the mission a success after the Proton’s Breeze M upper stage deployed its satellite passenger into a high-altitude orbit around nine hours after liftoff.
On September 13, 2017 at 02:55 UTC the Russian "Soyuz MS-06” spacecraft docked with the Russian “Poisk” (MIM-2) module of the International Space Station.
The spacecraft delivered 3 new members of Expedition 53 to the ISS, Russian cosmonaut Aleksandr Misurkin; American astronauts Mark Vande Hei and Joseph Acaba. The new comers joined current ISS expedition members – Russian cosmonaut Sergey Ryazansky, American astronaut Randolph Bresnik and Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli.
On September 12, 2017 at 21:17 UTC (on September 13 at 00:17 Moscow time) the Russian “Soyuz MS-06” spacecraft was launched from Baykonur Cosmodrome. The space vehicle was orbited by the Russian “Soyuz-FG” rocket-carrier. The spacecraft is piloted by 3 cosmonauts: Commander, Russian cosmonaut Aleksandr Misurkin (center); American astronauts Mark Vande Hei (right) and Joseph Acaba (left).
Photo by Russian Cosmonaut training center.
The space vehicle is to dock with the International Space Station at the same day (by Moscow time), September 13. Misurkin, Vande Hei a
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On September 12, 2017 at 15:58 UTC the Chinese “Tianzhou-1” unmanned supply spacecraft completed an express docking with the unoccupied “Tiangong-2” Chinese Space station. This fast docking took 6.5 hours to complete. Previously the rendezvous and docking process took around two days, or 30 orbits.
On September 11, 2017 at 19:23 UTC the Russian "Proton-M” rocket-carrier was launched from Baykonur Cosmodrome. The rocket equipped with the "Briz-M” booster orbited the “Amazonas-5” telecommunication satellite. The satellite was built by Space Systems/Loral in Palo Alto, California, in according to the order of Hispasat, S.A Spanish operating company. The “Amazonas-5” will broadcast communications services to Hispasat customers in Brazil and other parts of Latin America. This launch was the 415th flight of a Proton rocket since its debut in 1965, and the third Proton mission this year.
On September 7, 2017at 14:00 UTC the “Falcon-9” rocket was launched from LC-46 of the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. The launch was performed by SpaceX company supported by the 45th Space Wing of US Air Force. The rocket orbited the U.S. Air Force’s X-37B (mission OTV-5) spaceplane. The flight is the fifth time one of the Air Force’s two X-37B spaceplanes. No details about the spaceplane’s altitude or orbital parameters were released for this mission.
On June 1, 2017, the Russian Federal Communications Agency issued a postage stamp devoted to the 100th anniversary of the “Izvestia” newspaper. Izvestia is a high-circulation daily broadsheet newspaper in Russia. The word izvestiya in Russian means "delivered messages". In the context of newspaper, it is usually translated as "news" or "reports". The postage stamp depicts the anniversary logo of the “Izvestia” newspaper and the first pages of the publication illustrating the bright moments of the history of Russia, including the issue of 12 April 1961 with the photo of Yuri Gagarin (the left side of the postage stamp).