On October 08, 2018 at 02:21 UTC the "Falcon-9” rocket-carrier was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, USA. The launch was performed by the SpaceX company supported by the 30th Space Wing of US Air Force. The rocket orbited the Argentine “SAOCOM-1A” (Satélite Argentino de Observación Con Microondas-1A) Earth-observing satellite.
On October 6, 2018 at 08:00 UTC three satellites were launch from the board of the International Space Station: the Japanese “STARS-Me” (Space Tethered Autonomous Robotic Satellite - Miniature Elevator); Singapore’s “SPATIUM-I” (Space Precision Atomic-clock TIming Utility Mission); the Japanese “RSP-00” (Ryman Sat Project). The satellites were deployed from the Japanese “Kibo” module of the ISS. The satellites were delivered to the ISS by the “HTV-7” unmanned supply spacecraft in September 2018.
On October 4, 2018 at 14:45 UTC the Russian “Soyuz MS-08” landing capsule landed safely in Kazakhstan.
The spacecraft delivered to Earth the 3 members of ISS’s Expedition 56 – Russian cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev; American astronauts Andrew Feustel and Richard Arnold. They spent in space 197 days. Three other ISS crew members – Russian cosmonaut Sergey Prokopiev, German astronaut Alexander Gerst and American astronaut Serena Maria Auñón-Chancellor remained in orbit aboard the International Space Station as the Expedition 57 crew. The undocking of Soyuz MS-08 marked the end of Expedition
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On October 4, 2018 at 07:57 UTC the Russian “Soyuz MS-08” spacecraft undocked from the International Space Station to deliver to Earth the 3 members of Expedition 56 – Russian cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev; American astronauts Andrew Feustel and Richard Arnold.
The MASCOT (Mobile Asteroid Surface Scout) lander released from Japan’s Hayabusa 2 spacecraft made three hops to different locations on asteroid Ryugu. On October 3, 2018 at 01:57 UTC the tiny lander, no bigger than a microwave oven, released from the “Hayabusa-2” space probe as the Japanese mothership maneuvered to a point just 51 meters from Ryugu. Six minutes later, the tumbling lander made first contact with the asteroid’s surface — at 02: 03 UTC — and bounced several times, as intended, before coming to a stop and kicking off a pre-programmed automated science campaign.
On September 29, 2018, at 04:13 the “Kuaizhou-1A” rocket-carrier was launched from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Jiuquan, Gansu Province, the northwest of China. The solid-fueled rocket-carrier orbited the “СеntiSpace-1-s1” satellite, a technology demonstrator for a space-based network in development by Beijing Future Navigation Technology Co. Ltd. to augment satellite navigation services.
On September 27, 2018 at 18:08 UTC the 7th Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV "Kounotori-6”) was installed on its berthing port of the "Harmony” module of the International Space Station. American astronauts Andrew Feustel and Serena Auñón-Chancellor operating the Canadian-built arm, captured the HTV-7 “Kounotori” spacecraft at 11:36 UTC.
On September 25, 2018 at 22:38 UTC the “Arian-5” rocket-carrier was launched from Kourou Cosmodrome in French Guiana. The rocket orbited 2 telecommunications satellites “Horizons-3” and “Azerspace-2/Intelsat-38”.
On September 22, 2018 a pair of "MINERVA-II 1" automated robots touched down on asteroid Ryugu after separating from Japanese “Hayabusa-2” space probe, sending back pictures as the probes bounced across the asteroid’s alien landscape nearly 200 million kilometers from Earth. The small rovers were released from the “Hayabusa-2” probe as the spacecraft descended about 55 meters from Ryugu. It was the first landing on an asteroid.