On February 16, 2018, American astronaut Mark Vande Hei and Japanese astronaut Norishige Kanai performed a spacewalk. The astronauts repositioned two robot arm grapple mechanisms following repair work last month. The non-working mechanical manipulator gripper will eventually be returned to Earth aboard a SpaceX Dragon cargo ship, refurbished and re-launched. The EVA (extravehicular activity) lasted 5 hours and 57 minutes. This was the fourth spacewalk for Mark Vande Hei and the first for Norishige Kanai, who is the fourth Japanese astronaut to walk in space.
On February 15, 2018 at 10:38 UTC the Russian “Progress MS-08” unmanned supply spacecraft docked to the International Space Station. The spacecraft was docked to the Russian “Zvezda” (“Star”) module. The spacecraft delivered about 2500 kilograms of cargo for the ISS crew.
On February 13, 2017 at 08:13 UTC the “Progress MS-08” unmanned supply spacecraft was launched from Baykonur Cosmodrome to the International Space Station. The spacecraft was orbited by the “Soyuz-2.1A” rocket-carrier.
On February 12, 2018 at 05:03 UTC the Chang Zheng-3B/YZ-1 (Long March-3B/YZ-1) rocket-carrier was launched from Xichang Cosmodrome, Sichuan province, southwestern China. The rocket orbited the “Beidou-28” and “Beidou-29” navigation satellites.
These twin postage stamp and card of Åland were presented by Swedish musician and ABBA superstar Björn Ulvaeus. The items were issued by Åland post in 2016. ÅLANDSPOSTEN magazine says: “BJÖRN ULVAEUS was proud and honoured to be asked to design a stamp featuring his personal image of Åland. He is familiar with Åland, having played here with his first band the Hootenanny Singers as early as the 1960s. Lately, he has visited Åland by yacht and, therefore, an image featuring the Åland archipelago was his obvious choice for a stamp motif. Kökar is one of the locations that have made an impression on Björn. The stamp shows the picturesque approach to Brudhäll guest harbour and Karlby village in the morning haze”.
First the letter was sent via the “Peterspost” private company from the “Finlandia-2017” FEPA exhibition in Tampere to Moscow. Then the letter was delivered to the ISS by the Russian "Soyuz MS-05” spacecraft. To document the delivery, on board the station the letter was marked with all proper board seals including the Russian official “Russian Post. ISS. Russian Segment” round board post mark dated July 29, 2017, the day when the “Soyuz MS-05” spacecraft docked with the ISS.
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First the letter was postmarked at the “Finlandia-2017” FEPA exhibition in Tampere, Finland and sent to Moscow. Then the letter was delivered to the ISS by the Russian "Soyuz MS-05” spacecraft. To document the delivery, on board the station the letter was marked with all proper board seals including the Russian official “Russian Post. ISS. Russian Segment” round board post mark dated July 29, 2017, the day when the “Soyuz MS-05” spacecraft docked with the ISS.
First the letter was postmarked at Moscow's GPO with the "Space Glory of Russia" special official postmark with the date setting device. Then the letter was delivered to the ISS by the Russian "Progress MS-07" unmanned supply spacecraft. ISS’s board cancellations dated 16 October 2017. It was the day when "Progress MS-07" docked to the ISS.
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On February 6, 2018 at 20:45 UTC the "Falcon Heavy” rocket-carrier was launched from LC-39A of the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Florida. The launch was performed by the "SpaceX” private company supported by the 45th Space Wing of US Air Force. SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket is the world’s most powerful present-day launcher. The rocket delivered to space a road-worn electric “Tesla” sports car with a spacesuit-clad mannequin nicknamed “Starman” on an interplanetary journey that will reach beyond the orbit of Mars.
On February 3, 2018 at 05:03 UTC the “SS-520-5” rocket-carrier was launched from the Uchinoura Space Center situated close to the Japanese town of Kimotsuki, in Kagoshima Prefecture. The rocket orbited the Japanese "Tasuki" (TRICOM-1R) communication satellite weighing in at about 3 kilograms. the “SS-520-5” rocket-carrier became the world’s smallest satellite launcher weighing in at about 2600 kilograms before start.