The 50th anniversary of the “Soyuz-9” space mission.
The envelope devoted to the “Soyuz-9” space flight was autographed by cosmonauts Andrian Nikolayev and Vitali Sevastyanov. Soviet cosmonauts Andrian Nikolayev and Vitali Sevastyanov spent in space 17 days, 16 hours, 58 minutes and 55 seconds. At that time,... Read more »
On May 31, 2020 at 14:16 UTC the US Crew Dragon (Demo-2 mission) spacecraft docked with a docking adapter on the “Harmony” module of the International Space Station. The spacecraft delivered American astronauts Douglas Hurley and Robert Behnken to the ISS.
The new comers joined current ISS Expedition 63 members - Russian cosmonauts Anatoli Ivanishin and Ivan Vagner as well as American astronaut Christopher Cassidy.
On May 30, 2020 at 19:22 UTC the American SpaceX’s Crew Dragon (Demo-2 mission) spacecraft was launched from Kennedy Space Center (LC39A), Florida, USA. The space vehicle was orbited by the “Falcon-9” rocket-carrier. The spacecraft is piloted by 2 astronauts - spacecraft commander Douglas Hurley (right) and joint operations commander Robert Behnken (left).
The space vehicle is to dock with the International Space Station on May 31. Douglas Hurley and Robert Behnken will join current ISS expedition members Russian cosmonauts Anatoli Ivanishi
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On May 29, 2020 the US "Cygnus” CRS-13 (NG-13 “S.S. Robert Henry Lawrence Jr.”) unmanned supply spacecraft was deorbited. Non-burnt fragments of the spacecraft drowned in the remote area of the Pacific.
On May 25, 2020 at 14:46 UTC the 9th Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV "Kounotori-9”) was installed on its berthing port of the "Harmony” module of the International Space Station. American astronauts Christopher Cassidy operating the Canadian-built arm, captured the HTV-9 “Kounotori” spacecraft at 12:13 UTC. HTV-9 is the last spacecraft of the current series of HTV cargo space vehicles. Japan is developing a more capable supply freighter named the HTV-X, which will deliver heavier payloads to the space station.
On May 20, 2020 at 17:31 UTC the Japanese HTV-9 (H-2 Transfer Vehicle) unmanned supply spacecraft 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 spacecraft was orbited by the Japanese H-2B rocket-carrier. The mission is Japan's 9th cargo delivery flight to the International Space station. The HTV-9 mission is also named Kounotori-9. Kounotori is the Japanese word for white stork. The spacecraft is to deliver about 6000 kilograms of cargo to the station’s crew. HTV-9 is the last spacecraft of the current series of HTV cargo space vehicles. Japan is developing a more capable supply freighter named the HTV-X, which will deliver heavier payloads to the space station.
On May 11, 2020 at 13:00 UTC, the US "Cygnus” CRS-13 (NG-13 “Robert Lawrence”) unmanned supply spacecraft was undocked from the International Space Station. After that, the spacecraft, was released by using the “Canadarm-2” orbiting complex's huge robotic arm at 16:09 UTC. It was the 13th successful flight of "Cygnus” to the ISS.
On May 8, 2020 at 05:49 UTC the next-generation Chinese crew capsule (新一代载人试验飞船) landed after unpiloted test flight in China’s Inner Mongolia autonomous region. The capsule descended under three main parachutes and inflated airbags to cushion its landing, punctuating a high-speed re-entry designed to simulate conditions the spacecraft would encounter during a return from the moon. The next-generation Chinese spacecraft designed to carry astronauts to the country’s planned space station, and eventually the moon.
On April 25, 2020 at 01:51 UTC the “Progress MS-14” unmanned supply spacecraft was launched from Baykonur Cosmodrome to the International Space Station. The spacecraft was orbited by the “Soyuz-2.1a” rocket-carrier. The Soyuz rocket was decorated to mark the 75th anniversary of the victory of the Red Army and the Soviet people over Nazi Germany in the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945.