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Soyuz TMA-M docked to the ISS.
On October 10, 2010 at 00:01 UTC the Soyuz TMA-M spacecraft successfully docked to the International Space Station.
The space vehicle docked to the "Poisk” module. The rendezvous and docking was performed in automatic mode.
After leak check of the interface and the compartments, the hatches between the spacecraft and the station were opened and the Soyuz TMA-M crew Alexander Kaleri, Oleg Skripochka and Scott Kelly joined the ISS crew Douglas Wheelock, Fjodor Yurchikhin and Shannon ... Read more »
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Soyuz TMA-M launch.
On October 08, 2010 at 03:10 Moscow time (October 07 at 23:10 UTC) the upgraded Soyuz TMA-M spacecraft with the crew - commander Alexander Kaleri (Russia), Oleg Skripochka (Russia) and Scott Kelly (USA) was launched from Baykonur Cosmodrome.

The Soyuz is to dock with the International Space Station on October 10. The Soyuz TMA-M crew will join the ISS crew of Expedition 25, D. Wheelock, F.Yurchikhin and S.Walker.
The Soyuz TMA-M spacecraft features a variety of avionics and computer upgrades that are being flown for the first time. The software used to control the spacecraft was tested in unmanned Progress supply ships.
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China launched 2 satellites.
On October 06, 2010 at 00:49 UTC the Chang Zheng-4B (A Long March 4B) rocket-carrier was launched form the Taiyuan space center in northern China. The rocket orbited two "Shijian 6” research satellites (Shijian-6-04-A and Shijian-6-04-B).
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China launched a probe to Moon.
On October 01, 2010 at 10:59 UTC the Chang Zheng-3C (Long March 3C) rocket-carrier with the Chang'e 2 space vehicle was launched form Launch Pad No. 2 of the Xichang space center in southwestern Sichuan province, China.
Chang'e 2 began a five-day journey to the moon, where it will enter orbit about 60 miles above the surface.
The probe is designed to observe the moon for at least six months, but it carries enough fuel to operate much longer. Its closest approach to the moon will be at an altitude of just 15 kilometers, or about 9 miles, according to China. Chang'e 2 will map candidate landing sites for the next mission in China's lunar program, which targets a robotic touchdown on the moon after launch in 2013. Another project in China's long-term plans is a ... Read more »
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Russian military satellite launch.
On September 30, 2010 at 17:01 UTC the "Molniya-M” rocket-carrier was launched from Russian Plesetsk Cosmodrome. The rocket orbited the "Kosmos-2469” military satellite. It was the last launch of a "Molniya-M” rocket-carrier.
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USA launched SBSS-1 satellite.
On September 26, 2010 at 04:41 UTC (September 25 at 09:41 p.m. Pacific time) the Minotaur-4 rocket-carrier with the SBSS-1 (Space-Based Space Surveillance) satellite was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, the central California coast, USA. The satellite was designed to detect and monitor debris, satellites and other space objects that could be a threat to national security, communications and weather satellites. The satellite was built by Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corporation. Minotaur launch vehicles are built by Orbital Sciences Corporation, using rocket motors from decommissioned Peacekeeper intercontinental ballistic missiles.
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Soyuz TMA-18 – Landing.
On September 25, 2010 at 05:22 UTC the Soyuz TMA-18 capsule with the crew – Alexander Skvortsov, Mikhail Kornienko, Tracy Caldwell Dyson, landed successfully at a distance of 35 km from the city of Arkalyk, Kazakhstan.

NASA photo: American astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson (left), Expedition 24 flight engineer, with Russian cosmonauts Alexander Skvortsov (center), Commander of Soyuz TMA-18 and Expedition 24 and Mikhail Kornienko, flight engineer, sit in chairs outside the Soyuz capsule just minutes after they landed.
Health status of the crew was fine. All descent operations were nominal.
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Soyuz TMA-18 undocking.
On September 25, 2010 at 02:02 UTC the Soyuz TMA-18 spacecraft with the crew – Alexander Skvortsov, Mikhail Kornienko, Tracy Caldwell Dyson successfully undocked from the ISS.
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