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|Discovery docked to the ISS.
On February 26, 2011 at 19:14 UTC American Space Shuttle "Discovery” (STS-133) docked to the ISS. Discovery’s crew of Steven Lindsey, Eric Boe, Benjamin Drew, Michael Barratt, Stephen Bowen and Nicole Stott joined the Expedition 26 crew of Scott Kelly, Oleg Skripochka, Alexander Kaleri, Dmitry Kondratyev, Paolo Nespoli, and Cady Coleman.
|Russia launched a navigation satellite.
On February 26, 2011 at 03:07 UTC the "Soyuz-2.1b” rocket-carrier was launched from Russian Plesetsk Cosmodrome. The rocket orbited the "Glonass-K” navigation satellite.
photo by Roscosmos
The Glonass satellite network is Russia's answer to the U.S. Global Positioning System, or GPS, and is designed for both military and civilian uses. Both systems allow users to determine their positions to within a few meters.
The Glonass-K, which has a service life of 10 years, will beam five navigation signals - four in the special L1 and L2 bands an
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On February 24, 2011 at 21:53 UTC the American Space Shuttle"Discovery” (STS-133) was launched from Kennedy Space Center (LC39A), Florida, USA.
The crew consists of 6 American astronauts: Steven Lindsey, Eric Boe, Benjamin Drew, Michael Barratt, Stephen Bowen, Nicole Stott.
The Shuttle is to deliver to the ISS the Permanent Multipurpose Module, with extra storage space and an area for experiments, as well as some spare parts and the Express Logistic Carrier, an external platform for large equi
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|ATV-2 docked with the ISS.
On February 24, 2011 at 15:59 UTC the European ATV-2 "Johannes Kepler” unmanned supply spacecraft docked to the ISS.
The approach and docking were performed in automatic regime closely monitored by ESA and French space agency (CNES) teams at the ATV Control Centre in Toulouse, France, as well as the Russian Mission Control Centre and the cosmonauts aboard the Station.
The spacecraft docked with the Russian "Zvezda” module. ATV-2 will remain docked with the Station until June 2011. "Johannes Kepler” delivered to the ISS 1760 kg of cargo, including food, clothes and equipment; 860 kg of propellant and 100 kg of oxygen.