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China opened Space Post Office.
On November 3, 2011 to celebrate the docking of the Shenzhou-8 unmanned spacecraft with the "Tiangong-1” space lab module, China Post authority opened a new branch office outside the country and out of this world -- 343 kilometers above the Earth, to be exact.
Opening for business on the same day, the China Post Space Office has two venues -- one on-the-ground base inside the Beijing Aerospace Command and Control Center (BACCC) and one "virtual office" aboard the Shenzhou-8 spacecraft.
There is also a new designated post code -- 901001.

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Russian Progress M-13M deorbiting.
On January 25, 2012 at 02:25 UTC the "Progress M-13M” was deorbited. Non-burnt fragments of the spacecraft sank in the South part of the Pacific (51,4 degrees south / 128,2 degrees west) at 03:17 UTC.
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Russia orbited the “Chibis” microsatellite
On January 24, 2012 at 23:18 UTC the "Chibis” microsatellite was separated from the Russian "Progress M-13M” unmanned spacecraft. The microsatellite weighs about 40 kilograms and carries some 12 kilograms of scientific equipment. The microsatellite, developed at the Institute of Space Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, was delivered to the ISS on November 2, 2011. The "Chibis-M” will remain in orbit for at least 2 years studying lightnings and thunderstorms in the Earth's atmosphere.
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Progress M-13M undocked from ISS.
On January 23, 2012 at 22:09 UTC (on January 24 at 02:09 Moscow time) the Russian "Progress M-13M” unmanned supply spacecraft with the "Chibis-M” micro-satellite undocked from the International Space Station (ISS). The spacecraft undocked from the Russian "Pirs” module in an automated mode.
After undocking the "Progress M-13M” was brought to a higher orbit by switching on its engines. After the two orbit corrections, the "Progress M-13M” was positioned at about 500 km to deploy the "Chibis-M” micro-satellite.
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