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The last Proton K orbited a Russia military satellite.
On March 30, 2012 at 05:49 UTC the "Proton-K” rocket-carrier equipped with the DM-2 booster was launched from Baykonur Cosmodrome.
The rocket orbited the Russian "Kosmos-2479” military satellite. Observers believe the payload was an Oko-class early warning satellite designed to detect missile launches with an infrared telescope.
It was the last launch of a Proton-K rocket. This was the 310th mission of the legendary launch vehicle over the 45 years of its flights. The first-ever launch of a Proton K took place on 10 March 1967 with the "Kosmos-146” satellite onboard. This launch was also the 375th one in the flight history of the Proton family. ... Read more »
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European ATV-3 spacecraft docked to the ISS.
On March 28, 2012 at 22:31 UTC (on March 29 at 02:31 Moscow time) the European ATV-3 "Edoardo Amaldi” unmanned supply spacecraft docked to the International Space Station. The spacecraft docked to the Russian "Zvezda” ("Star”) module. ATV-3 delivered to the ISS about 6590 kilograms of cargo including fuel, water, food and other necessities.
Named Edoardo Amaldi after an Italian physicist and space pioneer, the ATV-3 will stay at the space station until late summer. Edoardo Amaldi is the third Automated Transfer Vehicle built by EADS Astrium for the European Space Agency.
After Edoardo Amaldi and previous ATV missions in 2008 and 2011, two more European ” unmanned supply spacecraft are under construction for launch in 2013 and 2014. Each mission costs about 4 ... Read more »
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