On September 28, 2013 in the frames of the "Rossica-2013” international philatelic exhibition the Seminar on Astrophilately was conducted at the exhibition venue. The seminar was held by Igor Rodin, Chairman of the FIP Section for Astrophilately, General Commissioner of "Rossica-2013”. The subject of the Seminar was the History of Soviet/Russian Space mail.
Among about 30 participants of the Seminar were Mrs.Carol Cheung (Hong Kong), FIP Astrophilately bureau member; Mr.Syed Hussain (Pakistan), a delegate for Astrophilately Section; Mr. Serge Kahn (France), Secretary General of European Academy of Philately; Wolfgang Maassen (Germany), AIJP President. At "Rossica-2013” non-competitive exhibition there were 3 exhibits of Astrophilately Class and 4 exhi
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On September 29, 2013 at 21:38 UTC the Russian "Proton-M” rocket-carrier was launched from Baykonur Cosmodrome. The rocket equipped with the "Briz-M” booster orbited the "Astra-2E” communication satellite. The satellite built by the European "Astrium” company will provide services for European, Middle Eastern and Northern African countries in the next 15 years. This was the sixth launch of the Proton-M this year and the first one after a failed launch on July 2 when the rocket with three communications satellites on board crashed seconds after blast-off.
On September 29, 2013 at 16:00 UTC the "Falcon 9” rocket-carrier was launched from Space Launch Complex 4 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, about 241 km northwest of Los Angeles, USA. The rocket orbited the Canadian ”CASSIOPE” weather satellite. Falcon 9 is a two-stage rocket designed by US SpaceX private spacecraft company for the reliable and cost-efficient transport of satellites and SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft.
On September 29, 2013 the American "Cygnus” private unmanned supply spacecraft was docked to the International Space Station (ISS). The Cygnus spacecraft was grappled by a robotic arm operated by astronauts inside the space station at about 11:00 UTC. The cargo spacecraft was docked to the station’s "Harmony” module. The official time of capture of the "Cygnus” with the Harmony module's common berthing mechanism was 12:44 UTC. Cygnus will remain attached to the ISS for 30 days before departing with disposal cargo on board. A privately-owned cargo ship is operated by U.S. space company Orbital Sciences Corp. Orbital is the second U.S. company to send a commercial cargo craft to the space station. SpaceX was the first company to send its own cargo ship with two successful commercial resupply missions and two demonstration missions under its belt.
On September 26, 2013 at 02:45 UTC the "Soyuz TMA-10M” spacecraft docked with the Russian "Poisk” ("Search”) module of the International Space Station in automatic regime. The Soyuz TMA-10M delivered three new members of Expedition 37 to the ISS, Russian cosmonauts Oleg Kotov and Sergey Ryazanskiy as well as American astronaut Michael Hopkins. The new comers joined current ISS expedition members - Russian cosmonaut Fjodor Yurchikhin, Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano, American astronaut Karen Nyberg to form Expedition 37 crew of 6 members.
On September 25, 2013 at 20:58 UTC (on September 26 at 00:58 Moscow time) the Russian "Soyuz TMA-10M” spacecraft was launched from Baykonur Cosmodrome. The space vehicle was orbited by the Russian "Soyuz-FG” rocket-carrier. The spacecraft is piloted by 3 cosmonauts: Commander, Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kotov (center); flight-engineer, Russian cosmonaut Sergey Ryazanskiy (right); American astronaut Michael Hopkins (left).
Photo by Russian Cosmonaut training center.
The space vehicle is to dock with the International Space Station just after 4 orbits. Kotov, Ryazanskiy and Hopkins will join current ISS expedition members,
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