On November 01, 2013 the "Soyuz TMA-09M” spacecraft was redocked from the "Rassvet” module to the "Zvezda” module of the International Space Station. The operation was carried out manually by Soyuz commander, Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin. During the redocking the crew also consisted of Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano and American astronauts Karen Nyberg. Three other crew members – Russian cosmonauts Oleg Kotov and Sergey Ryazanskiy as well as American astronaut Michael Hopkins - were in the station following the redocking operation. The Soyuz TMA-09M undocked from the station at 08:33 UTC. The redocking mission lasted about 20 minutes. At 08:54 UTC the spacecraft docked to the docking port of the "Zvezda” module. The docking port of the "Rassvet” module is to be occupied by the Soyuz TMA-11M manned spacecraft, which is scheduled for launch from Baykonur Cosmodrome on November 07, 2013.
On October 29, 2013 at 02:50 UTC the "Long March – 2C” ("Changzheng-2C”) rocket-carrier was launched the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in Taiyuan, capital of north China's Shanxi Province. The rocket orbited the "Yaogan-18” remote-sensing satellite. The satellite will be used to conduct scientific experiments, carry out land surveys, monitor crop yields and aid in preventing and reducing natural disasters.
On October 28, 2013 at 08:55 UTC the European ATV-4 "Albert Einstein” unmanned supply spacecraft was undocked from the Russian "Zvezda” ("Star”) module of the International Space Station. The undocking marked the end of a 134-day stay at the space station since the ATV arrived June 15 with seven tons of cargo, including food, experiments, spare components, water, oxygen and rocket fuel.
On October 25, 2013 at 18:08 UTC the "Proton-M” rocket-carrier was launched from Baykonur Cosmodrome. The rocket equipped with the "Briz-M” booster orbited the US "Sirius FM-6” telecommunication satellite.
On October 25, 2013 at 03:50 UTC the "Long March – 4B” ("Changzheng-4B”) rocket-carrier was launched from the Jiuquan satellite launching center in northwest China's Inner Mongolia province. The rocket orbited the "Shijian-16” experimental satellite. According to the Xinhua news agency, the "Shijian-16” will be "used mainly for conducting space environment exploration and technological experiments. Shijian means "practice" in Chinese.