This letter was written at Moscow’s GPO during First Day Olympic cancellation on February 7, 2014, the day when the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games was officially opened. First the letter was sent by registered mail to the home address of Commander of the Russian “Soyuz TMA-12M” spacecraft. Then the letter was delivered by Soyuz TMA-12M spacecraft to the crew of the International Space Station. Aboard the station the letter was cancelled by all proper board seals on March 28, 2014, the
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On September 28, 2014 at 05:13 UTC the “Long March – 2B” (“Changzheng-2B”) rocket-carrier was launched from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Jiuquan, Gansu Province, the northwest of China. The rocket orbited the “Shijian 11-07” satellite. China has not disclosed the purpose of the Shijian 11 satellite series other than classifying them as experimental missions. Some analysts believe the Shijian 11 satellites might be part of an early warning constellation to demonstrate missile detection for the Chinese military.
On September 27, 2014 at 20:23 UTC (on September 28 at 00:23 Moscow time) the Russian "Proton-M” rocket-carrier was launched from Baykonur Cosmodrome. The rocket equipped with the "Briz-M” booster orbited the “Luch” telecommunication satellite. It is a secret military satellite also known as “Olimp-K”. This launch was the first flight of a Proton rocket since a launch failure in May.
On September 26, 2014 at 02:11 UTC the "Soyuz TMA-14M” spacecraft docked with the Russian "Poisk” (MIM-2) module of the International Space Station in automatic regime.
The Soyuz TMA-14M delivered three new members of Expedition 41 to the ISS, Russian cosmonauts Aleksandr Samokutyaev and Elena Serova as well as American astronaut Barry Wilmore.
The new comers joined current ISS expedition members – Russian cosmonaut Maksim Suraev, American astronaut Gregory Wiseman and German astronaut Alexander Gerst to form Expedition 41 crew of 6 members. The six crew members will be working together aboard the orbital sta
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On September 25, 2014 at 20:25 UTC (on September 26, 2014 at 00:25 Moscow time) the Russian “Soyuz TMA-14M” 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 Aleksandr Samokutyaev (center); flight-engineer, Russian cosmonaut Elena Serova (right); American astronaut Barry Wilmore (left).
On September 24, 2014 India's first interplanetary mission went into orbit around Mars vaulting India into rarefied company among the countries that have successfully sent a mission to the red planet. By placing the indigenous mission, nicknamed Mangalyaan, in the Mars orbit, India joined Russia, the US and the European Space Agency in the elite club of Martian explorers. The Mars Orbiter Mission -- known as MOM -- closed in on Mars after a journey of 414 million miles since it departed Earth in November 2013. The Mars Orbiter Mission was supposed to spiral into an orbit with a high point nearly 50,000 miles from Mars. On the orbit's closest approach to the red planet, the MOM spacecraft would fly at an altitude of just 263 miles. The solar-powered “Mangalyaan” space probe -- about the size of a comp
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On September 23, 2014 at 10:52 UTC the private U.S. unmanned supply spacecraft, the Dragon (CRS-4 flight), was successfully docked to the International Space Station. The linkup operation was carried out by astronauts Alexander Gerst (Germany) with the help of the giant 17-meter Canadarm. The Dragon spacecraft was maneuvered into position and attached to a berthing port on the space station's Harmony module. The unmanned spacecraft delivered about 2.5 tons of supplies for the space station crew and for experiments being conducted aboard the ISS. The Dragon spacecraft will stay attached to the space station until mid-October, when astronauts will install research specimens and other hardware for return to Earth.
On September 22, 2014 the US “MAVEN” (Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN) space probe braked into orbit around Mars after a 10-month interplanetary cruise from Earth. Confirmation of a successful orbit insertion burn came at 02:25 UTC after a nail-biting 34-minute maneuver that kept engineers staring at data screens inside a control center at MAVEN contractor Lockheed Martin's facility in Denver. Working in concert with other missions at Mars, MAVEN will directly observe Siding Spring and gauge the Martian atmosphere's response to dust and gas spewed off by the comet.
On September 21, 2014 at 05:52 UTC the "Falcon 9” rocket-carrier was launched from the Cape Canaveral US Air Force Station in Florida. The launch was performed by the "SpaceX” private company supported by the 45th Space Wing of US Air Force. US private company SpaceX launched its "Dragon” (CRS-4 flight) unmanned spacecraft on a forth cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station. CRS means Commercial Resupply Services. The Dragon spacecraft is carrying about 2,216 kilograms of supplies for the space station crew and for experiments (including 20 mice) being conducted aboard the ISS. It is the 6th flight of a “Dragon” spacecraft and the 5th flight of a “Dragon” to the ISS.
On September 20, 2014, Anatoly Nikolayevich Berezovoy, Hero of the Soviet Union, pilot-cosmonaut of the USSR, the crew commander of the first main mission of the “Salyut-7” orbital station passed away at the age of 72.
On September 17, 2014 at 00:10 UTC the “Atlas-5” rocket-carrier was launched from Cape Canaveral launch site of US Air Force. The launch was performed by United Launch Alliance supported by the 45th Space Wing of US Air Force. The rocket orbited a top secret satellite named CLIO. The CLIO satellite's purpose has not been revealed, but officials acknowledged it was manufactured by Lockheed Martin Corp. in a commercial arrangement with the craft's user: an unidentified U.S. government agency. The level of secrecy is unusual for U.S. space launches. The National Reconnaissance Office, which owns the government's spy satellites, declares when one of its payloads is shot into orbit. The mission of CLIO is being kept secret.
On September 11, 2014 at 22:05 UTC the “Ariane-5ECA” rocket-carrier was launched from Kourou Cosmodrome in French Guiana. The rocket orbited the “Measat-3b” and the “Optus-10” telecommunications satellites. MEASAT Satellite Systems Sdn. Bhd, formerly Binariang Satellite Systems Sdn. Bhd is a Malaysian communications satellite operator, which owns and operates the MEASAT (Malaysia East Asia Satellite) spacecraft. The “Measat-3b” will be used to expand video and data services across Malaysia, India, Indonesia and Australia. The satellite was built by Europe’s Airbus Defence and Space. Optus is an Australian telecommunications company. Optus-10 was built by Space Systems/Loral of Palo Alto, California.
On September 10, 2014 at 23:01 UTC (on September 11, 2014 at 03:01 Moscow time) the Russian “Soyuz TMA-12M” spacecraft undocked from the Russian "Poisk” (MIM-2) module of the International Space Station to deliver to Earth the 3 members of Expedition 40 – Russian cosmonauts Aleksandr Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev as well as American astronaut Steven Swanson.
On September 09, 2014 at 03:22 UTC the “Long March – 3B” (“Changzheng-3B”) rocket-carrier was launched from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in north China's Shanxi Province. The rocket orbited the “Yaogan-21” remote sensing satellite. The rocket also orbited the “Tiantuo-2” satellite, designed and built by the National University of Defense Technology (NUDT). Yaogan-21 will be used for scientific experiments, natural resource survey, estimation of crop yield and disaster relief, while Tiantuo-1 was designed for smart satellite experiments.
On September 07, 2014 at 05:00 UTC the “Falcon-9” rocket-carrier was launched from Cape Canaveral launch site of US Air Force. The launch was performed by the SpaceX company. The rocket orbited the “AsiaSat-6” telecommunications satellite. AsiaSat is a commercial satellite operator based in Hong Kong. Manufactured by Space Systems/Loral of Palo Alto, Calif., USA, the “AsiaSat-6” was expected to raise its orbit to geosynchronous altitude within a few days, where it will hover over the equator for its 15-year mission.
On September 05, 2014 at 09:29 UTC the “Flock-1b.17” and “Flock-1b.18” CubeSat satellites were launched from the International Space Station. CubeSat satellites were deployed from the Japanese “Kibo” module of the ISS.
On September 04, 2014 at 00:15 UTC the “Long March – 2D” (“Changzheng-2d”) rocket-carrier was launched from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Jiuquan, Gansu Province, the northwest of China. The rocket orbited 2 telecommunications satellites. One of the satellites is the Chuangxin-1-04, which is designed to collect and transmit data on hydrology, weather, electric power, and disaster relief. The other is a "smart satellite" to conduct multimedia telecommunications experiments.
In according to Jonathan McDowell’s website, on September 02, 2014 at 18:28 UTC the landing capsule of the Russian “Kosmos-2492” spy satellite landed in Orenburg region, Russia. The flight lasted 119 days. It was a Kobalt-class imaging satellite for the Russian military.