On March 19, 2016 at 03:09 UTC the "Soyuz TMA-20M” spacecraft docked with the Russian "Poisk” module of the International Space Station. The spacecraft delivered three new members of Expedition 47 to the ISS, Russian cosmonauts Aleksey Ovchinin and Oleg Skripochka as well as American astronaut Jeffrey Williams. The new comers joined current ISS expedition members – Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko, American astronaut Timothy Kopra and British astronaut Timothy Peake to form Expedition 47 crew of 6 members.
On March 18, 2016 at 21:26 UTC (on March 19 at 00:26 Moscow time) the Russian “Soyuz TMA-20M” 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 Aleksey Ovchinin (center); Russian cosmonaut Oleg Skripochka (right) and American astronaut Jeffrey Williams (left).
On March 14, 2016 at 09:31 UTC the Russian "Proton-M” rocket-carrier was launched from Baykonur Cosmodrome. The rocket equipped with the "Briz-M” booster orbited the European Space Agency’s “ExoMars” probe. Packaged atop the Proton rocket are the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter, a platform designed to map the prevalence of methane in the Martian atmosphere, and the Schiaparelli lander, a stationary module that will make an automated touchdown on the red planet October 19.
On March 10, 2016 at 10:31 UTC the PSLV-XL (Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle) rocket-carrier was launched from the Satish Dhawan Space Center on Sriharikota Island, India's primary launch site on the country's east coast. The rocket orbited IRNSS-1F satellite (Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System).
On March 9, 2016 at 05:20 UTC the Ariane 5ECA” rocket-carrier was launched from Kourou Cosmodrome in French Guiana. The rocket orbited the "Eutelsat 65 West A” telecommunication satellite. The space vehicle will enter service in time to broadcast the opening ceremony of the Rio Olympics on August 5, but the new communications satellite will continue for at least 15 years connecting Latin America with television, broadband Internet and other telecom services.
On March 4, 2016 at 23:35 UTC the "Falcon-9 FT” rocket-carrier was launched from Cape Canaveral launch site of US Air Force. The launch was performed by United Launch Alliance. The rocket orbited the SES-9 telecommunications satellite to link millions of homes, businesses, ships and airplanes across the Asia-Pacific.
On March 2, 2016 at 04:29 UTC the Russian “Soyuz TMA-18M” landing capsule landed safely in a distance of 147 kilometers from the city of Dzhezkazgan, Kazakhstan. The spacecraft delivered to Earth the 3 members of ISS’s Expedition 46 –Russian cosmonauts Sergey Volkov and Mikhail Kornienko as well as American astronaut Scott Kelly. Mikhail Kornienko and Scott Kelly spent in space 340 days. Sergey Volkov spent in space 182 days.
Three other ISS crew members – Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko, American astronaut Timothy Kopra and British astronaut Timothy Peake remained in orbit aboard the International Space Station as t
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On March 02, 2016 at 01:03 UTC the Russian “Soyuz TMA-18M” spacecraft undocked from the Russian "Poisk” module of the International Space Station to deliver to Earth the 3 members of Expedition 46 – Russian cosmonauts Sergey Volkov and Mikhail Kornienko as well as American astronaut Scott Kelly.
On February 19, 2016 at 16:00 UTC the "Cygnus” (CRS OA-4) unmanned supply spacecraft was deorbited. The spacecraft re-entered the atmosphere and burned up over the South Pacific Ocean. Packed with trash and other equipment tagged for disposal, an Orbital Sciences Corp. “Cygnus” spacecraft plunged back into the atmosphere over the uninhabited Pacific Ocean. It was the 4th flight of "Cygnus” to the ISS.
On February 19, 2016 the US "Cygnus” (CRS OA-4) unmanned supply spacecraft was undocked from the International Space Station. The spacecraft, which had been attached to the space station since December 9, 2015 was released by astronauts aboard the station using the orbiting complex's huge robotic arm at 10:40 UTC. It was the 4th flight of "Cygnus” to the ISS.
On February 17, 2016 at 08:45 UTC the Japanese H-2A rocket-carrier was launched from Tanegashima Cosmodrome situated at the island located 115 km south of Kyushu. Kyushu is the third largest island of Japan and most southwesterly of its four main islands. The rocket orbited the “Astro-H” spacecraft. This satellite weighing nearly three tons is a pioneering observatory with X-ray vision to peer into the mysterious, light-starved neighborhoods around black holes and study the genesis of galaxies and other cosmic mega-structures billions of light-years from Earth.
On February 16, 2016 at 17:58 UTC the “Rockot” rocket-carrier was launched from Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Arkhangelsk region, North Russia. The launch was performed by Russian Aerospace Defence Forces. The rocket equipped with the “Briz-KM” booster (upper stage) orbited the “Sentinel-3A” European ocean survey satellite. The mission is set to last at least seven years, tracking changes in the planet’s sea level, ocean color, marine organisms like algae and phytoplankton, ice sheets, and rivers and lakes.
On February 10, 2016 at 11:40 UTC the " Delta 4M+(5,2)” rocket-carrier was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, USA. The launch was performed by United Launch Alliance supported by the 30th Space Wing of US Air Force. The rocket orbited the payload named as NROL-45 for the National Reconnaissance Office. The NROL (National Reconnaissance Office Launch) abbreviation is used to identify classified satellites operated by the United States National Reconnaissance Office. The experts suppose that the rocket orbited the “Topaz-4” sttelite, the fourth in a series of radar-imaging satellites built by Boeing for the National Reconnaissance Office.