|Progress M-12M fail launch.
On August 24, 2011 at 13:00 UTC the "Soyuz-U” rocket-carrier was launched from Baykonur Cosmodrome. The rocket was to orbit the "Progress M-12M” unmanned spacecraft to supply the International Space Station.
The spacecraft failed to reach the designated orbit on Wednesday due to a rocket engine failure. The space freighter fell in South Siberia's Altai Republic, Russia after failing to separate from the Soyuz-U rocket, the first loss of the Progress freighter in the history of Russia’s space industry. A rocket engine failure is believed to have caused the accident.
It was the 136th launch of a Progress spacecraft including such series as Progress, Progress M, Progress M1 and Progress M-M. All of the previous 135 space vehicles were orbited.
|Russian cosmonauts performed EVA.
On August 03, 2011 two Russian cosmonauts, Sergey Volkov and Aleksandr Samokutyaev performed a 6 hour and 22 minute spacewalk.
They carried out a manual launch of a mini-satellite and installed new stream video equipment on the station's outer surface.
The launch of the Kedr mini-satellite, designed to transmit greeting messages in 17 languages, Earth photos and telemetry data from its service systems, was delayed after the cosmonauts discovered that one of its two antennas was missing, but they nevertheless launched the satellite with only one antenna.
The cosmonauts also installed three containers with microorganisms and mushroom spores on the "Pirs” docking compartment to study their influence on materials used in spacecraft construction.
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|Atlantis undocked from the ISS.
On July 19, 2011 at 06:28 UTC American Space Shuttle "Atlantis” undocked from the ISS.
After 37 space station assembly flights over the past 12-and-a-half years, the crew of the shuttle Atlantis undocked from the lab complex for the final time.
The Shuttle is to land on July 21, 2011.
|The last spacewalk of the Shuttle Era.
On July 12, 2011 American astronauts Ronald Garan and Michael Fossum performed a 6 hours and 31 minute EVA.
The space walkers packed a failed ammonia coolant pump into Atlantis' payload bay for return to Earth and unloaded a satellite servicing demonstrator carried to orbit aboard the visiting space shuttle. The spacewalkers also deployed a new materials science experiment, fixed a snagged wire in a base for the station's robot arm and wrapped a vacant docking port with a thermal cover.
|Atlantis (STS-135) docked to the ISS.
On July 10, 2011 at 15:07 UTC American Space Shuttle "Atlantis” (STS-135 flight) successfully docked to the International Space Station.
Aboard the ISS the STS-135 crew (Christopher Ferguson, Douglas Hurley, Rex Walheim, Sandra Magnus) was welcomed by Expedition 28 members – Russian cosmonauts Aleksandr Samokutyaev, Andrey Borisenko, Sergey Volkov; American astronauts Ronald Garan and Michael Fossum; Japanese astronaut Satoshi Furukawa. Now the station’s crew consists of 10 members.
|The last launch of Space Shuttle.
On July 08, 2011 at 15:29 UTC the American Space Shuttle " Atlantis” (STS-135) was launched from Kennedy Space Center (LC39A), Florida, USA.
The crew consists of 4 American astronauts: Christopher Ferguson, Douglas Hurley, Rex Walheim, Sandra Magnus.
Atlantis' 12-day mission to the International Space Station is the final flight of the 30-year Space Shuttle Program. Atlantis will carry the "Raffaello” multipurpose logistics module containing a year's worth of supplies and spare parts for the orbital station and its crew.
|Progress M-11M docked to ISS.
On June 23, 2011 at 16:37 UTC the Progress M-11M unmanned supply spacecraft docked to the ISS. The spacecraft docked to the "Zvezda” ("Star”) module.
The spacecraft delivered more than 2600 kilograms of cargo, including oxygen, water, food to the International Space Station. Aboard the spacecraft there were several letters addressed to the ISS crew members.
|Progress M-11M launch.
On June 21, 2011 at 14:38 UTC the Russian Progress M-11M unmanned supply spacecraft was launched from Baykonur Cosmodrome. The spacecraft is to deliver more than 2.5 tons of cargoes, including oxygen, water, food (including green apples, lemons, oranges, onions and garlic) to the International Space Station.
The Progress M-11M is to dock with the ISS on June 23 at 16:37 UTC.
|ATV-2 undocked from the ISS.
n June 20, 2011 the European Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV-2), christened Johannes Kepler after the German astronomer and mathematician, separated from the International Space Station at 14:46 UTC. One minute later, after backing away from the station's Zvezda service module, the ATV fired thrusters to accelerate its departure.
The spacecraft is carrying more than 2,600 pounds of trash for the re-entry. Almost all the spacecraft will burn up in the atmosphere, but the hardiest components could survive to impact the Pacific Ocean.
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