On May 16, 2011 at 12:56 UTC the American Space Shuttle " Endeavour” (STS-134) was launched from Kennedy Space Center (LC39A), Florida, USA.
The crew consists of 5 American and an Italian astronauts: Mark Kelly, Gregory Johnson, Andrew Feustel, Edward Michael Fincke, Gregory Chamitoff, Roberto Vittori (Italy).
During Endeavour's final 14 days in space it will deliver the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS) and spare parts including two S-band communications antennas and a high-pressure gas tank to the International Space Station (ISS.) The End
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|Progress M-10M docked to ISS.
On April 29, 2011 at 14:28 UTC the Progress M-10M unmanned supply spacecraft docked to the ISS. The spacecraft docked to the "Pirs” module. The spacecraft delivered more than 2645 kilograms of cargo, including oxygen, water, food and medical equipment, to the International Space Station. Aboard the spacecraft there were several letters addressed to the ISS crew members.
|Progress M-10M launch.
On April 27, 2011 at 13:05 UTC the Progress M-10M unmanned supply spacecraft was launched from Baykonur Cosmodrome. The spacecraft is to deliver more than 2.5 tons of cargoes, including oxygen, water, food and medical equipment, to the International Space Station. The Progress M-10M is to dock with the ISS on April 29 at 14:29 UTC.
|Progress M-09M undocked from the ISS.
On April 22, 2011 at 11:41 UTC the Progress M-09M unmanned supply spacecraft undocked from the Pirs module of the ISS. The spacecraft 09M will continue its autonomous flight till April 26 to be used for Radar-Progress scientific experiment to investigate reflection feature of the plasma generated by operations of the Progress propulsion. On April 26, it will be deorbited and drowned in the remote area of the Pacific.
|April 12 - Now Marked Worldwide
UN declares April 12 as International Day of Human Space Flight.
The UN General Assembly adopted a resolution at a special session on Thursday (April 07, 2011) declaring April 12 the International Day of Human Space Flight.
The resolution was initiated by Russia, which celebrates Cosmonautics Day on April 12 dedicated to the historic first manned flight to space by Russia's Yury Gagarin in 1961.
"Fifty years have passed since that amazing voyage, but the legend of Gagarin's courage and journey to the 'final frontier' continues to be a s
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|Soyuz TMA-21 docked with the ISS.
On April 06, 2011 at 23:09 UTC (April 07 at 03:09 Moscow time) the Soyuz TMA-21 spacecraft successfully docked to the International Space Station. The "Yuri Gagarin” spacecraft docked to the "Poisk” (MRM-2) module.
The spacecraft delivered a crew of Expedition 27 increment.
Two Russian cosmonauts, Aleksandr Samokutyayev and Andrei Borisenko, and American astronaut Ronald Garan, are supposed to stay in orbit for five months. The hatches between the spacecraft and the station were opened at 02:15 UTC on April 07.
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|The “Yuri Gagarin” is in orbit.
On April 4, 2011 at 22:18 UTC (on April 5 at 02:18 Moscow time) the "Yuri Gagarin” Soyuz TMA-21 Russian spacecraft was launched from Baykonur Cosmodrome.
The spacecraft is piloted by 3 cosmonauts: Commander, Russian cosmonaut Aleksandr Samokutyayev (center); flight-engineer, Russian cosmonaut Andrey Borisenko (right); flight-engineer, American astronaut Ronald Garan (left).
The space vehicle is to dock with the International Space Station on April 07 (late of night on April 6 by UTC).
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On March 30, 2011 Japan's HTV-2 Konotori unmanned supply spacecraft was deorbited. The cargo spaceship entered the atmosphere at about 03:09 UTC and the unburnt fragments fell into the Pacific Ocean 31 minutes later.
|HTV-2 undocked from the ISS.
On March 28, 2011 at 15:45 UTC Japan's HTV-2 Konotori unmanned cargo spacecraft undocked from the International Space Station.
American astronaut Coleman and Italian flight-engineer Nespoli grappled the HTV with the station’s robot arm and methodically pulled the spacecraftfrom the space station's Harmony module. Coleman and Nespoli were at the controls of the robot arm inside the seven-window cupola module.
The space station crew issued a retreat command a few minutes later for the HTV to fly away from the space station. Two separation engine burns guided the ship on a safe trajectory departing the complex.
|“MIR” deorbiting – 10 years ago.
10 year ago on March 23, 2001 the "Mir” orbital complex was deorbited. At that day the covers recorded the event were sent from the Post Office situated near the Russian Mission Control Centre. The deorbiting was controlled by the Russian Mission Control Centre situated in the town of Korolev, Moscow region.
The registered letter sent from Korolev on March 23, 2001 was autographed by 5 Russian cosmonauts who worked aboard the Russian "MIR” orbital complex. N.Budarin, V.Dezhurov, S.Zaletin, G.Padalka, V.Tsibliev.
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