|“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.
|Soyuz TMA-M landed.
On March 16, 2011 at 07:54 UTC the Soyuz TMA-M landing capsule with 3 cosmonauts aboard performed a soft landing at a distance of 86 kilometers to the north from the town of Arkalyk, Kazakhstan.
Soyuz TMA-01M spacecraft is seen as it lands.
Russian cosmonauts Aleksandr Kaleri (Soyuz TMA-M Commander), Oleg Skripochka and Ametican astronaut Scott Kelly returned to Earth having spent in space 159 days, 08 hours and 42 minutes. Health status of the crew is fine. All descent operations were
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|Soyuz TMA-M undocked from the ISS.
On March 16, 2011 at 04:27 UTC the Soyuz TMA-M spacecraft with 3 cosmonauts aboard undocked form the ISS. Russian cosmonauts Aleksandr Kaleri, Oleg Skripochka and Ametican astronaut Scott Kelly began their way back to Earth.
|HTV-2 relocated to another ISS port.
In the evening of March 10, 2011 the HTV-2 Japanese cargo spacecraft was relocated to another ISS port.
Working from the station's windowed cupola, Expedition 26 crew members Scott Kelly, Cady Coleman and Paolo Nespoli maneuvered the station's 58-foot robotic arm to return the HTV-2 spacecraft from the space-facing to Earth-facing port on the Harmony node.
The Japanese spacecraft is scheduled to depart the station March 28 and burn up in the atmosphere.
|Discovery (STS-133) landed.
On March 9, 2011 at 16:57 UTC American Space Shuttle Discovery (STS-133 flight) landed at the Kennedy Space Center, Florida completing its 39th and final flight.
The crew of 6 astronauts (Steven Lindsey, Eric Boe, Benjamin Drew, Michael Barratt, Stephen Bowen, Nicole Stott) spent in space 12 days, 19 hours, 03 minutes and 53 seconds.
With only two more missions left on NASA's shuttle manifest -- a flight by Endeavour in April and a final voyage by Atlantis in late June -- Discovery's landing marked the beginning of the end for the world's most complex -- and expensive to operate -- manned space vehicle.
The STS-133mission was the 39th and final flight for Discovery, which
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On March 07, 2011 at 12:00 UTC American Space Shuttle Discovery (STS-133 flight) undocked from the ISS. The astronauts plan to pack up and test Discovery's re-entry systems on March 8 before dropping out of orbit and landing back at the Kennedy Space Center around noon March 9.
photo by NASA TV
|STS-133 / ISS – the 2nd EVA.
On March 2, 2011 American astronauts S. Bowen and A. Drew performed a spacewalk. This was the final STS-133 spacewalk. The astronaut performed all EVA’s tasks. The EVA lasted 6 hours and 14 minutes.
|“Leonardo” became a part of the ISS.
On March 01, 2011 an Italian-made module was successfully installed and became a part of the ISS.
The vessel is the modified "Leonardo” reusable cargo van that had visited the station seven times, but now it's a permanent fixture. The Leonardo Permanent Multipurpose Module (or PMM) was delivered by Discovery (STS-133). It was attached to the central Unity module. The Permanent Multipurpose Module was pulled from shuttle Discovery's cargo bay by American astronauts M.Barratt and N.Stott, operating the space station's robot arm, then maneuvered the module into position for attachment to Unity's Earth-facing port. After a careful alignment, four latches pulled the module snugly into place and 16 motorized bolts then were driven to firmly lock it to the station.
The PMM originally was built to carry supplies and e
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|STS-133/ISS – the 1st EVA.
On February 28, 2011 American astronauts Stephen Bowen and Benjamin Drew performed EVA (extra vehicle activity). They left the station via the American "Quest” module at 15:47 UTC.
The space walkers accomplished last summer's leftover work of packing away a failed cooling pump and routing a power extension cable. Everything planned was accomplished during the 6-hour and 34-minute EVA.
Astronaut Drew became the 200th Earth’s inhabitant performed EVA.
|Discovery docked to the ISS.
On February 26, 2011 at 19:14 UTC American Space Shuttle "Discovery” (STS-133) docked to the ISS. Discovery’s crew of Steven Lindsey, Eric Boe, Benjamin Drew, Michael Barratt, Stephen Bowen and Nicole Stott joined the Expedition 26 crew of Scott Kelly, Oleg Skripochka, Alexander Kaleri, Dmitry Kondratyev, Paolo Nespoli, and Cady Coleman.
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