|“MIR” station – The 25th Anniversary.
25 years ago on February 20, 1986 the first module of the"Mir” space station was launched from Soviet Baykonur Cosmodrome.
In according to UTC, the launch was performed on February 19.
The "MIR” station was in flight during 15 years.
104 cosmonauts (astronauts) from 12 states worked aboard the station.
31 "Soyuz” type piloted spacecraft, 64 "Progress” type unmanned supply spacecraft and 9 American Space Shuttles docked with the MIR space station.
|ATV-2, Johannes Kepler, launch.
On February 16, 2011 at 21:50 UTC the Ariane 5 rocket-carrier was launched from the Kourou space center in French Guiana.
photo by ESA
The rocket orbited ESA’s second Automated Transfer Vehicle, Johannes Kepler. The unmanned supply spacecraft is expected to dock directly and autonomously with the Russian Zvezda module of the ISS to deliver cargo, propellant and oxygen to the orbital station.
During the coming week, ATV-2 will adjust its orbit to rendezvous with the ISS for docking on February 24.
|Russians Completed EVA - Again Ahead the Schedule!
On February 16, 2011 Russian cosmonauts Dmitry Kondratiev and Oleg Skripochka (ISS Expedition 26 flight engineers) performed a spacewalk.
D.Kondratjev installs the Molniya-Gamma experiment.Photo by NASA.
The EVA was performed via the Earth-facing "Pirs” Docking Compartment. This was the second spacewalk for Kondratiev, EV1, who was wearing an Orlan-MK spacesuit with red stripes and the third for Skripochka, EV2, who was wearing the blue-striped Orlan-MK suit.
Kondatiev and Skripocka beat their own record of January 21's
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|The ISS News.
On February 04, 2011 at 10:58 UTC the "Zarya” module, the first module of the International Space Station, completed its 70 000th orbit around the Earth.
The "Zarya” module (FGB) was launched on November 20, 1998 by a Russian "Proton” rocket-carrier.
|Russian Progress M-09M docked to the ISS.
On January 30, 2011 at 02:38 UTC the Progress M-09M unmanned supply spacecraft docked to the ISS.
photo NASA TV
The space vehicle delivered to the station 2600 kilograms of oxygen, fuel, food, etc.
The spacecraft also delivered to the space station a "Kedr” mini-satellite designed to transmit greeting messages in 15 languages, Earth photos and telemetry data from its service systems. The satellite's name is derived from Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin's call sign. In Russian Kedr means Cedar.
|Russia launched Progress M-09M.
On January 28, 2011 at 01:39 UTC the Russian "Progress M-09M” unmanned supply spacecraft was launched from Baykonur Cosmodrome. The space freighter will deliver fuel, oxygen, food, books, letters, etc. for Expedition 26 crew.
The spaceship is to dock with the space station on January 30 at 5:40 Moscow time (02:40 UTC).
Progress-family freighters have been the backbone of the Russian space cargo fleet for decades. In addition to their main mission as cargo spacecraft, they are used to adjust the ISS's orbit and conduct scientific experiments.
|HTV-2 / ISS docking.
On January 27, 2011 at 14:45 UTC the Japanese HTV-2 (Kounotori - Japanese for "white stork"), unmanned supply spacecraft was docked to the ISS.
The spacecraft approached the International Space Station, flying close enough for the station’s robot arm to grapple the free-flying satellite and move it to a docking port for two months of cargo transfers. Space station flight engineer American astronaut Coleman deftly guided the outpost's mechanical arm to grab the HTV-2 at 11:41 UTC as the vehicles flew 220 miles over the southern Indian Ocean.
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|Japan launched a spacecraft to the ISS.
On January 22, 2011 at 05:37 UTC Japan successfully launched the H-2B rocket-carrier from Launch Pad No. 2 at the Tanegashima Space Center, an island base at the southern tip of Japan.
The rocket orbited HTV-2 unmanned supply spacecraft. Japan is calling the spacecraft Kounotori, which means white stork.
photo by JAXA.
The spacecraft is to deliver about 5300 kilograms of supplies to stock the International Space Station with scientific gear, spare parts and provisions for the lab's six-person crew. The HTV-2 is to approach the ISS on January 27. Ast
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|Russian cosmonauts completed spacewalk ahead of schedule.
On January 21, 2011 Russian cosmonauts Dmitry Kondratyev and Oleg Skripochka performed the first spacewalk in this year.
The cosmonauts spent in space 5 hours and 22 minutes instead of 6 hours in according to the plan. The space walkers successfully completed all tasks required of them during their spacewalk ahead of schedule.
Oleg Skripochka. photo by NASA.
For more than four hours Skripochka and Kondratyev installed a high-speed data transmission block on the service module "Zvezda". The cosmonauts also disconnected and dismounted the pu
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