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STS-131 launch.
On April 05, 2010 at 10:21 UTC the "Discovery” American Space Shuttle (STS-131 flight) was launched from Kennedy Space Center, Florida, USA.
The shuttle Discovery carries a crew of seven and 10 tons of supplies and equipment bound for the International Space Station.

Seated are NASA astronauts Alan Poindexter (right), commander; and James Dutton Jr., pilot. Pictured from the left (standing) are NASA astronauts Richard Mastracchio, Stephanie Wilson, Dorothy Metcalf-Lindenburger, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Naoko Yamazaki and NASA astronaut Clayton Anderson, all mission specialists.
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Russian cosmonaut Vitaliy Sevastjanov passed away.
Vitaliy Sevastjanov, famous Russian cosmonaut, passed away on April 5, 2010.

Twice Hero of the Soviet Union, he had many other awards and medals.
He graduated from the Moscow Aviation Institute in 1959 and joined Sergey Korolev's design bureau, where he worked on the design of the Vostok spacecraft. He also lectured at the Cosmonaut Training Centre, teaching the physics of spaceflight. In 1967 he commenced cosmonaut training himself.
After two successful missions, including a two-month stay aboard the Salyut 4 space station, he was stood down from active flight status in 1976. He worked in ground control for the Salyut 6 station before returning to spacecraft design in the 1980s to work on the Buran project.
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Soyuz TMA-18 / ISS docking.
On April 04, 2010 at 05:24 UTC the Soyuz TMA-18 spacecraft completed a smooth docking with the International Space Station boosting the station's crew from three to six.
With commander Alexander Skvortsov monitoring a problem-free, automated approach, the Soyuz TMA-18 docked to the Station's new Poisk module.
After extensive leak checks, hatches were opened at 3:19 a.m. and Skvortsov, flight engineer Mikhail Kornienko and NASA astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson were welcomed aboard by Expedition 23 commander Oleg Kotov, Soichi Noguchi and Timothy Creamer. All six then gathered in the Zvezda command module for a traditional call fro ... Read more »
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Soyuz TMA-18 launch.
On April 02, 2010 the Soyuz TMA-18 spacecraft was launched for the International Space Station from Russia's Baykonur Cosmodrome at 04:43 UTC.
 
Oficial photo of Russian cosmonaut training center.
 
The spacecraft will deliver members of ISS Expedition 23 - Russian cosmonauts Alexander Skvortsov and Mikhail Kornijenko and U.S. astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson - to the orbital station on April 4.
The Soyuz TMA-18 mission is the 105th flight of a Soyuz spacecraft since the start of the program in 1967.
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Space Mail from U.A.E. to the ISS.
Soyuz TMA-16 up-to-the station letter.
 
 
This letter was written at the Central Post Office in Dubai, U.A.E on August 25, 2009.
It was addressed to Russian cosmonaut Roman Romanenko to the International Space Station. On October 2, 2009 the letter was delivered to the addressee by the Russian Soyuz TMA-16 spacecraft.
Aboard the station the letter was cancelled ... Read more »
Category: Space Mail | Looking through: 1355 | Date: 23.03.2010 | Rating: 5.0/3

Echostar 14 satellite is in orbit.
On March 20, 2010 at 18:26 UTC the Russian Proton-M rocket-carrier with Breeze-M upper stage successfully lifted off from Baykonur Cosmodrome.
The rocket-carrier orbited the US Echostar 14 telecommunication satellite. The satellite was made by Space Systems/Loral company.
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Soyuz TMA-16 landing.
On March 18, 2010 at 11:25 UTC the Soyuz TMA-16 spacecraft with cosmonauts Maksim Suraev (Russia) and Jeffrey Williams (USA) landed at the distance of 57 km from the city of Arkalyk, Kazakhstan.
The cosmonauts spent in space 169 days, 04 hours and 10 minutes.

NASA astronaut Jeffrey Williams, left, Expedition 22 commander; and Russian cosmonaut Maksim Suraev, Expedition 22 flight engineer, sit in chairs o ... Read more »
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Soyuz TMA-16 / ISS undocking.
On March 18, 2010 the Soyuz TMA-16 spacecraft carrying two cosmonauts undocked from the International Space station at 08:03 UTC.
The space capsule carrying Maxim Surayev of Russia and Jeff Williams of the United States from the ISS Expedition 22 is scheduled to land in central Kazakhstan at approximately 14:23 Moscow time (11:23 UTC).
Work at the ISS will be continued by Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kotov, Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi and American astronaut Timothy Creamer, until they are joined by Russians Alexander Skvortsov and Mikhail Kornienko ... Read more »
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45th Anniversary of the World’s first human spacewalk.
On March 18, 2010 is the 45th Anniversary of the World’s First Extra Vehicular Activity (Space Walk) performed by Soviet cosmonaut Aleksey LEONOV.

On March 18 – 19, 1965 Aleksey LEONOV together with Pavel BELJAEV performed a spaceflight aboard the "Voskhod-2” spacecraft.
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For collections on space thematic.
In 2010 Russian Post issues a cover (postal stationery) devoted to the Cosmonautic Day.
 
 
The cover’s picture shows the flight of the "Energia-Buran” space system.
The text in the cover says: 12 April is Cosmonautic Day.
The cover was printed in the paper with watermarks.
Size of the cover 110 X 220 mm.
Print quantity – 2 000 000 copies.
Category: For Collectors on Space Thematic | Looking through: 759 | Date: 18.03.2010 | Rating: 0.0/0

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