On March 18, 2010 the Soyuz TMA-16spacecraft 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
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On March 5, 2010 China successfully put into orbit another remote-sensing satellite, "Yaogan IX" at 04:55 UTC (12:55 p.m. Beijing Time) from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwestern Gansu Province.
The satellite was sent into space aboard a Long March 4C (Chang Zheng-4C) rocket-carrier and will be used to conduct scientific experiment, carry out surveys on land resources, forecast grain output and help with natural disaster-reduction and prevention endeavor.
On March 4, 2010 at 23:57 UTC the Delta-4 rocket-carrier with the GOES-P satellite was launched from SLC-37B launch pad of Cape Canaveral, USA.
GOES-P (Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite) is a meteorological satellite. It is the third in the current series of GOES satellites (GOES N-O-P) and will be commissioned as GOES-15 once in its geostationary orbit. Its designed lifetime is seven years, with fuel for as much as ten years if the lifetime is exceeded. The next generation will be the GOES-R series, scheduled for deployment beginning in 2014.
The Russian "Proton-M” rocket-carrier with three Glonass satellites was successfully launched from Baykonur Cosmodrome on March 2, 2010 at 00:19 Moscow time (21:19 UTC, March 1).
Glonass - the Global Navigation Satellite System - is the Russian equivalent of the U.S. Global Positioning System, or GPS, and is designed for both military and civilian use. Both systems allow users to determine their positions to within a few meters.
Russia currently has a total of 22 Glonass satellites in orbit, but only 16 of them are operational. The system requires 18 operational satellites for continuous navigation services covering the entire territory of Russia and at least 24 satellites to provide navigation services worldwide.