On August 28, 2010 Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin arrived at the site of a geological survey for the construction of the "Vostochny”Russian National Cosmodrome.
Anatoly Perminov, head of the Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos), told Mr Putin that two launch pads are planned for the spaceport, with appropriate infrastructure to prepare rockets for launch and assembly buildings. A special complex for training astronauts and medical examinations will also be built. Mr Perminov stressed the importance of building a runway.
Inspecting the boundaries of the future spaceport, Putin advised ensuring that there is extra land to avoid "any
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On August 24, 2010 at 07:10 UTC the Chang Zheng-2D (Long March 2D) rocket-carrier was launched from the Jiuquan launching base near the border of northern China's Inner Mongolia and Gansu provinces. The rocket orbited the Tianhui 1 satellite.
Authorities will use Tianhui 1 for scientific research, mapping and land resource surveys to help promote economic development, according to a statement on the Chinese Ministry of Defense website.
50 years ago Belka and Strelka were two dogs who were onboard the Sputnik-5 spacecraft when it broke into orbit on August 19, 1960, circled the Earth 17 times and returned home.
Accompanying them were two lab rats and forty mice, as well as a life support system, instruments and other equipment. Before the first human launch was approved, two spacecraft with a dog and a mannequin onboard had been sent into orbit. Their missions were almost exactly the same as that of Yury Gagarin. With a good deal of irony Gagarin later remarked that he couldn’t make up his mind whether he was the first man in space, or the last dog.
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On August 16, 2010 American astronauts Douglas Wheelock and Tracy Caldwell Dyson completed the third contingency spacewalk to install a spare ammonia pump module on the S1 Truss.
Flight Engineer Shannon Walker assisted the spacewalkers from inside the International Space Station and operated the Canadarm2. Flight Engineers Wheelock and Caldwell Dyson were outside during the third repair spacewalk for 7 hours and 20 minutes.
On August 14, 2010 at 11:07 UTC the Atlas-5 (AV-019) rocket-carrier was launched by United Launch Alliance from Cape Canaveral's Complex 41.
The rocket-carrier orbited the AEHF 1 (Advanced Extremely High Frequency 1) military communication satellite.
A sophisticated satellite was launched to improve the communications between the president, military commanders and troops on the battlefield, ensuring a survivable line of contact even in hellish scenarios of nuclear warfare.