On February 8, 2010 American Space Shuttle"Endeavour” (STS-130 flight) was launched from Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
The STS-130 crew comprises 6 astronauts.
Seated are astronauts George Zamka (right), commander; and Terry Virts, pilot. From the left (standing) are astronaut Nicholas Patrick, Robert Behnken, Kathryn Hire and Stephen Robinson, all mission specialists.
The shuttle will deliver to the space station a third connecting module, the Italian-built Tranquility node and the seven-windowed cupola, which will be used as a control room for robotics.
On February 5, 2010 at 04:25 UTC the Russian Progress M-04М unmanned supply spacecraft successfully docked to the International Space Station. The Progress is attached to the Zvezda module. The sequence went smoothly in automatic mode under control of the MCC and ISS crew. Currently, four Russian space vehicles, two Soyuzes and two Progresses, are attached to the station.
The 50th anniversary of the Russian Strategic Rocket Forces.
Strategic rocket forces (SRF) - an independent kind of armed forces, aimed at realization of measures of nuclear dissuasion and defeat of the strategic targets, which form the basis of military and military-economic potential of the enemy.
In 2009, Russian strategic rocket forces celebrate their 50th anniversary. On December 17, 1959 the USSR Council of Ministers’ Decree № 1384-615 was issued. It fixed the decision, adopted earlier, on creation of a new kind of armed forces.
The stamp presents the emblem of the strategic rocket forces, the «Topol» land-based
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On January 21, 2010 Russian cosmonaut Maksim Suraev performed a complex task of moving a spacecraft from one docking port to another on the International Space Station.
Maxim Surayev has manually piloted the Soyuz TMA-16 from its usual docking port on the ISS to the new Poisk module. He was assisted by U.S. astronaut Jeff Williams who was also on board the Soyuz spacecraft during the 25-minute operation.
The task has been carried out to free up a docking port on the Russian Zvezda module and to test for the first time the performance of a docking port on the new scientific Poisk module that arrived on the ISS in November last year.
The docking port on the Poisk will be frequently used in the future to receive Russiaan Soyuz and Progress spacecraf
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