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Looking through: 961 | Date: 10.03.2010 | Rating: 0.0/0

Chinese satellite is in orbit.
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.

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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.
Looking through: 769 | Date: 06.03.2010 | Rating: 0.0/0

US meteorological satellite is in orbit.
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.
Looking through: 782 | Date: 05.03.2010 | Rating: 0.0/0

3 Russian Glonass satellites are in orbit.
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.
Looking through: 779 | Date: 03.03.2010 | Rating: 0.0/0

STS-128 up-to-the station letter.
In August-September 2009 American space shuttle STS-128 performed its mission at the International Space Station.

The STS-128 crew delivered several letters addressed to Russian cosmonaut Roman Romanenko, a member of Expedition 20.
First this letter was sent from Vienna, Austria to Houston, USA by registered mail.
The most interesting is that the letter addressed to the International Space Station was sent at the day of the 40th anniversary of the first manned step onto the Moon surface, on July 21, 2009, in according to European time. When ... Read more »
Category: Space Mail | Looking through: 923 | Date: 28.02.2010 | Rating: 5.0/2

STS-130 landing.
On February 22, 2010 American space shuttle Endeavour (STS-130 flight) successfully landed at the Kennedy space center in Florida.

The STS-130 crew landed at 03:20 UTC after successfully installing the Tranquility node and a seven-windowed cupola on the International Space Station. The shuttle’s crew consisted of George Zamka, Terry Vierts, Robert Behnken, Nicolas Patrick, Kathryn Hire and Stephen Robinson spent in space 13 days, 18 hours, 06 minutes and 24 seconds.
Looking through: 778 | Date: 26.02.2010 | Rating: 0.0/0

STS-130 / ISS undocking.
American space shuttle Endeavour (STS-130 flight) undocked from the International Space Station (ISS) on February 20, 2010 at 00:54 UTC (at 07:54 p.m. EST on February 19).
The hatches between the shuttle and the ISS were closed at 08:08 UTC on February 19.
The undocking maneuver took place while the shuttle was flying 208 miles above the Atlantic Ocean west of Mauritania and the Western Sahara.
Looking through: 770 | Date: 26.02.2010 | Rating: 0.0/0

STS-130 / ISS the 3rd EVA.
On February 17, 2010 American astronauts Robert Behnken and Nicholas Patrick completed the third spacewalk.
The EVA lasted 5 hours and 48 minutes. The spacewalkers activated another ammonia coolant loop for the space station's new Tranquility module and removed the coverings on the seven-window observation deck.
Looking through: 794 | Date: 18.02.2010 | Rating: 0.0/0

STS-130 / ISS the 2nd EVA.
At night on February 14, 2010 American astronauts Robert Behnken and Nicholas Patrick completed the second of three spacewalks planned for the STS-130 mission.

They left the station at 02:20 UTC and completed a 5 hour, 54 minute spacewalk at 08:14 UTC.
They spent the first part of the spacewalk connecting two ammonia loops, with two lines in each loop, from the Destiny module to Tranquility, hooking the new module to the station’s cooling system, and opened one of those loops to initiate cooling of the module. Then they installed thermal covers on Tranquility’s keel pin and trunnions, to prevent condensation inside the module, outfitted the ... Read more »
Looking through: 1155 | Date: 14.02.2010 | Rating: 0.0/0

55 Anniversary of making decision of Baykonur Cosmodrome building.
On February 12, 1955 the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union and the Council of Ministers of the USSR passed the joint Resolution about the building of the number 5 scientific-research and testing area in the structure of the USSR Ministry of Defence (NIP-5), currently known as Baykonur Cosmodrome.
The testing area was to test both military rockets as well as to make researches in the field of space technology. The need for a new test range became evident after the Soviet Union began to develop its own intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs). The Kapustin Yar test range near Astrakhan, southern Russia, was located in a more densely populated area and could not therefore be used for ICBM tests.
The new missile test range was located further ... Read more »
Looking through: 763 | Date: 12.02.2010 | Rating: 0.0/0

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