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Intelsat-16 Launch.
On February 12, 2010 at 00:39 UTC, Russia successfully launched the Proton-M rocket-carrier with a U.S. telecommunications satellite Intelsat-16.
The launch from Baykonur Cosmodrome is Russia’s first commercial launch this year.
The Intelsat-16 satellite was developed by Orbital Sciences Corporation for the Intelsat Ltd., a leading provider of satellite services worldwide. It is equipped with 24 transponders and will provide telecommunications services to customers in Brazil and Mexico.
Intelsat Ltd. operates the world's most extensive satellite network, comprising over 50 satellites.
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SDO satellite launch.
On February 11, 2010 at 15:23 UTC, SDO (Solar Dynamics Observatory) satellite was launched from SLC-41 launch site of Cape Canaveral, USA.
The launch was performed by United Launch Alliance. The $848 million satellite was orbited by the Atlas-5 / 401 (AV-021) rocket-carrier.
SDO is to probe the sun and unravel its fundamental affects on Earth and society. The satellite's three instruments will take rapid-fire images of the sun, peer into the solar interior and measure its extreme ultraviolet radiation output. It will observe the sun faster, deeper and in greater detail than any previous observatories. The sensors will send up to 150 million bits of data per second, almost 50 times more science data than any other mission in NASA history. SDO will study the sun for at least five years, a ... Read more »
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STS-130 / ISS docking.
On February 10, 2010 at 05:06 UTC American Space Shuttle "Endeavour” successfully docked with the International Space Station.

The picture shows Endeavour is approaching the International Space Station. The photo was made by one of the Expedition 22 members.
The Endeavour's crew will be working with the Expedition 22 crew: Commander, NASA astronaut Jeff Williams and flight engineers Russian cosmonaut Max Suraev, NASA astronaut T. Creamer, Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kotov and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Soichi Noguchi.
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Space Shuttle Endeavour STS-130 launch.
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.
The mission will feature ... Read more »
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Progress M-04М / ISS docking.
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.
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Progress M-04M launch.
On February 3, 2010 the Russian Progress M-04M unmanned supply spacecraft was launched to the International Space Station from the Baykonur Cosmodrome at 03:45 UTC.
The space freighter will deliver more than 2600 kg of different kinds of cargo, including food and water supplies, fuel, oxygen and scientific equipment.
There are also personal parcels for the ISS crew members aboard the spacecraft. Russian cosmonauts Maksim Suraev and Oleg Kotov will also receive letters from their families and friends.
Progress M-04M is to be docked with the ISS on February 5, 2010 at 04:26 UTC.
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Cosmonaut Aksjonov. 75th Birthday Anniversary.

On February 1, 2010 Russian cosmonaut Vladimir Aksjonov marked his 75th birthday Anniversary.
Russian President D.Medvedev sent an official congratulation to the cosmonaut with this event.


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Site news.
FIP Section for Astrophilately 2009 Report on Activity is inserted into the Astrophilately chapter.
Astrophilately → Documents → FIP Section for Astrophilately 2009 Report on Activity.
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Russia orbited a military satellite.
On January 28, 2010 at 00:18 UTC the Russian "Raduga”-series satellite was launched with a Proton-M rocket-carrier from the Baykonur Cosmodrome.
Commander of Russian Space Forces, Maj. Gen. Oleg Ostapenko said the satellite "is a new project that will help significantly increase the capabilities of the space communication system."
Russia reportedly operates a constellation of 60-70 military satellites with reconnaissance, missile early warning and other capabilities.
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For collectors of Space Thematic.

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 ... Read more »
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