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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: 1217 | 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: 1065 | 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: 1067 | 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: 1112 | 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: 1497 | 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: 1032 | Date: 12.02.2010 | Rating: 0.0/0

STS-130 the 1st EVA.
On February 12, 2010 American astronauts Nicholas Patrick and Robert Behnken performed a 6 hours and 32 minutes EVA.
The new Tranquility module became a part of the International Space Station, giving the orbiting outpost a new utility room and gym with a grand window on the world. The spacewalkers prepped the module for removal from the shuttle payload bay and then worked to install umbilicals after it was attached to the station.
Looking through: 1122 | Date: 12.02.2010 | Rating: 0.0/0

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 »
Looking through: 1161 | Date: 12.02.2010 | Rating: 0.0/0

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.
Looking through: 1194 | Date: 11.02.2010 | Rating: 0.0/0

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