On July 17, 2009 the space shuttle Endeavour docked with the International Space Station at , delivering the final pieces of the Japanese Kibo complex and a new flight engineer to join the Expedition 20 crew. The shuttle and station crews opened hatches and greeted each other at
At night from July 2 to July 3 the redocking of the SoyuzTMA-14 spacecraft was performed. The spacecraft was undocked from the docking port of the Zvezda module and was docked to the docking port of the Pirs module. On July 2 at 21.29 UTC SoyuzTMA-14 with the cosmonauts Gennadiy Padalka, Michael Barrat, Koichi Wakata on board undocked from the ISS moved away from the station at the distance of 30 metres and at 21.55 UTC docked to the ISS again. The other members of Expedition 20 crew cosmonauts Romanenko, De Winne and Thirsk were aboard the station during the redocking of the SoyuzTMA-14.
On June 30, 2009 at 23.15 (Moscow time) the "Sirius FM5” satellite was launched from Baykonur Cosmodrome. The satellite was delivered to orbit by the "Proton-M” Russian rocket-carrier equipped with the "Breeze-M” booster (upper stage).
The Sirius FM5 mission is the 5th Proton launch of 2009 and the 346th Proton flight overall. Sirius FM5 is a Communications Satellite. It is a new high-EIRP geostationary satellite launched for Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. It will join the company’s three satellites that broadcast 100% commercial-free music, plus sports, news, talk, entertainment, traffic, weather and data over the United States. The satellite constellation now provides over 65 music channels with no advertising, over 70 voice channels (e.g., news, sports, commentary, humor, traffic, weather, etc.) and a few television channels to more than 7 million mobile and fixed subscribers. Service is additionally provided throughout Can
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In April in Moscow the Memorial Museum of Astronautics was opened after a long reconstruction. It was closed for repairing in 2006. The square of the renovated museum was enlarged in 4 times and now it is about 8 000 square metres. Now there are a lot of new exhibits here. In the museum there is a cinema, a conference hall, a picture gallery, children and youth club of aerospace education, the club of the veterans of cosmonautic, a café. Visitors can enter a full-size copy of the base block of the Mir space station.