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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 »
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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.
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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.
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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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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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