On September 3, 2017 at 01:22 UTC the Russian “Soyuz MS-04” landing capsule landed safely in Kazakhstan.
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The spacecraft delivered to Earth the 3 members of ISS’s Expedition 52 – Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin, American astronauts Jack Fisher and Peggy Whitson. Fyodor Yurchikhin and Jack Fisher spent in space 136 days. Peggy Whitson spent in space 290 days. Three other ISS crew members – Russian cosmonaut Sergey Ryazansky, American astronaut Randolph Bresnik and It
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On September 2, 2017 at 21:58 UTC (on September 3 at 00:58 Moscow time) the Russian “Soyuz MS-04” spacecraft undocked from the International Space Station to deliver to Earth the 3 members of Expedition 52 – Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin, American astronauts Jack Fisher and Peggy Whitson.
On August 31, 2017 at 13:30 UTC the PSLV-XL (C39) rocket-carrier was launched from Sriharikota spaceport, 80 km from Chennai, India. The rocket (PSLV - Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle) was to orbit the IRNSS-1H (Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System) satellite. The satellite remained stuck to its launcher after climbing into orbit when the rocket’s aerodynamic payload shroud failed to jettison as planned several minutes after liftoff.
On August 26, 2017 at 06:04 UTC the " Minotaur-4” rocket-carrier was launched from LC-46 of the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. The rocket orbited the ORS-5 military satellite tracking craft to help the Air Force track threats and debris in orbit. This was the first Minotaur launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
On August 24, 2017 at 18:50 UTC the "Falcon 9” rocket-carrier was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, USA. The rocket orbited Taiwan’s “Formosat-5” Earth observation satellite for Taiwan’s National Space Organization. The “Formosat-5” is the first major space mission fully designed, manufactured and tested in Taiwan.
On August 19, 2017 at 05:29 UTC the Japanese H-2A rocket was launched from Tanegashima Cosmodrome situated at the island located 115 km south of Kyushu. Kyushu is the third largest island of Japan and most southwesterly of its four main islands. The rocket orbited the “Michibiki” navigation satellite.
On August 18, 2017 at 12:29 UTC the “Atlas-5” rocket-carrier was launched from Cape Canaveral launch site of US Air Force. The launch was performed by United Launch Alliance supported by the 45th Space Wing of US Air Force. The rocket orbited the TDRS-13 telecommunication satellite (TDRS-M, Tracking and Data Relay Satellite).
On August 17, 2017, Russian cosmonauts Fyodor Yurchikhin and Sergey Ryazansky performed the extra vehicle activities (EVA – spacewalk). The cosmonauts launched five small science and technology satellites overboard and spent the rest of the spacewalk servicing external experiments and carrying out routine but time-consuming inspections and maintenance. They also installed 10 temperature sensors on the “Poisk” module and serviced another external experiment. The EVA lasted 7 hours and 34 minutes. It was the 9th EVA overall for Yurchikhin and the 4th for Ryazanskiy.
On August 16, 2017 at 22:07 UTC (on August 17 at 01:07 Moscow time) the Russian "Proton-M” rocket-carrier was launched from Baykonur Cosmodrome. The rocket equipped with the "Briz-M” booster orbited the “Kosmos-2520” communications satellite.
On July 13, 2017, the Russian Federal Communications Agency issued the postal stationery (a post card) devoted to the Russian “Gonets” (Messenger) civilian low Earth orbit communication satellite system. The first two satellites, which were used to test and validate the system, were launched from Plesetsk Cosmodrome on 13 July 1992.