On June 18, 2017 at 16:11 UTC (on June 19, 2017 at 00:11 Beijing time) the Chang Zheng-3B/G2 (Long March-3B/G2) rocket-carrier was launched from Xichang Cosmodrome, Sichuan province, southwestern China. The rocket was to orbit the “Zhongxing-9A” (ChinaSat-9A) television broadcasting satellite. The satellite was placed in a lower-than-planned orbit a rocket-carrier. A brief statement from the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp. confirmed an anomaly in the 3rd stage of the “Chang Zheng-3B/G2” rocket left the “Zhongxing-9A” satellite in the wrong orbit.
On June 16, 2017 at 11:37 UTC the Russian “Progress MS-06” unmanned supply spacecraft docked to the International Space Station. The spacecraft was docked to the Russian “Zvezda (Star)” module. The spacecraft delivered about 2500 kilograms of cargo for the ISS crew.
On June 15, 2017, at 03:00 the “Long March –4B” (“Changzheng-4B”) rocket-carrier was launched from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Jiuquan, Gansu Province, the northwest of China. The rocket orbited the HXMT (Hard X-ray Modulation Telescope) “Huiyan” China’s first X-ray astronomy satellite.
On June 14, 2017 at 09:20 UTC the “Progress MS-06” unmanned supply spacecraft was launched from Baykonur Cosmodrome to the International Space Station. The spacecraft was orbited by the “Soyuz-2.1A” rocket-carrier.
On June 11, 2017 at 13:38 UTC the US "Cygnus” (CRS OA-7 “John Glenn”) unmanned supply spacecraft was deorbited. The spacecraft re-entered the atmosphere and burned up over the South Pacific Ocean. Packed with trash and other equipment tagged for disposal, an Orbital Sciences Corp. “Cygnus” spacecraft plunged back into the atmosphere over the uninhabited Pacific Ocean. It was the 7th flight of "Cygnus” to the ISS.
In 4 days since it departed the International Space Station to wrap up a successful cargo delivery mission, the US "Cygnus” (CRS OA-7 “John Glenn”) unmanned supply spacecraft deployed four small satellites. On June 8 at 17:53 UTC the Lemur-2-30 “JennyBarna” CubeSat and the Lemur-2-31 “Angela” CubeSat were deployed and at 21:31 UTC the Lemur-2-32 ‘Spirovision’ and Lemur-2-33 ‘RobMoore’ CubeSats were deployed.
On June 8, 2017 at 03:45 UTC the Russian "Proton-M” rocket-carrier was launched from Baykonur Cosmodrome. The rocket equipped with the "Briz-M” booster orbited the “Echostar-21” telecommunication satellite. Built by Space Systems/Loral in Palo Alto, California, the “Echostar-21” satellite weighed around 6,9 tons, making it one of the most massive commercial communications spacecraft ever launched, and the heaviest commercial payload ever flown on a Proton rocket.
On June 5, 2017 at 13:52 UTC the private U.S. unmanned supply spacecraft, the "Dragon” SpX-11 (CRS-11 flight), was successfully docked to the International Space Station. The linkup operation was carried out with the help of the giant 17-meter Canadarm. The capture with Canadarm-2 was performed by American astronauts Jack Fisher and Peggy Whitson. The Dragon spacecraft was maneuvered into position and attached to a berthing port on the space station's Harmony module. This docking marked the 11th time a Dragon spaceship has reached the space station, counting a demonstration flight in 2012.
On June 5, 2017 at 11:58 UTC, the GSLV Mk.III (D1) rocket-carrier was launched from Satish Dhawan (Sriharikota) spaceport, 80 km from Chennai, India. The upgraded Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle, named GSLV MK.3, orbited the GSAT 19 communications satellite.
Being a participant of the XXVIII Planetary Congress of the Association of Space Explorers, Russian cosmonaut Oleg Artemjev sent this letter from Sweden to Russia. Then the letter was delivered to the International Space Station to Russian cosmonaut Sergey Volkov.
The letter was delivered to the ISS by the Russian “Progress MS-01” unmanned supply spacecraft. To document the delivery, the letter was postmarked with all proper board seals dated 23 December 2015, the day when the “Progress MS-01” spacecraft docked to the Space Station. During more than 37 years of space
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