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Soyuz TMA-20 launch.
On December 15, 2010 at 19:09 UTC the "Soyuz FG” rocket-carrier was launched from Baykonur Cosmodrome. The rocket-carrier orbited the "Soyuz TMA-20” spacecraft with the crew – commander Dmitriy KONDRATJEV (Russia); flight-engineer Catherine COLEMAN (USA); flight-engineer Paolo NESPOLI (Italy).
photo of Russian Cosmonaut Training Center
 
The space vehicle is to carry the crew to the International Space Station. The "Soyuz TMA-20” spacecraft is to dock with the ISS at about 9 p.m. UTC on December 17, 2010. The "Soyuz TMA-20” crew will join their colleagues Alexander Kaleri, Oleg Skripochka and Scott Kelly wh ... Read more »
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FIP Section for Astrophilately.
On December 10, 2010 in Vienna, Austria an informal meeting of the Chairman and the Secretary of the FIP Section of Astrophilately took place.
 
 
Jaromir Matejka, Secretary and Igor Rodin, Chairman discussed different questions concerning Astrophilately.
The plan of the Section’s activity in the period of 2010 – 2012 was discussed.
Jaromir Matejka and Igor Rodin also discussed the question concerning appropriate philatelic material for Astrophilatelic exhibits. ... Read more »
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Dragon capsule back on Earth after whirlwind test flight.
On December 8, 2010 at 15:43 UTC (10:43 EST) the Falcon 9 rocket was launched by SpaceX company from SLC-40, Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA.
Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) is an American space transport company founded by PayPal co-founder Elon Musk.
SpaceX became the first private company to successfully launch, orbit and recover a spacecraft (a Dragon).

The rocket orbited the "Dragon” spacecraft. It was the first test flight of NASA's Commercial Orbital Transportation Services project. The Dragon circled Earth tw ... Read more »
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Three Glonass-M satellites failed to be orbited.
On December 5, 2010 at 10:25 UTC the "Proton-M” rocket-carrier was launched from Baykonur Cosmodrome. The rocket-carrier with upper DM-3 booster was to orbit three Glonass-M satellites.
Being in flight, the "Proton-M” rocket-carrier deviated from its course to 8 degrees, which resulted later in a loss of three satellites. Three Glonass-M satellites fell into a non-navigational area of the Pacific Ocean in some 1500 kilometers northwest of the city of Honolulu, administrative center of the state of Hawaii, USA.
Glonass is the Russian equivalent of the U.S. Global Positioning System (GPS) and is designed for both military and civilian use. Both systems allow users to determine their positions to within a few meters.
Russia currently has a total of 2 ... Read more »
Looking through: 1567 | Date: 06.12.2010 | Rating: 0.0/0

Russian National Academy of Philately.
On December 03, 2010 at the General Congress of Russian National Academy of Philately the Chairman of the FIP Section for Astrophilately, Igor Rodin became a member of the Academy.

Mr. Andrey Strygin, President of Russian National Academy of Philately handed over the Diploma of the Academy to Igor Rodin.
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American space plane landed.
On December 03, 2010 at 09:16 UTC (04:16 EST) the U.S. Air Force's X-37B unmanned space plane returned back to Earth. The plane touched down on the runway of Vandenberg U.S. Air Force base.
The X-37B, also called the Orbital Test Vehicle, has been in space since launching aboard an Atlas 5 rocket on April 22, 2010 April from Cape Canaveral, Florida.
 
US Air Force photo
 
The Air Force stopped discussing the progress of the mission a few minutes after liftoff. The space plane's activities in orbit have been classified.
Looking through: 1669 | Date: 04.12.2010 | Rating: 0.0/0

Site news
Several pictures were added to the news published in the web on October 24 regarded to the 75th anniversary of cosmonaut German Titov's bithday. Look here.
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20 years of the 1st journalist space flight.
20 years ago on December 02, 1990 the world first journalist began his space flight aboard the Russian Soyuz TM-11 spacecraft. It was a Japan citizen Toyohiro Akiyama, journalist of Tokyo Broadcasting System (TBS) Corporation.
He began his space flight together with Soviet cosmonauts Viktor Afanasjev and Musa Manarov.

 
The special post cancellation and postage stamp devoted
to the USSR-Japan joint space flight.
 
Looking through: 2589 | Date: 04.12.2010 | Rating: 5.0/1

Ariane rocket laubch.
On November 26, 2010 at 18:39 UTC the Ariane-5ECA (V198) rocket-carrier was launched from French Kuru Cosmodrome of the Guiana Space Center on the northeast coast of South America.
The rocket-carrier orbited two telecommunications satellites: Intelsat IS-17 and Hylas 1.
The Intelsat 17 (5500 kilograms) satellite was built by Space Systems/Loral and will deliver a wide range of communications services for Europe, Africa, the Middle East and India.
Hylas 1 (2570 kilograms) belongs to Avanti Communications, British company. Designed and built by EADS Astrium in partnership with the Indian Space Research Organization, HYLAS 1 is to bring high-speed broadband services to remote rural areas across Europe.
Looking through: 1694 | Date: 27.11.2010 | Rating: 0.0/0

Soyuz TMA-19 landed.
On November 26, 2010 at 04:46 UTC the Soyuz TMA-19 landing capsule with the crew – Commander, Russian cosmonaut Fjodor Yurchikhin, American astronauts Shannon Walker and Douglas Wheelock - landed successfully to the North from the town of Arkalyk, Kazakhstan.
 
photo NASA
 
The Soyuz TMA-19 crewmembers are seen after being removed from the Soyuz TMA-19 capsule. From left to right: NASA astronaut Douglas Wh ... Read more »
Category: Manned Space Flights. | Looking through: 1655 | Date: 26.11.2010 | Rating: 0.0/0

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