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ISS is 18




On November 20, 1998 the very first module of the ISS, renamed Zarya instead of the Functional Cargo Block, blasted into orbit from Russia, followed by a second module two weeks later. It wasn't until November 2, 2000 that humans moved on board – and have never left since – but NASA counts its birthday from the Zarya launch


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Footage shows launch failure of China's rocket 20 years ago


Rocket Science in 120: Propulsion


Expedition 50-51 Crew Docks to the ISS (Nov. 19)


U.S. Commercial Cargo Ship Departs the Space Station Headed for a Destructive Reentry (Nov. 21)


China successfully launched the Tianlian I-04 satellite on Tuesday (Nov. 22) from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China's Sichuan Province.

 

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No Christmas dinner on ISS


Russia's space agency says an unmanned cargo ship has crashed, 383 seconds after it blasted off en route to rendezvous with the International Space Station.

It came only hours after a keynote speech by Vladimir Putin to legislators in which he claimed Russia was successfully charting its way in the world despite Western sanctions.

The spacecraft, which was scheduled to arrive at the ISS on Saturday, was carrying rocket fuel and oxygen tanks, when it took off from the former Soviet cosmodrome at Baikonur in Kazakhstan.

The spacecraft lost contact with control and an explosion was reported near Biysk, in Siberia, around the time the spacecraft vanished.

It is not clear if the spacecraft came down in the Tuva Republic, in Siberia, or came down in neighbouring Mongolia or even the Pacific Ocean.


The loss will be seen as acutely embarrassing in Moscow, and especially for Rogozin who clamed 'issues of quality' over space launches had been stabilised after a series of failures.

NASA said: 'Our astronauts and the Russian cosmonauts are safe aboard the station. Consumables aboard the station are at good levels.'

Interfax reported the International Space Station has enough food reserves to continue working until the arrival of a reserve cargo rocket




Technical mishaps have complicated plans to extend the periods during which the ISS is fully staffed with six astronauts. Russia's Soyuz capsules offer the only way for global astronauts to reach the space station since the American space shuttle program was retired in 2011.

A similar incident with the Soyuz-U launch occurred in August 2011 when the third-stage engine failed due to the clogging of a fuel line, said Russian sources.
 

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In celebration of Soyuz first launch on 28th November 1966 heres a video demonstrating the Korolev Cross – a beautifully geometric display named after the legendary Soviet rocket designer Sergei Korolev.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sergei_Korolev




 
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A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV rocket carrying the eighth installment of the Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) satellite for the United States Air Force lifts off from Space Launch Complex-37. This was ULA's 11th launch in 2016 and the 114th successful launch since the company was formed in December 2006. WGS satellites are an important element of a new high-capacity satellite communications system providing enhanced communications capability to our troops in the field.

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We've lost a hero.

Former senator John Glenn, a war hero who went on to become the first American astronaut to orbit the Earth, has passed away at the age of 95.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Glenn


Glenn passed away on Thursday afternoon surrounded by family at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus, over a week after he was first hospitalized for an unknown illness



In 1962, Glenn became the first American astronaut to orbit the Earth (left). In 1998, he returned (right) to study its effects on the elderly, making him the oldest man to go into space at the age of 77



Glenn sits next to the Friendship 7 on February 20, 1962 space capsule atop an Atlas rocket just before he was launched into space to make the first orbit around the Earth




 
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Atlas V EchoStar XIX Live Launch Broadcast


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China's first dark matter satellite performing better than expected in first year

 

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Japan's space agency said it had successfully launched a solid fuel rocket named Epsilon-2.

The rocket is the latest in Tokyo's effort to stay competitive in an industry that has robust growth potential and strong security implications.






The 26-meter-long rocket, launched at about 8 p.m. (1100 GMT) from the Uchinoura Space Centre in southern Japan.

It then released a satellite for studying radiation belts around the earth soon after the lift-off, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) said.

The Exploration of Energisation and Radiation in Geospace (ERG) mission will be operated by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), studying Earth’s magnetosphere.

The Epsilon-2 three-stage rocket is part of a new generation of solid propellant rockets and makes it possible for launch costs to be reduced up to one third, according to JAXA.





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India is set to launch a rocket carrying 103 satellites next month in a record single mission.

The rocket will blast off from the southern spaceport of Sriharikota carrying three Indian satellites and 100 from countries including from the US, France and Germany, the Press Trust of India said.

If it succeeds, India will set a world record as the first country to launch the most satellites in one go and leave behind Russia, which launched 39 satellites in a single mission in June 2014.

Last June, India set a national record after it successfully launched a rocket carrying 20 satellites, including 13 from the US.

In May, it successfully launched its first mini space shuttle as it joined the global race to make reusable rockets.

It sent an unmanned rocket to orbit Mars in 2013 at a cost of just $73 million, compared with NASA's Maven Mars mission which had a $671 million price tag.

ISRO is also mulling the idea of missions to Jupiter and Venus, according to PTI.

http://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/sc...tes-at-one-go-in-February/article16987921.ece


 
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