Category : Russia
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December 12, 2018

Russia Wants to Extend U.S. Space Partnership. Or It Could Turn to China. Russia’s Museum of Cosmonautics displays with rightful pride artifacts from its early years of storied achievements in space exploration: the first satellite, the first dog in space, the first man and, soon thereafter, the first toolbox. On Tuesday evening in Moscow, two Russian cosmonauts, Sergey Prokopyev and Oleg Kononenko, exited the station for a spacewalk to investigate the exterior of the capsule. They planned to remove a panel from the craft and return it to Earth for an examination for signs of leaked sealant. The Soviet Union, though beaten to the moon by the United States, was no slouch in lunar exploration. The Soviet Union was the first to photograph the far side of the moon and to land a rover and return a sample robotically. But it canceled its piloted program in the 1970s rather than strive for a second-place landing. “We were close,” Mr. Moiseyev said. Separate programs today, Mr. Rogozin said, are a fallback option. “It wouldn’t be right,” he said, to plan for a future of piloted flight after the International Space Station with multiple, competing national programs or alliances. What Russia can offer, Mr. Rogozin said, is a margin of safety for any future moon orbiting station. Over decades operating the Salyut and later Mir space stations, Russian cosmonauts tackled a range of in-flight emergencies and repairs ranging from fires to collisions that made the Russian program look like an orbiting Murphy’s Law. But they survived. “It’s better, cheaper and safer to go together,” Mr. Rogozin said. “Politicians will say, ‘Let’s do it alone,’ but politics ends where the opinion of a serious scientist begins. That’s what I say.” If the United States chooses to exclude Russia, and an emergency arises, he said, “Who will answer for that?”

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December 11, 2018

The cosmonauts of Roscosmos, Sergei Prokopiev and Oleg Kononenko, on December 11, 2018 at 18:59 (Moscow time), opened the hatch of the 'Pirs' docking compartment and went into openr space. You can see live broadcasting of NASA TV in English here: https://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html#public

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December 3, 2018

The "Soyuz MS-11" spacecraft successfully docked to the docking unit of the "Poisk" small research module of the Russian segment of the International Space Station (ISS). The docking was made on December 3 at 20:33 Moscow time. The "Soyuz-FG" launch vehicle with "Soyuz MS-11" spacecraft was launched on December 3, 2018 at 14:31 (Moscow time). The spacecraft delivered to the ISS the participants of the long expedition ISS-58/59: the Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko (Roscosmos), the American astronaut Anne McClain (NASA) and the Canadian astronaut David St. Jacques (CSA).

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December 2, 2018

Today, on December 2, 2018, the traditional press conference of the "Soyuz MS-11" spacecraft was held at the Training Complex of GCTC at the Baikonur City. The cosmonauts and astronauts answered the journalists' questions and told about the plans of the upcoming expedition to the International Space Station (ISS), spacewalks and the super-abilities, needed in space. Earlier, the State Commission approved the crews of the ship. The Roscosmos cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, astronaut of the Canadian space agency David Saint-Jacques and NASA astronaut Anne McClain have joined the main crew of "Soyuz MS-11" spacecraft. In accordance with the flight program of the International Space Station, on December 3, 2018 at 14:31 (Moscow time), the "Soyuz MS-11" spacecraft is scheduled to launch from the launch complex № 1 (Gagarinsky start) of the Baikonur Cosmodrome. The docking of the "Soyuz MS-11" with the station is planned to be carried out automatically, the docking of the ship with the station will be carried out after six hours, according to the “short” scheme, and will take place on 3 December.

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November 29, 2018

On November 29, in accordance with the pre-launch preparation plan, the main and backup crews of the upcoming long-term expedition to the ISS conducted a second "fitting" - a control inspection of the spacecraft in launch configuration. After checking the ship, the crews went to the assembly shop of the RSC "Progress" branch to inspect the "Soyuz-FG" launch vehicle, which on December 3, 2018 will launch the "Soyuz MS-11" spacecraft into orbit. The first "fitting" of the "Soyuz MS-11" spacecraft took place at the cosmodrome on November 20, during which the cosmonauts checked the tightness of spacesuits, familiarized themselves with the interior of the ship, including the placement of equipment.

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November 16, 2018

On November 16, 2018, at 21:14 Moscow time, from the Baikonur cosmodrome, the "Soyuz-FG" launch vehicle was successfully launched under the International Space Station (ISS) program. The launch vehicle launched the "Progress MS-10" cargo spaceship into near-earth orbit. The automatic docking of the “spacetruck” with the ISS will take place on November 18 at 22:30 Moscow time.

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November 14, 2018

Today, on November 14, the "Soyuz-FG" carrier rocket with "Progress MS-10" cargo spaceship was taken out of the assembly and test building and installed in the launch complex of the site № 1 of the Baikonur cosmodrome. Pre-launch tests of systems and units of the rocket-space complex are conducted, the interaction of the onboard equipment and ground equipment is checked. The launch of the "Progress MS-10" cargo spaceship by the "Soyuz-FG" carrier rocket from the Baikonur cosmodrome is scheduled for November 16, 2018.

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November 13, 2018

The main and backup crews of the 58 / 59th long expedition to the ISS approached the most crucial stage of preparation at the GCTC - the examination complex trainings. At first the backup crew of the ISS-58/59 (Roskosmos cosmonaut Alexander Skvortsov, ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano and NASA astronaut Andrew Morgan) began the tests on a simulator of the "Soyuz" manned spacecraft. Then, on the Russian segment of the International Space Station, complex trainings began with the main crew of the ISS-58/59 (Roskosmos cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, ESA astronaut David St. Jacques and NASA astronaut Anne McClain). When the main crew started trainings, Russian and foreign journalists had the opportunity to talk with the head of GCTC Pavel Vlasov. The examination complex trainings results of both ISS-58/59 crews will be announced tonight.

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October 31, 2018

According to the information from TASS News Agency, the cause of the "Soyuz-FG" rocket accident, that occurred on October 11, was the abnormal operation of the sensor, signaling the separation of the first and second stages of the carrier. This was announced on Wednesday by Sergey Krikalev - the executive director of Roscosmos for manned programs. The "Soyuz-FG" launch vehicle with the "Soyuz MS-10" spacecraft crashed on October 11, shortly after launching from Baikonur.

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October 25, 2018

On October 25 at 03.15 Moscow time Russian Aerospace Forces operational crew successfully launched Soyuz -2.1b booster with Russian Ministry of Defense satellite from Plesetsk launchsite located in Arkhalgelsk region.

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