Russia is planning to send a manned mission to the moon by 2030, Russian space agency Roscosmos said on its website on Friday.
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Very soon—perhaps by the time you’ve read this article—Russia will launch the Phobos-Grunt mission to Mars. Whether you’re interested in planetary science or human spaceflight there is good reason to hope that this mission succeeds, but also reason to expect it to fail.
The Russian space agency Roscosmos marked Halloween by publishing a photo essay of preparation work on Phobos-Grunt, the Mars probe set to launch from Baikonur on Wednesday. Although the timing was likely coincidental, the symbolism was rich. Mars has been a house of horrors for the Russian and Soviet space programs for the past 50 years.
The upper stages of Soyuz launch vehicles similar to the one that malfunctioned and led to the recent loss of a Progress space freighter will be returned to their producer for additional checks, including the upper stages of Soyuz ST rockets at the Kourou Space Center in Latin America.
NASA and its Russian partners approved a plan Thursday that would keep the International Space Station staffed in the wake of an Aug. 24 Soyuz launch failure that raised the possibility that the outpost might have to be evacuated.
Texas Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison has used her post as the senior Republican on the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation to invite the first and last astronauts to walk on the moon to testify at today’s Senate hearing on the future and safety of manned U.S. space exploration.
One of the little-noticed secrets of the worldwide launch industry is in the amount of Russian hardware and design experience that has gone into non-Russian rockets – including a good chunk of the U.S. industry. There also might be a bit of scandal involved, as one Russian manufacturer is accused of selling engines to United Launch Alliance for half price.
Mikhail Kornienko, a flight engineer on the International Space Station, wants to go back up.
Last month, I read a book that recounted the horrendous death in 1967 of Soviet cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov. So there’s a cosmonaut up in space, circling the globe, convinced he will never make it back to Earth;
Russia will build a national aerospace defense shield by the end of 2011, Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on Defense and Security Viktor Ozerov told reporters on Tuesday in the cosmonauts’ training center near Moscow. He believes that a combined aerospace defense force will cooperate more effectively with NATO’s European anti-missile defense system.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said on Tuesday Russia should develop its own space exploration program.
“I believe this is a very important topic, even in terms of our scientific ambitions,” Medvedev said. “If we do not do this, we will fall behind.”
Work at the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan was suspended Sunday on the 50th anniversary of a disaster that killed more than 70 people at the site.
Responding to unexplained damage to a piece of the next Soyuz spacecraft, the Russian builder of the capsule has shipped a replacement descent module to Kazakhstan for preparations to launch the next three-person crew to the International Space Station in December.
New onboard digital command and control systems have helped increase the payload of Russia’s manned Soyuz TMA-01M spacecraft by 70 kg, the head of the Energia space corporation said on Tuesday.
The Russian government announced that the historic Baikonur Cosmodrome, where the space race began with the 1957 launch of Sputnik, will be replaced within the decade by a new facility in Siberia.
Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has ruled out a possibility of leasing the Vostochny cosmodrome.
“Russia ranks first in the world in space rocket launchings; therefore, we do not have to lease. We will fulfill our obligations that exist today and the obligations that will arise tomorrow.
All necessary decisions are in place for launching the construction of the spaceport Vostochny in the Amur region in 2011, the head of the federal space agency (Roscosmos), Anatoly Perminov, said at a meeting of the Scientific and Technical Council devoted to the sketch of a future high-capacity next-generation space rocket complex of middle-class for the spaceport Vostochny.
Russia’s Federal Space Agency Roscosmos will launch a probe bearing a neutron generator to study the moon’s surface in 2012, a leading space researcher said on Tuesday.
Roscosmos Head, Anatoly Perminov, stated that the mission to Mars is planned after 2035, answering the questions of the students at the opening ceremony of International Students` Science School “Space Exploration: Theory and Practice” in Russian Federal Space Agency.
The Russian scientific institute that started on Thursday the Mars-500 simulation of a manned mission to the Red Planet has launched an interactive website on the experiment in cooperation with Google.