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It's not a great time to be a Russian cosmonaut. Thanks to the International Space Station making a maneuver to avoid space junk, the next Soyuz spacecraft's flight (due September 2nd) will take two days to reach the station instead of the relatively brisk six hours of recent trips. That's more...

August 26th 2015 at 10:44am 0 Comments
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Despite NASA's budget increase in 2015, the Congress didn't allocate enough money for the Commercial Crew Program to fast-track the development of American spacecraft that can ferry the ISS crew. As such, the agency is forced to extend its transportation contract with Russia yet again, because it...

August 6th 2015 at 5:15am 0 Comments
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The International Space Station has had a tough time getting supplies lately between two rocket explosions and an orbital failure, but it's going to get an important lifeline in the near future... hopefully. Russia is about to launch Progress 60, a cargo ship that will ferry over 3 tons of much-ne...

July 2nd 2015 at 8:06pm 0 Comments
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Russia's Roscosmos space program doesn't have a lot of cash to waste after its budget was cut by 35 percent in March. But an internal audit found that it flushed $1.8 billion down the toilet anyway, according to the Moscow Times. The nation's deputy prime minister said many of the losses were caus...

May 26th 2015 at 9:38am 0 Comments
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Russia's space program just can't catch a break, it seems. A spokesperson tells RIA that the country has suspended all Proton-M rocket launches following an accident that destroyed one model carrying a Mexican satellite. Officials reportedly want to know why this vehicle failed before they let any...

May 16th 2015 at 5:03pm 0 Comments
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An out-of-control Russian spacecraft has finally met its demise after re-entering the Earth's atmosphere. Progress M-27M was supposed to perform a resupply mission with the ISS, but ground control quickly lost contact after its launch on April 28th. Since then, the craft has been orbiting and slow...

May 8th 2015 at 9:19am 0 Comments
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The International Space Station has yet another problem on its hands. Russia's Progress 59 supply ship (you're looking at Progress 47 above) appears to have suffered a communications breakdown shortly after entering orbit, and it's been spinning out of control ever since. As you can see in the d...

April 28th 2015 at 3:29pm 0 Comments
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Russia is teaming up with the USA to build ISS 2.0 once the current one's funding runs out in 2024 -- at least according to Russia Today and state news agency TASS. The country's space agency, Roscosmos threatened in February to use the Russian ISS modules as a platform for a new base of its own a...

March 28th 2015 at 5:51am 0 Comments
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Russia's Roscosmos space agency is in a bind. It makes money ferrying American astronauts to the International Space Station, but it's going to have a lot of unclaimed seats once NASA starts using capsules from Boeing and SpaceX. The solution? It's resuming space tourism. When 2018 rolls around, E...

March 25th 2015 at 3:02pm 0 Comments
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The International Space Station isn't expected to maintain funding past 2024, but that doesn't mean that everything will come crashing down when the money runs out. Russia's Federal Space Agency has decided that it will keep its station modules in orbit after the ISS goes out of service, using the...

February 24th 2015 at 7:40pm 0 Comments
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It's been a weird life for Sarah Brightman, starting out as a dancer before recording one-hit wonder I Lost My Heart to a Starship Trooper, later reinventing herself as a classical soprano. Now, if you recognize the name, it's probably because she sang the duet to Time To Say Goodbye, more commonl...

January 20th 2015 at 9:58am 0 Comments