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29 Jan 15 14:20:42 GMT
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Partners in Space: The First U.S.-Russian Manned Space Mission (Part 3)

Tom Stafford (right) shakes hands with his counterpart Alexei Leonov in the docking module tunnel on 17 July 1975. This grainy image represents the first serious effort at co-operation between the United States and Russia in human space exploration. Photo Credit: NASA

For almost two decades, the United States and Russia have collaborated in […]

Retro Space Images: Preparing for the First Handshake

Photo Credit: NASA / Retro Space Images

Ready for Launch — ASTP astronauts Deke Slayton and Vance Brand arrive at Patrick Air Force Base on this date in 1975 to begin final preparations for their launch on July 15.

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Update on Proton-M Launch Failure Fall-out

Photo Credit: Roscosmos / Vesti.ru

In the days since the spectacular failure of a Proton-M rocket seconds after its July 1 launch, a few more details have surfaced to shed a little light on the event. So far, most sources are being reported as anonymous and no information has been made public by the official investigation.

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Repercussions of Proton-M’s Fiery Launch Failure

Photo Credit: Tsenki TV

At 8:38 a.m. local time on July 2, a three-stage Proton-M with Block DM-03 upper stage took off from Baikonur Cosmodrome’s launch pad 24 at launch complex 81 carrying three GLONASS-M navigation satellites. Less than a minute later, the rocket and its cargo was back on the ground in a […]

Proton Rocket With GLONASS Explodes in Massive Fireball

Video courtesy of Roscosmos

A Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) Proton rocket carrying three GLONASS navigation satellites went out of control, resulting in a huge explosion. Shortly after liftoff on Monday, June 1, the Proton can be seen swaying wildly side to side, before arcing back toward Earth and […]

Premier Vol Habité: The Story of France’s First Man in Space (Part 2)

Its descent slowed by a main parachute and its touchdown cushioned by the ignition of solid-fueled rockets, the Soyuz T-6 spacecraft lands safely on 2 July 1982, bringing France’s first spacefarer back to Earth. Photo Credit: SpaceFacts.de/Joachim Becker

More than thirty years have passed since France became the first Western European nation to send […]

Premier Vol Habité: The Story of France’s First Man in Space (Part 1)

France’s first man in space, Jean-Loup Chretien, releases a flare during Black Sea training for his June 1982 mission. Photo Credit: SpaceFacts.de/Joachim Becker

More than thirty years have passed since France became the first Western European nation to send a man in space. For almost two decades, the “high ground” of […]

Soyuz Rocket Launches Four Satellites From French Guiana

Photo Credit: ESA / Corvaja

Tuesday, June 25 saw the launch of the first four satellites in a novel telecommunications network aimed at improving high-speed Internet access and mobile phone connectivity to vast numbers of people in developing parts of the world. The quartet of spacecraft, owned by the O3b company headquartered on the UK […]

'On the Edge': The Legacy of Valentina Tereshkova

By the summer of 1963, the Soviets had launched the world’s first man in space (Yuri Gagarin) and its first woman in space (Valentina Tereshkova). For an image-conscious Soviet leadership, these achievements were exploited for the political advantages which they afforded. Photo Credit: Roscosmos

It is a quirk of historical coincidence that both the Soviet […]

NASA Video: Soyuz Travels to International Space Station

Video courtesy of NASA

This video shows the approach of the Soyuz TMA-09M spacecraft to the waiting International Space Station. On board Soyuz was the flight’s commander, Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin, along with flight engineers Karen Nyberg and Luca Parmitano. The trio launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan less than six […]