1. Officials unable to contact animal-carrying spaceship

    spaceexp:

    http://cdn1.img22.ria.ru/images/93841/06/938410652.jpgThe Russian Foton M4 space capsule carrying a package of biological and materials research specimens, including geckos and plant seeds, has stopped responding to commands from Earth, the Russian space agency announced Thursday (July 24). Researchers planned to monitor the effects of microgravity on the adult geckos, including their sexual behavior and embryonic development

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  2. 09:28 8th Jul 2014

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    tags: Venusspace exploration1982Russia

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    m1k3y:

Venusian Surface and Sky, from Venera 13 (1982)
Credits: Soviet Space Agency - Credits for the additional process. and color.: Dr Don P. Mitchell and Dr Paolo C. Fienga/Lunar Explorer Italia/IPF

The Venera 13 lander survived for 127 minutes (the planned design life was 32 minutes) in an environment with a temperature of 457 °C (855 °F) and a pressure of 89 Earth atmospheres (9.0 MPa). The descent vehicle transmitted data to the bus, which acted as a data relay as it flew by Venus. (Wikipedia)

    m1k3y:

    Venusian Surface and Sky, from Venera 13 (1982)

    Credits: Soviet Space Agency - Credits for the additional process. and color.: Dr Don P. Mitchell and Dr Paolo C. Fienga/Lunar Explorer Italia/IPF

    The Venera 13 lander survived for 127 minutes (the planned design life was 32 minutes) in an environment with a temperature of 457 °C (855 °F) and a pressure of 89 Earth atmospheres (9.0 MPa). The descent vehicle transmitted data to the bus, which acted as a data relay as it flew by Venus. (Wikipedia)

     
  3. 13:32 22nd Oct 2013

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    tags: Venusspace explorationRussia

    m1k3y:

    "The rover will reach Venus in a relatively short time and will work there for several hours, unlike previous rovers they were sent to Venus in 1975 and 1978 and transmitted data for minutes”

     
  4. 14:01 16th Jun 2013

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    tags: astronautRussia1963

    unhistorical:

    June 16, 1963: Valentina Tereshkova becomes the first woman in space.

    Two years after Yuri Gagarin became the first human in space, fellow cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova, launched on the Vostok 6 spaceflight, became the first woman to do so. Prior to her recruitment as a cosmonaut, Tereshkova was an amateur parachutist, the daughter of a tractor driver and a textile worker (if anything, her humble background made her an even more qualified candidate to represent the women of the Soviet space program). 

    Tereshkova was relatively young when she ventured into space; at twenty-six, she was exactly ten years younger than the Mercury Seven’s youngest astronaut, Gordon Cooper. After several months of intensive and secretive training, she was nominated and confirmed by Nikita Khrushchev himself to become the first woman in space, and she did so flawlessly on June 16, 1963. She remained in orbit for nearly three days, performing the same tasks as her male counterparts (collecting photographic information, manning her craft), before returning to Earth on June 19. Tereshkova made no further spaceflights after her milestone first, and nearly two decades passed before the Soviet Union ever launched another woman into space. Despite the brevity of her space career, she was not forgotten in her country and received several awards and decorations for her accomplishments - almost immediately after her successful return from space, Tereshkova received the title of “Hero of the Soviet Union”, which was awarded for “heroic feats in service to the Soviet state and society”. 

    Other links: How Valentina Tereshkova’s spaceflight worked

     
  5. 17:29 28th Feb 2013

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    discoverynews:

Russian Meteor Likely An Apollo Asteroid Chunk
After some very cool sleuthing by two astronomers, the true nature of the Russian meteor has been uncovered. Turns out it has a similar orbit to the Earth-crossing Apollo-class asteroids. This was a warning shot, there’s bigger ones out there [cue Jaws music] Read more

    discoverynews:

    Russian Meteor Likely An Apollo Asteroid Chunk

    After some very cool sleuthing by two astronomers, the true nature of the Russian meteor has been uncovered. Turns out it has a similar orbit to the Earth-crossing Apollo-class asteroids. This was a warning shot, there’s bigger ones out there [cue Jaws music] Read more

     
  6. 11:34 15th Feb 2013

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    barbiegail56:

The Meteor explained via The Telegraph

source (with bigger image)

    barbiegail56:

    The Meteor explained via The Telegraph

    source (with bigger image)

     
  7. 08:50

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    reblogged from: allgeektome

    tags: meteorRussia2013

    allgeektome:

    BREAKING NEWS: Meteorite Explodes Over Russian City, Hundreds Injured


    A meteor or meteorite exploded over the city of Chelyabinsk, Russia this morning, reportedly injuring hundreds of people. As of right now, there are no confirmed deaths in the city of roughly 1 million people, but officials are still assessing the situation.

    The number of injuries so far varies from 100 to roughly 400, most caused by shattered window glass.

    According to experts, the event is not connected with asteroid DA12, which is projected to pass within the orbit of geosynchronous satellites. That particular rock is, by all reliable accounts, expected to miss the Earth entirely later today.

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  8. vidorbital:

    Meet the gopher who lives under the Soyuz launch complex at Baikonur Cosmodrome.

     
  9. The 14.5-ton Phobos-Grunt spacecraft should fall back to Earth between Saturday and Monday (Jan. 14 to Jan. 16), Russia’s Federal Space Agency, known as Roscosmos, announced in a statement Wednesday. If Phobos-Grunt comes down at the “central point” in that window — 5:18 a.m. EST on Sunday — it will fall over a stretch of empty ocean west of the Indonesian island of Java, according to a re-entry projection map Roscosmos published with the update. But these projections are far from set in stone. The predicted time and place of re-entry may change as engineers continue to track the spacecraft’s decaying orbit, officials said. All that’s known for sure is that Phobos-Grunt will come down somewhere between 51 degrees north latitude and 51 degrees south latitude. (via Failed Russian Mars probe may crash Sunday - Technology & science - Space - Space.com - msnbc.com)

    The 14.5-ton Phobos-Grunt spacecraft should fall back to Earth between Saturday and Monday (Jan. 14 to Jan. 16), Russia’s Federal Space Agency, known as Roscosmos, announced in a statement Wednesday. If Phobos-Grunt comes down at the “central point” in that window — 5:18 a.m. EST on Sunday — it will fall over a stretch of empty ocean west of the Indonesian island of Java, according to a re-entry projection map Roscosmos published with the update. But these projections are far from set in stone. The predicted time and place of re-entry may change as engineers continue to track the spacecraft’s decaying orbit, officials said. All that’s known for sure is that Phobos-Grunt will come down somewhere between 51 degrees north latitude and 51 degrees south latitude. (via Failed Russian Mars probe may crash Sunday - Technology & science - Space - Space.com - msnbc.com)

     
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    Russia gives up on failed Mars probe, braces for crash landing next month
After a frustrating month, Russian space scientists have apparently abandoned efforts to save a Mars probe stranded in Earth orbit since early November.
Known as Phobos-Grunt, the robotic spacecraft carries some 7.5 tons of fuel and a small amount of radioactive cobalt. The Russian space agency, Roscosmos, expects the probe to plunge back to Earth around Jan. 9.
full article on Washington Post, photo from russianspaceweb

    Russia gives up on failed Mars probe, braces for crash landing next month

    After a frustrating month, Russian space scientists have apparently abandoned efforts to save a Mars probe stranded in Earth orbit since early November.

    Known as Phobos-Grunt, the robotic spacecraft carries some 7.5 tons of fuel and a small amount of radioactive cobalt. The Russian space agency, Roscosmos, expects the probe to plunge back to Earth around Jan. 9.

    full article on Washington Post, photo from russianspaceweb