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Russia will start operating its new Glonass-K navigation satellite, which is now undergoing in-orbit tests, by the end of the year, the head of the Russian Space Systems construction bureau has said, RIA Novosti reports. The Russian Space Forces successfully launched the satellite from the Plesetsk space center in northern Russia on February 26. This was the first launch carried out from Plesetsk; previously, Glonass satellites had been launched from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan. ...

05.03.2011 Subject: Politics

Soviet cosmonaut Alexei Leonov’s spacesuit that he used on the history-making SOYUZ-APOLLO joint spaceflight in July 1975 is expected to become the top lot of the Bonhams auction in New York in May, Voice of Russia reports. The auctioneers hope to get $100,000-150,000 dollars for it. The spacesuit that another Soviet cosmonaut, Gennady Strekalov, used during his flight aboard the MIR orbital space station in August through December 1990 is expected to go for 60,000 to 80,000 dollars. The auction is timed for the 50th...

04.03.2011 Subject: Politics

On March 2, the Russian Center at the University of Pedagogy in Ho Chi Minh City hosted a meeting of students from the Russian language departments of universities in the city. The speaker was Vitaly Trunov, director of the South Division of the Tropics Center. Following a viewing of the film Our Gagarin and a presentation by Vietnamese students, Dr. Vitally Turnov told the students about the first flight into space by Yuri Gagarin. The film and stories of Dr. Turnov generated a lot of questions among the students. When they...

03.03.2011 Subject: Politics

Space Service Centers will be created this year in 9 Russian regions. The head of the Federal Space Agency Anatoly Perminov spoke of this on the air of the “Voice of Russia”. One of the centers will be built in Gagarin, Smolensk region. Such space centers are already operating in 8 Russian regions, including Tatarstan, Kaluga, Yaroslavl, Krasnoyarsk, as well as in the suburban town of Odintsovo outside Moscow. Space Service Centers are used for satellite monitoring of land, natural resources, real estate, providing...

02.03.2011 Subject: Politics

Russia's space agency Roscosmos has no plans to increase the number of piloted and cargo missions to the International Space Station (ISS) after the conclusion of the U.S. shuttle program, the head of Roscosmos said on Wednesday, RIA Novosti reports. "We are not planning to increase the number of piloted space flights and the overall number of spacecraft [sent to ISS] after the shuttles are grounded," Anatoly Perminov said in an interview with the Voice of Russia radio. "At...

02.03.2011 Subject: Politics

The U.S. Discovery shuttle has successfully docked to the International Space Station (ISS), the NASA said on Saturday, RIA Novosti reports. Discovery Commander Steve Lindsey performed the maneuver at 2:14 p.m. EST, while the two spacecraft were orbiting 220 miles above western Australia. It was Discovery's 13th and final docking to the space station. After this mission, the shuttle will be retired and placed in a museum. According to NASA, Discovery has flown 38 missions to date - more missions than any other shuttle –...

28.02.2011 Subject: Politics

The Russian Space Forces have successfully launched a new Glonass-K navigation satellite from the Plesetsk space center, a Defense Ministry spokesman said Saturday, RIA Novosti reports. The previous launch under the Glonass project in December 2010, supposed to conclude the forming of the satellite grouping, was unsuccessful as the rocket veered off course and sunk in the Pacific Ocean. The loss cost Russia 2.5 billion rubles ($86 million) in direct damages. The Glonass satellite network is...

26.02.2011 Subject: Politics

A monument to world's first cosmonaut Yury Gagarin will be erected in downtown London in July, Britain's minister for universities and science David Willetts said, RIA Novosti reports. Willetts made the statement after signing an agreement with the Russian Federal Space Agency Roscosmos in Moscow on holding the Russian-British Year of Space in 2011. He said the statue will be built in front of a monument to British explorer and navigator James Cook, joking that the site could serve as a...

22.02.2011 Subject: Politics

The Russian Center in Pyongyang is holding a number of events in honor of the 50th anniversary of the first manned spaceflight by Yuri Gagarin as a part of the First in Space campaign of the Russkiy Mir Foundation. From January 25 to February 1, students and teachers at the Pyongyang University of Foreign Languages had the opportunity to attend the showings of a series of documentary films – The Starts of Great Victories, First in Space and Man Returns from Space. February 24 –...

22.02.2011 Subject: Politics

The international space station (ISS) partners are currently discussing a possibility to stage an extraordinary photo opportunity in March that would yield photo and video images of the space station with all current U.S., Russian, European and Japanese spacecraft docked at the outpost, the press service of the Russian Federal Space Agency Roscosmos said, RIA Novosti reports. If all goes well and space shuttle Discovery arrives at the International Space Station in late February, there will be a distinctive configuration: all...

21.02.2011 Subject: Politics

The Center of Russian Language and Culture at Plovdiv University, created in partnership with the Russkiy Mir Foundation, is joining the international First in Space campaign. A number of creative and sports event for students have been planned in honor of the first manned spaceflight. They include: National essay contest on the topic “Cosmos – the territory of the future” for high school and college students National children’s drawing contest “First in Space”...

18.02.2011 Subject: Politics

As a part of the Russkiy Mir Foundation’s First in Space campaign, the Russian Center at the Donetsk regional library will hold a series of exhibitions dedicated to space exploration and the 50th anniversary of Gagarin’s flight. The Russian Center will provide visitors the opportunity to become acquainted with unique publications and electronic versions of journals and newspapers that came out in April 1961. The organizers are certain that the exhibition will draw attention of Ukrainian youth to the issue of space...

16.02.2011 Subject: Politics

The president of Ukraine has issued directives to provide for the hold of joint events of Ukraine and Russia in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first flight into space by Yuri Gagarin and the 120th anniversary of writer Mikhail Bulgakov, ITAR-TASS reports. Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich directed Foreign Minister Konstantin Grishchenko, Education Minister Dmitry Tabachnik and State Space Commission head Yuri Alekseev to ensure that Ukraine holds joint events with Russia in celebration of the 50th anniversary of...

16.02.2011 Subject: Politics

As a part of the First in Space campaign organized by the Russkiy Mir Foundation, the Russian Center at Moldova State University has launched a special film lecture series.   The first lecture was devoted to the life and achievements of outstanding individuals who pioneered the Soviet space program. The director of the center told second-year philology students about spacecraft engineer Sergei Korolev and Mstislav Keldysh, the renowned mathematician who for years headed the Academy of Sciences of the USSR. The...

11.02.2011 Subject: Politics

The Russian Center which recently opened in Amman at the University of Jordan has joined the First in Space campaign. Starting in February 20, the center will begin its month-long documentary film program. The films will focus on the first manned flight into outer space, Yuri Gagarin and the achievements of the Russian space program. The films will help students become better acquainted with the fate of Gagarin, how he trained for his flight and how all of mankind welcomed him as a hero. The week of March 22 the Russian Center...

11.02.2011 Subject: Politics

In 2011, the state will declassify and publish documents related to Yuri Gagarin’s flight into outer space, Oleg Klishev, deputy director of the Central Scientific Research Institute for Machinery, told journalists. RIA Novosti reports that the publication is dedicated to the 50th anniversary of Gagarin’s flight. A large number of events and celebrations will be held in Russia and other countries in honor of this date. One of the main events will be a tribute to Yuri Gagarin and...

09.02.2011 Subject: Politics

The Russian Center at the Pushkin Institute in Tallinn has joined the international First in Space campaign, which is being held by the Russkiy Mir Foundation in celebration of the 50th anniversary of one of the greatest feats in the history of mankind – the first manned flight into outer space by Yuri Gagarin. The Russian Center plans a series of public and cultural events dedicated to the anniversary. The main focus of the Pushkin Institute is the support of Russian language and literature in Estonia. It helps people...

08.02.2011 Subject: Politics

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