The first man in outer space was the Soviet Union's very own Yury Gagarin. On April 12, 1961 he managed a successful flight, which lasted for 108 minutes. Gagarin and his famous charming smile became the symbol of the USSR. On March 27, 1968 the star of Gagarin disappeared from the sky... Photos of the day from the commander of the ISS Dmitri Kondratiev: "Officers of the Air Forces of the Russian Federation on the International Space Station
http://www.federalspace.ru/main.php?id=2&nid=16499 Gagarin's Golden Anniversary Celebration at the Grand Kremlin Palace
The Grand Kremlin Palace in Moscow was the scene of a concert and other activities paying tribute to Yuri Gagarin, the first human to fly in space. Gagarin's historic launch took place 50 years ago on April 12, 1961. Russian and American space officials and other dignitaries were on hand for the event.
At the Baikonur Cosmodrome continues intense preparations for the launch cargo transport ship Progress M-10M. " Today in the assembly and testing facility site 254 spaceport place setting ("knurling") on a cargo ship fairing. In the assembly and testing facility site 112 spaceport calculations Samara TsSKB-Progress and branch FGUP TsENKI - Space Center of the South "perform relaying a" package "of the launch vehicle (joined first and second stages) from the workplace on the transport-installation unit. Space rocket Soyuz-U "with a cargo transport ship Progress M-10M" is scheduled for 17.05 MSK April 27, 2011.
April 27, 2011 in 17 hours 05 minutes 21 seconds from the Baikonur Cosmodrome successfully launched launch vehicle Soyuz-U "with a cargo spacecraft" Progress M-10M. "
Launch mass is 7290 kg spacecraft. On board the Progress M-10M "- more than 2.6 tonnes of cargo, including fuel, water, containers with food rations, fresh food, medical equipment, parcels for the crew, equipment for scientific experiments:" Typology "," polygenes " "Plants", "Biorisk", "Bioemulsiya", "BIF", "Aseptic", "aryl","TNB","conjugation", "membrane", "SLS", "Bar", "Matryoshka P; apparatus "Glavboks-C and other goods.
Docking with the International Space Station is scheduled for April 29 at 18 hours 29 minutes to the docking compartment Pirs. Shooting TO KC "South" (Studio Space Agency).
SpaceX Not Allowed To Dock With ISS Until Safety Proven-Roscosmos
Russia will not permit the first U.S. commercial spacecraft to dock with the International Space Station (ISS) unless its safety is fully tested, a high-ranking Russian space official said on Friday.
The statement comes in the wake of media reports that the spacecraft's designer, U.S. company SpaceX, requested NASA to authorize the docking in December.
"We will not issue docking permission unless the necessary level of reliability and safety [of the spacecraft] is proven. So far we have no proof that those spacecraft duly comply with the accepted norms of spaceflight safety," said Alexei Krasnov, who heads the manned spaceflight department of Russia's space agency Roscosmos. He said that to authorize docking, the Russian space agency will need to study data about the demonstration flight due to take place later this year.
"We have received no requests from NASA on the issue," the space official said.
"This plan is realistic, and ultimately commercial spacecraft will be able to dock with the space station," he said. "But all in good time."
SpaceX, a commercial company, signed a contract with NASA to develop both the Falcon-9 carrier rocket and the Dragon vehicle. Last December, SpaceX orbited the Dragon onboard its carrier rocket and demonstrated orbital maneuvering, before the vehicle reentered the atmosphere and was recovered in the Pacific.
According to the SpaceX 2011's launch schedule, two Dragon flights are to take place in 2011. During the first flight, the spacecraft will perform the flyby of the ISS, approaching to within 10 km from the station. During the second mission, it is hoped to dock with the ISS.
MOSCOW, April 22 (RIA Novosti) http://en.rian.ru/russia/20110422/163657154.html
Soyuz Commander Dmitry Kondratyev, and Flight Engineers Cady Coleman and Paolo Nespoli bid farewell to their Expedition 27 crewmates and the visiting STS-134 astronauts as they prepare to leave the International Space Station for their return to Earth. JAXA Astronaut
Satoshi Furukawa, a Japanese doctor turn into an astronaut, departs to International Space Station in June 2011. His passion & hard work enables him to be an astronaut and finally going to Space. His flight will lead to the bright future of a human kind.
NASA Public Affairs Officer Josh Byerly talks to ground support personnel and mission officials in Russia and Kazakhstan as they prepare for the landing of Expedition 27 on May 23, 2011. Crew members Dmitry Kondratyev, Cady Coleman and Paolo Nespoli returned home aboard the Soyuz TMA-20 spacecraft while space shuttle Endeavour and the STS-134 crew were still docked to the International Space Station.