Russian space rocket fails in mid-air, two-man U.S.-Russian crew lands safelyThe Saigon Times Daily International Space Station (ISS) crew members astronaut Nick Hague of the U.S. and cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin of Russia board the Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft for the launch at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan October 11, 2018 - PHOTO: REUTERS BAIKONUR COSMODROME (REUTERS) - The two-man U.S.-Russian crew of a Soyuz spacecraft taking them to the orbiting International Space Station had to make a dramatic emergency landing in Kazakhstan on Thursday when a rocket failed in mid-air. U.S. astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexei Ovchinin landed safely without harm and rescue crews who raced to locate them on the Kazakh steppe quickly linked up with them, NASA, the U.S. space agency, and Russia's Roscosmos said. The Soyuz capsule carrying them separated from the malfunctioning rocket and made what is called a steep ballistic descent with parachutes helping slow its speed. … [Read more...] about Russian space rocket fails in mid-air, two-man U.S.-Russian crew lands safely
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A U.S. astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts wrapped up a 172-day mission aboard the International Space Station with a parachute descent and landing at dawn on the steppes of Kazakhstan, a NASA TV broadcast showed. The capsule made a parachute descent southeast of Zhezkazgan, disappearing into a layer of haze as it neared the ground. It was several minutes until NASA could confirm the landing at 7:13 a.m. local time on Wednesday (9:13 p.m. EDT on Tuesday/0113 GMT on Wednesday). Station commander Jeff Williams, with the U.S. space agency, and flight engineers Alexey Ovchinin and Oleg Skripochka, both with Russia's Roscosmos agency, pulled away from the space station at 5:51 p.m. EDT/2151 GMT as the ships sailed 258 miles (415 km) over eastern Mongolia, said NASA mission commentator Rob Navias. "I will certainly miss this view!" Williams tweeted earlier on Tuesday, posting a picture of sunlight glinting off the planet. "Vast gratitude toward my crewmates, ground teams, supporting … [Read more...] about U.S.-Russian crew lands in Kazakhstan after 172 days in space
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (C) speaks during a visit to the Sinhung Machine Plant in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang April 1, 2016.REUTERS/KCNA North Korea test-fired what appeared to be two intermediate range ballistic missiles on Thursday, but both failed, the U.S. military said, in a setback for North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ahead of next week's ruling party congress. The isolated nation has conducted a series of missile launches in violation of U.N. resolutions ahead of the Workers' Party congress which begins on May 6. South Korea also says North is ready to conduct a new nuclear test at any time. China said the U.N. Security Council was working on a response to North Korea's latest missile tests, while U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged Pyongyang to cease "further provocative actions." Thursday's tests looked to have been hurried, according to a defense expert in Seoul, and follow a failed launch of a … [Read more...] about North Korea test-fires two missiles, both fail: U.S.
The instrument will help improve weather forecasts, including hurricane monitoring and understanding of how ocean-atmosphere interactions influence Earth's climate. (Photo: NASA/JPL-Caltech/JSC) The U.S. space agency NASA announced Tuesday that it will launch the ISS-RapidScat instrument to the International Space Station in 2014 to measure ocean- surface wind speed and direction. The ISS-RapidScat instrument will help improve weather forecasts, including hurricane monitoring and understanding of how ocean-atmosphere interactions influence Earth's climate. It will help fill the data gap created when QuikScat, which was designed to last two years but operated for 10, stopped collecting ocean wind data in late 2009. NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have studied next-generation replacements for QuikScat, but a successor will not be available soon. To meet this challenge cost-effectively, NASA proposed adapting leftover QuikScat hardware in … [Read more...] about NASA to launch ocean wind monitor to space station
Russian federal space agency Roscosmos and the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Agency NASA have picked up crew members for the future year-long mission to the International Space Station (ISS), Roscosmos said Monday. Russian cosmonaut to participate in the longest-ever space trip is Mikhail Korniyenko while the U.S. astronaut is Scott Kelly, Roscosmos said in a statement published on its website. … [Read more...] about Russian, U.S. astronauts selected for year-long space flight