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MARS MYSTERY

50 years ago, on Nov. 30, 1964, the USSR announced the launch of the Zond-2 spacecraft toward Mars, which would chase a pair of NASA's Mariner probes heading to the Red Planet for the first time.


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Oka

Uniternational space station

Published: December 15

 

What's really behind the latest revival of Russia's smaller, cheaper space station concept.

On Monday, answering questions from journalists at the end of an annual press-conference, the head of Roskosmos, Oleg Ostapenko said that the agency had been considering options for the development of the High-Latitude Orbital Station, also known by its Russian abbreviation as VShOS.

According to Ostapenko, the new space station would enable to monitor more than 90 percent of the nation's territory (thanks to the higher inclination of its orbit toward the Equator than that of the ISS). In the future, the station would also serve as a foundation for the Russian lunar exploration program, Ostapenko said. The orbital outpost could function as a permanently inhabited facility or as a fully automated spacecraft with periodic visits by the crew, according to Ostapenko.

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LATEST NEWS, UPDATES

 

Launch of Kondor-E postponed for 24 hours

Russia moves ahead with super-heavy rocket

Angara-5 leaves assembly building on its way to launch pad

 

Proton delivers Yamal-401

Russia's future Moon rocket

Ekspress-AM6 reaches 24-hour orbit

 

MANNED SPACE FLIGHT

 

Russia's next-generation spacecraft faces new delays

Mission of Soyuz TMA-15M

Progress M-24M deorbits

 

Soyuz TMA-13M lands successfully

How Soyuz rides into orbit

Russia subsitutes manned missions from Vostochny with Oka-T

 

MILITARY SPACE

 

Kosmos-2499: new signals, maneuvers!

Soyuz delivers seventh Meridian satellite

Russia to orbit South-Africa's first spy satellite Kondor-E

 

 

Kosmos-2499: Is it a spy or an assassin... or both?

Proton successfully returns to flight delivering a secret Olymp satellite

Second Persona comes back to life, joins info war over MH17

 

COMMERCIAL AND APPLICATION SPACE

 

GLONASS-K No. 12 enters orbit

Dnepr launches five Japanese satellites

Russia launches a twin for its largest comsat

 

Failure scenario emerges in Galileo launch

Russia plans new Ellipse comsat constellation

Meteor-M2 delivers its first image

 

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

 

Roskosmos jump-starts Strannik development

ESA narrows down the ExoMars landing site choices

Foton-M4 lands, geckos lost

 

 

Russia might add another orbiter to its fleet of lunar probes

Russia initiates work on solar sail

India ends cooperation with Russia on lunar landing

ROCKETRY

 

Proton prepares for a very busy 2015

Management reshuffle at Vostochny, Soyuz structure nears completion

Bulava flies test mission

 

 

Roskosmos postpones Angara in Vostochny

Kremlin denies Vostochny delays

Topol-M flies test mission (with video)

 

HISTORY

 

Chelomei at 100: Nuclear UR-700

Energia-M launch vehicle

Space program's biggest explosion: N1-5L

 

 

Chelomei at 100: LK project

Ramjet rocket turns 75

Enduring mystery of the Zond project

 

 

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