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Europe set for record-breaking space launch

Nearly 40 years ago, European countries worried by US and Soviet dominance of space gave the green light to the first Ariane rocket.

Europe set for record-breaking space launch
International trio takes shortcut to space station

An international trio flying in a Russian capsule docked the International Space Station on Wednesday with a busy schedule full of space walks and an encounter with a pioneering US cargo craft.

International trio takes shortcut to space station
Photo courtesy of wallpaper-z.com
Ecuador satellite hits Soviet-era space junk

A tiny Ecuadoran satellite that collided in space with the remains of a Soviet rocket survived the crash, but was damaged and is not transmitting.

Ecuador satellite hits Soviet-era space junk
Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev. ©REUTERS
Nazarbayev discusses cooperation in airspace with foreign investors

Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev had a meeting with participants of the Foreign Investors Council yesterday.

Nazarbayev discusses cooperation in airspace with foreign investors
Photo courtesy of magenta-studio.ru
KazSat-2 satellite will be 70% loaded by end of 2013: KazKosmos

KazSat-2 is functioning normally, it is currently 64% loaded and we plan to achieve a 70% load of the satellite by the end of the year: Talgat Mussabayev.

KazSat-2 satellite will be 70% loaded by end of 2013: KazKosmos
Canadian ISS astronaut returns to Earth a star

Canadian spaceman Chris Hadfield on Tuesday returned to Earth along with two other astronauts after a half-year mission to the ISS that saw him become a global celebrity through his Twitter microblog.

Canadian ISS astronaut returns to Earth a star
Photo courtesy of www.primeminister.kz
KazKosmos builds reserve KazSat-2 control complex

Kazakhstan National Space Agency is building a reserve control center for KazSAT-2 near Almaty.

KazKosmos builds reserve KazSat-2 control complex
ISS crew ready for spacewalk after 'serious' ammonia leak

The ISS crew were preparing for an emergency spacewalk to fix a "very serious" leak of ammonia from the orbiting laboratory's power system seeping into space.

ISS crew ready for spacewalk after 'serious' ammonia leak
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Virgin Galactic tourist spaceship breaks sound barrier

Virgin Galactic's passenger spaceplane, which is designed to take tourists to the edge of space, flew its first rocket-powered test flight Monday, breaking the sound barrier at high altitude.

Virgin Galactic tourist spaceship breaks sound barrier
Orbital Sciences launches Antares rocket

US manufacturer Orbital Sciences launched its first Antares rocket Sunday, paving the way for a demonstration flight to the International Space Station within months.

Orbital Sciences launches Antares rocket
Chairman of Kazakhstan National Space Agency Talgat Mussabayev. Photo by Marat Abilov©
French want to personally launch Kazakhstan satellite

Kazakhstan’s high-resolution Earth remote-sensing satellite scheduled for launch in 2014 from French cosmodrome Kuru has secret equipment.

French want to personally launch Kazakhstan satellite
Putin unveils $50 bn drive for Russian space supremacy

President Vladimir Putin unveiled a new $50 billion drive for Russia to preserve its status as a top space power, including the construction of a brand new cosmodrome.

Putin unveils $50 bn drive for Russian space supremacy
Baikonur cosmodrome. RIA Novosti ©
Kazakhstan to continue space cooperation with Russia at Baikonur even beyond 2050: KazKosmos National Space Agency

Tengrinews.kz reported earlier, citing Russia’s Izvestia, that Russia may bring its operations at the Baikonur cosmodrome close to zero as early as by 2020.

Kazakhstan to continue space cooperation with Russia at Baikonur even beyond 2050: KazKosmos National Space Agency
Baikonur cosmodrome. RIA Novosti ©
Russia’s President believes Kazakhstan-based Baikonur is obsolete

We are aligning projects so that Baikonur could be also used. Surely, we will be exploiting it in partnership with space experts and agencies of Kazakhstan: Vladimir Putin.

Russia’s President believes Kazakhstan-based Baikonur is obsolete
Launch from Baikonur. RIA Novosti ©
Russia’s Roskosmos Space Agency suggests two scenarios of operations at Baikonur

Along the crisis scenario, Baikonur infrastructure will only be supported after 2021 to accommodate individual launches.

Russia’s Roskosmos Space Agency suggests two scenarios of operations at Baikonur
Three astronauts blast off on express ride to ISS

A crew of two Russians and an American blasted off Friday on a Russian rocket for the International Space Station, in a trip scheduled to be the fastest ever manned journey to the facility.

Three astronauts blast off on express ride to ISS
Proton launcher. ©RIA Novosti
Russia to solve problems with Kazakhstan by abandoning Proton

Head of RosKosmos Vladimir Popovkin declared that Proton launchers would be withdrawn from service after 2020.

Russia to solve problems with Kazakhstan by abandoning Proton
NASA Curiosity rover back online after memory glitch

NASA's Curiosity rover, which has been exploring Mars since it landed to much fanfare last August, is back on active status Tuesday, after a memory glitch set the robot back.

NASA Curiosity rover back online after memory glitch
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Three astronauts return to Earth from ISS: official

Three astronauts returned safely to Earth from the International Space early Saturday, aboard a Russian capsule which landed on the freezing Kazakhstan steppe.

Three astronauts return to Earth from ISS: official
World's largest ground-based space array to open in Chile

In a super-arid desert at an altitude of 5,000 meters, with almost no humidity or vegetation, the world's largest ground-based astronomy project opens for business Wednesday ready to probe the universe with unprecedented might.

World's largest ground-based space array to open in Chile