August 2013 Space News
- ‘Albert Einstein’ Pulls Up ISS RIA Novosti 31 Aug 2013 -- Russian mission control successfully adjusted the orbit of the International Space Station.
- N. Korea Expanding Rocket Launch Site VOA 30 Aug 2013 -- A leading U.S. research institute says new satellite imagery shows North Korea has embarked on a major construction program at a launch site used last year to fire a rocket into orbit.
- India's GSAT-7 successfully launched IRNA 30 Aug 2013 -- India's first exclusive satellite for Navy, GSAT-7, was successfully launched.
- More Than 150,000 Earthlings Line Up For One-Way Ticket To Mars RFE/RL 30 Aug 2013 -- Five months ago, the MarsOne foundation began its search for the four people it says will become the first human settlers on Mars.
- Hubble Spots 'Cosmic Caterpillar' VOA 30 Aug 2013 -- The Hubble space telescope has spotted what astronomers are calling a “cosmic caterpillar.”
- New Research Says Life On Earth May Have Started On Mars RFE/RL 29 Aug 2013 -- Life on our home planet may have actually begun on Mars.
- Russia, Europe Discuss Joint Missions to Jupiter’s Moon RIA Novosti 29 Aug 2013 -- Russia’s and Europe’s space agencies are considering teaming up to study the largest moon in the solar system, Jupiter’s Ganymede.
- Titan's Surface More Rigid Than Thought, Says Study VOA 29 Aug 2013 -- Elevated areas on Saturn’s moon, Titan, may be tips of large icebergs pushing up on the moon’s rigid shell.
- Biggest Rocket in US Launched Wednesday RIA Novosti 28 Aug 2013 -- A giant rocket more than 21 stories tall launched into space from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
- Massive Volcano Erupts on Jupiter's Moon, Io VOA 28 Aug 2013 -- Jupiter’s moon Io is the most volcanic body in the solar system, and astronomers recently witnessed an eruption bigger than any ever recorded on Earth.
- Major Deals Signed at Moscow’s MAKS-2013 Airshow RIA Novosti 27 Aug 2013 -- An array of large-scale contracts have been signed on the first day of the MAKS-2013 airshow, just outside Moscow.
- Iran to launch Sharif satellite into space PressTV 27 Aug 2013 -- President of Sharif University of Technology says Iranian experts have finished the construction of an indigenous satellite called Sharif Sat, which has been delivered to Iran Space Agency to be lifted into the space.
- Russia to Make 2 Soyuz Launches From Kourou in 2013, 4 in 2014 RIA Novosti 27 Aug 2013 -- Two launches of Russian Soyuz rockets will be made from the Kourou spaceport in French Guiana before the end of the current year and four next year.
- Japan Calls Off Epsilon Rocket Launch RIA Novosti 27 Aug 2013 -- Japan’s space agency aborted the launch of its new light-class Epsilon carrier rocket just before blastoff it said in a statement posted on its website.
- Japan Set for Launch of New Carrier Rocket Epsilon RIA Novosti 27 Aug 2013 -- Japan is set to launch its new light-class Epsilon carrier rocket with a scientific research satellite.
- Evidence Found of Water Deep Below Lunar Surface VOA 27 Aug 2013 -- New evidence has emerged indicating there is water from an “unknown source” locked in mineral grains on the surface of the moon.
- Russia Inspects US Missile Defense Base RIA Novosti 23 Aug 2013 -- Russian officials conducted a secret inspection this week of a US missile defense base in California under the auspices of the New START arms treaty.
- 3 Senior Managers Fired Over Proton-M Crash RIA Novosti 23 Aug 2013 -- Three senior managers at Russia’s Khrunichev space company were dismissed over a Proton-M space rocket’s crash last month.
- Russia Orbits South Korean Satellite RIA Novosti 22 Aug 2013 -- A converted Russian intercontinental ballistic missile put South Korea’s Kompsat-5 satellite into orbit.
- Converted Russian ICBM to Take S.Korean Satellite Into Orbit RIA Novosti 22 Aug 2013 -- A converted Russian intercontinental ballistic missile will take South Korea’s Kompsat-5 satellite into orbit.
- Cosmonauts Complete Spacewalk, Unfold Russian Flag in Space RIA Novosti 22 Aug 2013 -- Two Russian cosmonauts completed an almost six-hour spacewalk outside the International Space Station and successfully returned on board the orbital outpost.
- Russian Cosmonauts to Make Six-Hour Televised Space Walk RIA Novosti 22 Aug 2013 -- Space enthusiasts will be able to watch a live feed of two Russian crew members from the International Space Station making a spacewalk.
- US, Russian Officials Discuss Missile Defense RIA Novosti 21 Aug 2013 -- Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov and US Acting Undersecretary of State Rose Gottemoeller have discussed missile defense and disarmament issues.
- Int’l Space Agencies Outline Steps to Take Humans to Mars RIA Novosti 21 Aug 2013 -- A consortium of 12 space agencies, including NASA and Roscosmos, released a blueprint for future space exploration.
- Russian Space Center Delays ‘Sabotage’ – Official RIA Novosti 21 Aug 2013 -- Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin slammed the slow progress of construction at Russia’s Vostochny cosmodrome during a visit to the facility.
- NASA Looks to the Future, Back at its Past VOA 21 Aug 2013 -- NASA administrator Charles Bolden formally introduced the space agency’s eight new astronaut candidates at the Johnson Space Center in Houston.
- Fuel leakage forces ISRO to call off GSLV D-5 satellite launch IRNA 20 Aug 2013 -- The launch of a Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle was called off by Indian Space Research Organization at the eleventh hour due to fuel leak.
- Russian Cosmonauts Complete Spacewalk RIA Novosti 17 Aug 2013 -- Two Russian cosmonauts completed their spacewalk about an hour later than scheduled, a spokesman for the Russian mission control center said on Saturday.
- NASA Gives Up on Fixing Planet-Hunting Kepler Telescope RIA Novosti 16 Aug 2013 -- NASA said Thursday it is giving up on trying to fix its $600-million planet-hunting Kepler space telescope, which was crippled by an equipment failure three months ago, but insisted there is still plenty of life left in the "spectacularly successful" mission.
- NASA Ends Attempts to Fix Kepler Spacecraft VOA 15 Aug 2013 -- The U.S. space agency says it is ending its attempts to fix the Kepler space telescope after engineers failed to repair two of the spacecraft's four reaction wheels. One of the wheels broke down in July of last year, while the second malfunctioned this past May.
- No Progress in Russia-NATO Missile Defense Talks – Official RIA Novosti 14 Aug 2013 -- Missile defense talks between Russian and NATO military officials in the past 10 days have reached another impasse, Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov said Wednesday.
- Air Force Space Command to discontinue space surveillance system AFNS 13 Aug 2013 -- Due to resource constraints caused by sequestration, Air Force Space Command officials have directed the 21st Space Wing to prepare to discontinue operations at the Air Force Space Surveillance System by Oct. 1. Final decisions on all fiscal 2014 budget issues will be made over the next few weeks.
- Russia Begins Construction of New Anti-Missile Radar RIA Novosti 13 Aug 2013 -- The construction of an advanced early missile warning radar will begin on Tuesday in central Russia to enhance the capabilities of the country's missile defenses, a Defense Ministry spokesman said.
- Japanese Cargo Spacecraft Docks with Space Station RIA Novosti 09 Aug 2013 -- A Japanese cargo freighter docked with the International Space Station on Friday, NASA said.
- 45th Space Wing launches satellite AFNS 08 Aug 2013 -- The 45th Space Wing successfully launched a United Launch Alliance-built Delta IV rocket carrying the sixth Wideband Global Satcom (WGS) satellite at 8:29 p.m., Aug. 7 from Space Launch Complex 37B here.
- NASA Maps Possible Europa Landing VOA 08 Aug 2013 -- The U.S. space agency, NASA, is looking at the idea of sending a robot lander to Jupiter's ice-covered moon, Europa, figuring it's the most likely place in the solar system to harbor extraterrestrial life.
- Russian Deputy PM Slams Space Industry, Urges Reform RIA Novosti 05 Aug 2013 -- Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin heavily criticized Russia's space industry on Monday, lambasting technical incompetence and calling for structural reform across the whole sector during a meeting of a commission appointed to investigate a high-profile launch failure last month.
- Proton Rocket Launches to Restart Next Month – Official RIA Novosti 05 Aug 2013 -- Launches of Russia's Proton rockets will restart in September, ending a suspension imposed after an accident last month, the head of Russia's Federal Space Agency said Monday.
- Premier Slams Russian Space Chief Over Poor Performance RIA Novosti 02 Aug 2013 -- Russia's Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev officially reprimanded the head of the Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) for incompetence Friday, the government press service said.
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