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July 2012 Space News

  • Russian Space Freighter Departs From Orbital Station RIA Novosti 31 Jul 2012 -- Russian Progress M-15M cargo spacecraft undocked early on Tuesday from the International Space Station (ISS) to depart on a three-week scientific mission before being buried in the Pacific.
  • NASA Mars Rover Will Face Harrowing Descent, Landing VOA 31 Jul 2012 -- The U.S. space agency is preparing for its newest Mars rover, Curiosity, to touch down on the Red Planet on August 6.
  • Progress M-15M Space Freighter Re-Docks with Space Station RIA Novosti 29 Jul 2012 -- A second attempt to re-dock the Russian Progress M-15M resupply spacecraft to the International Space Station (ISS) with the help of a new rendezvous system has been a success, a spokesman for the Russian Mission Control Center said on Sunday.
  • Russia Launches Cluster of Four Satellites RIA Novosti 28 Jul 2012 -- Russia's Space Forces launched early on Saturday a Rokot carrier rocket with a Cosmos class military satellite and three civilian satellites on board, spokesman Col. Alexey Zolotukhin said.
  • U.S., Poland Work on SM-3 Interceptors Deployment - Pentagon RIA Novosti 26 Jul 2012 -- Washington and Warsaw keep closely discussing the deployment of a US new-generation ballistic missile defense interceptor site in Poland by 2018.
  • Putin Lauds Russian Aerospace Defenses RIA Novosti 26 Jul 2012 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin lauded the nation's aerospace defenses, warning other states to have no doubts concerning Russia's nuclear weapons’ capability.
  • Readout of Secretary Panetta’s Meeting with Polish Minister of Defense Tomasz Siemoniak DoD 25 Jul 2012
  • Another Progress Freighter Re-Docking Attempt Set for July 29 RIA Novosti 24 Jul 2012 -- Another attempt to re-dock the Russian Progress M-15M space freighter to the ISS will be made on Sunday, July 29.
  • Russian Cargo Ship Fails To Dock At International Space Station RFE/RL 24 Jul 2012 -- Officials say a Russian "Progress" cargo ship has failed to successfully dock with the ISS during tests designed to ensure the effectiveness of future docking attempts.
  • NASA Offers Condolences on the Passing of Pioneering Astronaut Sally Ride NASA 23 Jul 2012 -- In a space agency filled with trailblazers, Sally K. Ride was a pioneer of a different sort. The soft-spoken California physicist broke the gender barrier 29 years ago when she rode to orbit aboard space shuttle Challenger to become America’s first woman in space.
  • Russia Launches Soyuz-FG Rocket with Five Satellites RIA Novosti 22 Jul 2012 -- Russia’s Soyuz-FG carrier rocket with a group of five satellites on board has blasted off from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan, a spokesman for the Russian space agency Roscosmos said on Sunday.
  • Iran to launch Fajr satellite soon, official IRNA 21 Jul 2012 -- Head of Iran's astronomy organization Hamid Fazeli announced that Iran will launch its Fajr satellite soon.
  • Communications spacecraft achieves major milestone Army News 19 Jul 2012 -- The Department of Defense's newest addition to the Wideband Global SATCOM constellation, WGS-4, achieved a significant milestone with the successful completion of Payload Characterization and Verification, or PCV, in May.
  • Air Force safety also applies to space AFNS 18 Jul 2012 -- When it comes to safety in the Air Force, much of the focus on mishap prevention goes into preventing and investigating slips, trips and falls. Ground safety applies to every member, regardless of their primary duty, and all can benefit from practicing prescribed safety methods in their everyday lives.
  • Russian Piloted Spaceship Delayed Two More Years RIA Novosti 18 Jul 2012 -- Russia's projected manned spacecraft capable of flights to the moon will not fly until 2018, the head of Russia's space agency, Roscosmos, Vladimir Popovkin, said on Wednesday, at least two years later than its previous projected flight date of 2015-16.
  • Russia Offers India Joint GLONASS Development RIA Novosti 17 Jul 2012 -- Russia has offered India joint participation in development of its GLONASS satellite navigation system on an equal basis, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said on Tuesday.
  • Russian Soyuz Docks with Space Station RIA Novosti 17 Jul 2012 -- Russia's Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft docked with the International Space Station (ISS) on Tuesday, Mission Control said.
  • Russian Space Lab Launch Delayed Again RIA Novosti 17 Jul 2012 -- The launch of Russia's 'Nauka' (Science) multirole laboratory module (MLM) for the International Space Station has been set back from the end of this year to the end of next year due to technological and organizational problems at the Khrunichev Space Center, the head of Russia's Energia space corporation Vitaly Lopota said on Tuesday.
  • New Space Station Crew in Orbit RIA Novosti 15 Jul 2012 -- A Russian Soyuz spacecraft with three new crewmembers, launched from the Baikonur Space Center to the International Space Station (ISS), departed successfully from the carrier rocket and reached intermediate orbit, Russia's Federal Space Agency Roscosmos reported on Sunday.
  • Russia to Start Testing New Soyuz Rocket by Yearend RIA Novosti 15 Jul 2012 -- Russia's Space Forces will begin test launches of an advanced light-class Soyuz-2.1V launch vehicle from the Plesetsk space center in northwestern Russia, the Defense Ministry said on Sunday.
  • Russian, U.S. Brass Meet On Syria, Missile Defense RFE/RL 13 Jul 2012 -- The top U.S. military officer has held talks with his Russian counterpart in Washington on missile defense and the Syria crisis.
  • Russian Commission Approves New Space Station Crew RIA Novosti 13 Jul 2012 -- A Russian state commission gave the final approval for the main and backup crews of a new expedition to the ISS.
  • Dempsey Meets With Russian Counterpart at Pentagon AFPS 12 Jul 2012 -- The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff met with his Russian counterpart at the Pentagon to discuss international security issues and methods to foster military relations.
  • Scientists Spot Fifth Moon Around Pluto RIA Novosti 11 Jul 2012 -- Astronomers working with the Hubble Space Telescope announced that they have found a fifth moon circling the dwarf planet Pluto.
  • Russian Army Chief Starts Visit to the United States RIA Novosti 10 Jul 2012 -- The chief of Russia's Armed Forces General Staff, Gen. Nikolai Makarov, will arrive in the United States on a three-day working visit focusing on U.S. missile defense plans.
  • Russian Space Firm Suspected of $17 Million Fraud RIA Novosti 10 Jul 2012 -- Russian police have opened a criminal investigation into alleged misuse of state funds set aside for the country's sat nav system.
  • Putin Worried Over Europe and ‘Anti-Russian’ US Plans RIA Novosti 09 Jul 2012 -- Russia’s President Vladimir Putin once again voiced his concerns over a U.S. bill penalizing Russian officials for human rights abuses and Washington's plans for a missile defense system based in Europe.
  • Russia Keen to Be Seen on Airshow Radar RIA Novosti 09 Jul 2012 -- Russia is eager to demonstrate it still produces cutting edge aerospace technology at the Farnborough show, which runs July 9-15.
  • Russia Launches Proton-M Rocket with Dutch Telecoms Satellite RIA Novosti 09 Jul 2012 -- A Russian Proton-M launch vehicle carrying the Dutch SES-5 telecoms satellite lifted off on Monday from the Baikonur Space Center in Kazakhstan after a series of delays.
  • NATO to Provide $1Bln for Missile Defense Infrastructure RIA Novosti 04 Jul 2012 -- NATO members have pledged to provide more than $1 billion to ensure the operation of the European missile defense system, Frank A. Rose, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance, said on Tuesday.
  • Belarus to Help Venezuela Build Space Complex RIA Novosti 04 Jul 2012 -- Belarus will help Venezuela build a space complex to launch satellites, the Ambassador of Venezuela to Belarus Americo Diaz Nunez, said at a news conference in Minsk on Wednesday.
  • 45th SW launches NRO satellite AFNS 03 Jul 2012 -- The 45th Space Wing successfully launched a United Launch Alliance-built Delta IV-Heavy rocket from Space Launch Complex 37 on June 29 carrying a classified National Reconnaissance Office satellite.
  • U.S. Aerospace Firms in Talks With Russia's Energia RIA Novosti 03 Jul 2012 -- Russia's Energia space corporation is holding talks with U.S. aerospace giants Boeing and Lockheed Martin over manufacture of docking sites and thermal protection equipment for space capsules for the U.S. firms.
  • NASA official lauds Taiwan's role in space project CNA 03 Jul 2012 -- Taiwan plays "a very important role" in an international space project that seeks to gather data about the origin of the universe, a NASA official said in Taiwan.
  • Space Station Crew Lands in Kazakhstan RIA Novosti 01 Jul 2012 -- A Soyuz reentry capsule with three members of the International Space Station (ISS) crew landed safely in Kazakhstan on Sunday, mission control said.

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