August 2012 Space News
- Russia to Develop Naval Equivalent of U.S. Aegis Defense System RIA Novosti 31 Aug 2012 -- Russia is set to develop a sea-based missile defense program similar to the US Aegis system.
- Putin Wants Changes in Space Industry RIA Novosti 31 Aug 2012 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin urged Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin and Roscosmos chief Vladimir Popovkin to draft proposals for restructuring the national space industry.
- U.S., Japanese Astronauts Complete Spacewalk RIA Novosti 31 Aug 2012 -- U.S. astronaut Sunita Williams and Japanese astronaut Akihiko Hoshide has completed almost a record long spacewalk outside the International Space Station.
- Russia to Develop Hypersonic Satellite Launcher RIA Novosti 30 Aug 2012 -- Russia's NPO Molniya space design bureau is designing a future hypersonic pilotless booster designated Hammer.
- US, Japanese Astronauts Space Walk to Conduct ISS Maintenance VOA 30 Aug 2012 -- U.S. astronaut Sunita Williams and Japanese astronaut Akihiko Hoshide are conducting a more than six-hour space walk.
- Twin Satellites Launched to Study Earth's Radiation Belts VOA 30 Aug 2012 -- Two U.S. satellites designed to study the radiation belts hovering above the Earth's atmosphere were successfully launched into orbit.
- Russia to Orbit Two Space Labs by 2016 RIA Novosti 30 Aug 2012 -- Russia is planning to launch two space laboratories within the next four years, a space company said.
- Remote Sensing Satellite Sends First Earth Imagery RIA Novosti 30 Aug 2012 -- Russia’s remote sensing satellite Canopus-B, launched a month ago, has taken its first photos of the earth’s surface, the Federal Space Agency Roscosmos said.
- Russian Companies Design Space Tour Plane RIA Novosti 30 Aug 2012 -- Russia's NPO Molniya design bureau and the Myasischev Experimental Factory are designing a space-plane for sub-orbital "space tourism" and small satellite launch flights.
- U.S. Hails Russia’s Readiness for Nuclear Cuts RIA Novosti 29 Aug 2012 -- The United States welcomes Moscow’s willingness to further reduce nuclear weapons.
- Apophis Asteroid Strike Practically Nil – Scientist RIA Novosti 29 Aug 2012 -- Scientists with the Institute of Astronomy of the Russian Academy of Sciences have recalculated the path of a large asteroid, Apophis.
- NASA Discovers Millions of Black Holes in Space VOA 29 Aug 2012 -- NASA's Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer telescope, also known as WISE, has led to a bonanza discovery of supermassive black holes and rare galaxies called hot DOGS, or dust-obscured galaxies.
- Curiosity Rover Sends Back Voice, Photos From Mars VOA 28 Aug 2012 -- The U.S. space agency NASA has achieved another first with its Mars Curiosity rover.
- Russian Women Could Return to Space RIA Novosti 28 Aug 2012 -- Russian women can be included into the country’s cosmonauts team if they successfully complete all selection stages.
- Russia Extends U.S. Agreement on Tax-Free Space Goods RIA Novosti 28 Aug 2012 -- Russia's Cabinet of Ministers has instructed the Foreign Ministry to extend for an additional five years an agreement with the US government on the tax-free delivery to and export of goods and technology from Russia necessary for bilateral cooperation in the space industry.
- Presidential Proclamation - Death of Neil Armstrong The White House 27 Aug 2012
- SECNAV Remembers Legacy of Naval Aviator, Astronaut Neil Armstrong NNS 26 Aug 2012 -- "On behalf of the men and women of the Navy Department, I extend my deepest and most heartfelt sympathies to the family of Neil Armstrong.
- Armstrong ‘Taught World Enormous Power of One Step’ - Obama RIA Novosti 26 Aug 2012 -- U.S. astronaut Neil Armstrong showed the world how powerful a small step could be, U.S. President Barack Obama said.
- Statement by the President on the Passing of Neil Armstrong The White House 25 Aug 2012
- Statement by Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta on the Passing of Neil Armstrong DoD 25 Aug 2012
- Panetta Praises Neil Armstrong’s Legacy AFPS 25 Aug 2012 -- Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said he was deeply saddened by death of Neil Armstrong today, calling the pioneering astronaut “one of America’s greatest heroes and naval aviators.”
- First Man to Set Foot on Moon Dies at 82 VOA 25 Aug 2012 -- Former U.S. astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, has died.
- First To Walk On The Moon, U.S. Astronaut Neil Armstrong Dies At 82 RFE/RL 25 Aug 2012 -- Former U.S. astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first human to walk on the moon, has died at the age of 82.
- Dragon Spacecraft Set to Make Second Run for Orbital Station RIA Novosti 24 Aug 2012 -- U.S. private company SpaceX will launch its Dragon space freighter on a next resupply mission to the ISS in October.
- NASA Set to Explore Earth’s Radiation Belts RIA Novosti 24 Aug 2012 -- NASA will launch early two probes to study the enigmatic radiation belts around the Earth that could be hazardous for spacecraft and astronauts.
- NASA's Mars Rover Poised to Begin Search for Life RIA Novosti 23 Aug 2012 -- NASA can soon begin looking for evidence that life might have once existed on the Red Planet.
- NASA’s Curiosity Makes First Test Drive on Mars RIA Novosti 22 Aug 2012 -- NASA scientists took the 900-kg Mars rover for a short spin on the surface of the Red Planet.
- Mars Rover Drives on Red Planet VOA 22 Aug 2012 -- The U.S. Mars rover Curiosity has successfully completed its first drive on the Red Planet.
- Russia to Build New Space Plant RIA Novosti 22 Aug 2012 -- A space satellite manufacturing plant will be built in the town of Shchyolkovo, just outside the Russian capital.
- Europe’s ATV-3 Space Freighter Raises Space Station Orbit to 420 km RIA Novosti 22 Aug 2012 -- Europe’s ATV-3 unmanned resupply spacecraft raised the International Space Station orbit to about 420 kilometers.
- NASA Selects New Mars Mission RFE/RL 21 Aug 2012 -- The U.S. space agency has announced it will send a robot to Mars in 2016 to investigate the red planet’s deep interior.
- Russian Cosmonauts Hang ISS Shield RFE/RL 21 Aug 2012 -- Two Russian cosmonauts have improved the safety of the International Space Station by installing shields to protect against zooming pieces of space junk.
- Russia’s ISS Crew Members Complete Spacewalk RIA Novosti 21 Aug 2012 -- Russian cosmonauts Gennady Padalka and Yury Malenchenko completed a six-hour spacewalk having carried out all planned maintenance tasks on the International Space Station.
- Moscow Recaps Its Missile Defense Posture RIA Novosti 20 Aug 2012 -- Moscow warned that the implementation of the European missile defense project could become a throwback to the Cold War era.
- Energia to Bid for Moon-Rocket Tender RIA Novosti 20 Aug 2012 -- Russia's Energia space corporation will take part in a tender for development of a new heavy-class carrier rocket, the company said.
- Curiosity Laser Targets Martian Rocks RIA Novosti 20 Aug 2012 -- Mars rover Curiosity fired its laser on Monday for the first time on the Red Planet to probe a chemical composition of a fist-size rock.
- Russian Cosmonauts Go on Spacewalk RIA Novosti 20 Aug 2012 -- Russian cosmonauts Gennady Padalka and Yury Malenchenko started a six-hour spacewalk to carry out a number of maintenance tasks on the International Space Station.
- Russia Buries Space Freighter in Pacific RIA Novosti 20 Aug 2012 -- Russia's Progress M-15M cargo spacecraft was sunk in a remote area in southern Pacific on Monday after a three-week scientific experiment in space.
- Russian Booster Rocket Lifts U.S. Satellite in Seaborne Launch RIA Novosti 19 Aug 2012 -- A Russian booster rocket has blasted off from the Odyssey launch pad in the Pacific Ocean as part of the Sea Launch project to deliver a U.S. satellite into orbit, a spokesman for Energiya space corporation said on Sunday.
- Russian Mars Water Sniffer Goes Online RIA Novosti 17 Aug 2012 -- A Russian neutron detector on board NASA's Mars rover Curiosity, designed to search for any water that might be bound into shallow underground minerals along the rover's path, was activated on Friday, the manufacturer said.
- Russia Confirms Booster to Blame for Failed Launch RIA Novosti 16 Aug 2012 -- The recent failure of a Russian rocket to put two satellites into their target orbit was caused by a malfunction in its Briz-M booster, Federal Space Agency Roscosmos head Vladimir Popovkin confirmed on Thursday.
- Space Station Orbit Adjustment 'to Continue on Aug. 22' RIA Novosti 16 Aug 2012 -- The European Space Agency's ATV-3 space freighter will carry on with a planned manouver to readjust the orbit of the International Space Station (ISS) on August 22, the agency said on Thursday.
- Europe's ATV-3 Spacecraft to Readjust ISS Orbit by 7.7 Km. RIA Novosti 15 Aug 2012 -- Engines of European Space Agency's ATV-3 space freighter will be switched on Wednesday to readjust the orbit of the International Space Station (ISS), the Russian Federal Space Agency Roscosmos said.
- Russian Space Official Resigns After Satellite Failure RIA Novosti 15 Aug 2012 -- The head of a top Russian rocket company handed in his notice on Wednesday, a day after Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev reprimanded space officials over a failed satellite launch last month, a government source said.
- Signal Found From Lost Indonesian Satellite RIA Novosti 13 Aug 2012 -- Contact has been made with an Indonesian telecommunications satellite that went missing following a failed launch last week, a Russian rocket firm said on Monday.
- Poland Wants to Build Missile Defense System with France, Germany RIA Novosti 11 Aug 2012 -- Poland wants to cooperate with France and Germany on the establishment of its own missile defense system, Polish Press Agency reported on Saturday, quoting Polish Defense Minister Tomasz Siemoniak as saying.
- US Confirms Plans to Strengthen Missile Defense in Gulf RIA Novosti 10 Aug 2012 -- The United States will continue establishing a global missile defense system and strengthening partnership with Persian Gulf countries.
- Medvedev to Name & Shame Failed Satellite Launch Officials RIA Novosti 09 Aug 2012 -- Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said he will name officials responsible for Monday's failed satellite launch next week.
- Fuel Pipe to Blame for Proton Launch Failure RIA Novosti 09 Aug 2012 -- Monday's failed satellite launch was caused by a fault in a fuel pipe.
- NASA's Mars Rover Sets Up Direct Link With Earth RIA Novosti 09 Aug 2012 -- Curiosity rover has successfully pointed its high-gain antenna toward Earth and gathered first data on surface radiation and temperature.
- Wayward Satellites to Orbit for Months - Space Source RIA Novosti 08 Aug 2012 -- Russia’s Briz-M booster is likely to keep flying in space for up to five months before sinking into the thicker layers of the atmosphere.
- As Curiosity Explores Mars, Russia’s Spacemen Take Stock RIA Novosti 08 Aug 2012 -- The United States has successfully launched its fourth surface rover to Mars in 16 years.
- Mars Rover Transmits First Color Image RIA Novosti 08 Aug 2012 -- The Mars rover deemed “Curiosity” has sent back to Earth its first color image of Mars’ surface.
- Space Agency Chief Denies Staff Changes after Proton Failure RIA Novosti 07 Aug 2012 -- Vladimir Popovkin, the head of Russia’s space agency Roscosmos, denied staff changes in the agency following Monday’s loss of two telecommunications satellites.
- Russia to Suspend Proton Rocket Launches RIA Novosti 07 Aug 2012 -- Russian Space Agency Roscosmos will suspend the launches of Proton-M rocket carriers with Briz-M boosters the incident when the booster had failed to bring two satellites into a calculated transition orbit.
- Russian Booster Fails to Put Satellites in Transit Orbit RIA Novosti 07 Aug 2012 -- Briz-M booster has failed to bring two satellites into a calculated transition orbit after the launch late.
- Rover Sends First Color Photo From Mars Crater VOA 07 Aug 2012 -- The U.S. space rover Curiosity has beamed to Earth its first color photo of the Martian landscape, a reddish-brown scene from the floor of a crater.
- Statement by the President on Curiosity Landing on Mars The White House 06 Aug 2012
- NASA Lands Rover on Mars VOA 06 Aug 2012 -- The U.S. space agency has landed a rover on Mars, completing the most harrowing step in a mission to investigate possible life on the planet.
- NASA Celebrates Mars Rover Landing VOA 06 Aug 2012 -- The U.S. space agency, NASA, says its Mars Science Laboratory has made a successful landing on the red planet.
- NASA's Rover 'Curiosity' Lands On Mars RFE/RL 06 Aug 2012 -- NASA said it received a signal from "Curiosity" after a dramatic descent into the Martian atmosphere.
- NASA's Curiosity Rover Lands on Mars RIA Novosti 06 Aug 2012 -- NASA, the U.S. space agency, reports that its Mars rover, Curiosity, has successfully touched down on the Red Planet.
- Air Force has role in Mars Rover success AFNS 06 Aug 2012 -- AEDC's role in supporting the MSL program has included evaluating the aerothermal loading of the heat shield at the complex's Hypervelocity Tunnel 9 facility in Silver Spring, Maryland.
- Russian Water Sniffer Feeds Curiosity RIA Novosti 06 Aug 2012 -- A Russian neutron detector on board NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity, designed to search for any water that might be bound into shallow underground minerals along the rover's path, will be activated within three to four days.
- NASA Lands Car-Size Rover Beside Martian Mountain NASA 05 Aug 2012 -- NASA's most advanced Mars rover Curiosity has landed on the Red Planet. The one-ton rover, hanging by ropes from a rocket backpack, touched down onto Mars Sunday to end a 36-week flight and begin a two-year investigation.
- NASA Rover Set to Land on Mars VOA 05 Aug 2012 -- NASA is set to land an exploratory vehicle on the planet Mars early Monday morning.
- Development and Use of Space for Peaceful Purposes Called for KCNA 05 Aug 2012 -- A DPRK delegate made a speech at the plenary meeting of the Geneva Disarmament Conference on July 31.
- NASA Announces Plans to Launch Astronauts From US VOA 03 Aug 2012 -- NASA has announced new agreements with U.S. companies to develop spacecraft so that astronauts once again can launch from the United States. The U.S. has not had that capability since it retired its space shuttle fleet last year. Now it looks like the launches could happen by the end of 2017.
- Roscosmos Announces Tender for Moon Rocket Design RIA Novosti 02 Aug 2012 -- The Russian Space Agency (Roscosmos) announced a ten-million ruble ($300,000) tender on Thursday to develop a blueprint of a heavy rocket-carrier that would be capable of carrying manned spacecraft to the moon, according to the official website that tracks state purchases.
- Azerbaijan to Host Radar Stations to Combat Smuggling RIA Novosti 01 Aug 2012 -- Seven radar stations will be sited along Azerbaijan’s Caspian Sea coast, the U.S. Department of State said in its country report on terrorism for 2011.
- Russia Launches Space Freighter to Orbital Station RIA Novosti 01 Aug 2012 -- Russia launched a Progress class space freighter on a resupply mission to the International Space Station.
- Russia to Deliver Supplies to Space Station in Record Time RIA Novosti 01 Aug 2012 -- For the first time Russia will attempt to deliver supplies to the International Space Station in six hours rather than two days.
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