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December 2013 Space News

  • Surveillance-mad US bans Russia's GLONASS for spying fears - experts Voice of RUssia 30 Dec 2013 -- The United States does not want GLONASS stations on its territory. Americans are afraid that Russia's GLONASS global satellite navigation system might be used to spy on the US.
  • China is technically ready to explore Mars People's Daily 30 Dec 2013 -- Recently, the China Association for Science and Technology sponsored a meeting where scientists and the media were able to communicate face to face.
  • Russian Cosmonauts Complete Spacewalk RIA Novosti 28 Dec 2013 -- Two Russian cosmonauts who last month carried the Olympic torch into open space for the first time finished a spacewalk on Saturday to replace equipment on the outside of the International Space Station.
  • After Series of Delays, Russia Launches New Soyuz Rocket RIA Novosti 28 Dec 2013 -- A new Soyuz rocket blasted off from the Plesetsk space center in northern Russia on Saturday after numerous delays earlier this week, the Russian Defense Ministry said.
  • Russian Rocket Puts Telecoms Satellite Into Orbit RIA Novosti 26 Dec 2013 -- A Russian Proton-M heavy-lift rocket put a government communications satellite into orbit on Thursday in the final launch of the year for the Russian space industry.
  • 3 Russian Military Satellites Put Into Orbit RIA Novosti 25 Dec 2013 -- Three military satellites launched from Russia early Wednesday morning have reached their target orbit, a Defense Ministry spokesman said.
  • 'Iran to launch new indigenous carrier by 2015' Iran Press TV 24 Dec 2013 -- A senior Iranian aerospace official says the Islamic Republic plans to launch into space a new indigenously designed and manufactured carrier by the end of the next Iranian calendar year (March 20, 2015).
  • Russia and Kazakhstan Agree 3-Year Space Center Deal RIA Novosti 24 Dec 2013 -- Russia and Kazakhstan have agreed a three-year roadmap for the joint use of the Baikonur space center, the Russian presidential administration said on its website Tuesday.
  • Russia Set to Launch 3 Military Satellites RIA Novosti 24 Dec 2013 -- A Russian Rokot carrier rocket will lift off from the Plesetsk space center in northern Russia early on Wednesday to put three military satellites into orbit, the Defense Ministry said.
  • China's moon rover continues lunar survey after photographing lander People's Daily 22 Dec 2013 -- China's first moon rover, Yutu, or Jade Rabbit, continued patrol explorations on the lunar surface after taking photos of the lander for the fifth and final time early on Sunday.
  • Report: CIA helped Colombia kill rebel leaders Iran Press TV 22 Dec 2013 -- The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has secretly helped the Colombian government kill at least two dozen rebel leaders of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, an anti-US insurgency group, according to a report by The Washington Post.
  • US man jailed for ?helping Iran space program’ Iran Press TV 21 Dec 2013 -- A Maryland citizen has been sentenced to eight years behind bars for allegedly assisting Iran to launch its first research satellite.
  • NASA Astronauts Complete Orbital Station Repairs Spacewalk RIA Novosti 21 Dec 2013 -- NASA astronauts Rick Mastracchio and Mike Hopkins ventured outside the International Space Station on Saturday and completed a series of tasks to repair a broken equipment cooling system.
  • ESA to Make 3D Map of Milky Way VOA 20 Dec 2013 -- The European Space Agency this week successfully launched the star-mapping satellite Gaia on a mission that will take it more than a million kilometers from Earth - to create the first three-dimensional (3D) map of our galaxy, the Milky Way.
  • Space Telescope Begins Its Journey to Stars RIA Novosti 19 Dec 2013 -- An ambitious European space telescope has separated successfully from its Russian launch vehicle and started moving towards its working orbit 1.5 million kilometers above Earth, the Russian Space Agency, Roscosmos, said.
  • Iran deal obviates excuse for US missile system: Lavrov Iran Press TV 19 Dec 2013 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has reiterated that the implementation of a recent nuclear deal between Iran and the six world powers leaves no place for the deployment of a US missile system in Europe.
  • 'Satan' Rocket Could Step in to Launch More Russian Satellites - General RIA Novosti 18 Dec 2013 -- Russia could convert more of its RS-20 ballistic missiles to launch domestic satellites in place of other less reliable rockets, the commander of Russia's Strategic Missile Force said on Tuesday.
  • NASA, Navy Team Up For Capsule Recovery NNS 17 Dec 2013 -- Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 8 is training and preparing for NASA's unmanned Exploration Flight Test-One (EFT-1) for the Orion spacecraft, scheduled for early next year off the coast of Southern California.
  • China plans to launch Chang'e 5 in 2017 People's Daily 16 Dec 2013 -- China plans to launch lunar probe Chang'e-5 in 2017, according to the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense.
  • Iran unveils first land-based positioning system ISNA 16 Dec 2013 -- Iran unveiled the first land-based positioning home-made system in a ceremony attended by Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehghan.
  • Yutu gets rolling on the moon People's Daily 16 Dec 2013 -- China's first lunar rover and the lander took pictures of each other near mid-night on Sunday, marking the complete success of the country's Chang'e-3 lunar probe mission.
  • Iran unveils project to produce 1st national GPS system IRNA 15 Dec 2013 -- The project to produce first national Global Positioning System (GPS) was inaugurated during a ceremony here Sunday in the presence of Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan.
  • China Successfully Soft-lands Probe on the Moon RIA Novosti 15 Dec 2013 -- China on Saturday successfully carried out the world's first soft landing of a space probe on the moon in nearly four decades, state media said, the next stage in an ambitious space program that aims to eventually put a Chinese astronaut on the moon.
  • China's Chang'e-3 probe soft-lands on moon People's Daily 14 Dec 2013 -- China's lunar probe Chang'e-3, with the country's first moon rover onboard, successfully landed on the moon on Saturday night, marking the first time that China has sent a spacecraft to soft land on the surface of an extraterrestrial body.
  • Chinese Jade Rabbit rolls on to Moon's surface Iran Press TV 14 Dec 2013 -- China's unmanned spacecraft carrying Jade Rabbit robot rover has successfully landed on the Moon, joining the United States and former Soviet Union in accomplishing the feat last performed in 1976.
  • Iran successfully sends second monkey into space ISNA 14 Dec 2013 -- Iranian researchers have sent and recovered an explorer into space carrying live creature with the aim of developing space researches.
  • Space Station's Orbit Raised to Ensure Safe Docking RIA Novosti 14 Dec 2013 -- The orbit of the International Space Station was raised on Friday to ensure safe docking of a Russian spacecraft early next year, said a spokesman for Russia's mission control.
  • Russia, Belarus Sign Glonass Cooperation Agreement RIA Novosti 13 Dec 2013 -- Russia and Belarus on Friday signed an intergovernmental agreement on cooperation in the use and development of the Glonass global navigation and positioning network.
  • Air Force's secret space drone still in orbit a year later Iran Press TV 12 Dec 2013 -- One year after its launch into orbit, the US Air Force's secret space drone continues to circle the Earth as the goal of its mission and its payload remain a mystery.
  • Putin Says Missile Defense Systems Threathen Strategic Balance RIA Novosti 12 Dec 2013 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that plans by foreign powers to develop high-precision weapons for use with missile defense systems will threaten agreements that have ensured the global strategic balance.
  • Russia Speeds Up Work on Angara Rocket Base RIA Novosti 11 Dec 2013 -- Construction of a launchpad in northern Russia for the long-delayed Angara rocket will be completed ahead of previous estimates, the country's defense minister has said.
  • Iran to send Kavoshgar 7 carrier into space Iran Press TV 10 Dec 2013 -- Iran plans to send a living organism into space onboard the country's Kavoshgar 7 (Explorer 7) satellite carrier soon, an Iranian official says.
  • Russia Launches British Satellite RIA Novosti 08 Dec 2013 -- A Russian Proton-M carrier rocket with a British telecoms satellite blasted off from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan on Sunday, the Russian space agency Roscosmos said.
  • Launch Propels Southcom-sponsored Nanosatellite into Space AFPS 06 Dec 2013 -- An Atlas V rocket launched last night from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., carried a U.S. Southern Command-sponsored nanosatellite into space -- and with it, the potential for more reliable and less expensive communications for troops around the world.
  • Airmen support SES-8 Satellite launch AFNS 05 Dec 2013 -- The 45th Space Wing supported Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX, to complete a successful launch of the SES-8 communications satellite here Dec. 3.
  • Astronomers Spot Water on Five Exoplanets VOA 04 Dec 2013 -- Scientists say they have found evidence of water on five planets outside our solar system.
  • 'Geneva deal ends US need for missile defense System in Europe' Iran Press TV 04 Dec 2013 -- Russians Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says the recent historic nuclear deal with Iran eliminates the need for a missile defense system in Europe.
  • Russia's Future Space Launchpad Violated Construction Laws RIA Novosti 04 Dec 2013 -- Russian prosecutors said Wednesday that a probe revealed environmental, labor and building violations in the construction of what is slated to become the country's main space launch site.
  • Russia launches project to track US ballistic missiles Iran Press TV 04 Dec 2013 -- The Russian defense Ministry has reportedly commissioned the development of devices and software gadgets capable of tracking US ballistic missile launch.
  • Communications satellite turns 20 AFNS 03 Dec 2013 -- The 3rd Space Operations Squadron celebrated the Defense Satellite Communications System B10 satellite's 20th anniversary on orbit Nov. 28. The anniversary held significant importance for the squadron and for the Air Force, in part because the satellite was designed to operate for only 10 years.
  • China launches probe and rover to moon People's Daily 02 Dec 2013 -- China launched the Chang'e-3 lunar probe with its first moon rover aboard early on Monday.
  • Putin Signs Decree to Establish New Space Corporation RIA Novosti 02 Dec 2013 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday signed into law a decree to establish a state corporation that will consolidate developers and manufacturers of spacecraft.
  • China Launches Moon Rover Mission VOA 01 Dec 2013 -- China says the launch of its first ever robotic mission to the moon's surface has been a success
  • China Launches Moon Rover Mission VOA 01 Dec 2013 -- China has launched its first robotic expedition to the moon's surface, the latest step in an ambitious space program seen to reflect the country's rising global stature.
  • India's First Mars Probe Successfully Leaves Earth's Orbit RIA Novosti 01 Dec 2013 -- India's first mission to Mars, Mangalyaan, successfully left Earth's orbit on Sunday morning, beginning its 750-million kilometer journey towards the Red Planet, the Indian Space Research Organization has said.

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