During visit to Baikonur of NASA Deputy Administrator Frederick D.Gregory, the Russian side proposed the United States’ participation in the unique project Spaceport (Kosmoport), which intends the launch of superheavy carrier rockets.
It is becoming increasingly difficult to tally US declarations about the International Space Station (ISS) with reality. On the one hand, President Bush and NASA have given repeated assurances that the US still sees the ISS as a unique international project in manned space flight. On the other hand, words alone cannot make equipment, especially sophisticated space equipment, keep functioning. Money is needed for the final version of the space station to appear in all its beauty, complete with new Russian and US-Canadian elements, the European Columbus orbital facility and the Japanese Kibo module.
Today on August 27th, the distance between the Earth and the Mars will reach its absolute minimum, which happens in the universe once in five thousand years. The moments when the planets come closer to each other are called “opposition” in the scientific world, academic secretary of the Astronomy Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences Dmitry Ptitsyn recalled in an interview with a RIA Novosti correspondent.
Power supply problems have appeared at the Mars-Express interplanetary space station of the European Space Agency (ESA) launched from the Russian Baikonur-2 space centre on June 2 this year. The station’s wing with solar semiconductor batteries has become disconnected from the station’s power system for an unknown reason, which reduced by a quarter power supply to the instruments at Mars-Express, a RIA Novosti correspondent was told Wednesday at the Russian Rosaviakosmos aerospace agency.