Space 2.0 the race to the moon, Mars, and other planets

Soyuz spacecraft lands off-target

Apr. 26th, 2008 | 12:23 pm

Whitson returned to Earth aboard a Soyuz TMA-11 spacecraft with Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko and South Korean spaceflyer So-yeon Yi. They touched down about 260 miles (420 km) short of their intended landing site and under a backup, ballistic mode. The landing subjected them to forces eight times that of Earth’s gravity, while normal Soyuz descents reach about six times Earth’s gravity.

“Shortly after [module separation] we switched automatically to the ballistic mode, which means we were going to be spinning up to 8 Gs and coming in on a steeper descent,” said Whitson, who commanded the station’s six-month Expedition 16 mission, in the post-landing recording. “I saw 8.2 Gs on the meter; it was pretty, pretty dramatic. Gravity is not my friend right now, and 8 Gs was especially not my friend, but it didn’t last too long.”


BBC article

South’s Korea’s first astronaut

Apr. 9th, 2008 | 10:47 am

The Russian Soyuz spacecraft, boarding South’s Korea’s first astronaut Yi So-yeon and also commander Sergei Volkov and flight engineer Oleg Kononenko, has had a successful depart today at the Baikonur launch facility.

The 29-year-old bio-engineer will have approximately 10 days to oversight a series of scientific tests.

South Korea will thus become the 36th country to send a person into space, and this is just the first step from a more ambitious plan Seoul has for the next 20 years, as they are planning a moon land by 2025, according to their own estimations.

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IMO this reflects poorly on the US. We’ve already been to the moon and we can’t get back until 2020.

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Yesterday’s Scrubbed Launch Successful Today

Mar. 20th, 2007 | 10:23 pm

“The second test launch of Falcon 1 took place today at 6:10 pm California time. The launch was not perfect, but certainly pretty good…”

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Space 2.0 – Race to the Moon – Calendar

Mar. 6th, 2007 | 09:57 am

2006 – private – The prototype of Las Vegas hotel billionaire Robert Bigelow’s “space hotel” in orbit

2008 – USA – Develop and test a new spacecraft, the Crew Exploration Vehicle

2010 – USA – complete the International Space Station

2010 – USA – the Space Shuttle…will be retired from service

2013 – USA – The first unmanned launch of the Ares I

2014 – USA – conduct the first manned mission

2015 – EU/RUSSIA – maiden test flight Crew Space Transportation System (CSTS) [ESA, FSA]

2017 – China – man on the moon

2018 – EU/RUSSIA – first manned mission for Crew Space Transportation System (CSTS) [ESA, FSA]

2018 – USA – The first unmanned launch of the Ares V

2018 – USA – man on the moon

2020 – USA – return to the moon

2035 – USA – manned mission to Mars

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