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Tuesday, 2 July 2013

2 July 2013. RIA-Novosti Infographics. Technical Specifications of the Proton-M Carrier Rocket

00 RIA-Novosti Infographics. Technical Specifications of the Proton-M Carrier Rocket. 2013


On 2 July, a Proton-M transport rocket, launched from the Baikonur Cosmodromefailed a minute after lift-off. Over the past two and a half years, this is the seventh failed Russian space launch. See our infographic for the specifications of the Proton-M rocket. The Proton-M heavy-duty Launch Vehicle (LV) is designed to launch an unmanned spacecraft into Earth orbit and then into space. The Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Centre developed the vehicle, which Roskosmos uses to launch Russian and foreign government and commercial spacecraft. Proton-M is the workhorse of the Russian space programme; at present, it’s carrying the GLONASS satellite system and Ekpress communications satellites, which will provide coverage all over Russia. Read more >> For now, Proton-M launches are on hold, after two or three days, it’ll be clear what happened to the rocket. Indeed, it’s a fairly straightforward and well-proven piece of equipment. A space programme source said, “It’s clear that it wasn’t a glitch with the rocket; it was human error”.

On the possible causes of the Proton accident >>

Other Russian space failures in 2005-13 >>

2 July 2013




Click here for more on the Proton-M Baikonur launch failure


Sunday, 17 February 2013

17 February 2013. RIA-Novosti Infographics. Nearest Approaches of Asteroids to the Earth

00 RIA-Novosti Infographics. Asteroids that Buzz Planet Earth. 2013


On Friday, 15 February 2013, Asteroid 2012 DA14 will make its nearest approach to the Earth. Our Infographic shows the asteroids that will come closest to Earth in the next 200 years. To date, scientists have found hundreds of thousands of asteroids in the solar system. Collision of an asteroid with the Earth could cause fires, an earthquake, and/or a tsunami. According to some theories, the cause of past mass extinctions was the falling of celestial bodies on the planet.

On Friday, 15 February 2013 at 19.25 UTC (11.25 PST 14.25 EST 23.25 MSK 06.25 16 February AEST) Asteroid 2012 DA14, discovered in February 2012 by astronomers at the Observatorio Astronómico de La Sagra in Spainwill make its closest approach to the Earth, 27,700 kilometres (17,200 miles) above the earth’s surface, which is much lower than geostationary satellites (35,800 kilometres (22,500 miles)). It would be the largest celestial body that has come so close to the Earth on record. The mass of the asteroid is about 190,000 tons (210,000 US tons), and the explosion that would occur in the event of its fall to Earth would be comparable to the Tunguska event.

15 February 2013


Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Russia and Iran to Cooperate in Space

00 Russia Iran flag collage. 13.02.13


Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi told a press conference in Moscow that Russia and Iran would cooperate in cosmonautics. When answering a question from VOR, Salehi said that these plans were in a communiqué issued following the meeting of an intergovernmental commission in Moscow. Salehi emphasised that Iran is the only one of 57 Islamic countries that has the resources to independently produce and launch space satellites. He expressed his hope that cooperation with Russia would help Iran advance in outer space.

12 February 2013

Voice of Russia World Service


Editor’s Note:

This, along with Foreign Minister Lavrov’s recent statement that Western sanctions against Iran were counterproductive are signs that Russia has given Iran tacit guarantees and that all talk of attacking Iran is arrant bullshit. The US Republican Party is chock full of it, especially John McCain. These Russian (and Chinese) assurances give Iran protection against any Western assault (including any strike from the West’s client state, Israel). Anything that you hear on such sources such as Fox News, the National Review, or the Washington Times are empty chattering words… it’s nothing but vacuous sabre-rattling with nothing behind it.

Yet, the bubbas will eat it all up… Orthodox people should reflect on the fact that Potapov, Rod Dreher, Terrence Mattingly, and Alexander Webster (along with their Stepin Fetchit Paffhausen) are part of the godless neoliberal American propaganda machine and act accordingly. We shouldn’t allow such Sergianist trash to set the agenda amongst us…



Tuesday, 17 January 2012

17 January 2012: Sergei Yolkin’s World: The Snow Didn’t Know, But It Still Fell, Anyway…

The Snow Didn’t Know, But It Still Fell, Anyway…

Sergei Yolkin



American scientists launched an experiment with the purpose of determining the amount of moisture contained in snowflakes by their shape and size. Therefore, according to the NASA website, in future, it may be possible to measure the amount of precipitation by using satellites.

17 January 2012

Sergei Yolkin



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