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April 11-17, 2016 / Vol 35, No 15 / Hawai`i Island, USA

8 Apr 2016, 20:44 UTC
April 11-17, 2016 / Vol 35, No 15 / Hawai`i Island, USA
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Cosmonautics Day and Yuri’s Night 2016 Celebrate Future of Space Exploration

The 55th commemoration of Cosmonautics Day occurs April 12, honoring Yuri Gagarin, the first human to orbit Earth, followed by Yuri’s Night 2016 celebrations. In Russia a procession will begin at Gagarin’s statue in Korolyov, lead to Gagarin’s grave at Red Square and continue on to Cosmonauts Alley near the Monument to the Conquerors of Space. The new Russia spaceport, Vostochny Cosmodrome at 51°N 128°E, intended to reduce the use of Kazakhstan Baikonur Cosmodrome, may carry out its first launch on April 27 with a Soyuz rocket lofting research satellites. Some of the 160 Yuri’s Night events planned in 45 countries on 7 continents and in space will be held at University of the Western Cape in South Africa, Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station in Antarctica and at McMurdo Station, Austral Hotel in Adelaide, Brazil Planetarium, and MIT in Cambridge MA. The ISS is in its 16th year of continuous human occupation. China is planning to launch Tiagnong-2 in Q3 2016 and have its Space Station complete by 2020. Blue Origin, SpaceX and other commercial companies are advancing reusable rockets, while NASA is developing SLS / Orion, China Long March ...

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