Progress Supply Ship Docks with Mir
Russia was finally able to successfully launch the Progress supply ship to restock Mir for its final days. The launch was in jeopardy because of a launch ban by the Kazakhstan government at the Baikonur cosmodrome after a rocket mishap with a Russian satellite. Progress docked with Mir early Sunday.
Chandra Launch Only Days Away
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The Chandra X-Ray observatory is only days away from joining the Hubble Space Telescope – outside the obscuring atmosphere of the Earth. Chandra will launch on the Space Shuttle Columbia, the first US space mission ever commanded by a woman, Lt. Col. Eileen Collins.
Apollo 11’s 30th Anniversary Approaches
The 30th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission to the moon will be on July 20th. Many space-related websites are paying tribute to this achievement with special reports, and reprints of 30-year old articles.
Launch Ban Ends, Zenit Launches from Baikonur
Now that the Kazakhstan government have lifted the ban on rocket launches from the Baikonur cosmodrome, it should be business as usual again. After the Progress launch on Friday, a Ukrainian Zenit 2 booster carried an Okean-o remote sensing satellite into orbit early Saturday.