Google+ SpaceTravelFoundation: 2013-06-09

June 13, 2013

Sun and Moon by Solar Dynamics Observatory from NASA

Credits: +NASA 

Remains of the Shenzhou-10 spacecraft found

Dear followers,

3 days ago, the Chinese space rocket, Long March 2F rocket, took off, from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, carrying 3 cosmonauts for the Chinese space station. Yesterday, the Chinese authorities founds some pieces of the space rocket lost during the successful liftoff of Shenzhou-10 mission.

The escape tower remains of Shenzhou-10 spacecraft have been found in Badain Jaran desert. The desert is located in the northwest of north China's Inner Mongolia, an autonomous region.

Ladder-like Ring around Saturn

June 12, 2013

Total eclipse over ahu NauNau, Pacific Island in 2010

Departure of the Russian Cargo Progress from ISS

Dear readers,

two weeks after its docking to the International Space Station with 3 cosmonauts, the Russian space cargo, called Progress 51 docked with success. The spacecraft has taken off from Baikonur in Kazakhstan on May 28 with the Russian rocket Soyuz. The three cosmonauts were  Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin of the Russian space agency, Karen Nyberg from +NASA  and +Luca Parmitano  from +European Space Agency, ESA 

Credits: +NASA 

The Progress 51P has been loaded with trash from the Space Station. After some a series of engine burns the spacecraft will be destroyed into Earth's atmosphere. The actual deorbit will occur on 19 June at 12:52 GMT.

The docking area of the International Space Station is now clear for docking with ATV-4 on Saturday 15 at 13:46 GMT.

Stay tune !

June 11, 2013

Successful liftoff of the Shenzhou 10 spacecraft with three Chinese astronauts

Dear followers,

today, on June 11, 2013 at 09: 38 GMT (5:38 a.m. EDT) the Chinese spacecraft, Long March 2F rocket, has taken off with success  for the Shenzhou 10 mission from Chinese space station, Tiangong 1. The liftoff has been done from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center. The spacecraft carries three astronauts, Nie Haisheng, ZhangXiaoguang and Wang Yaping.


Shenzhou 10 represents the final mission to Tiangong 1, which is set to be de-orbited later this year and replaced in the coming years with the larger Tiangong 2 and Tiangogn 3 modules, which will form the basis for a full-size orbital station.


You could follow in live steam the flight of the Chinese spacecraft with the crew :

or here

Morning view from ISS