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Small cracks found in Zarya module of the ISS

Russian cosmonauts discovered small cracks in the ISS’ Zarya module, according to Reuters. The fissures are superficial but may spread over time. At this point, it is unclear whether the cracks are causing any air leaks from the orbiting lab. Zarya was launched in November 1998. It is part of the ISS’ Russian segment and was the first piece of the station to reach orbit.

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Russia postpones lunar mission due to problems during testing

Russia postponed its first mission to the Moon in 45 years due to problems during tests of the Luna-25 spacecraft, Roscosmos announced. The mission was originally scheduled for 1st October from the Vostochny Cosmodrome had now been moved to May 2022. The Luna-25 mission aimed at the Moon's south pole will probe ice deposits.

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Arianespace´s Soyuz deploys 34 new OneWeb satellites

British operator OneWeb’s 34 new satellites launched into space on a Russian Soyuz rocket operated by Arianespace. The take-off was at 22.13 GMT Saturday from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Roscosmos space agency and Arianespace said. It was the fifth launch of OneWeb satellites this year, with the last one being in July.

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Register Today For Our Space Café Russia by Elina Morozova On 3 September 2021

This Space Café Russia will be hosted by Elina Morozova, Executive Director of the Intersputnik International Organization of Space Communications and a friend of SpaceWatch.Global , in conversation with Igor Porokhin, a Russian attorney-at-law and partner of legal firm InSpace Consulting known for having provided legal support for contracts for flights to the International Space Station

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Russian cosmonauts to create industrial greenhouse in Nauka module of ISS

An experiment to grow plants in a space greenhouse on an industrial scale will be conducted in Russia’s Nauka (Science) research module aboard the ISS. Experiment Vitacycle-T will involve growing Napa cabbage, grain, leguminous crops, and dwarf tomato varieties, TASS reports. Planting is planned in strips with seeds at certain intervals.

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Software failure caused misfiring and tilted ISS during Nauka docking

A software failure caused a thruster misfiring and tilted the International Space Station (ISS) during the docking of the Russian science module Nauka, space agencies and media reports said on Friday. Nauka inadvertently started to fire its thrusters after its successful docking to the ISS and tilted the station, causing a loss of attitude control for around 45 minutes, the reports said.

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Europe’s robotic arm and Russian’s Nauka on their way to ISS

The European Robotic Arm (ERA) is on its way to the International Space Station (ISS) after its launch from Baikonur, the European Space Agency (ESA) said. The 11-m-long robot is travelling folded and attached to what will be its home base – the Multipurpose Laboratory Module, also called ‘Nauka’, ESA said.

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