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Russia Eyes Nobel Prize in Physics

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – October 7, 2014) Soviet scientists may be among the laureates for the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics for promulgating a theory on “the first tremors of the Big Bang” that was empirically proven this Marсh, Rosbalt news agency reported. Soviet physicist Alexei Starobinsky was the first to introduce the theory

Can Russia stage a comeback in space?

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(opendemocracy.net – Ivan Safronov – August 18, 2014) Ivan Safronov is a correspondent at Kommersant and an expert on the space industry. Fifty years ago, the USSR was in the lead in the proxy war that was the space race, but now Russia is better known for rockets that either fail to launch or crash

RIA Novosti: Russian Scientists Hope Western Sanctions Will Not Impede Space Projects

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MOSCOW, August 4 (RIA Novosti) – Russian scientists hope that the western sanctions, imposed on Russia over the crisis in Ukraine, will not impede the implementation of space projects, according to the director of the Lebedev Physical Institute Astro Space Center, Nikolai Kardashev. The scientist specifically hopes the sanctions will not affect the Millimetron space

U.S. Space Industry Takes First Step Toward Ending Dependence on Russia

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Matthew Bodner – June 18, 2014) United Launch Alliance, or ULA, the leviathan of the U.S. Space launch industry, has answered a congressional call to end the U.S.’s dependence on Russian space technology for launches of military and intelligence satellites by signing development contracts with multiple domestic firms to develop a

Russia, U.S. considering new joint projects in ISS – newspaper

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(Interfax – June 4, 2014) Russia and the United States may soon announce new joint projects regarding the International Space Station (ISS), Izvestia wrote on Wednesday quoting First Deputy Director of the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Medical and Biological Problems Oleg Orlov. “Roscosmos has set a task to intensify the ISS scientific program.

Russian Space Program Gets $52 Billion Boost

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Matthew Bodner – May 15, 2014) As a tit-for-tat sanctions war vaporizes U.S.-Russian space cooperation, the Russian government has boosted the budget of its Federal Space Agency by 1.8 trillion rubles ($52 billion) to modernize and expand its existing infrastructure and capabilities by 2020. The new program for Russian space

Interfax: Shutdown of GPS stations in Russia would lower accuracy of U.S. precision weapons – source

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(Interfax – May 14, 2014) The suspension of the operations of GPS ground stations on Russian territory could affect the accuracy of U.S. precision weapons throughout the world, a source from the Russian rocket industry told Interfax-AVN on Wednesday. “The shutdown of these 11 stations would affect GPS accuracy around the world, and this concerns

Russia Retaliates Against U.S. Space Program in Response to Sanctions

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Matthew Bodner – May 14, 2014) Two weeks after warning the U.S. that sanctions on Russia’s space industry would have a “boomerang” effect, Deputy Prime Ministry Dmitry Rogozin announced that Russia was rejecting a NASA proposal to extend cooperation on the International Space Station and would limit exports of its

Moscow Times: U.S. Space Restrictions on Russia May Strike Back

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Matthew Bodner – April 30, 2014) With the latest restrictions on high-technology defense articles and services announced Monday as part of new U.S. sanctions on Russian officials and businesses over the conflict in Ukraine, Washington is playing a dangerous game that may wipe out two decades of closely cultivated commercial

RIA Novosti: OPINION: Freeze on Russia-NASA Space Cooperation to Have Global Backlash – Expert

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MOSCOW, April 3 (RIA Novosti) – Washington’s decision to freeze cooperation between the NASA space agency and its Russian counterpart on a slew of joint projects will hurt global space partnership but won’t be the end of the Russian space program, Director of the Space Policy Institute Ivan Moiseyev told RIA Novosti Thursday. NASA issued

Interfax: Productiveness of Dialogue on Space with U.S. Exceeds Expectations – Foreign Ministry Official

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MOSCOW. Feb 2 (Interfax) – The approach of the United States to confidence and transparency in space has greatly changed for the better, director of the Russian Foreign Ministry department for security and disarmament Mikhail Ulyanov believes. “The dialogue on space with Americans continues and has proven more productive than one could have expected. There

Asteroids may be colonized, become new means of transportation – experts

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NOVOSIBIRSK. Nov 14 (Interfax) – Colonization of asteroids is one of the most promising areas of space exploration, Khrunichev Research Center head Sergei Antonenko said. “About 10,000 asteroids are circling around the Earth and the asteroid belt consists of approximately 2 million bodies. Their total size is three times large than that of the Earth,”

RIA Novosti: Scientists See Increased Asteroid Threat

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WASHINGTON, November 8 (RIA Novosti) ­ Asteroid strikes like the one that occurred over the Russian city of Chelyabinsk in February are much more likely to happen than previously thought, scientists said in a report published in the scientific journal Nature. A team of researchers studied two decades’ worth of data gathered by US government-run

Will China overtake Russia in the space race?

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(Russia Beyond the Headlines – rbth.ru – Andrei Kislyakov, special to RBTH – October 20, 2013) Over the past few years, Beijing’s investment in the aerospace sector has rapidly grown. Expert discuss whether China could overtake the leading countries in the industry. According to public data for 2011, China exported $3 billion worth of high-tech

RIA Novosti: US ‘Itching’ to Join Russia in Anti-Asteroid Nuclear Defense – Report

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(RIA Novosti – WASHINGTON, October 16, 2013) ­ US scientists are “itching” to work with their Russian counterparts in putting nuclear weapons technology to use in new systems to defend Earth from threatening asteroids, an investigative journalism outlet reported Wednesday. “In recent years, advocates of the use of nuclear weapons to counter space threats have

Planetary defense: Which strategy will Russia choose?

Stylized Satellite View of Globe Highlighting Russian Impact Location for Meteor

(Russia Beyond the Headlines – rbth.ru – Andrei Kislyakov, special to RBTH – August 22, 2013) Russian researchers have been developing systems to gather data on the most dangerous threats to the Earth ­ and to destroy them, if need be. Yet a specific strategy for neutralizing space threats has yet to be developed. The

Interfax: Top Russian judge says U.S. drone operators ‘legitimate’ targets in war on terror

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(Interfax – St. Petersburg, May 30, 2013) UAV operators are a legitimate enemy target in wartime, Russian Constitutional Court Chairman Valeriy Zorkin believes. “A drone operator should have no illusions about his own security and impunity while controlling a UAV from a suburb of the US capital via satellite. He is a legitimate enemy target

Investment questions for Russia’s closed cities

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(Moscow News – themoscownews.com – Nathan Gray – April 15, 2013) One of the most famous and secretive features of the Soviet Union, closed cities – known today in Russian as ZATOs – still dot the country, though in far fewer numbers than during the Cold War. The cities, which numbered upward of 100 throughout

Putin Builds Space-Arms Defense as Russia Targets Mars, Moon

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(Bloomberg – bloomberg.com – Ilya Arkhipov – April 12, 2013) Russia’s building a system to neutralize space weapons as it prepares to send a man to Mars and build a permanent moon base, President Vladimir Putin and members of his government said. Russia will have the technical means by 2030 to counteract threats from space

Angels, Demons Are Taken for Aliens – Russian Cleric

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(RIA Novosti, MOSCOW, April 9, 2013) ­ Angels and demons do really exist, but are often mistaken for “so-called aliens” by those who encounter them, a senior Russian Orthodox Church clergyman said. “They are real creatures, humans come into contact with them as they sometimes reveal themselves,” Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin, who oversees the Church’s public

Chelyabinsk Meteorite: Mystery Revealed

Stylized Satellite View of Globe Highlighting Russian Impact Location for Meteor

(Russia Beyond the Headlines – rbth.ru – Alexander Panov, Combined report, RBTH – March 19, 2013) A month after the meteorite crash near the city of Chelyabinsk created a stir ­ both literally and figuratively ­ Russian scientists have calculated its weight and age and determined its main components and origin. The initial weight of

Russia to Complete Asteroid Shield Plan by Year-end

Stylized Satellite View of Globe Highlighting Russian Impact Location for Meteor

MOSCOW, March 12 (RIA Novosti) – Russia will complete a plan for a program to protect itself against threats from space by the end of this year, Civil Defense and Emergencies Minister Vladimir Puchkov said on Tuesday. That comes a month after a meteorite entered the Earth’s atmosphere undetected by existing space-monitoring systems and slammed

Meteor Raises Security Concerns

Stylized Satellite View of Globe Highlighting Russian Impact Location for Meteor

(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Ivan Nechepurenko – February  19, 2013) The meteor that struck outside Chelyabinsk on Friday with such suddenness and explosive force has prompted a question among some spooked observers: If Russian defense officials were unable to track an object 17 meters in diameter rocketing down to earth, how could they detect

Rogozin Tasked With Meteorite Prevention

Stylized Satellite View of Globe Highlighting Russian Impact Location for Meteor

(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Natalya Krainova – Februray 18, 2013) In light of the meteorite blast that sent shock waves through the Ural Mountains city of Chelyabinsk on Friday, leaving more than a thousand people injured, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev tasked his deputy, Dmitry Rogozin, with proposing ways to predict and prevent disasters from

Russian Meteorite May Be Named Chebarkul

Stylized Satellite View of Globe Highlighting Russian Impact Location for Meteor

MOSCOW, February 18 (RIA Novosti) – The meteorite which fell in Russia’s Urals on Friday is likely to be named Chebarkul after a lake where it fell in and the eponymous city on the lake’s shores, a leading scientist said on Monday. The fragments of the meteorite have been found by scientists in Lake Chebarkul,

Presidents Agree to End Baikonur Dispute

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Alexander Bratersky – February 11, 2013) Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, said Friday that they had agreed to end their dispute over the Baikonur Cosmodrome, which Russia rents from the Central Asian nation. Putin, who received Nazarbayev in the Kremlin, said that amid  increasing cooperation

Russia Charts its Space Frontiers Up to 2020

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Anna Gryaznova, M.S. – February 5, 2013) Space is a dark and mysterious thing. In the case of Russia’s exploration plans, this may be doubly so. The government adopted the Russian Space Program in December and published it a few weeks ago. But apart from the ambitious plans, the program

NEWSLINK: A revolution in space but calmer streets at home; Pundits predict a loss of momentum for the protest movement at home and see little scope for improvement in relations with the West

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(A revolution in space but calmer streets at home; Pundits predict a loss of momentum for the protest movement at home and see little scope for improvement in relations with the West – Russia Beyond the Headlines – Artem Zagorodnov – January 4, 2013 – click here for google cache version of article) Russia Beyond

NEWSLINK: Kazakhstan seeking to withdraw the Baikonur cosmodrome from Russian jurisdiction

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[Kazakhstan seeking to withdraw the Baikonur cosmodrome from Russian jurisdiction - ITAR-TASS - RUSSIAN PRESS REVIEW - Dec. 11, 2012 - http://www.itar-tass.com/en/c142/596443.html] Itar-Tass covers plans by Kazakhstan to end its lease to Russia of the the Baikonur space port: The legendary Baikonur complex which Moscow is operating on lease from Kazakhstan, may be withdrawn from

A waste of space: Ongoing technical failures leave doubts about the future of Russia’s space program

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(Moscow News – themoscownews.com – Kristen Blyth – November 19, 2012) What would you do with a billion dollars? You could buy Twitter. You could purchase a flight to space for 11 of your closest friends. Or, if you’re Russia, you could waste a sum equal to the GDP of Western Sahara on satellite malfunction

NEWSLINK: Russia reveals shiny state secret: It’s awash in diamonds; Trillions of carats’ lie below a 35-million-year-old, 62-mile diameter asteroid crater in eastern Siberia known as Popigai Astroblem. The Russians have known about the site since the 1970s.

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Russia reveals shiny state secret: It’s awash in diamonds; Trillions of carats’ lie below a 35-million-year-old, 62-mile diameter asteroid crater in eastern Siberia known as Popigai Astroblem. The Russians have known about the site since the 1970s. – Christian Science Monitor – September 17, 2012 – By Fred Weir, Correspondent – JRL 2012-165 click here

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