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  • People participate in a flashmob rally to mark the 50th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin's mission, the first human spaceflight, in downtown  Moscow, Tuesday, April 12, 2011. The letters on helmet are acronym for the USSR, Union of the Soviet Socialist Republics. (AP Photo/Sergey Savostyanov)

    Russia's space chief promises new spaceship

    Russia will test a next-generation spacecraft, build a new cosmodrome and even consider a manned mission to Mars after 2035, the nation's space chief said Wednesday.

  • A Russian Orthodox priest blesses the Soyuz TMA-20 spacecraft at the launch pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome on Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010. The crew of NASA astronaut Catherine Coleman, Russian cosmonaut Dmitry Kondratyev and European Space Agency Astronaut Paolo Nespoli are to travel to the International Space Station on Dec. 16, 2010. (AP photo/Shamil Zhumatov, pool)

    Soyuz crew blasts off on space station mission

    Astronauts from the U.S., Russia and Italy blasted off into the darkness early Thursday, lighting up the chilly plains of Kazakhstan with their Soyuz spacecraft as they began a mission to the International Space Station.

  • Problems delay space station departure for a day

    The return of two Russian cosmonauts and an American astronaut to Earth from the International Space Station that was scheduled for Friday has been pushed back by a day because of problems encountered while undocking, the head of the Russian space agency said.

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