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October 24, 2008. MCC-M S.P. Korolev RSC Energia, Korolev.
Soyuz TMA-12 descent vehicle landing At 7:37, Moscow Time, Soyuz TMA-12 descent vehicle returned to Earth.
Russian cosmonauts S. Volkov and O. Kononenko have completed their flight under the program of Expedition 17 to the International Space Station (ISS-17), and a spaceflight participant, US citizen R. Garriott has completed his flight under the program of the visiting mission 15.
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October 14, 2008. MCC-M S.P. Korolev RSC Energia, Korolev.
'Soyuz TMA-13 spacecraft docking to ISS The Russian manned transportation spacecraft Soyuz TMA-13 has docked with the International Space Station.
The spacecraft approached ISS after two days of free flight in low Earth orbit. The docking was performed in automatic mode.
The initial contact of the spacecraft docking unit with the docking port on the Functional and Cargo Module Zarya took place at 12:26 Moscow Time At that time ISS was within coverage area of Russian ground tracking stations.
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October 12, 2008. Baikonur branch office of S.P.Korolev RSC Energia - Baikonur launch site.
Soyuz-FG LV in flight In accordance with the mission plan of the International Space Station (ISS) and Russian commitments under this project, a manned transportation spacecraft Soyuz TMA-13 was launched from Baikonur launch site at 11:01 Moscow Time.
The objective of the launch was to deliver to ISS the Expedition 18 crew (ISS-18): cosmonaut Yu. Lonchakov (Russia) and astronaut M. Fincke (USA), as well as a space flight participant R. Garriotte (USA) under the program of the Visiting Mission 15.
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The Soyuz TMA-13 spacecraft docking with the ISS is scheduled to occur on October 14, 2008 at 12:38 Moscow Time. A live video of the docking is planned.

October 11, 2008. Baikonur branch office of S.P.Korolev RSC Energia - Baikonur launch site.
The ISS-18 and VC-15 crews A session of the State Commission was held. The Head of the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center V.V. Tsibliev made a report on the crew readiness for the mission. The President and General Designer of the S.P. Korolev RSC Energia V.A. Lopota made a report on the readiness of the integrated launch vehicle/manned spacecraft system Soyuz-FG/Soyuz-TMA for further pre-launch processing. The State Commission confirmed the primary and backup crews of Soyuz TMA-13 and ISS-18, and also made a decision to proceed with the preparation of the integrated launch vehicle/spacecraft system Soyuz-FG/Soyuz TMA-13 for fueling and launch at the scheduled time - on October 12, 2008, at 11:01 Moscow Time.
The Prime Crew: the spacecraft commander, ISS-18 Flight Engineer 1, cosmonaut-tester of the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center, Russian Air Force Colonel Yury Valentinovich Lonchakov; the spacecraft flight engineer, ISS-18 commander, NASA astronaut, US Air Force Colonel Michael Fincke; space flight participant of the ISS visiting mission, USA citizen Richard Garriott.
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October 10, 2008. Baikonur branch office of S.P.Korolev RSC Energia - Baikonur launch site.
Soyuz-FG LV on the launch pad A rollout of the Soyuz spacecraft from the assembly-test facility to the launch site was provided. The Soyuz-FG launch vehicle with the Soyuz TMA-13 transport spacecraft was erected on the launch pad. Operations under the launch minus two days program began.
The launch of the Soyuz-FG integrated launch vehicle with the Soyuz TMA-13 spacecraft to the ISS Orbital Complex is planned for October 12, 2008 at 11:01 Moscow time.
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A live video of the Soyuz-FG rocket blast-off is planned.

October 9, 2008. Baikonur branch office of S.P.Korolev RSC Energia - Baikonur launch site.
Soyuz-FG launch vehicle At Baikonur launch site the preparations continue for the launch of Soyuz TMA-13 transport manned spacecraft under the International Space Station program.
In the LV Integration and Checkout Facility, the basic integration of the Soyuz-FG launch vehicle with the upper composite has been completed.
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A meeting of the Technical management under the chairmanship of RSC Energia President and General Designer V.A. Lopota and State commission was held. A decision on rollout of the launch vehicle with the Soyuz TMA-13 transport manned spacecraft to the launch facility and its preparation for launch planned for October 12, 2008 was adopted.
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October 8, 2008. Baikonur branch office of S.P.Korolev RSC Energia - Baikonur launch site.
Soyuz TMA-13 spacecraft Orbital module of the Soyuz-FG launch vehicle, containing the Soyuz TMA-13 manned spacecraft was transported from the spacecraft processing facility for the general integration with LV.
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October 7, 2008. Baikonur branch office of S.P.Korolev RSC Energia - Baikonur launch site.
The primary crew of Soyuz TMA-13 spacecraft In the assembly/test building primary (Yury Lonchakov (Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center, Russia), Michael Fincke (NASA, USA), Richard Garriott (USA)) and backup (Gennady Padalka (Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center, Russia), Michael Barratt (NASA, USA), Nik Halik (Australia)) crews of the Soyuz TMA-13 transportation spacecraft made a check inspection of the spacecraft in the launch configuration and got acquainted with equipment to be delivered and returned to the ground.
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October 5, 2008. Baikonur branch office of S.P.Korolev RSC Energia - Baikonur launch site.
Designers inspection of the Soyuz TMA-13 spacecraft At Baikonur launch site the preparations continue for the launch of Soyuz TMA-13 transport manned spacecraft under the International Space Station program.
Designers inspection of the Soyuz TMA-13 spacecraft was completed.
Payload shroud roll on to the Soyuz TMA-13 spacecraft was performed.
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October 3, 2008. Baikonur branch office of S.P.Korolev RSC Energia - Baikonur launch site.
Soyuz TMA-13 transport manned spacecraft At Baikonur launch site the preparations continue for the launch of Soyuz TMA-13 transport manned spacecraft under the International Space Station program.
Soyuz TMA-13 transport manned vehicle fuelled with propellant components and compressed gases was delivered to the Spacecraft Assembly and Testing Facility for final processing operations.
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Soyuz TMA-13 transport manned spacecraft Soyuz TMA-13 transport manned vehicle was docked with the transfer compartment in the Spacecraft Assembly and Testing Facility.
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September 30, 2008. Baikonur branch office of S.P.Korolev RSC Energia - Baikonur launch site.
Soyuz TMA-13 primary crew The primary and backup crews of the ISS Expedition 18 and Taxi Mission 15 have entered into their final training phase in the processing facility. Yury Lonchakov (Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center, Russia), Michael Fincke (NASA, USA), Richard Garriott (USA) have inspected the Soyuz TMA-13 spacecraft, tried on Sokol-KV spacesuits and customized contoured couches, went through the on-board documentation and the launch manifest, checked their radio communications equipment, as well as conducted a training session for scientific experiments.
The Technical Management meeting took place, which made a decision to fuel Soyuz TMA-13 vehicle with propellant components and compressed gases.
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September 29, 2008. Baikonur branch office of S.P.Korolev RSC Energia - Baikonur launch site.
Soyuz TMA-13 primary crew arrived to the Baikonur launch site Primary (Yury Lonchakov (Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center, Russia), Michael Fincke (NASA, USA), Richard Garriott (USA)) and backup (Gennady Padalka (Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center, Russia), Michael Barratt (NASA, USA), Nik Halik (Australia)) crews of the Soyuz TMA-13 transportation spacecraft arrived to the Baikonur launch site. At the airport they were met by the first vice president, first deputy designer general of RSC Energia Nikolai Ivanovich Zelenshchikov and other managers of the Corporation.
Commanders of the crews reported on their readiness for pre-flight training and Soyuz TMA-13 spacecraft acceptance.
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September 25, 2008. Baikonur branch office of S.P.Korolev RSC Energia - Baikonur launch site.
A Proton-M launch vehicle with upper stage Block DM carrying three GLONASS-M spacecraft was launched from the Baikonur launch site at 12:49 Moscow Time.
The objective of the launch was to add satellites to the Russian global navigation satellite system GLONASS.
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September 24, 2008. Sea-going space launch facility in the Pacific - S.P.Korolev RSC Energia - MCC-M, Korolev, Moscow region.
Galaxy 19 spacecraft launch At 13:28 Moscow Time (09:28 GMT), the seagoing Launch Platform Odyssey belonging to the space rocket launching system Sea Launch and located in the equatorial area of the Pacific Ocean at 154 E launched an Integrated Launch Vehicle Zenit-3SL carrying as its payload Galaxy 19 spacecraft.
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September 19, 2008. RSC Energia after S.P. Korolev, the city of Korolev, Moscow Region.
The General Designer's Review Board meeting S.P. Korolev Rocket and Space Corporation Energia hosted the next meeting of the General Designer's Review Board chaired by V.A. Lopota, the Corporation President, General Designer.
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September 17, 2008. S.P.Korolev RSC Energia - MCC-M, Korolev, Moscow region.
Progress M-65 cargo vehicle docking to the ISS Russian logistics spacecraft Progress M-65, launched from the Baikonur launch site, after seven days in free flight, docked with the International Space Station .
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September 12, 2008. RSC Energia after S.P. Korolev, the city of Korolev, Moscow Region.
Because of the Ike tornado, the US side made a decision to suspend the operations of the primary mission control center for the International Space Station located in Houston (MCC-H) and transferring its mission control to backup centers located in Austin, Texas, and Huntsville, Alabama, USA.
Because of these centers limited capability to control the US orbital segment, the Russian side had to make a decision to postpone the docking of Progress M-65 logistics spacecraft with ISS till September 17, 2008, tentatively 22:43 Moscow Time.

September 11, 2008. RSC Energia after S.P. Korolev, the city of Korolev, Moscow Region.
The training sessions under the training program for the ISS Increment-19 crews S.P.Korolev RSC Energia hosted training sessions under the backup crew training program for Expedition 19 to the International Space Station (ISS-19).
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September 11, 2008. RSC Energia after S.P. Korolev, the city of Korolev, Moscow Region.
A meeting at S.P.Korolev RSC Energia with a delegation from NASA A meeting was held at the S.P. Korolev Rocket and Space Corporation Energia between the Corporation President and General Designer V.A. Lopota and NASA Associate Administrator for Space Operations W. Gerstenmaier.
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September 10, 2008. Baikonur launch site, branch office of S.P.Korolev RSC Energia.
Soyuz-U LV lift-off At 23:50 Moscow Time a space logistics spacecraft Progress M-65 was launched from the Baikonur launch site.
The objective of the launch is to deliver cargoes to the International Space Station that are needed to support the operation of the space station in manned mode and provide living and working conditions for the crew.
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September 9, 2008. RSC Energia after S.P. Korolev, the city of Korolev, Moscow Region.
Held at S.P. Korolev Rocket and Space Corporation Enegia on the initiative of Japanese business circles was a meeting between Corporation managers and specialists and a delegation from the administration of FMT (Forum Management for Tomorrow), the club which brings together the top management of largest Japanese companies and corporations, who are dealing with innovation business in the fields of nanotechnology, medicine, biotechnology, microelectronics, automotive and aircraft construction industries.
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September 8, 2008. Baikonur launch site, branch office of S.P.Korolev RSC Energia.
Soyuz-U launch vehicle on the launch pad At Baikonur launch site the preparations continue for the launch of Progress M-65 cargo vehicle under the International Space Station program.
Soyuz-U launch vehicle was rolled out from the integration building to the launch pad. Soyuz-U launch vehicle with Progress M-65 transport vehicle is installed on the launch pad. L-2 days activities have been started.
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September 6, 2008. Baikonur launch site, branch office of S.P.Korolev RSC Energia.
Soyuz-U launch vehicle general integration At Baikonur launch site the preparations continue for the launch of Progress M-65 cargo vehicle under the International Space Station program.
Orbital module of the Soyuz-U launch vehicle, containing Progress M-65 spacecraft was integrated with the Soyuz-U launch vehicle in the processing facility.
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Technical management meeting and Government Commission meeting were convened. A decision is made to roll out Soyuz-U launch vehicle with Progress M-65 transport vehicle to the launch pad.
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September 5, 2008. Baikonur launch site, branch office of S.P.Korolev RSC Energia.
At Baikonur launch site the preparations continue for the launch of Progress M-65 cargo vehicle under the International Space Station program.
Orbital module of the Soyuz-U launch vehicle, containing Progress M-65 spacecraft was transported from the spacecraft processing facility for the general integration with LV.
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September 4, 2008. Baikonur launch site, branch office of S.P.Korolev RSC Energia.
Progress M-65 cargo vehicle At Baikonur launch site the preparations continue for the launch of Progress M-65 cargo vehicle under the International Space Station program.
Designers inspection of the Progress M-65 cargo vehicle was completed.
Payload shroud roll on to the cargo vehicle was performed.
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September 3, 2008. RSC Energia after S.P. Korolev, the city of Korolev, Moscow Region.
The training sessions under the training program for the space flight participant of VC-15 The scheduled training sessions under the training program for the space flight participant of the International Space Station visiting crew 15 (VC 15) were held at S.P. Korolev RSC Energia.
The Corporation specialists were engaged with the U.S. citizen Richard Garriott in issues of software debugging required for his activities in the ISS Russian Segment.
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September 3, 2008. Baikonur launch site, branch office of S.P.Korolev RSC Energia.
Progress M-65 cargo vehicle At Baikonur launch site the preparations continue for the launch of Progress M-65 cargo vehicle under the International Space Station program.
Progress M-65 transport cargo vehicle was docked with the transfer compartment in the Spacecraft Assembly and Testing Facility.
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September 2, 2008. Baikonur launch site, branch office of S.P.Korolev RSC Energia.
Progress M-65 cargo vehicle Progress M-65 cargo vehicle fuelled with propellant components and compressed gases was delivered to the Spacecraft Assembly and Testing Facility for final processing operations.
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September 2, 2008. RSC Energia after S.P. Korolev, the city of Korolev, Moscow Region.
The training sessions under the training program for the space flight participant of VC-15 Training sessions under the training program for the space flight participant of visiting crew-15 (VC-15) were held at S.P. Korolev RSC Energia. The U.S. citizen Richard Garriott and his backup citizen of Australia Nik Halik pass training for a space flight to the International Space Station.
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September 1, 2008. RSC Energia after S.P. Korolev, the city of Korolev, Moscow Region.
The training sessions under the training program for the ISS Increment-18 crews Training sessions led by the Corporation specialists were held under the training program for the International Space Station Increment 18 crews.
NASA astronauts Michael Fincke (the primary crew) and Michael Barratt (the backup crew) were acquainted with photo and video equipment with which one of them will work onboard the Station Russian Segment.
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September 1, 2008. RSC Energia after S.P. Korolev, the city of Korolev, Moscow Region
An enlarged session of the Scientific and Technical Council of the Corporation was held at the S.P. Korolev Rocket and Space Corporation Energia to mark the 100th anniversary of academician Valentin Petrovich Glushko who headed the company in 1974-1989 (then known as Scientific and Production Association Energia).
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