Activists in Berlin stage picket condemning Obama’s foreign policyWorld January 19, 21:17
Russian regulator promises to respond to any US restrictions of RT channelRussian Politics & Diplomacy January 19, 21:09
FIFA: Over 82,400 ticket requests applied globally for 2017 Confederations Cup in RussiaSport January 19, 20:17
Russia stands for developing legal tool to fight cyber hooliganismRussian Politics & Diplomacy January 19, 20:00
Russia is developing advanced hypersonic weapons — ministryMilitary & Defense January 19, 19:50
Former USSR leader receives Lithuanian court’s summons as witness in case over 1991 eventsWorld January 19, 19:29
FIDE chief says he plans to seek US entry after President-elect Trump’s inaugurationSport January 19, 18:56
Russian economy minister: Results of 2016 demonstrated adjustment to cheap oil, sanctionsBusiness & Economy January 19, 18:44
Russia ready to welcome Trump at economic forum in St. Petersburg — first deputy PMBusiness & Economy January 19, 18:29
KOROLYOV, Moscow region (Itar-Tass) – Descent capsule of the Soyuz manned spaceships with three cosmonauts aboard made a soft landing at 06:25 Moscow Standard Time on the territory of Kazakhstan.
Right after the landing, the Russian cosmonaut Sergei Volkov, NASA astronaut Michael Fossum and Japanese astronaut Satoshi Furukawa were taken by helicopters to the city of Kustanai for getting a preliminary medical examination at a mobile hospital.
From Kustanai, Volkov will be taken aboard a chartered jet to the Chkalovsky airbase near Moscow where he will meet with his family members and colleagues, while Fossum and Furukawa will go straight to Houston.
The three cosmonauts have stayed for more than 167 days at the International Space Station as part of Expedition 29.
The crew has brought back from space the fruit flies that hatched out from maggots in orbit as part of an experiment designed to help the scientists understand the process of DNA structure restoration in space.
The maggots were taken to space November 16 aboard the Soyuz TMA-22 spaceship and the flies that appeared there have produced offspring. Now several dozen “space flies” will add to the scientists collection
Expedition 28/29 had a tight and, in some way, historical program. The cosmonauts received the crew of the U.S. Shuttle Atlantis, the last flight of which signed an end to the three decades of NASA’s Space Shuttle Program.
Also, the crew received and unloaded the cargoes taken into orbit by two Progress ships.
Under the initial plan, Volkov and his fellow-Russians Andrei Borisenko and Alexander Samokutiayev were to dock and unload one more Progress ship but it never reached the ISS, as its carrier rocket exploded six minutes after the launch.
As a result, all the cargoes aboard the misfortunate Progress were lost.
The crew effectuated an expansive research program in orbit. The Russian part of it alone included 25 experiments, some of them staged at the ISS for the firs time ever.