Russian diplomat believes war on terror inseparable from political processRussian Politics & Diplomacy February 27, 13:49
Oscars 2017: best looks and memorable momentsSociety & Culture February 27, 13:40
EU extends sanctions against Belarus by one yearWorld February 27, 13:40
Erdogan’s adviser says Turkey will stop operation in Syria after capturing ManbijWorld February 27, 13:06
Press review: Kiev's 'break up' with IMF and Russia's strategic dialogue with FrancePress Review February 27, 13:00
European Council adopts regulation on visa liberalization for GeorgiaWorld February 27, 12:20
Defense Ministry confirms Iran successfully test-fires sea-launched cruise missileMilitary & Defense February 27, 12:06
Kazakhstan's leader says Moscow, Astana achieved perfect relations over 25 yearsWorld February 27, 11:55
Diplomat says military presence in Iraq unacceptable without authorities’ permissionRussian Politics & Diplomacy February 27, 11:20
MOSCOW, August 27. /ITAR-TASS/. The landing of Russia’s Photon-M descent capsule is planned for September 1, the press service of the Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) said on Wednesday.
The decision on landing was made at a meeting of the state commission that reviewed the results of scientific experiments on the Photon-M satellite, the agency told ITAR-TASS.
“The implementation of the scientific experiments’ program is over as of August 27. The state commission made the decision to land the Photon-M descent capsule in the Orenburg region on September 1,” Roscosmos said.
The Photon-M4 satellite was launched on July 19, 2014 from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Onboard the spacecraft are specimens for research on the biological effects of zero gravity and cosmic radiation. The specimens include geckos, silkworm eggs, dried seeds, fruit flies, and mushrooms. The geckos are part of biology experiments by Russia’s Institute of Medico-Biological Problems on the effects of weightlessness on mating.
Another experiment aboard the spacecraft is designed to measure the effects of microgravity on semiconductor crystal growth.
Several hours after the blastoff, the control communication with Photon-M was disrupted, although the spacecraft continued to transmit telemetric information. As a result of the malfunction, the satellite stayed on the support orbit, instead of being placed into the target orbit by its own engine on command from the Earth. The Institute of Medico-Biological Problems said after the control loss incident that it did not affect in any way the onboard life support system and the program of automatic experiments.