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Foton-M4 lands "successfully", all geckos lost

Published: Sept. 1; updated: Sept. 2

 

A troubled satellite with live geckos and other scientific experiments onboard landed in Southern Russia today, according to the Russian space agency, Roskosmos. However all geckos were found dead after the capsule had been opened.

The touchdown of the Foton-M4 spacecraft took place on Sept. 1, 2014, at 13:18 Moscow Summer Time, Roskosmos announced around half an hour after the fact. The agency's press-release also claimed that an average altitude of the satellite's orbit had been 575 kilometers, exceeding that of the International Space Station, ISS. This "piece of information" was likely copied from a pre-launch announcement, because, in reality, the orbit-correction engine onboard Foton-M4 had failed to deliver the spacecraft to its planned orbit shortly after its liftoff on July 19.

The mission of Foton-M4 thus lasted 44 days instead of 60 days, which it was expected to fly at the time of the launch.

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Other news, updates:

Sept. 2: Roskosmos proposes to scale down Angara facilities

Aug. 28: Failure scenarion emerges in Galileo launch

Aug. 31: Putin to visit Vostochny launch site

Aug. 24: Russia might add another orbiter to its fleet of lunar probes

Aug. 30: Ukraine's Lybid to be ready for launch by year end

Aug. 19: Proton to return to flight on Sept. 28

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MANNED SPACE FLIGHT

 

Russia launches new cargo ship to ISS

Russian firm presses ahead with inflatable module

Soyuz rocket developer to build Russia's ISS module

 

Russia delivers fresh crew to ISS

Problems with next Russian ISS module go from bad to worse

NASA limits cooperation with Russia

 

MILITARY SPACE

 

Second Persona comes back to life, joins info war over MH17

Russian "ghost" satellite continues mysterious orbital maneuvers

Egyptsat-2 to begin operational mission

 

 

Soyuz launches GLONASS-55 satellite

Rockot launches Rodnik trio

Soyuz launches milsat

 

COMMERCIAL AND APPLICATION SPACE

 

Russia plans new Ellipse comsat constellation

Meteor-M2 delivers its first image

Soyuz to launch Sentinel-1B

 

Soyuz successfully launches four O3b birds

Rockot launches Gonets trio

Dnepr launches a cluster of satellites

 

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

 

Russia initiates work on solar sail

India ends cooperation with Russia on lunar landing

First Vozvrat capsule to fly in 2021

 

 

Spektr-UF to wait until 2020 as the earliest

Russian Moon missions face three-year delay

Life-searching Mars rover might face a two-year delay

ROCKETRY

 

NK-33 fires in preparation for Soyuz-2-1v mission

Concrete structure of Soyuz pad nears completion

Energia's super-engine might get a second life

 

 

New Angara engine is under development

Soyuz developer shows Putin future super-rocket

Angara-5 to replace Proton

 

HISTORY

 

Space program's biggest explosion: N1-5L

Chelomei at 100: LK project

Ramjet rocket turns 75

 

 

Enduring mystery of the Zond project

A rare look inside Crimean mission control center

Russia takes over Ukrainian space facility in Crimea

 

 

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