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Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) is the Russia's space vehicle organization and is the world leader in space vehicle launches. According to its head Anatoly Perminov, Russia leads by making the most number of space launches. He said that 27 of the 69 space launches in 2008 are from Russia. Roscosmos has scheduled 39 space vehicle launches in 2009.

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Sunita Williams headed back to space in July
Indian-American astronaut Sunita Williams will be returning to the International Space Station, where she spent a record six months in 2006, in July.

Russia likely to halt joint space program with Ukraine, Kazakhstan
Russia is "very likely" to halt its joint Dnepr space program with Ukraine and Kazakhstan due to commercial and environmental concerns, federal space agency Roscosmos said Tuesday.

Russia joins ESA for exploratory robotic mission to Mars
Russia's federal space agency Roscosmos and the European Space Agency (ESA) are set to conduct an ExoMars joint project on Mars exploration.

200-kilo metal 'UFO fragment' falls from sky in Siberia
A giant "UFO fragment", resembling a silvery dome, has fallen from the sky near a remote village in Siberia, according to Russian media.

Russia eyes mission to reach moon this decade
Russian scientists are looking forward to have a man on the moon by 2020, as it launches a new campaign to select a new team of cosmonauts to train for the special task, according to reports.

2nd LD Writethru: Russia launches U.S. satellite from floating pad
Russia has put a U.S. communications satellite into space from a sea-based launch pad, the Federal Space Agency Roscosmos said Friday.

Russia launches Canadian telesat
Russia has put a Canadian communications satellite into space, the Federal Space Agency Roscosmos said Friday.

Russia's manned spacecraft docked with ISS
A Russian Soyuz spacecraft carrying a crew of three has docked at the International Space Station (ISS), the Russian Federal Space Agency Roscosmos said Thursday.

Russia successfully launches manned spacecraft to ISS
Russia's spacecraft Soyuz TMA-04M with a crew of three blasted off from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan on Tuesday, according to Russia's Federal Space Agency Roscosmos.

Fragments of 'stranded' Phobos-Grunt may fall back to Earth
London, Jan 2 : Fragments of Russian space craft Phobos-Grunt, which got stranded in low Earth orbit while on its way to Mars last year, are expected to strike Earth next week.

Russia's unsuccessful Phobos-Grunt Mars probe to hit Earth in January
Russia's space agency has said that its unsuccessful Mars probe will be falling back on Earth next month.

Russia Mars probe 'isn't lost, could re-enter Earth'
Russian officials still insist that their Phobos-Grunt Mars probe is not lost, but conceded that it could re-enter earth's atmosphere.

'Most toxic and dangerous' spacecraft likely to hit earth soon
A Russian spacecraft launched this week destined for Mars has yet to leave Earth orbit - and looks increasingly likely to tumble back to Earth with its full tanks of dangerous toxic fuel.

Russian rocket crash may result in decision not to fly astronauts into orbit
There are concerns that the International Space Station (ISS) could be temporarily abandoned by November after the crash of a rocket carrying an unmanned vehicle.

First man in space to get statue in London - 50 yrs after his UK visit
Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, who became the first person to travel in space, made his historic voyage on April 12, 1961.

Russia's Mars probe may fall to earth in early 2012
Fragments of the country's Mars probe Phobos-Grunt could fall to earth in January or February in 2012, a Russian Defence Ministry space forces spokesman said Thursday.

Russia's unmanned 'Phobos-Grunt' spacecraft fails to reach target orbit
A Russian Mars probe launched early Wednesday has failed to reach its intended orbit.

China's first Mars probe to be launched in November
China's first Mars probe is likely to be launched between November 8 and November 20, after being delayed for two years, a scientist has said.

Three NASA space crew members land safely in Kazakhstan
Three International Space Station crew members safely returned to Earth today, wrapping up a six-month mission of research and exploration.

Russia plans to sink International Space Station in 2020
Russia's space agency has announced that the International Space Station will be deorbited and allowed to sink into the Pacific Ocean in 2020, just like its predecessor, the Mir.

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