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Table 1. Some significant Space Events in 2004
Designation Date Country Event
Progress M1-11/13P January 29 Russia Uncrewed logistics cargo/resupply mission to the International Space Station ISS, on a Soyuz-U rocket.
Rosetta March 2 Europe Successful launch of ESA’s intercept mission on an Ariane-5G to Comet 67 P/Churyumov- Gerasimenko, to arrive in 2014.
Soyuz TMA-4/ISS-8S April 19 Russia Launch of the third ISS crew rotation flight on a Soyuz-FG, bringing the Expedition 9 crew of Gennady Padalka & Michael Fincke, plus 10-day visitor André Kuipers from ESA.
Gravity Probe-B (GP-B) April 20 United States Successful launch of NASA probe on a Delta 2 to test two predictions of Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity.
Progress M-49/14P May 25 Russia Uncrewed logistics cargo/resupply mission to the International Space Station ISS, on a Soyuz-U rocket.
Aura July 15 United States Launch of the 3rd major Earth Observation System (EOS) platform on a Delta 2, joining Terra and Aqua.
Messenger August 3 United States Successful Delta 2 launch of NASA’s Mercury orbiter probe, to arrive at the Sun’s
innermost planet in March 2011.
Progress M-50/15P August 11 Russia Uncrewed logistics cargo/resupply mission to the International Space Station ISS, on a Soyuz-U rocket.
EDUSAT September 20 India Successful launch of India’s first operational GSLV rocket carrier, with the country’s first educational services satellite.
Soyuz TMA-5/ISS-9S October 13 Russia Launch of the fourth ISS crew rotation flight on a Soyuz-FG, bringing the Expedition 10 crew of Leroy Chiao & Salizhan Sharipov, plus 10-day visitor Yuri Shargin from Russia.
Swift November 20 United States Successful Delta 2 launch of NASA satellite to research interstellar gamma ray bursts (GRBs).
Progress M-51/16P December 24 Russia Uncrewed logistics cargo/resupply mission to the International Space Station ISS, on a Soyuz-U rocket.