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SPACE FLIGHT 2007 - The Year in Review

Table 1. Some significant Space Events in 2007

Designation
Date
Country
Event

Progress M-59/24P

Jan 18 Russia Uncrewed logistics cargo/resupply mission to the International Space Station ISS, on a Soyuz-U rocket.

THEMIS 1-5

Feb 17 United States Five identical “Time History of Events & Macro-scale Interactions during Sun-storms” probes to uncover the physics that powers the Earth polar auroras.

Soyuz TMA-10IISS-14S

April 7 Russia Ninth ISS crew rotation flight on a Soyuz-FG, bringing the Expedition 15 crew of Fyodor Yurchikhin & Oleg Kotov, plus 5th SFP (spaceflight participant) Charles Simonyi.

AIM

April 25 United States “Aeronomy of Ice in the Mesosphere” satellite launched on a Pegasus-XL into a 600 km orbit to study noctilucent or “night-shining” clouds (NLCs).

Progress M-60/25P

May 12 Russia Uncrewed logistics cargo/resupply mission to the ISS, on a Soyuz-U rocket.

STS-117 (Atlantis)

June 8 United States ISS Mission 13A with the S3/S4 truss elements for assembly, ISS crewmember Clay. Anderson to replace Sunita Williams on Expedition 15.  Duration: 13d 20h 12 min.

Genesis-2

June 28 Russia Demo flight of Bigelow Aerospace inflatable module for a future space station, on a Dnepr rocket.

Progress M-61/26P

Aug 2 Russia Uncrewed logistics cargo/resupply mission to the ISS, on a Soyuz-U rocket.

Phoenix

Aug 4 United States Launch of new Mars lander using Surveyor 2001 parts on a Delta-2, for a first-time landing in the north-polar region of the Red Planet in May 2008.

STS-118 (Endeavour)

Aug 8 United States ISS Mission 13A.1 with a new truss element (P5) to resume station assembly.  Crew includes teacher-turned-astronaut Barbara Morgan.  Mission duration: 12d 17h 57min.

Kayuga

Sept 14 Japan Launch of  SELENE (SELenological & ENgineering Explorer) moon probe on an H-2A carrier..

Dawn

Sept 27 United States Launch of NASA’s ion-propelled probe on a Delta-2 to explore the Asteroid Belt,
on a 4.8 billion-km flight targeted for Vesta (2011) and Ceres (2015).

Soyuz TMA-11IISS-15S

Oct 10 Russia Tenth ISS crew rotation flight on a Soyuz-FG, bringing the Expedition 16 crew of Peggy
Whitson & Yuri Malenchenko, plus 6th SFP Muszaphar Shukor (Malaysia).

STS-120 (Discovery)

Oct 23 United States ISS Mission 10A with the Node-2 “Harmony” module, ISS crewmember Dan Tani to
replace Clay Anderson on Exp. 16; four EVAs. Total mission duration: 15d 2h 24min.

Chang’e-1

Oct 24 China Launch of China’s first probe to explore the Moon from lunar orbit, on a CZ-3 rocket.
Progress M-62/27P Dec 23 Russia Uncrewed logistics cargo/resupply mission to the ISS, on a Soyuz-U rocket.