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ISS Expedition 30 Touches Down Safely In Kazakhstan
2012-04-27 07:53:32

A Russian Soyuz spacecraft carrying the three members of Expedition 30 landed safely in Kazakhstan at 7:45 a.m. EDT after successfully undocking from the International Space Station (ISS) and returning home from their nearly 6 month stay on the high-flying lab. Expedition 30 Commander Dan Burbank and Flight Engineers Anton Shkaplerov and Anatoly Ivanishin have been on board the ISS since November 16, 2011, spending 165 days in space, before loading into the Soyuz TMA-22 spacecraft and...

Learn To Dock An ATV The Astronaut Way
2012-04-12 04:21:11

Do you have what it takes to be an astronaut? ESA is making actual astronaut training available on your computer and tablet, so you can see for yourself. ESA´s third Automated Transfer Vehicle, ATV Edoardo Amaldi, has safely docked with the International Space Station. ATV is the largest supply ship to fly to the Space Station. A truly international team effort, ATV-3 brought fresh food, fuel and supplies to the Station. Although this spacecraft has sophisticated automatic docking...

Tracking Cities At Night From The Space Station
2012-04-06 03:37:46

ESA astronaut André Kuipers has installed ℠NightPod´ on the International Space Station, an aid for taking night-time pictures of Earth. The first batch of pictures offer stunning images of cities at night. Any amateur photographer knows the problems of taking pictures at night: the low shutter speeds required to capture enough light make images prone to camera shake. Blurry and unsharp pictures are the result. Professional photographers use tripods to steady their...

SpaceTweetup With André Kuipers: Ask @Astro_Andre
2012-04-05 03:50:56

Are you following @Astro_Andre´s Twitter updates and images from space? If you could speak to him live on the International Space Station, what would you most like to ask? Now´s your chance! ESA is inviting 80 followers of @Astro_Andre to join us for a SpaceTweetup, with André participating live from the Space Station. The Tweetup will take place in English on 29 May at ESA´s ESTEC research and technology center in Noordwijk, the Netherlands. ESA astronaut...

European 'Edoardo Amaldi' Cargo Ship Launches To Space Station
2012-03-23 06:03:20

[ Watch the Video ] The European Space Agency (ESA) launched its third Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV-3) today at 1:34 p.m. local time (12:34 a.m. EDT/4:34 GMT) from the Kourou launch site in French Guiana aboard an Ariane 5 rocket. The “Edoardo Amaldi” spacecraft, named in honor of the Italian physicist who is regarded as one of the father´s of European spaceflight, is on its way to rendezvous with the International Space Station (ISS) carrying more than 7 tons of...

André Kuipers Takes Earth Hour Into Orbit
2012-03-15 08:02:39

[ Watch the Video ] For the first time, Earth Hour will extend to the International Space Station, where ESA astronaut and WWF ambassador André Kuipers will keep watch over our planet as the lights switch off on 31 March, sharing photos and live commentary of his experience. Since inception in the city of Sydney, Australia, in 2007, Earth Hour has become the world's largest voluntary action highlighting climate change and the need for sustainability. In 2011, 5251 cities...

Image 1 - André’s PromISSe Mission Extended
2012-02-29 03:59:25

ESA astronaut André Kuipers will stay on the International Space Station for more than a month longer than originally planned. In addition to his normal routine he will spend some of the extra time conducting scientific experiments. The Station partners have agreed that this expedition will be prolonged following a delay in the launch of the next Soyuz crew ferry. Routine testing revealed problems in the original Soyuz spacecraft, requiring that it be replaced. The new date...

Image 1 - Satcoms Help Astronauts Communicate From The Space Station
2012-02-07 13:46:06

Seeing ESA astronaut André Kuipers on the International Space Station is a regular occurrence these days. You turn on your TV or check Twitter and there he is. Since there are no cables trailing from the Station to Earth, just how does this happen? The answer, of course, is via satellite. While the answer may be simple, the process is more complicated. Behind André´s smiling face is a complex system of jargon-filled amplifiers, multiplexers, antennas,...

2012-02-07 13:29:51

NASA and the American Physical Society (APS) have begun a partnership to share videos from the International Space Station with students, educators and science fans around the world. NASA astronaut Don Pettit, currently on the orbiting outpost as a member of the Expedition 30 crew, will use everyday objects from Earth to demonstrate physics through "Science off the Sphere" presentations. Space fans know Pettit from his previous science demonstrations performed in space, such as the "Zero G...


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DeWinne
2012-01-13 17:47:21

Frank De Winne is a Belgian Air Component officer and an ESA astronaut. He was born Frank Viscount De Winne on April 25, 1961 in Ledeberg, Belgium. He is married to Lena Clarke and has three children from a previous marriage. He enjoys football, concerts, and gastronomy. In 1979, he graduated from the Royal School of Cadets, and in 1984, he graduated from the Royal Military Academy with a Master of Science degree in Engineering. In 1991, after graduating from the Belgian Air Component at...

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Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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