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2010-01-26 17:47:00

PERTH, Australia, Jan. 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Orbital Corporation Limited (ASX: OEC - "Orbital") announced today that it has reached agreement with the Government of Western Australia, through the Department of Commerce, to restructure the terms and conditions of the long standing loan arrangement between Orbital and the WA Government. The parties entered into a Development Incentives Agreement in 1989 under which Orbital was advanced $19 million, interest free, to be repaid in one...

2009-10-16 08:45:00

Direct communication between Earth and Mars can be strongly disturbed and even blocked by the Sun for weeks at a time, cutting off any future human mission to the Red Planet. An ESA engineer working with engineers in the UK may have found a solution using a new type of orbit combined with continuous-thrust ion propulsion. The European researchers studied a possible solution to a crucial problem affecting future human missions to Mars: how to ensure reliable radio communication even when Mars...

2009-08-25 07:00:00

EAGAN, Minn., Aug. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- ORBIT Systems, Inc. (ORBIT), a provider of fully-managed computer environments to small and medium-sized businesses in the Twin Cities, is announcing the acquisition of the assets of Voyageur IT, an online branding, web design and search engine optimization firm based in St. Paul. Voyageur IT, founded in 1996, has developed award-winning websites and helped build successful businesses through the thoughtful use of online tools. Clients of Voyageur...

2009-07-23 10:41:13

The study shows that the comets were probably captured 600 million years after the formation of the solar system, during the Late Heavy Bombardment. This extremely violent event was triggered when Saturn and Jupiter entered into orbital resonance:  Saturn's orbital period became exactly twice that of Jupiter, and the two planets passed each other more often, interacting and destabilizing everything around them. During this time, the entire architecture of the solar system was thrown into...

2009-06-05 09:45:00

Beginning today, ESA's Planck satellite will carry out a critical mid-course maneuver that will place the satellite on its final trajectory for arrival at L2, the second Lagrange point of the Sun-Earth system, early in July. The maneuver is scheduled to begin at 19:28 CEST on June 5 2009, and will last for up to 30 hours. Planck's main thrusters will conduct repeated 'pulse burns' during this time, switching on then off for 6 seconds every minute. This pulse-burn technique is necessary...

2009-05-26 14:40:13

ESA's gravity mission GOCE has achieved a first in the history of satellite technology. The sophisticated electric propulsion system has shown that it is able to keep the satellite completely free from drag as it cuts through the remnants of Earth's atmosphere "“ paving the way for the best gravity data ever. Volker Liebig, ESA's Director of Earth Observation Programs commented, "I am very pleased to see another world premier by GOCE, after having already demonstrated the most sensitive...

2009-05-21 14:06:58

The European Space Agency says the commissioning of scientific instruments and subsystems aboard its Herschel and Planck spacecraft has started. The two space observatories were lifted into orbit aboard an Ariane 5 rocket last week from the French spaceport at Kourou, French Guiana. Scientists said Herschel and Planck were functioning nominally and are now en route to their final orbits around the second Lagrange point, a spot in space know as L2, approximately 932,000 miles from Earth....

2009-05-14 09:13:22

The European Space Agency's Herschel and Planck satellites went into space Thursday aboard an Ariane 5 rocket from the French spaceport in French Guiana. The dual space telescopes were headed toward a spot called L2 -- the second Lagrange point -- where they will operate in different orbits. L2 is a local gravitational point that is fixed in the Earth-sun system and is situated on Earth's night side, the ESA said. It is an excellent location for both Herschel and Planck; it allows them to...

2009-05-06 07:20:00

New insights into Milky Way satellite galaxies raise awkward questions for cosmologists As modern cosmologists rely more and more on the ominous "dark matter" to explain otherwise inexplicable observations, much effort has gone into the detection of this mysterious substance in the last two decades, yet no direct proof could be found that it actually exists. Even if it does exist, dark matter would be unable to reconcile all the current discrepancies between actual measurements and...

2009-04-22 08:20:10

The high speed of stars and apparent presence of "Ëœdark matter' in the satellite galaxies that orbit our Milky Way Galaxy presents a direct challenge to Newton's theory of gravitation, according to physicists from Germany, Austria and Australia. Professor Pavel Kroupa of the University of Bonn's Argelander-Institut fuer Astronomie (AlfA) will discuss the results of the team's two studies in a presentation on Wednesday 22nd April at the European Week of Astronomy and Space Science...

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Earth Day
2012-04-23 12:12:49

Earth Day is a day early each year on which events are held to increase awareness and appreciation of the Earth’s natural environment. It is now coordinated worldwide through the Earth Day Network, founded by Dennis Hayes, and is celebrated in more than 175 countries every year. The United Nations designated April 22 as International Mother Earth Day in 2009, and will continue to be held each year on April 22 through at least 2015. The name and concept of Earth Day was allegedly...

2011-06-20 11:32:36

The Summer Solstice, or "Midsummer," derived from the Latin sol (sun) and sistere (to stand still), occurs exactly when the Earth's axial tilt is most inclined towards the sun at its maximum of 23° 26'. This is the time when the Sun is at its highest, or most northerly, point in the sky in the Northern Hemisphere. Except in the polar regions, where daylight is continuous for many months during the spring and summer, the day on which the Summer solstice occurs is the day of the year with...

2014-01-12 00:00:00

Sample Entry: Astronomy is the scientific study of stars, planets, comets, galaxies, and other phenomena that occur outside Earth's atmosphere (e.g. cosmic radiation). Astronomy deals with the evolution, physics, chemical makeup, meteorology, and motion of celestial objects, and also the formation of the universe. The word Astronomy comes from the Greek words astron (meaning "star") and nomos (meaning "law"). Astronomy is one of the oldest sciences. Since the dawn of man, people always...

2004-10-19 04:45:44

Autumnal Equinox -- In astronomy, is the equinox at the beginning of autumn in the northern hemisphere: the moment when the sun appears to cross the celestial equator, heading southward. The equinox occurs around September 22-24, varying slightly each year according to the 400 year cycle of leap years in the Gregorian Calendar. In the southern hemisphere, the equinox occurs at the same moment, but at the beginning of spring. There are two conventions for dealing with this: either the...

2004-10-19 04:45:44

Satellite -- A satellite is an object that orbits another object. With sufficient tangential velocity, the object does not collide with the primary object it orbits, but maintains a distance from that object as the rate at which it falls towards that object is similar to the rate that it travels away, thus the object orbits the primary object and becomes a satellite. In other words: gravitational force serves as the centripetal force needed to make the object circle the primary...

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Word of the Day
  • A goblin in English folklore, often appearing in the shape of a large dog and believed to portend imminent death or misfortune.
  • A ghost, wraith, hobgoblin, elf, or spirit.
The origin of 'barghest' is not known, but it may be from perhaps burh-ghest, town-ghost, or German Berg-geist (mountain spirit) or Bär-geist (bear-spirit).