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How Space Technology Animates Hollywood
2012-06-05 09:29:19

If you´ve been to see Wrath of the Titans, then you´ve watched it in action. A computer programmer is using software he developed to control spacecraft to help animators make more realistic computer games and movies. Originally designed to help guide satellites, the software now helps computers to render human movements smoothly and realistically. It turns out that movements controlled effortlessly by our brains — picking up a cup, touching our toes or doing a little...

Images Of Envisat Taken, ESA Still Scrambling To Make Contact
2012-04-20 11:21:16

Lee Rannals for RedOrbit.com The European Space Agency (ESA) lost contact with its flagship Earth observing satellite almost two weeks ago, but the space agency hasn't skipped a beat in trying to make contact with Envisat. The recovery team at ESA is using every source available to try and determine if Envisat has entered its "safe mode."  This mode sees that the satellite placed its solar panels in a position so that it can draw power from the Sun. ESA said on Friday that...

ESA Still Trying To Communicate With Flagship Satellite
2012-04-13 11:16:28

Ground controllers from the European Space Agency (ESA) are still trying to make contact with the space agency's flagship Earth observation mission, Envisat. Radar pictures taken from the ground appear to show that the satellite is intact, but there is no confirmation that Envisat has entered the "safe mode" of an ailing spacecraft. During this mode, the spacecraft ensures the solar panel is pointed at the Sun and that onboard power systems are prioritized above all other activity....

2012-03-02 04:21:07

European companies and research organizations have created a partnership to turn a wealth of data from various Earth sciences into useful and easily accessible information. The initiative is being tested using ESA´s earthquake and volcano research. The initiative is called Helix Nebula — the Science Cloud, named after the large planetary nebula sometimes referred to as the ℠Eye of God´. This partnership is working to establish a sustainable European cloud computing...

Image 1 - On The Topic Of Topography
2012-02-28 04:42:51

In a city where sea level is of particular significance, a scientific conference on the radar that records sea-surface height will be held in September. The deadline for abstract submissions for the symposium in Venice, Italy, on two decades of radar altimetry is fast approaching. The ℠20 Years of Progress in Radar Altimetry´ Symposium will be held at the Venice Convention Centre Palazzo del Casinó from 24 to 29 September 2012. Organized in collaboration with the...

Russian Rocket Launches Six Satellites From French Guiana
2011-12-18 05:31:40

A Russian Soyuz rocket lifted off this weekend from French Guiana´s Sinamary spaceport, only the second time a Soyuz rocket has ever lifted off from the European Space Agency´s (ESA) new launch facility in South America. The rocket carried six low-orbit military-industrial satellites into space, including France´s Pleiades 1 satellite, designed to generate 3D and color images for both military and industrial use. The satellite has been designed to take pictures on the ground...

First-class Views Of The World Below
2011-11-21 13:38:29

[ Watch the Video ] Images of some of our planet´s most beautiful features can be seen from the comfort of your Air France aircraft thanks to satellites. Clouds can´t obstruct these views: the crystal waters of the Andaman Islands while en route to Singapore, the snaking Senegal River after taking off from Dakar and the rolling dunes of the Gobi Desert before landing in Beijing. Satellite photos of the landscape below the aircraft are now accessible by passengers on dozens...

Brazil joins International Charter 'Space And Major Disasters'
2011-11-10 09:07:22

In the year that severe flooding and landslides claimed over 800 lives in Brazil´s Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil has joined the international space organization that makes timely satellite data available to rescue authorities during disasters. Brazil´s National Institute for Space Research — INPE — formally became the newest member of the International Charter ℠Space and Major Disasters´ on 8 November. Founded by ESA and the French and Canadian space...

Image 1 - Galileo Satellites Handed Over To Control Center In Germany
2011-11-05 04:06:29

Europe´s first two Galileo satellites have reached their final operating orbits, opening the way for activating and testing their navigation payloads. Marking the formal end of their LEOP Launch and Early Operations Phase, control of the satellites was passed Nov. 3 from the CNES French space agency center in Toulouse to the Galileo Control Center in Oberpfaffenhofen in Germany. Oberfaffenhofen, operated by the German Aerospace Center DLR, will be in charge of the satellites'...

Delayed Soyuz Launches Galileo Satellites
2011-10-21 08:09:28

[ Watch the Video ] Europe´s first two satellites for its Galileo global positioning system were launched Friday from French Guiana aboard a Russian Soyuz rocket. The launch of the Soyuz rocket from French Guiana also marks the first time the Russian rocket has launched from outside the former Soviet Union. The rocket lifted off at 7:30 a.m. local time from the base near Kourou, French Guiana, on the northeastern coast of South America. The Galileo navigational satellites were...


Word of the Day
Cthulhu
  • A gigantic fictional humanoid alien god being described with a head resembling an octopus and dragon wings and claws, around whom an insane cult developed.
  • Pertaining to the mythos of Cthulhu and additional otherworldly beings created by H. P. Lovecraft or inspired by his writings and imitators.
This word was invented in 1926 by H.P. Lovecraft for his short story, 'The Call of Cthulhu.' 'Cthulhu' may be based on the word 'chthonic,' which in Greek mythology refers to the underworld.
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