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2011-06-10 10:41:56

ESA and NASA have announced the scientific investigations selected for their 2016 ExoMars lander demonstrator. They will probe the atmosphere during the descent, and return the first ever data on electrical fields at the surface of Mars. The EDM Entry, descent, and landing Demonstrator Module is part of the joint ESA/NASA ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter mission to be launched in 2016 for arrival at Mars nine months later. Although its main goal is to demonstrate European entry, descent and landing...

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2011-06-01 11:00:00

All space missions have one inescapable dependency: the electricity flowing through their systems to keep them alive. Take away its power and a spacecraft is nothing more than space debris "“ an eventuality the space power professionals strive to avoid. Next week sees more than 250 experts come together at an ESA-organized conference on power systems. The Ninth European Space Power Conference (ESPC) will take place on 6"“10 June in Saint Raphaël on...

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2011-03-23 09:45:10

The Council of the European Space Agency has appointed a team of Directors who will assist the Director General in the reorganized structure that takes effect on 1 April 2011. The motive for changing the structure of the organization is to make ESA even more competitive and efficient to increase its added value for Member States and third parties. The timing is associated with the start of the third mandate of the Director General, Jean-Jacques Dordain. The Director General wanted the Council...

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2011-02-28 06:20:00

The European Space Agency (ESA) has selected four mission ideas for a launch that is scheduled for sometime in the early 2020s. The mission ideas include investigations of black holes and general relativity, near-Earth asteroid sample-return, and studies of far-away planets orbiting other stars. "Originally we had 47 proposals," Fabio Favata, head of ESA's Science Planning and Community Coordination Office, told BBC News. "Our working groups and the Space Science Advisory Committee did a...

2011-01-22 08:59:26

Romania took a step further in its relations with ESA by signing the Accession Agreement to the ESA Convention on 20 January 2011, to become the 19th ESA Member State. The signing ceremony took place at the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Bucharest, with the participation of Jean-Jacques Dordain, ESA Director General, Teodor Baconschi, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Marius-Ioan Piso, President and CEO of the Romanian Space Agency, and cosmonaut Dumitru Dorin Prunariu, Chairman of the...

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2011-01-18 10:35:00

Key components of the ESA-led Mercury mapper BepiColombo have been tested in a specially upgraded European space simulator. ESA's Large Space Simulator is now the most powerful in the world and the only facility capable of reproducing Mercury's hellish environment for a full-scale spacecraft. The Mercury Magnetospheric Orbiter (MMO) has survived a simulated voyage to the innermost planet. The octagonal spacecraft, which is Japan's contribution to BepiColombo, and its ESA sunshield withstood...

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2010-12-17 11:08:28

Passengers can now select between informative and relaxing ESA channels on Lufthansa flights. ESA's new relaxation channel features Our Colorful Planet, a collage of spectacular Earth images set to meditative music. Beginning this month, ESA's expanded onboard entertainment is a flowing presentation of Earth images from its Envisat satellite. The film, which had its debut performance on the new Airbus A380, is offered on all Lufthansa intercontinental flights. Launched in 2001, Envisat is the...

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2010-12-14 10:00:00

New software developed by ESA makes available online to everyone, everywhere at anytime, the entire library of images from the SOHO solar and heliospheric observatory. Just download the viewer and begin exploring the Sun. JHelioviewer is new visualization software that enables everyone to explore the Sun. Developed as part of the ESA/NASA Helioviewer Project, it provides a desktop program that enables users to call up images of the Sun from the past 15 years. More than a million images from...

2010-11-30 08:37:32

ESA and NASA have today issued an announcement of opportunity for scientific investigations on the 2016 ExoMars Entry, Descent and Landing Demonstrator Module (EDM). This solicitation requests: 1. Proposals from science teams to conduct scientific analyses on the data acquired by the EDM's Engineering Sensors during the entry and descent phases. 2. Proposals for complete science investigations that include an integrated payload or a sensor to be accommodated as part of the integrated payload...

2010-10-25 06:35:06

A shared vision for space exploration came into sharper focus this week when European ministers, space executives and international representatives met to discuss their ambitions for future space exploration. Given its importance, more than 150 people attended the second International Conference on Space Exploration from 32 countries, including eight countries from outside Europe. Most of the major international space agencies were represented. ESA, the European Commission, members of the...


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  • A goblin in English folklore, often appearing in the shape of a large dog and believed to portend imminent death or misfortune.
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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).
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