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European Space Agency Selects Athena Advanced Telescope For Study Of High-Energy Astrophysics
2014-06-27 09:41:59

Gerard LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The European Space Agency (ESA) is in the process of launching a second “Large-class” mission to explore the universe for high-energy astrophysics and selected the Athena advanced telescope for the task. The mission is scheduled for launch in 2028 to study the hot and energetic Universe as part of ESA’s Cosmic Vision 2015 to 2025 plan. Athena is a large X-ray telescope combined with state-of-the-art scientific instruments...

ESA Missions Will Seek To Understand The Evolution Of The Universe
2013-11-29 07:25:17

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The European Space Agency (ESA) announced today that the hot and energetic Universe and the search for elusive gravitational waves will be the focus of their next two large science missions. Bridging fundamental astrophysics and cosmology themes, both topics will closely study the processes that are crucial to the large-scale evolution of the Universe and its underlying physics. L2, the second large-class mission in ESA's Cosmic...

Euclid Dark Matter Mission Now In Development
2013-06-11 13:13:58

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online The European Space Agency's (ESA's) Euclid module under development in France will be helping to explore dark energy and dark matter in the universe. Euclid will be launching in 2020 to help scientists better understand the evolution of the Universe since the Big Bang and its present accelerating expansion. Dark matter is invisible to normal telescopes, making it hard to study. However, the elusive subject plays a vital role in...

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2012-03-13 06:37:50

The ESA (European Space Agency) announced its first 65,880,000 (50 million euros) prize in its new “S-Class” space missions, to be readied for launch in 2017. The call for projects goes out especially to young scientists and research teams from smaller member states. According to Professor mark McCaughrean, head of ESA´s Research and Scientific Support Department, “We see a dearth of people being trained in space science in satellites, and this can pick those people...

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2011-10-04 11:53:02

The powerful influence of the Sun and the nature of the mysterious 'dark energy' motivate ESA´s next two science missions. Solar Orbiter and Euclid were selected today by ESA's Science Programme Committee for implementation, with launches planned for 2017 and 2019. These two missions are medium-class missions and are the first in ESA's Cosmic Vision 2015-2025 Plan. Solar Orbiter will venture closer to the Sun than any previous mission. It is designed to make major breakthroughs in...

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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...

2010-08-12 08:06:32

After an in-depth consultation with the European scientific community, the ESA-appointed Fundamental Physics Roadmap Advisory Team (FPR-AT) has released its final report. The 51 page document includes a series of recommendations stating priorities among current and candidate future space missions and relative technologies in the field of fundamental physics, within ESA's Cosmic Vision 2015-2025 plan. The diverse scientific fields within fundamental physics covered by the roadmap are: * Tests...

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2010-07-22 06:00:00

Ideas for Europe's next space mission will come from scientists who will be asked beginning next week to put their minds in gear and come up with a new plan. The European Space Agency will fund the winning proposal to the tune of several hundred million euros/dollars. The winning proposal would be set for a launch date sometime between 2020 to 2022. ESA says the bids must address fundamental, but fairly broad, questions about the Universe and our place within it. "The simplest way to...

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2010-02-19 09:15:16

Dark energy, habitable planets around other stars, and the mysterious nature of our own Sun, have been chosen by ESA as candidates for two medium-class missions to be launched no earlier than 2017. On Thursday February 18, ESA's Science Program Committee (SPC) approved three missions to enter the so-called definition phase. This is the next step required before the final decision is taken as to which missions are implemented. The three proposals chosen to proceed are Euclid, PLAnetary...

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2009-12-21 08:20:00

As elements of the integrated circuits running our computers, phones and electronics, silicon wafers are everywhere. An ESA-led effort is establishing an out-of-this-world use for these commonplace items: when stacked together precisely by the thousand they promise to deliver astronomy's clearest X-ray view yet of the most violent regions of space. "ESA has been working with specialist European firms to develop this new optical technique and build up a supporting industry," said Marcos...


Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'