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2009-06-26 11:25:46

On 22 June, ESA informed Argentinean authorities that an area 30 km south of the town of Malarge in Mendoza province, about 1000 km west of Buenos Aires, has been chosen as the best option to build a new 35-meter antenna in support of its programs. It is the first infrastructure to be built in Argentina by ESA. "The site offers all the features that are required for a long-term ground segment investment. We are very pleased that we could pave the way for promising space missions with the...

2009-06-26 09:35:00

Upon receipt of the last command from Earth, the transmitter on Ulysses will switch off on 30 June, bringing one of the most successful and longest missions in spaceflight history to an end. After 18.6 years in space and defying several earlier expectations of its demise, the joint ESA/NASA solar orbiter Ulysses will achieve 'end of mission' on 30 June 2009. The final communication pass with a ground station will start at 17:35 CEST and run until 22:20 CEST (15:35-20:20 UTC) or until the...

2009-06-24 15:15:00

FAIRFAX, Va., June 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems is providing the communications link for NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) mission launched on June 18, 2009. The mission will use General Dynamics-made transceivers to communicate with ground control as it maps and studies the lunar environment. General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems is a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD). LRO will fly to the moon atop an Atlas V rocket...

2009-06-19 06:00:00

A new lunar topography map with the highest resolution of the moon's rugged south polar region provides new information on some of our natural satellite's darkest inhabitants - permanently shadowed craters. The map was created by scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., who collected the data using the Deep Space Network's Goldstone Solar System Radar located in California's Mojave Desert. The map will help Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS)...

2009-05-05 07:40:00

NASA has selected two science investigations that will aid in the interior examination of Mars and probe the tenuous atmosphere of Mercury. The projects, valued at approximately $38 million, also establish new alliances with the European Space Agency, or ESA. "The selections will further advance our knowledge of these exciting terrestrial planets," said Jim Green, director of NASA's Planetary Division at NASA Headquarters in Washington. "The international collaboration will create a new...

2009-03-17 13:27:13

Kepler is now more than 1 million kilometers (620,000 miles) from Earth, drifting away at the rate of about 1 kilometer per second. The past few days have been spent collecting data from the focal-plane array on Kepler's science instrument, the photometer, at various sun angles and temperatures as part of the calibration process. The focal-plane array, which contains 42 charge-coupled devices like those in your digital camera, is where light from the telescope is focused. Each data set is...

2008-11-18 16:15:00

NASA has successfully tested the first deep space communications network modeled on the Internet. Working as part of a NASA-wide team, engineers from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., used software called Disruption-Tolerant Networking, or DTN, to transmit dozens of space images to and from a NASA science spacecraft located about 20 million miles from Earth. "This is the first step in creating a totally new space communications capability, an interplanetary Internet," said...

2008-10-17 10:10:00

When NASA eventually send a manned mission to Mars, the whole world will be able to watch "Ëœlive' television coverage of the event courtesy of CSIRO know-how. The US space agency NASA has announced that CSIRO research scientist, Dr John Bunton, is to receive a NASA Space Act Board Award for research into the development of a novel "Ëœbeamformer' capable of providing a live video link from Mars. A senior member of the CSIRO ICT Centre Wireless Technology laboratory,...

2008-10-10 18:00:06

ITT Corporation (NYSE: ITT) today announced it has been selected by the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center to perform telemetry, tracking and command services for near-Earth missions under the Space Communications Network Services (SCNS) contract. The contract has a base period of performance of five years and three months, with two one-year option periods, and a maximum potential value with all options exercised of $1.26 billion. This contract extends ITT's support of NASA's...

2008-10-08 18:00:06

WASHINGTON, Oct. 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA has selected ITT Corporation, Advanced Engineering and Sciences of Herndon, Va., to perform telemetry, tracking and command services for near-Earth missions under the Space Communications Network Services contract. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO ) The contract, with an estimated maximum value of $1.26 billion, will support NASA's Space and Near Earth Networks, which provide most of the communications for a...

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2004-10-19 04:45:40

Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) -- The SOHO (Solar & Heliospheric Observatory) project is being carried out by the European Space Agency (ESA) and the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) as a cooperative effort between the two agencies in the framework of the Solar Terrestrial Science Program (STSP) comprising SOHO and CLUSTER, and the International Solar-Terrestrial Physics Program (ISTP), with Geotail (ISAS-Japan), Wind, and Polar. SOHO was launched on...

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