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GOCE Mission Ends Work Just Begun
2013-10-23 12:40:46

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The European Space Agency’s (ESA) GOCE mission ended earlier this week, but the mission’s discoveries have only just begun. The ESA said that although the GOCE gravity satellite is entering its final weeks in orbit, the most exciting scientific analysis of the mission’s data is just beginning. GOCE has the first three-dimensional gravity gradiometer in space and it orbits lower than any other research satellite. The satellite has...

Spaceflight Bed Rest Study Completed By Volunteer Pillownauts
2013-10-23 03:30:41

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Volunteers recently finished their third and last session of bed rest studies for the European Space Agency (ESA) and can now return to their normal lives – once their bodies have recuperated from the experience. The volunteers spent 21 days in bed with their feet up in the interest of spaceflight and science. Astronauts sometimes need days to recuperate from the effects of living in weightlessness after returning from a long...

GOCE Mission Comes To An End
2013-10-22 13:11:50

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The European Space Agency (ESA) announced on Monday its Gravity Field and Steady-State Ocean Circulation Explorer (GOCE) mission has come to an end. ESA said that after mapping the Earth's gravity for four years the satellite has finally run out of fuel, effectively ending the mission. GOCE's gradiometer instrument was the first of its kind in space and it helped to map variations in Earth's gravity with unrivaled precision. GOCE...

ESA’s Soil Moisture And Ocean Salinity Satellite Sees Triple Superstorms
2013-10-22 11:58:12

[ Watch The Video: SMOS Tracks Hurricane Igor ] ESA ESA’s versatile water mission tracked Asia’s recent storms over land and sea. Over the past three weeks, tropical cyclone activity has intensified over the seas bordering southern and eastern Asia. Cyclone Phailin began forming on 4 October in the Gulf of Thailand, before moving northwest across the Bay of Bengal and making landfall in northern India. The storm affected about 12 million people and claimed dozens of lives....

ESA's Gaia Star-Mapping Mission Set For November Launch
2013-10-21 13:09:41

[ Watch the Video: Mapping The Milky Way With Gaia ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The European Space Agency's (ESA) Gaia mission will be launching from Europe's spaceport in Kourou on November 20 with the goal of mapping out the stars in the universe like never before. The billion-star surveyor's main goal is to create a highly accurate 3D map of the Milky Way Galaxy by observing a billion stars to determine their positions in space and their movement through...

ESA Shutting Down Planck Space Telescope
2013-10-18 16:29:49

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online After for four years surveying the Universe for the European Space Agency (ESA), the Planck space telescope’s Low Frequency Instrument will be turned off on Saturday, having completed its science operations on October 3. The telescope’s High Frequency Instrument ended operation in January 2012, after conducting five all-sky surveys. With some operational loose ends still to tie up, Planck will finally be switched off next week....

2013-10-17 23:28:21

Certified Fire Alarm Designer (CFAD) status is now recognized by Iowa State Fire Marshal. Irving, Texas (PRWEB) October 17, 2013 The Iowa State Fire Marshal recently approved the Certified Fire Alarm Designer (CFAD) designation from the Electronic Security Association’s (ESA) National Training School (NTS) as an acceptable form of training for applicants seeking Fire Alarm System Contractor licensing in the state of Iowa. Iowa licensing laws state that alarm system contractors and...

ESA Seeks To AMAZE By Printing Metal In Space
2013-10-17 17:17:40

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online The European Space Agency (ESA) has announced they’ll be working together with the European Commission to move the 3D printing industry forward through a project they’re calling “AMAZE.” The project, an acronym for “Additive Manufacturing Aiming Towards Zero Waste & Efficient Production of High-Tech Metal Products,” aims to put the first 3D printer in the International Space Station. Once installed, the AMAZE printer...

ESA Robot Challenge: Unload A Spacecraft
2013-10-17 14:13:21

ESA More than 50 students from five countries gathered at ESA’s technical heart in the Netherlands yesterday to unleash their robotic creations after six months preparing for the finals of the Volare Space Robotics challenge. Seven teams battled with their remote-control robots on a mock-up of the International Space Station. Their mission: to unload as much cargo from ESA’s Automated Transfer Vehicle as possible in a given time. Students gave instructions wirelessly from the...

ESA Explores Alien Worlds On Earth To Prepare For Future Space Missions
2013-10-17 13:51:22

[ Watch the Video: Catalogue of Planetary Analogues For Rovers? ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The European Space Agency (ESA) announced on Wednesday it had begun testing a preliminary version of its ExoMars rover – highlighting the space agency’s recent commission of a catalog listing sites on Earth that resemble locations on distant celestial bodies such as the Moon or Mars. The sites listed in the Catalogue of Planetary Analogues (CPA) are some of the...


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Roberto Vittori
2012-10-27 14:08:27

Roberto Vittori is an ESA astronaut as well as an Italian Air Force Officer and a test pilot for the United States. Vittorri was born on October 15, 1964 in Viterbo, Lazio, Italy and attended the Italian Air Force Academy, graduating in 1989. While working towards his graduation from the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School at Patuxent River, Maryland in 1995, Vittori operated the Tornado GR1 along with the 50th Wing of the 155th Squadron in Piacenza, Italy from 1991 to 1994. During this time, he...

Léopold Eyharts
2012-10-02 09:49:07

Léopold Eyharts is a Brigadier General in the French Air Force and an ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut. Eyharts was born April 28, 1957, in Biarritz, France. After completing his basic academics, he joined the French Air Force Academy of Salon-de-Provence in 1977 to study aeronautical engineering. Eyharts graduated in 1979 as an engineer. By 1980 he became a fighter pilot and was sent to the Istres Air Force Base in France. Initially he was assigned to an operational jaguar squadron...

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2011-04-18 23:21:55

Jean-Francois Clervoy is a French engineer and test pilot, a CNES and ESA astronaut, and a veteran of three NASA Space Shuttle missions. He was born Jean-Francois André Clervoy on November 19, 1958 in France. He has a twin brother, Patrick, and is married to the former Laurence Boulanger. The couple has two children, and the family enjoys racquet sports, skill games, skiing, and flying kites. Clervoy graduated from high school in Saint-Cyr Lycee and then earned his Bachelor's degree from...

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2010-11-17 14:23:40

Chister Fuglesang is a Swedish physicist and an ESA astronaut. He was born Arne Christer Fuglesang on March 18, 1957 in Stockholm, Sweden. His mother was Swedish, but his father was Norwegian, having become a Swedish citizen just before Fuglesang's birth. Fuglesang graduated college, and went on to receive a Master of Science degree in engineering physics from the Royal Institute of Technology in 1981. While at the Royal Institute, he met Elisabeth, whom he married in 1983. He then earned a...

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2004-10-19 04:45:44

Cassini-Huygens Mission -- The Cassini unmanned space probe is intended to study Saturn and its moons. It was launched on October 15, 1997 and is estimated to enter Saturn's orbit on July 1, 2004. The mission is a joined NASA/ESA project. Cassini's principal objectives are to: -- determine the three-dimensional structure and dynamical behavior of the rings -- determine the composition of the satellite surfaces and the geological history of each object -- determine the nature and...

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