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2013-07-31 12:23:02

5(th) Annual Event Encourages Biologists to Share Science with Elected Officials WASHINGTON, July 31, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) and the Entomological Society of America (ESA) have announced the start of the 5(th) Annual Biological Sciences Congressional District Visits event. This national initiative encourages scientists across the nation to showcase for federal and state lawmakers the people, facilities, and equipment...

Laser Communications Ready For Moon Mission
2013-07-30 08:38:13

ESA An advanced laser system offering vastly faster data speeds is now ready for linking with spacecraft beyond our planet following a series of crucial ground tests. Later this year, ESA's observatory in Spain will use the laser to communicate with a NASA Moon orbiter. The laboratory testing paves the way for a live space demonstration in October, once NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer -- LADEE -- begins orbiting the Moon. LADEE carries a terminal that can...

XMM-Newton's Dance Of The X-rays
2013-07-29 08:36:40

ESA Like car tail lights streaking through a busy city at night, this unique image records over a thousand movements made by ESA's XMM-Newton space telescope as it shifts its gaze from one X-ray object to another. Orbiting in space since 1999, XMM-Newton is studying high-energy phenomena in the Universe, such as black holes, neutron stars, pulsars and stellar winds. Even when moving from object to object, the space telescope collects data. These slews are represented by the bright...

Alphasat Launches Successfully
2013-07-26 08:23:34

[ Watch the Video: Alphasat Liftoff Replay ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The European Space Agency's (ESA) biggest and most advanced satellite was successfully launched into orbit yesterday from Kourou, French Guiana, the international agency said. Lifting off at 3:54 pm EST, an Ariane 5 ECA rocket blasted into space - placing the Alphasat satellite in orbit 28 minutes later. At 4:38, the ESA began picking Alphasat's signal, a statement said. Alphasat's...

Alexander Gerst's Space Clinic
2013-07-24 11:16:26

ESA They are skills everyone hopes an astronaut never has to use but they are vital for the International Space Station, where no ambulance can reach. ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst recently boosted his medical skills in a busy hospital setting. Astronauts spend up to six months on the Space Station working on scientific experiments and maintaining the orbital outpost. They need to be able to handle any emergency - after all, hundreds of kilometers and a hard journey separate them from...

Using Satellite Data To Monitor Wetlands
2013-07-23 13:36:55

ESA The use of satellite data to monitor wetlands for sustainable water management is growing. Following promising results from monitoring efforts in the Mediterranean, ESA is working with African partners to expand its GlobWetland project even further. In the heart of Jordan's eastern desert, an oasis of marshland and natural water collection makes up the Azraq wetland. The wetland and adjacent mudflat were recognized in 1977 as an important station for migratory birds by the Ramsar...

SOHO Video Shows Eruptions On Sun
2013-07-22 18:13:12

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new video posted by the European Space Agency (ESA) shows two solar eruptions taking place side-by-side. The video, taken by ESA and NASA's Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) on July 1 through 2 this year, shows two coronal mass ejections (CMEs) launching plasma into interplanetary space. CMEs are huge clouds of magnetized plasma ejecting from the Sun's atmosphere, which is known as the corona. These ejections comprise...

2013-07-19 23:17:35

The Electronic Security Association (ESA) Provides Tips for Protecting Valuables during Home Improvement Process Irving, TX (PRWEB) July 19, 2013 Burglars are opportunistic creatures. If they see a vulnerable home, they are going to strike. Overgrown lawns, newspapers piled up in the driveway, a dark and quiet interior – these are clues that tell burglars the owners may be out of town and the home is vacant. In addition to travelers, though, there is another group of homeowners who...

2013-07-18 10:27:16

In patients with high-risk breast cancer, addition of the erythropoiesis-stimulating agent (ESA) epoetin alfa to the chemotherapy regimen may help avoid the decrease in hemoglobin levels and resulting anemia often seen in these patients and does not negatively affect relapse-free (RFS) or overall survival (OS). However, it can increase the risk of thrombotic events, according to a study published July 17 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. To investigate the safety and...

Listening Stations In Deep-space Gain Hearing Boost
2013-07-18 09:13:50

ESA Picking up ultra-weak signals from spacecraft exploring deep in our Solar System requires cooling a detector to within a few degrees of absolute zero. Thanks to ESA's support, the technology is now available in Europe for the first time. With future exploration missions like Gaia, BepiColombo and Juice set to deliver massive amounts of scientific data, ESA's trio of deep-space tracking antennas needed an upgrade. The 35 m-diameter dishes in Australia, Spain and Argentina use...


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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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