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2014-07-23 16:20:46

WASHINGTON, July 23, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA Television will broadcast live the launch and docking of the European Space Agency's (ESA's) fifth and final Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV-5) cargo spacecraft to the International Space Station. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO Loaded with more than seven tons of supplies for the station crew, ATV-5 is scheduled to launch on an Ariane 5 rocket at 7:47 p.m. EDT Tuesday, July 29, from Kourou, French Guiana...

ESA Names Mission For Astronaut Tim Peake: Principia
2014-07-22 03:59:19

ESA When ESA astronaut Tim Peake sets off for his six-month space journey next year, he will be flying under the mission name of Principia. More than 4000 people replied to the call for a mission name earlier this year and Principia was suggested 20 times. The name refers to Isaac Newton’s world-changing three-part text on physics, Naturalis Principia Mathematica, describing the principal laws of motion and gravity. Famously pondering why apples fall from trees, Newton wrote down...

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2014-07-18 08:02:34

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online New photos of 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko (67P/C-G) obtained by ESA’s Rosetta Probe reveal the comet has an extremely irregular shape and is likely a contact binary, meaning that it is comprised of two distinct parts that gravitate towards each other and ultimately form a single odd-looking body. Rosetta, which is on a historic mission to orbit and land on the comet, captured the image from a distance of 12,000km using its...

2014-07-17 23:02:48

An article in the newest issue of Rangeland Ecology & Management addresses declining greater sage-grouse populations and the 2015 deadline to afford them Endangered Species Act (ESA) protection as a case study to examine the complex nature of these decisions. The problems facing sage-grouse are not only regulatory in nature; the complexity of the ecosystem and how it affects their habitat are also large factors which are not easily addressed within a regulatory framework such as the...

ATV’s Fiery Break-up To Be Recorded From The Inside
2014-07-17 03:16:59

ESA As ESA’s remaining supply ferry to the International Space Station burns up in the atmosphere, its final moments as its hull disintegrates will be recorded from the inside by a unique infrared camera. An ESA-led team designed and developed the Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) Break-Up Camera in just nine months in order to make it on board in time. Working at breakneck pace, the team designed, built and tested both the camera and the Reentry SatCom capsule to work like an...

ESA’s Spaceplane Ready For Flight
2014-07-17 03:02:38

ESA All eyes are on ESA’s spaceplane to showcase reentry technologies after its unconventional launch on a Vega rocket this November. Instead of heading north into a polar orbit – as on previous flights – Vega will head eastwards to release the spaceplane into a suborbital path reaching all the way to the Pacific Ocean. Engineers are forging ahead with the final tests on ESA’s Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle, IXV, to check that it can withstand the demanding conditions...

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2014-07-15 04:50:45

John P. Millis, Ph.D. for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Space missions generally fall into three different categories: small, medium, and large. Dull naming conventions aside, the various mission types really tell the story of the scale of the projects. But make no mistake; even “small” missions can have a big impact. Recently, the European Space Agency (ESA) has been focusing more on medium and large-scale projects, but that is all changing. The forthcoming CHaracterising...

ESA's Venus Express Probe Is On The Rise One Final Time
2014-07-14 14:35:17

John P. Millis, Ph.D. for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The planet Venus has often been referred to as Earth’s Twin, or Earth’s Sister, because in many ways it bears a striking similarity to the world we call home. But while it is roughly the same size, similar mass, possesses a magnetic field, and maintains an atmosphere, there are also some very important differences. Perhaps the most significant departure is the exact nature of Venus’s atmosphere. Surrounding our...

artist rendering of GRB 130925A
2014-07-13 04:08:40

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online A long-lasting gamma-ray burst that was first observed last year contained traits similar to those expected from explosions of some of the earliest stars in the universe, claims a new study appearing in The Astrophysical Journal. According to the ESA, the long-lasting blast of extremely energetic radiation was identified as GRB130925A, and thanks to both ground- and space-based equipment, astronomers were able to track its origin...

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2014-07-12 05:49:34

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online When considering all the time, energy and money it takes to send astronauts into space, it quickly becomes apparent that heading into space isn’t the most efficient place to train an astronaut if it can be done right here on Earth. That’s the idea behind the European Space Agency’s CAVES program. Short for Cooperative Adventure for Valuing and Exercising human behavior and performance Skills – the program recently sent cavers...


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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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