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comet 67P
2014-08-06 05:42:54

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Following a decade-long journey that spanned more than six billion kilometers through space, the ESA’s Rosetta probe has arrived at comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, officially making it the first mission to ever successfully complete such a rendezvous. Rosetta, which launched from a European spaceport in French Guiana on March 2, 2004, arrived at 67P early Wednesday morning, the ESA reported. The satellite will now escort the...

rosetta comet
2014-08-03 04:14:17

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online After a journey of more than six billion kilometers through the Solar System, the ESA’s Rosetta probe is closing in on comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko (67P), and with less than a week to go until its arrival, it recently managed to take the comet’s temperature for the first time and has captured images of a coma surrounding its nucleus. Rosetta, which lifted off from a European spaceport in French Guiana in March 2004, has...

Lifetime Of Gravity Measurements Brings New Beginning
2014-08-01 03:08:45

ESA Although ESA’s GOCE satellite is no more, all of the measurements it gathered during its life skirting the fringes our atmosphere, including the very last as it drifted slowly back to Earth, have been drawn together to offer new opportunities for science. Carrying the first 3D gravity sensor in space, this state-of-the-art satellite measured Earth’s gravity with unprecedented accuracy. GOCE’s four years in orbit resulted in a series of four gravity models, each more...

ESA Welcomes Arrival Of Pharao
2014-07-29 03:14:46

ESA ESA has welcomed the arrival of Pharao, an important part of ESA’s atomic clock experiment that will be attached to the International Space Station in 2016. Delivered by France’s CNES space agency, Pharao is accurate to a second in 300 million years, which will allow scientists to test fundamental theories proposed by Albert Einstein with a precision that is impossible in laboratories on Earth. Time is linked to gravity and, for example, passes faster at the top of Mount...

2014-07-25 23:06:01

Next generation of home buyers seek smart technology. Irving, TX (PRWEB) July 25, 2014 Whether you’re thinking of selling your home next month or next year, increasing the resale value of your house through home improvement projects is always a smart idea. Today, many home buyers aren’t looking for a home with a pool or a fancy deck; they are looking for enhanced home technology.  To help you understand how you can use smart technology to add value to your home, the Electronic...

ATV-5 Is Locked And Loaded
2014-07-24 03:19:41

ESA ESA’s fifth Automated Transfer Vehicle is now scheduled for launch to the International Space Station at 23:44 GMT on 29 July (01:44 CEST 30 July) on an Ariane 5 rocket from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. ATV-5 will deliver more than six tons of cargo to the Station, again breaking the record for the heaviest spacecraft launched on Ariane. Everything has been loaded and the ferry is now sealed until it reaches the orbital outpost. ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst...

Galileo’s Post-launch Team Stand Ready For Launch
2014-07-24 03:59:37

ESA Galileo’s post-launch team at ESA have finalized their preparations for taking control of the twin satellites being launched next month. The next pair of Galileo satellites are due to be launched together on a Soyuz rocket from French Guiana on 21 August, advancing the deployment of Europe’s own satellite navigation constellation. Following launch, the most crucial point in the flight comes when the two satellites separate from their upper stage – and the ‘Launch and...

Time To Wake Up The Spheres On The International Space Station
2014-07-24 03:08:33

ESA Code, play and command your space droid – students across Europe can bring a squadron of minisatellites to life on the International Space Station as the ultimate space robot game. For the fourth year, the Zero Robotics tournament will turn the Station into a gaming arena for European secondary-school pupils. The competition challenges youngsters to write instructions that control volleyball-sized satellites through a virtual field mined with obstacles. The Spheres − short...

2014-07-23 23:26:39

More than 200 exhibitors provide a glimpse of the future for security owners and executives. Irving, TX (PRWEB) July 22, 2014 Each year, the Electronic Security Expo (ESX) affirms that it’s possible to offer a diverse show floor that is large enough to spotlight next-gen security products and services, yet manageable for security professionals to tour and drill deeply into any category. After listening to keynote Tom Avery, a British Explorer, present his extreme and unique experiences...

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...


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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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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.'