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Spot The International  Space Station Looking At You
2014-07-01 03:34:06

ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst and five astronauts from America and Russia are flying on the International Space Station 400 km above us – but did you know they are sharing live views of our planet and you can even see their home at night?

2014-06-30 23:18:07

The Electronic Security Association encourages consumers to use caution when handling fireworks. Irving, TX (PRWEB) June 30, 2014 Bright, colorful fireworks

2014-06-30 16:22:45

NEW ORLEANS, June 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Monday, June 30, reversed the judgment of the U.S.

ESA's Rosetta Probe Catches Target Comet 67P Releasing 10 Ounces Of Water Every Second
2014-06-30 14:48:23

As the European Space Agency’s Rosetta probe drew closer to its target – comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko – the probe was able to pick up data that showed the comet is releasing the equivalent of two small glasses of water into space every second, the space agency said.

Checking Astronaut's Health With Single Drop Of Blood
2014-06-27 03:14:28

ESA is building a prototype tester for crews on the International Space Station to provide diagnoses within a few minutes from a pinprick of blood. The ultimate device will offer rapid health checks and results for scientific research.

European Space Agency Selects Athena Advanced Telescope For Study Of High-Energy Astrophysics
2014-06-27 09:41:59

The European Space Agency (ESA) is in the process of launching a second “Large-class” mission to explore the universe for high-energy astrophysics and selected the Athena advanced telescope for the task.

Rehearsal To Bring Back Our Spaceplane
2014-06-24 03:22:15

ESA Yesterday, the ship and crew aiming to recover Europe’s unmanned IXV spacecraft in November had a practice run off the coast of Tuscany, Italy. They retrieved a prototype of the suborbital IXV Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle, the same model flown last year in a splashdown test off the east coast of Sardinia. A crane dropped the two-tonne vehicle into the water for the crew to practice the tricky maneuvers they will use when the real thing splashes down in the Pacific Ocean...

Harpoons May Be Used By ESA To Clear Earth's Orbit Of Space Junk
2014-06-24 10:53:21

The European Space Agency (ESA) is embarking on an age old practice of using harpoons for the future goal of clearing orbits of tumbling satellites and other hazardous space junk.

Satellites Used To Watch For Shifting Land
2014-06-23 03:51:37

Subsidence, rockfalls and landslides threaten potentially devastating human and economic consequences across Europe – but satellites can help.

Swarm Shows Earth’s Changing Magnetism
2014-06-20 03:48:31

The first set of high-resolution results from ESA’s three-satellite Swarm constellation reveals the most recent changes in the magnetic field that protects our planet.


Latest ESA Reference Libraries

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
ecotone
  • A transitional zone between two communities containing the characteristic species of each.
The word 'ecotone' comes 'eco-' plus a Greek root meaning 'tension'.