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NASA IceBridge Science Team Making Plans For The Future
2014-02-13 14:51:44

George Hale - NASA Twice a year, members of NASA's Operation IceBridge science team meet to discuss the mission's goals and progress, to define plans for upcoming field campaigns and get feedback from the scientific community. The science team met from January 28 through 30, 2014, at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. This was the first meeting for IceBridge's new science team, which will serve from 2014 until 2017. IceBridge's previous science team was selected in...

Mars Odyssey Spacecraft Moved For New Observations
2014-02-13 09:56:19

Guy Webster / Dwayne Brown - NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory NASA's Mars Odyssey spacecraft has tweaked its orbit to help scientists make the first systematic observations of how morning fogs, clouds and surface frost develop in different seasons on the Red Planet. The maneuver took place Tuesday, Feb. 11. Odyssey team engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., and Lockheed Martin Space Systems of Denver, designed the gentle move to accelerate Odyssey's drift...

A Glowing Plant Is A Sign Of Health
2014-02-12 15:16:02

ESA Radiant skin is considered a sign of good health in humans, but plants also glow when they are well. A potential new ESA satellite could use this fluorescence to track the health and productivity of vegetation worldwide. The Florescence Explorer, or FLEX for short, is a candidate for ESA’s eighth Earth Explorer. It aims to provide global maps of vegetation fluorescence, which can be used to work out actual photosynthetic activity. This information would improve our...

Distant Galaxy Clusters Located By ESA Spacecraft
2014-02-12 13:04:23

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Using a novel way of combining data from the two European Space Agency (ESA) satellites Planck and Herschel, an international team of scientists has been able to locate more distant galaxy clusters than previously possible. According to the team’s report in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, they were able to use their new technique to discover four previously unknown galaxy clusters containing thousands of...

Galileo Working Well
2014-02-12 12:08:28

[ Watch The Video: Galileo Validated in Orbit VNR ] ESA The in-orbit validation of Galileo has been achieved: Europe now has the operational nucleus of its own satellite navigation constellation in place – the world’s first civil-owned and operated satnav system. In 2011 and 2012 the first four satellites were launched into orbit. Four is the minimum number needed to perform navigation fixes. In the following year, these satellites were combined with a growing global ground...

Commemorative Coins Issued To Mark 50 Years Of European Space Cooperation
2014-02-12 11:23:04

ESA 2014 is a milestone year for Europe as it looks back with pride on 50 years of space cooperation. To mark this important anniversary, the Monnaie de Paris, France’s national mint, is issuing a set of collectors’ coins in gold and silver to celebrate Europe’s exploits in space. The collection, dubbed '50 Years of European Space Cooperation', forms part of the Europa series, which every year since 2002 has featured on the reverse side of these coins individuals or events that...

Comet Discovered By European Astronomers
2014-02-12 10:26:54

European Space Agency A team of European astronomers has found a previously unknown comet, detected as a tiny blob of light orbiting our Sun deep in the Solar System. Europe’s Teide Observatory Tenerife Asteroid Survey team has been credited with discovering comet P/2014 C1, named ‘TOTAS’ in recognition of the teamwork involved in the find. The comet was unexpectedly discovered on February 1, 2014 during a routine set of observations using the 1 m-diameter telescope at ESA’s...

Could Global Warming Be Hiding Underwater?
2014-02-10 09:17:24

ESA Satellite observations of global sea-surface temperature show that a 30-year upward trend has slowed down within the last 15 years. Climate scientists say this is not the end of global warming, but the result of a rearrangement in the energy flow of the climate system and, in particular, how the ocean stores heat. Like flying thermometers, some satellites carry instruments that provide a global view of the surface temperature of oceans and seas. Measuring the sea-surface temperature...

Magnetic Field Swarm Satellites Start Moving Into Position
2014-02-07 04:52:23

[ Watch the Video: Swarm: An Orbit with a Difference ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The European Space Agency (ESA) is in the midst of maneuvering their three Swarm mission satellites into position as the probes prepare to deliver what is being called the best survey of the Earth’s magnetic field to date. The trio of satellites launched last November, and since then, engineers have been testing the probes’ systems and instruments to make sure that...

2014-02-07 00:20:25

KOUROU, French Guiana, Feb. 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- ABS announces that the ABS-2 satellite was successfully launched into space at 18:30 Kourou (9:30pm UTC). The satellite was launched on an Ariane ECA launch vehicle from the Guiana Space Center, Europe's Space port in Kourou. ABS-2 was manufactured by Space Systems/Loral (SSL). It is a highly sophisticated multi-mission satellite, featuring up to 89 active C, Ku and Ka-band transponders across 10 different beams. ABS-2 brings...


Latest European Space Agency Reference Libraries

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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2012-03-03 12:41:58

Columbia launched from Kennedy Space Center on November 28, 1983 at 11:00 AM (EST) and landed at Edwards Air Force Base on December 8, 1983 at 3:47 AM (PST). The shuttle orbited 167 times at an inclination of 57 degrees and travelled 4.3 million miles. The mission lasted 10 days, 7 hours, 47 minutes, and 24 seconds. This mission was the first time 6 people were carried into space on one shuttle, and it carried the first Spacelab mission and the first European crew member, Ulf Merbold of...

DeWinne
2012-01-13 17:47:21

Frank De Winne is a Belgian Air Component officer and an ESA astronaut. He was born Frank Viscount De Winne on April 25, 1961 in Ledeberg, Belgium. He is married to Lena Clarke and has three children from a previous marriage. He enjoys football, concerts, and gastronomy. In 1979, he graduated from the Royal School of Cadets, and in 1984, he graduated from the Royal Military Academy with a Master of Science degree in Engineering. In 1991, after graduating from the Belgian Air Component at...

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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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