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ESA's Largest Scientific Gathering Has Begun
2013-09-09 13:42:18

ESA The largest Living Planet Symposium ever held has begun. Scientists and users are gathering in Edinburgh, UK, this week to present their latest satellite findings on Earth’s environment and climate based. With over 1800 participants, it is building on the symposia held in Bergen (2010), Montreux (2007) and Salzburg (2004). At the opening plenary session on Monday morning, representatives from ESA, the UK Space Agency, the UK government, the European Commission and ESA’s Earth...

Europe’s Space Hub Open Its Doors To The Public October 6
2013-06-17 07:57:21

ESA From the latest space ferry to the very first Alphasat, Europe has never been more active in space, with a crowded manifest of ESA launches across the rest of the year. But where are all these varied missions born? See for yourself this October, as ESA´s ESTEC research and technology centre opens its doors to the public. No sooner has Luca Parmitano joined the International Space Station than ESA´s latest space truck is resupplying the orbital outpost. Meanwhile, the...

Herschel Space Observatory Running On Fumes
2013-03-05 15:58:38

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The European Space Agency said Tuesday that its Herschel Space Observatory is beginning to wrap up its mission. Famous for its ability to view the sky in the entire wavelength range from far-infrared to submillimeter, the space observatory is beginning to run out of its supply of liquid helium coolant. ESA says Herschel is running on its last fumes and will be running empty in the coming weeks. Herschel first launched on May 14,...

The Global Success Story Continues For SMOS
2013-02-22 14:08:07

ESA [ Watch The Video Sea-Surface Salinity and Currents ] ESA´s water mission is shedding new light on the meandering Gulf Stream, just one of the SMOS satellite´s numerous achievements. Launched in 2009, ESA´s Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity satellite has been helping us to understand the water cycle. Over the past three years it has been providing more accurate information on global soil moisture and ocean salinity. New results unveiled today in Spain show...

'Space For Earth' Exhibiting At The Berlin Air And Space Show
2012-09-04 10:09:38

ESA, the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology, the DLR German Aerospace Center and the German Aerospace Industries Association will be exhibiting in the ℠Space for Earth´ space pavilion at the ILA Berlin Air and Space Show on 11—16 September. ILA is one of the world´s largest aerospace trade shows, organized every two years by the BDLI aerospace industries association. This year, it will take place in its new premises at the Berlin Expo-Center...

ESA Missions Observe Transit Of Venus
2012-06-06 06:59:03

[ Watch the Video ] Astronomers around the world looked to the sky last night and this morning to observe Venus as it passed across the face of the Sun for the last time this century. ESA´s Sun-watching space missions also tuned in for the solar spectacular. ESA´s microsatellite Proba-2, situated in low-Earth orbit, tracked Venus as it moved across the solar disc over a period of nearly seven hours. Venus appears to wobble thanks to the slight up-down motion of Proba-2 and the...

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2011-06-01 11:00:00

All space missions have one inescapable dependency: the electricity flowing through their systems to keep them alive. Take away its power and a spacecraft is nothing more than space debris "“ an eventuality the space power professionals strive to avoid. Next week sees more than 250 experts come together at an ESA-organized conference on power systems. The Ninth European Space Power Conference (ESPC) will take place on 6"“10 June in Saint Raphaël on...

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2010-12-17 11:42:05

The Space Telescope European Coordinating Facility, a unique collaboration between the European Space Agency (ESA) and the European Southern Observatory, will close on December 31, 2010 after 26 years. ESA's continuing partnership with NASA on the Hubble mission ensures that European astronomers will continue to have access to observing time. The Space Telescope European Coordinating Facility (ST-ECF), the scientific and technical coordination center for the Hubble Space Telescope in...

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2010-03-31 09:20:43

Two new infrared catalogues, containing more than 1.3 million celestial sources, are made public today. The AKARI All-Sky Catalogues, based on the first all-sky infrared survey in more than a quarter of a century, will provide important new data for a wide range of studies that cover topics ranging from the properties of nearby stars, to the formation of planetary systems, and the star formation history of the distant Universe. All-sky surveys are an essential tool for astronomers. The large...

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2009-12-04 08:50:00

ESA's SMOS satellite has recently completed its first phase of life in orbit "“ the Launch and Early Orbit Phase (LEOP), which means that all the systems are working as they should and the satellite is ready for full commissioning. Following launch on November 2, the satellite has passed a number of important milestones as part of the LEOP, namely: the satellite platform and subsystems have shown to be functioning well, the MIRAS instrument has been deployed and is working as expected,...


Word of the Day
Cthulhu
  • A gigantic fictional humanoid alien god being described with a head resembling an octopus and dragon wings and claws, around whom an insane cult developed.
  • Pertaining to the mythos of Cthulhu and additional otherworldly beings created by H. P. Lovecraft or inspired by his writings and imitators.
This word was invented in 1926 by H.P. Lovecraft for his short story, 'The Call of Cthulhu.' 'Cthulhu' may be based on the word 'chthonic,' which in Greek mythology refers to the underworld.
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