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2009-06-10 08:25:00

Following the enthusiastic response to earlier competitions to name European astronaut missions, ESA's Directorate of Human Spaceflight is once again giving European citizens the opportunity to be part of a space mission by suggesting a name for ESA astronaut Christer Fuglesang's mission to the International Space Station. Fuglesang will join the 11-day STS-128 mission to the International Space Station (ISS) as a Mission Specialist. Currently scheduled for launch with Space Shuttle Discovery...

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2008-03-11 11:25:00

One of the experiments housed on the European Columbus laboratory's external platform is an automated eye in the sky known as the Earth Viewing Camera (EVC). Now, after several weeks of troubleshooting by the EVC team in the Netherlands, the first pictures from the orbiting camera have arrived safely back on Earth.The initial image, showing a dimly illuminated cloud-covered region was successfully downloaded on 6 March. A second picture "“ the first to be produced on command from the...

2008-02-15 03:23:14

HOUSTON - A pair of spacewalking astronauts will outfit the International Space Station's (ISS) new Columbus laboratory for science Friday when they add new experiments to the module's orbital porch. Atlantis shuttle astronauts Rex Walheim and Stanley Love will step outside the station's Quest airlock at 8:40 a.m. EST (1340 GMT) to attach two European research platforms aimed at studying the sun and space environment. "First will be SOLAR, which is a solar telescope that mounts...

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2008-02-15 10:35:00

The third STS-122 spacewalk is under way. Astronauts Rex Walheim and Stanley Love began their work outside the International Space Station at 8:07 a.m. EST today. With Mission Specialist Leland Melvin driving the space station's robotic arm, Love carried the SOLAR experiment package from space shuttle Atlantis' payload bay to the European Space Agency's Columbus laboratory where the spacewalkers installed it. SOLAR "“ the first of two payloads to be installed on Columbus' exterior...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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