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Next Galileo Satellites To Launch After The Summer
2012-05-04 03:13:28

The European Commission has announced the launch date of the next pair of ESA-procured Galileo satellites. These will be launched together on a Soyuz from French Guiana on 28 September, joining the two satellites already in orbit. Antonio Tajani, Vice President of the European Commission, responsible for industry and entrepreneurship, announced the launch on 2 May in Brussels, together with Jean Yves Le Gall, Chairman and CEO of Arianespace, in the presence of industrial leaders involved...

European 'Edoardo Amaldi' Cargo Ship Launches To Space Station
2012-03-23 06:03:20

[ Watch the Video ] The European Space Agency (ESA) launched its third Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV-3) today at 1:34 p.m. local time (12:34 a.m. EDT/4:34 GMT) from the Kourou launch site in French Guiana aboard an Ariane 5 rocket. The “Edoardo Amaldi” spacecraft, named in honor of the Italian physicist who is regarded as one of the father´s of European spaceflight, is on its way to rendezvous with the International Space Station (ISS) carrying more than 7 tons of...

Vega Launcher Qualification Flight A Success
2012-02-13 10:00:53

[ Watch the Launch Replay ] The European Space Agency's (ESA) Vega launch vehicle successfully lifted off from the ground this morning. The new launch vehicle is ready to operate alongside the Ariane 5 and Soyuz launchers after Monday's qualification flight in Kourou, French Guiana. ESA said that with this launch being successful, Europe now covers the full range of launch needs, including small science and Earth observation satellites, to missions like resupplying the International...

Vega Rocket Ready For First Flight
2012-01-19 09:00:28

Final checkout of Europe´s new Vega launcher was completed last Friday, marking another milestone towards its maiden flight from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. The first Vega launch campaign began in November with the installation of the P80 first stage on the launch pad. The two solid-propellant second and third stages were added to the vehicle, followed by the AVUM — Attitude & Vernier Upper Module — liquid-propellant fourth stage. All four stages...

2012-01-10 05:34:09

First launch of Vega Europe's family of launchers will welcome its smallest member, Vega. Location: CSG, Europe's Spaceport (French Guiana) Date: 9 February BepiColombo presentation to media ESA's mission to explore Mercury will undergo extensive testing in 2012. The complete launch stack configuration (Structural and Thermal Model), composed of the European and Japanese orbiters, the Transfer Module and the Sunshield, will be assembled for mechanical testing and presented to the...

Two GMES Satellites Will Launch On Europe’s New Vega Rocket
2011-12-17 05:25:52

ESA and Arianespace have signed contracts for the launches of two of ESA´s Sentinel satellites. Arianespace will launch Sentinel-2B and Sentinel-3B on Europe´s new Vega rocket from French Guiana. The contracts were signed by the Chairman and CEO of Arianespace, Jean-Yves Le Gall, and ESA´s Director General, Jean-Jacques Dordain, on 14 December in Evry, France. These agreements not only mark a significant milestone for ESA´s family of Sentinel satellites, but they are...

Image 1 - Vega Moves Closer To Liftoff
2011-12-16 04:14:00

The integration of Vega´s first, second and third stages is now complete at Europe´s Spaceport in French Guiana. The new rocket is moving full speed ahead towards its maiden flight at the end of January. The first Vega launch campaign began in November with the installation and testing inside the mobile gantry of the hundred-ton solid-propellant first stage, the P80, and the Interstage-1/2 structure that links the first two stages. The booster´s final acceptance included...

Image 1 - First Vega Launch Campaign Possible For January
2011-11-12 05:44:55

The first Vega launch campaign began on Monday at Europe´s Spaceport in French Guiana with the installation of the first stage on the pad. Europe´s new small launcher is on track for its maiden flight at the end of January. The hundred-ton solid-propellant first stage, the P80, was moved from the Booster Integration Building to the pad on 7 November using the ℠Fardier´ heavyweight transporter. As with the transfer of Ariane 5´s boosters, safety measures...

Delayed Soyuz Launches Galileo Satellites
2011-10-21 08:09:28

[ Watch the Video ] Europe´s first two satellites for its Galileo global positioning system were launched Friday from French Guiana aboard a Russian Soyuz rocket. The launch of the Soyuz rocket from French Guiana also marks the first time the Russian rocket has launched from outside the former Soviet Union. The rocket lifted off at 7:30 a.m. local time from the base near Kourou, French Guiana, on the northeastern coast of South America. The Galileo navigational satellites were...

Scientists Study Olive Ridley Turtle Nesting Habits
2011-10-19 13:42:57

Ecologists are a step closer to understanding one of nature's most extraordinary sights — the 'arribada' or synchronized mass nesting of female olive ridley sea turtles. The new study, published October 18 in the British Ecological Society's Journal of Animal Ecology, is the first to combine three different approaches — genetics, demography and behavior, and the results should help conserve these vulnerable marine creatures. The study, lead by Virginie Plot of the National...


Latest French Guiana Reference Libraries

Red-throated Caracara, Ibycter americanus
2012-04-02 16:55:31

The Red-throated Caracara, (Ibycter americanus), is a species of bird of prey in the Falconidae family. It is the only member of its genus Ibycter. It is sometimes incorrectly placed in the Daptrius genus with the Black Caracara. It is found in Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Suriname, and Venezuela. The habitats of this social bird are subtropical and tropical moist lowland forests...

Ash-throated Crake, Porzana albicollis
2012-04-02 15:22:04

The Ash-throated Crake, (Porzana albicollis), is a species of bird in the Rallidae family. It is found in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, French Guiana, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, and Venezuela. Its habitat is subtropical or tropical seasonally wet or flooded lowland grassland and swamps. The Ash-throated Crake is a small bird with a short bill. It has black and olive brown streaks on the back. The tail is black and the underparts are slate gray. The...

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2008-04-29 00:17:00

The Ashy-headed Greenlet (Hylophilus pectoralis), is a species of bird in the Vireonidae family. It is found in Bolivia, Brazil, French Guiana, Guyana, Peru, Suriname, and Venezuela. Its habitat is subtropical or tropical dry forests, subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests, subtropical or tropical mangrove forests, and heavily degraded former forest.

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2006-12-28 13:58:47

The Venezuelan Red Howler Monkey (Alouatta seniculus) is a South American species of howler monkey. It is a type of New World monkey. It is found in Colombia, Venezuela, Trinidad, Guyana, French Guiana, Brazil, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia. It lives in groups of 3 to 9 individuals (usually 5 to 7).

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2006-12-28 13:42:35

The white-faced saki (Pithecia pithecia), also known as the Guianan Saki and the golden-faced saki, is a species of saki monkey. It is a type of New World monkey. It is found in Brazil, French Guiana, Guyana, Suriname, and Venezuela. This monkey mostly feed on fruits, but also nuts, seeds, and insects.

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Word of the Day
endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'kardia,' heart.
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