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Jupiter’s Hot Spots Move Like A Merry-Go-Round
2013-03-15 12:25:30

Watch the video “Jupiter´s Hot Spots” Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Planetary scientists at NASA have found that a weather phenomenon also found in Earth´s atmosphere is responsible for the activity of so-called ℠hot spots´ slightly bigger than North America drifting across Jupiter´s atmosphere. Using images taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft as it passed Jupiter en route to Saturn, scientists have determined that hot...

'Near-miss' Asteroid Being Tracked By Hertfordshire Astronomers
2013-02-12 11:19:35

Alpha Galileo Foundation An asteroid the size of a small office block is due to pass by Earth on Friday 15 February in one of the closest ℠near-misses´ in recent history. Although there is no chance of the asteroid hitting Earth, the huge rock is being closely monitored by astronomers at the University of Hertfordshire´s Bayfordbury Observatory, as part of an on-going program to monitor ℠Near Earth Objects´ (NEO). Weighing 130,000 tonnes and traveling at over...

Conference On EU Space Policy January 29-30
2013-01-28 13:47:43

ESA The fifth high-level Conference on EU Space Policy, 'Building Up a Global Tool for Global Challenges', takes place on 29—30 January at the Charlemagne building of the European Commission in Brussels. The conference will be a unique opportunity to examine and debate the state of the space programs launched by the EU, such as Galileo for satellite navigation and Copernicus for Earth observation, and to look to the future of this key area of EU policy, with a large and diverse...

First Space Test Passed By Galileo’s Search And Rescue System
2013-01-23 13:34:19

ESA The first switch-on of a Galileo search and rescue package shows it to be working well. Its activation begins a major expansion of the space-based Cospas—Sarsat network, which brings help to air and sea vessels in distress. The second pair of Europe´s Galileo navigation satellites — launched together on 12 October last year — are the first of the constellation to host SAR search and rescue repeaters. These can pick up UHF signals from emergency beacons aboard...

Third Galileo Satellite Transmits Test Signals
2012-12-04 14:52:07

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online The European Space Agency's (ESA) Third Galileo satellite has sent its first test navigation signals back to Earth, and has broadcasted signals across all three Galileo bands. The pair of Galileo satellites launched this fall join two others that were launched in October 2011. The first set have reached their final orbital position and are in the middle of testing. The third satellite, known as FM3, transmitted its first...


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2012-03-24 09:37:55

Atlantis launched from Kennedy Space Center on October 18, 1989 at 12:53 PM EDT and landed at Edwards Air Force Base on October 23 at 9:33 AM EDT. The shuttle orbited 79 times at an altitude of 185 nautical miles at an inclination of 34.3 degrees and travelled 2 million miles.  The mission lasted 4 days, 23 hours, 39 minutes, and 21 seconds. The purpose of the mission was to launch the Galileo probe to Jupiter. The Galileo/Jupiter spacecraft and attached Inertial Upper Stage (IUS), was...

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2004-10-19 04:45:44

Galileo Probe -- The Galileo probe was an unmanned probe sent by NASA to study the planet Jupiter and its moons. Named after the astronomer Galileo Galilei, it was launched on October 18 1989 by the Space Shuttle Atlantis and arrived at Jupiter on December 7 1995. Galileo's launch had been significantly delayed by the hiatus in Space Shuttle launches that occurred after the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster, and new safety protocols that were implemented as a result forced Galileo to use...

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2004-10-19 04:45:40

Jupiter's Moon Europa -- Europa is a puzzle. The sixth largest moon in our Solar System, Europa confounds and intrigues scientists. Few bodies in the Solar System have attracted as much scientific attention as this moon of Jupiter because of its possible subsurface ocean of water. The more we learn about this icy moon, the more questions we have. Because the nature of science is to ask questions, we cannot resist the mystery of Europa and its potential for possessing an ocean. Early...

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2004-10-19 04:45:40

Jupiter's Moon Io -- Looking like a giant pizza covered with melted cheese and splotches of tomato and ripe olives, Io is the most volcanically active body in the solar system. Volcanic plumes rise 300 kilometers (190 miles) above the surface, with material spewing out at nearly half the required escape velocity. A bit larger than Earth's moon, Io is the third largest of Jupiter's moons, and the fifth one in distance from the planet. Although Io always points the same side toward...

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2004-10-19 04:45:40

Jupiter's Moon Amalthea -- Amalthea [am-al-THEE-uh] is one of Jupiter's smaller moons. It was named after the nymph who nursed the infant Jupiter with goats milk. It was discovered in 1892 by the American astronomer Edward Emerson Barnard while making observations from the Lick Observatory with a 36 inch (91 centimeter) refractory telescope. Amalthea was the last moon in the solar system to be discovered through direct visual observation. It was also the first moon of Jupiter to be...

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