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2008-06-15 06:00:05

Text of report by Indian news agency PTI [by N.C. Bipindra] New Delhi, 15 June: Set to make forays in use of space applications, the Indian army will take a leaf out of US forces' experience to train its officers in optimizing the effective use of space-based resources to meet its operational requirements. A week after India announced setting up of an integrated cell to coordinate all military operations based on space assets, the army's Directorate of Perspective Planning (DOPP) will...

2008-04-28 16:41:38

BANGALORE, India -- The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) placed two domestic and eight foreign satellites in orbit Monday in what the agency said was the most complex mission launched as yet by its Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV). The mission took place from ISRO's second launch pad at Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota on the east coast of southern India. The rocket flew without its usual six strap-on boosters carrying ISRO's Cartosat-2A and Indian Mini...

2008-02-14 08:38:13

BANGALORE, India — The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has postponed the launch of the nation's first planetary mission, the Chandrayaan-1 lunar orbiter, which had been scheduled for April 9, for at least two weeks. The delay was ordered to give engineers more time to integrate the scientific instruments aboard the spacecraft, ISRO spokesman S. Satish said Feb. 13. He did not elaborate but said there were no hardware problems with the probe. The 525-kilogram lunar orbiter is...

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2008-01-11 12:45:58

Excitement is rising as ESA is in the final stages of preparation for the first collaborative space mission with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). Chandrayaan-1 will study the Moon in great detail and be the first Indian scientific mission leaving the Earth's vicinity. Europe is supplying three instruments for the mission. The Moon retains its fascination for planetary scientists and presents many mysteries still ripe for investigation. Chandrayaan, which means...

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2007-01-10 15:38:24

SRIHARIKOTA, India -- India on Wednesday launched a rocket carrying a satellite designed to test re-entry vehicle technology that could be used in a future manned space mission. The red-and-white rocket climbed into space from the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh to the cheers of scientists and engineers at mission control. The rocket also put the first Indonesian-built satellite into space, Indonesian officials said. "It is a great day...

2006-07-10 10:45:00

BANGALORE, India (Reuters) - India's attempts to launch its heaviest satellite failed on Monday when the rocket carrying it went into a tail-spin about a minute after blast off and disintegrated, a space official said. Scientists at the control center were stunned into silence as they watched the rocket carrying the 2.2-tonne telecommunications satellite veering off its course after what appeared to be a textbook launch. This was followed by a mid-air explosion with debris seen falling into...

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2006-05-12 19:35:00

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- NASA seems to be embarking on a new era of space diplomacy. An accord to cooperate with India on an unmanned moon mission was sewn up this week and talks are on the horizon with China, a potential competitor that wants to land on the moon. It's no surprise the U.S. space agency is seeking fresh collaboration with two emerging economic powers, space experts said, since what happens in space is often driven by politics on the ground. Earlier this year, President Bush met...

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2006-05-10 18:09:01

NEW DELHI -- An Indian unmanned mission to the moon will carry two NASA scientific devices designed to find minerals and ice on the lunar surface, a U.S. official said Tuesday. The deal between NASA and the Indian Space Research Organization or ISRO is seen as another sign of the increasingly close ties between New Delhi and Washington after decades of Cold War estrangement. The mission, called Chandrayaan-1, is set to launch in 2007 or 2008, according to the ISRO Web site, and will map the...

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2005-12-26 15:37:37

ESA -- The deadly Indian Ocean tsunami that swept across coastlines on December 26, 2004 took the lives of more than 200,000 people. The sheer scale of the catastrophe meant that Earth Observation was vital both for damage assessment and for co-ordinating emergency activities. Through the year that followed, satellite-based maps from ESA's Respond consortium continued to support rebuilding efforts. Space-based assistance is being provided through Global Monitoring for...


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humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'