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NASA Map Of Typhoon Haiyan Helps Disaster Response
2013-11-14 12:54:46

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online After Typhoon Haiyan tore through the Philippines, a joint team from NASA and the Italian Space Agency quickly generated a map using satellite imagery that could be used to survey the devastation and assist recovery operations. The 27-by-33-mile map focuses on a region near Tacloban City, where one of the most powerful recorded storms on Earth made landfall on Nov. 8, 2013. Using radar data from the Italian Space Agency's...

2013-06-21 10:46:08

At a meeting in Rome Thursday, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and Italian Space Agency (ASI) President Enrico Saggese signed a Memorandum of Understanding for cooperation on the European Space Agency- (ESA) led BepiColombo mission to Mercury, strengthening mutually beneficial cooperation between NASA and ASI in planetary exploration. Bolden and Saggese also discussed NASA's plans for a new asteroid initiative, previously announced in President Obama's fiscal year 2014 budget proposal....

The Many Faces Of Titan's Dunes
2012-01-23 10:34:54

A new analysis of radar data from NASA's Cassini mission, in partnership with the European Space Agency and the Italian Space Agency, has revealed regional variations among sand dunes on Saturn's moon Titan. The result gives new clues about the moon's climatic and geological history. Dune fields are the second most dominant landform on Titan, after the seemingly uniform plains, so they offer a large-scale insight into the moon's peculiar environment. The dunes cover about 13 percent of the...

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...

2011-07-04 07:00:00

PARIS and ROME, July 4, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- ASI, the Italian Space Agency today announced an agreement with Eutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL) to use the new KA-SAT High Throughput Satellite in order to develop broadband connectivity for public administrations in Italy. The agreement was signed by Enrico Saggese, President of ASI, and Arduino Patacchini, CEO of Skylogic, the Eutelsat affiliate that provides broadband services through KA-SAT. Eutelsat's...

2011-05-20 11:20:30

His Holiness the Pope will talk with the astronauts aboard the International Space Station from the Vatican Library on Saturday, 21 May. The inflight call will take place at 13:11 CEST (11:11 GMT). The 12 astronauts aboard the International Space Station have been busy since Space Shuttle Endeavour arrived at the orbital complex last Wednesday. They installed the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer on Thursday for investigating "Ëœdark matter' and antimatter, and performed the first...

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2011-05-18 07:15:00

A microscopic organism called a tardigrade became the first animal to survive exposure to space when, in 2007, it was launched aboard the European Space Agency's (ESA) Foton-M3 mission, in an experiment to test their ability to survive in the oxygen-deprived space vacuum, reports BBC News. The little critter prevailed over the sub-zero temperatures and unrelenting solar winds as well as the lack of oxygen. Tardigrades are more commonly known by their non-scientific name, the water bear....

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2011-02-12 07:55:00

The Cosmo-SkyMed satellites, operated by the Italian space agency, have acquired the first images of the Italian oil tanker Savina Caylyn since it was hijacked earlier this week by Somali pirates in the Indian Ocean. According to the satellite radar images, acquired by Italian space agency (ASI) and e-GEOS on Wednesday afternoon and early Thursday morning, the seized ship is about 330 km off the Somalia coast. The 266-m long and 46-m wide vessel was about 800 km west of India when it was...

2010-11-08 08:00:00

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Nov. 8, 2010 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Aerojet, a GenCorp (NYSE: GY) company, announced that its engine helped propel Friday night's launch of the Delta II launch vehicle from Vandenberg Air Force Base (VAFB) in Calif. This is the fourth launch, completing the COSMO-SkyMed constellation. The overall objective of the COSMO-SkyMed program is global Earth observation, particularly in the Mediterranean area. Some applications of this constellation include analyzing effects...


Word of the Day
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.'