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2009-06-16 13:25:00

The European Space Agency on Tuesday announced plans for "new flight opportunities" coinciding with the completion of the International Space Station in 2010. Following 12 years of construction and upgrades, the ISS is set to be completed next year. However, missions to the orbiting outpost are scheduled to end in 2015. Speaking with AFP during the Paris Air Show, ESA director general Jean-Jacques Dordain said the agency is hoping to extend the life of the space station and add extra seats...

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2009-06-16 06:35:00

With a nearly palpable sense of relief, the European Space Agency (ESA) announced on Monday that NASA was enlisted to help in the planning and funding of its unmanned expedition to Mars, a project that has been beset with problems over financing and design almost since its inception. Dubbed the ExoMars mission, the odyssey to the Red Planet was originally intended to be the showcase of the ESA's "Aurora" space program, whose broad but ambitious stated goal includes the exploration of the...

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2009-06-16 05:45:00

The European Space Agency (ESA) announced on Monday that initial launches for the Russian-made Soyuz rocket and a new light rocket called Vega will be delayed until 2010. The rockets were originally set to launch later this year. The Russian Soyuz is being added to ESA's launch pad at Kourou, French Guiana, to provide operational flexibility and manage mid-level payloads as the Ariane 5 rocket handles heavier payloads. The launch was postponed as a result of delays in a Russian-built mobile...

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2009-05-20 10:39:42

The European Space Agency on Wednesday announced the acceptance of its first British astronaut. Timothy Peake, 37, was named alongside a roster of five new astronauts during a ceremony in Paris. The astronauts will begin training for missions to the International Space Station "and beyond", said the ESA. "We are at a turning point in ESA's human spaceflight activities," ESA Director General Jean-Jacques Dordain said. "We are now entering a new phase of utilization of the unique capabilities...

2009-03-31 09:42:00

COLUMBIA, Md., March 31 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Universities Space Research Association (USRA) hosted their 40th anniversary symposium, "Our Future in Space," on Thursday, March 26 at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C. Director General Jean-Jacques Dordain of the European Space Agency (ESA) addressed the audience of professors, deans, and leaders in the space research field from industry and government, including international representatives. In his remarks,...

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2009-01-15 11:22:08

The European Space Agency (ESA) Director General met with reporters on Wednesday to outline a number of major events planned for 2009. Jean-Jacques Dordain began the annual press briefing at ESA headquarters by reviewing the ESA's achievements in 2008, such as the docking of the Columbus science lab with the International Space Station "Last year was really an outstanding vintage," he told reporters. "But there'll be no breathing space going forward." Dordain continued by previewing several...

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2008-11-24 16:26:42

European science ministers are gathered at The Hague this week to determine which policies and programs they will approve for the next three years. The 18 member states of the European Space Agency (ESA) have over 9 billion euros ($12 billion) at their disposal, and will discuss how to best allocate the funds. The agenda of the Council Meeting at Ministerial Level was established ahead of the talks, where science ministers will approve ESA's plans and set budget limits on major program...

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2008-11-16 10:40:00

A historic event took place at ESA sites across Europe November 14 - the flag of the Czech Republic was hoisted alongside those of ESA's other Member States, officially symbolizing the country becoming ESA's 18th Member State. The Agreement on the Czech Republic's accession to the ESA Convention was signed on 8 July in Prague, by Jean-Jacques Dordain, Director General of ESA, and Mirek Topolánek, Prime Minister of the Czech Republic. Following this signing, the process of...

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2008-11-15 08:45:00

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was carried into space last night with the successful launch of Space Shuttle Endeavour from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The launch of the Declaration on board Endeavour is part of a year long calendar of celebrations to mark 60 years since the document was first adopted by the United Nations General Assembly at the Palais de Chaillot in Paris, France. Ms Rama Yade, State Secretary for Foreign Affairs and Human Rights within the French...

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2008-02-11 16:30:00

Jean Jacques Dordain, head of Europe's Space Agency (ESA), asked officials to rename the ExoMars mission, saying the original concept had expanded so radically in scope and cost that it is essentially now a new venture. ExoMars will be Europe's big space exploration project in the next decade. The agency's plan is to launch a robot rover for Mars in 2013, and put a hi-tech vehicle on the planet's surface with a range of instrumentation capable of investigating the planet's past and present...


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  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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