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ESA Fixes Proba-1 Satellite
2012-05-14 13:16:58

Lee Rannals for RedOrbit.com ESA was recently able to make a software fix and get its veteran Earth-observing micro satellite Proba-1 back into full operation. Proba-1 has been in hibernation since last winter, and has been working and orbiting around the Earth for more than a decade. The space agency said that new software from the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) allows the satellite to distinguish between genuine star constellations to measure its pointing direction versus...


Word of the Day
monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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