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2008-08-22 09:05:00

The European Space Agency is about to launch the most sophisticated mission ever to investigate the Earth's gravitational field and to map the reference shape of our planet "“ the geoid - with unprecedented resolution and accuracy. The Gravity field and steady-state Ocean Circulation Explorer (GOCE) will be placed onto a low altitude near sun-synchronous orbit by a Russian Rockot vehicle launched from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in Northern Russia, some 800 km north of Moscow. Lift-off...

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2008-08-15 11:50:00

The Mission Control Team at ESA's Space Operations Centre (ESOC) are in intense training for next month's scheduled launch of GOCE. GOCE, the Agency's Gravity field and steady-state Ocean Circulation Explorer, is scheduled for lift-off at 16:21 CEST, 10 September, from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome. The spacecraft arrived in Russia on 29 July on board an Antonov-124 cargo aircraft. On 14 August, members of the Mission Control Team were on console in the Main Control Room at ESOC, Darmstadt,...

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2008-05-27 12:56:31

A new launch date has been set for GOCE. The change of date is due to precautionary measures taken after the malfunction of an upper-stage section of a Russian Proton launcher. Now confirmed not to affect GOCE's Rockot launcher, the most advanced gravity mission to date is scheduled for lift-off on September 10 2008.As a consequence of the new launch date, the Gravity field and steady-state Ocean Circulation Explorer (GOCE) satellite is currently undergoing final flight reconfiguration at...

2005-12-06 12:50:00

By Karin Strohecker BERLIN -- Europe plans to spend more on fundamental space research, start a new earth monitoring project and use European-built launchers in all its missions, European Space Agency (ESA) officials said on Tuesday. After two days of negotiations in the German capital, ministers of the 17 member states passed six resolutions defining ESA's budget for current and future missions, said ESA chairman and Dutch Economic Minister Laurens-Jan Brinkhorst. "The political decision...

2005-12-05 14:55:04

MOSCOW -- Russia's space agency said Monday it had postponed by one day the launch of a U.S communications satellite because of a problem in a booster rocket's control systems, news agencies reported. A Russian Proton-M rocket was due to have blasted off Tuesday from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan carrying a satellite for U.S company SES Americom. The AMC-23 satellite will serve customers across the Pacific region, including Western North America, East Asia, the South Pacific, Alaska...

2005-10-31 14:15:28

MOSCOW -- Russian space officials Monday set a Nov. 9 blastoff for a European probe to explore Venus after its earlier launch was postponed because of a booster rocket problem. Engineers will be able to fix the flaws by that date, the Federal Space Agency said in scheduling the launch at the Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The European Space Agency's Venus Express probe was originally set to be launched Oct. 26 by a Soyuz-Fregat rocket, but a problem arose with thermal...

2005-10-28 18:23:02

MOSCOW (AP) - A Russian satellite has failed to reach its designated orbit, news reports said Friday in the latest is a series of mishaps that have dented the prestige of the country's space program. The Mozhayets-5 satellite, intended for optical experiments, was launched Thursday by the Kosmos-3M booster rocket from the northern Plesetsk cosmodrome. Space officials have lost contact with the satellite, which failed to enter its planned orbit, the ITAR-Tass, Interfax and RIA Novosti news...

2005-10-09 19:18:20

MOSCOW (AP) - Russia suspended launches of a rocket used in a failed mission to put a European satellite into orbit to map polar ice, news reports Sunday said. The Rokot booster rocket will not be launched again pending the outcome of an investigation into Saturday's unsuccessful launch, state-run Rossiya television reported, citing the Russian space agency. Space agency officials could not immediately be reached Sunday to confirm the report. The rocket's second stage failed to separate...

2005-10-08 13:46:03

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A European satellite designed to measure how fast the polar ice caps are melting crashed into the Arctic Ocean after its launch went wrong, the Russian agency that launched it was quoted as saying on Saturday. The European Space Agency's Cryosat satellite was launched from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia but failed to establish communication at the scheduled time. "We believe the satellite ... fell where the second rocket stage is supposed to fall, that...

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2005-10-07 07:20:00

ESA -- The expectations of ice researchers across Europe are currently focused on a region of taiga woodland in Russia's far north. Located in a forest clearing is Pad LC133 of Plesetsk Cosmodrome, where above the tree-line on a Rockot launcher stands ESA's CryoSat satellite, due to start its flight into orbit this Saturday at 17:02 CEST. The first of ESA's Earth Explorer series - missions tailored to respond to particular needs of the Earth science community - CryoSat will use a...


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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