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Lavazza ISSpresso
2014-06-17 04:21:51

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online In a universe where Keurig machines are among the most cherished appliances in existence, and a stop at Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts for a hot, caffeinated beverage is a necessity, the hard-working astronauts on board the International Space Station (ISS) have long been denied access to a decent cup of coffee. Fortunately, their plight will soon come to an end, as two Italian companies have announced they will be providing the...

2014-06-13 08:20:40

ISSpresso, the first capsule-based espresso system for space produced by two Italian companies -- Argotec and Lavazza -- in collaboration with the Italian Space Agency TURIN, Italy, June 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Over the past 13 years, the Italian astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) frequently remarked that the thing they miss most while aboard is espresso coffee. Today, Lavazza and Argotec, in conjunction with the Italian Space Agency (ASI), announce the launch...

Timothy Peake
2014-03-14 10:57:31

ESA ESA astronaut Timothy Peake will be heading to the International Space Station next year and he needs your help to name his six-month mission. Send us your suggestion and help to make history. The winner will receive a mission patch signed by Tim himself. Tim was a helicopter test pilot and instructor before joining ESA’s astronaut corps in 2009. He was assigned his mission last May and has been training non-stop to be part of Expedition 46/47 to the orbital outpost. He is...

ESA's ATV Astronaut Trainees Pass With Flying Colors
2014-01-14 10:59:19

Gerard LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The ESA has announced that the fifth and last Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) will be leaving for the International Space Station (ISS) this summer. ATV Georges Lemaitre will be launched from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. It will be bringing supplies, fuel and oxygen for the astronauts aboard the orbiting space lab. Alexander Gerst is an ESA astronaut who will be departing in May to join the other members of the...

ESA Astronaut Timothy Peake Set To Join Crew On International Space Station In 2015
2013-05-20 10:49:12

ESA ESA´s Director General, Jean-Jacques Dordain, announced today that the ISS Multilateral Crew Operations Panel has decided on Friday, 17 May to accept his proposal to fly astronaut Timothy Peake to the International Space Station in 2015. “When we recruited the six new ESA astronauts in May 2009, I made a promise to secure flight opportunities for all of them. Thanks to the decisions of the Member States at the Ministerial Council last November, we will be able to fulfil...

ESA Astronauts On The Road To Space
2012-02-25 05:37:18

ESA´s astronauts-in-training have a busy schedule. From their base at the European Astronaut Centre in Cologne, Germany, they are travelling all over the world to learn the skills required to fly in space, blogging as they go. The new astronauts are learning how to live and work on the International Space Station in the countries of all the Station´s partners: Europe, Canada, America, Japan and Russia. You can now follow their trials and triumphs by following the blog written...

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2011-05-04 14:59:50

ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli's mother, Maria, passed away on Monday while he is still serving on the International Space Station. The crew honored Paolo's mother this afternoon with a short ceremony. Paolo was notified immediately in a private call, following the preference he expressed before the mission for such an event. Jean-Jacques Dordain, ESA Director General, and Thomas Reiter, ESA Director for Human Spaceflight and Operations, contacted Paolo to express ESA's condolences and assure...

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2010-11-22 11:40:00

The European Space Agency (ESA) has graduated six new astronauts from its basic training program. The six individuals received their graduation certificates at a special ceremony recently in Cologne, Germany. They are the first group of candidates ESA has put through its new training program. Previous astronauts have relied on the U.S. or Russia in order to get their education. Alexander Gerst, Samantha Cristoforetti, Thomas Pesquet, Andreas Mogensen, Luca Parmitano and Timothy Peake will...

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2010-07-09 10:25:00

At the end of June, ESA's six astronaut candidates were thrown out of a helicopter, left to drift at sea and abandoned under the hot Mediterranean sun "“ but luckily they were well-trained and under supervision. Astronauts have to be prepared for almost everything in space, but also anything on the ground. This could be, for example, an emergency landing in a faraway place: spacecraft leaving the International Space Station may be forced to come down in the sea, desert, tropical...

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2010-05-13 10:22:06

ESA's new astronaut candidates enjoyed a taste of space last Friday during a special aircraft flight in Bordeaux, France. A modified Airbus A300 offered a glimpse of their future working conditions, as well as providing microgravity for science experiments. Planes flying a special parabolic path can simulate weightlessness for research and astronaut training. Up to 22 seconds of microgravity can be created at a time and, by repeating the maneuver, total weightlessness during one flight...


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attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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