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Mars500 Mission Finally Coming To End
2011-10-28 11:22:09

After a year-and-a-half of being locked up in isolation, the Mars500 crew's mission is finally coming to an end. The 17-month simulated Mars mission had six men spend 520-days of isolation to study the mental and physical challenges that would be faced for a manned mission to Mars. The crew had their brains monitored and bodies scanned to study the effects of the long period of isolation. The Mars500 crew believes they have properly answered the question of whether men can mentally...

Directions For Space Science Research
2011-10-28 10:09:44

Understanding osteoporosis, perfecting vaccines and developing new alloys all share one thing: they are just some of the many scientific fields that have advanced significantly through research performed in space. For more than a decade, scientific research performed on the International Space Station and other microgravity platforms has pushed the boundaries of science beyond earthly limits and provided new knowledge that is improving our future.  From medicine including...

2011-10-27 04:20:48

A heads-up car navigation display and a new approach to rainforest conservation were announced as the winners of the eighth Galileo Masters European Satellite Navigation Competition and the new GMES Masters European Earth Monitoring Competition, both supported by ESA. Together with the two overall winners, eight Galileo Masters special topic prizes, five GMES Masters challenge prizes and 23 regional prizes were awarded at the ceremony in Munich, Germany. The prizes were given for the...

2011-10-15 07:00:00

At SPI, Dallas, ESA Renewables will be exhibiting not only its new solar monitoring and control systems, but also demonstrating its ability to provide financing, construction and O&M services. Lake Mary, Florida (PRWEB) October 15, 2011 ESA Renewables (ESA), a leading turnkey solar system provider, will showcase its photovoltaic monitoring and control system, as well as its installation financing, construction, commissioning and operation and maintenance (O&M) services at the Solar...

Faster Satellite Data For More GMES Users
2011-10-12 09:11:52

Broader and improved access to satellite data is boosting the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security program. The aim of the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) program is to provide accurate, timely and easily accessible information. This will improve the management of the environment, understand and mitigate the effects of climate change and support decision-making in emergency and crisis situations. To achieve these goals, the EU-led initiative relies on a...

ESA Centrifuge Opens Door To High-gravity Worlds
2011-09-30 10:09:59

Astronauts´ jobs sometimes weigh heavy on them: crews returning from space briefly endure ℠g-loading´ more than four times Earth normal. Scientists interested in hypergravity need to create it for minutes, days or even weeks at a time. Fortunately, ESA´s Large Diameter Centrifuge does just that. Based at ESA´s ESTEC technical centre in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, the centrifuge is designed not for astronaut training but for research. Jointly financed by ESA and...

2011-09-28 14:11:47

The EU Joint Research Centre (JRC) has developed a statistical modeling tool which allows the risk of conflict occurrence in developing countries to be analyzed. Combining online news reports with geographical satellite data, the tool establishes a link between natural resources and the risk of conflict. A key advance is the very detailed scale of the data (most being gathered to the square kilometer) and the fact that the modeling is based on the seriousness of the conflicts. When tested,...

Image 1 - ESO Releases New Image Of The Lambda Centauri Nebula
2011-09-21 07:09:45

  [ View the Video ] A new image from the Wide Field Imager on the MPG/ESO 2.2-meter telescope reveals the Lambda Centauri Nebula, a cloud of glowing hydrogen and newborn stars in the constellation of Centaurus (The Centaur). The nebula, also known as IC 2944, is sometimes nicknamed the Running Chicken Nebula, from a bird-like shape some people see in its brightest region. In the nebula, which lies around 6500 light-years from Earth, hot newborn stars that formed from clouds of...

ESA Astronaut Alexander Gerst To Fly To Space Station In 2014
2011-09-18 07:13:50

  ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst has been assigned to fly to the International Space Station on a 6-month mission in 2014, serving as a flight engineer for Expeditions 40 and 41. Alexander is the second of the new group of European astronauts, which graduated last November, to be assigned to a mission. He will be launched aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan in May 2014, returning to Earth in November 2014. Today is an ideal day for the...

ESAs Mock Mission To Mars in Home Stretch
2011-09-07 04:30:50

  The six individuals participating in the European Space Agency (ESA)'s mock 560-day mission to Mars are now less than two months away from their simulated return to Earth. According to the official website of the project, dubbed "Mars500", the simulated mission to the red planet and back is "proceeding smoothly" at its home base, in Moscow's Institute of Biomedical Problems (IBPM). Communication channels between mission control and the astronauts will resume on September 15,...


Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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