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2011-08-18 13:40:00

Time to grab your 3d glasses! Half a century after humankind entered outer space, an ESA-developed camera produced live-streaming 3D images for the first time in the history of space travel "“ showing the International Space Station like never before.On 6 August, NASA astronaut Ron Garan operated the Erasmus Recording Binocular (ERB-2) camera to open a new window on the ISS through stereoscopic eyes, in high-definition quality. As Flight Engineer for Expedition 28 and a video blogger...

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2011-08-15 13:50:00

The Mars500 crew broke the record recently for the longest time spent on a space mission, without even leaving Earth. The crew has spent 438 days in a 12ft-wide capsule to simulate a trip to Mars on a 520-day mission. The astronauts reached a landmark in their space mission by spending the longest amount of time in isolation.  The crew still has 82 days left on their 520-day mission and will also be entering the record books for the shortest distance traveled on a space mission. The...

2011-07-30 01:51:22

The European Commission's Joint Research Centre has developed three new methods to detect an illegal clouding agent which can be found in sports drinks imported from Taiwan. In late May, the Taiwanese authorities informed the European Commission that significant amounts of phthalates were illegally added to certain categories of sports drinks. These chemicals are believed to affect reproductive performance and fertility, and have been linked to developmental problems with children. Under a...

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2011-07-27 11:20:00

International space agencies announced on Wednesday that NASA and its partners plan to plunge the International Space Station (ISS) into the ocean at the end of its life cycle after 2020. "After it completes its existence, we will be forced to sink the ISS. It cannot be left in orbit, it's too complex, too heavy an object, it can leave behind lots of rubbish," said deputy head of Roscosmos space agency Vitaly Davydov. "Right now we've agreed with our partners that the station will be used...

2011-07-26 15:29:00

WASHINGTON, July 26, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Multilateral Coordination Board (MCB) for the International Space Station partner agencies met Tuesday, July 26, to discuss how to use the space station as a test bed for technologies that will enable missions beyond low Earth orbit. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The board will begin identifying several specific technology collaboration initiatives based on possible future missions suggested by the...

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2011-07-20 08:50:00

ESO's Very Large Telescope captured this striking view of the nebula around the star cluster NGC 1929 within the Large Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy of our own Milky Way. A colossal example of what astronomers call a superbubble dominates this stellar nursery. It is being carved by the winds from bright young stars and the shockwaves from supernova explosions. The Large Magellanic Cloud is a small neighboring galaxy to the Milky Way. It contains many regions where clouds of gas and...

2011-07-19 16:43:00

LAKE MARY, Fla., July 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- ESA Renewables, a leading turnkey solar system provider, is pleased to announce its success at the Intersolar North America 2011 trade show last week. Relationships developed at the show resulted in contract negotiations for up to 65MW in solar farm installations across the United States. ESA also received a good response from attendees on ESA's newly debuted renewable energy monitoring system. "Intersolar was a huge success for ESA...

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2011-06-30 07:29:30

Meet Justin, an android who will soon be controlled remotely by the astronauts in ESA's Columbus laboratory on the International Space Station. With this and other intriguing experiments like the Eurobot rover, ESA is paving the way for exploring the Moon and planets with tele-operated robots. In two to three years, the experimental robot on Earth will faithfully mimic the movements of an astronaut on the Space Station. By wearing an exoskeleton "“ a combination of arm and glove with...

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2011-06-22 09:20:46

The new ESA iPhone or iPad application, or "ËœApp', can now deliver a wealth of information on ESA missions, videos, images and news updates, at your fingertips. The ESA App provides an easy and interesting way for the public to experience space exploration. It collects, customizes and delivers a wide selection of up-to-date information from various online ESA sources. ESA content is delivered in a clear and intuitive way, wherever you are, making full use of the iPhone and iPad...

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2011-06-21 06:15:00

The director general of the European Space Agency (ESA) said on Monday that the International Space Station faces tough times as a result of the U.S. shuttle program ending. Jean-Jacques Dordain said the scheduled phase-out of the U.S. space shuttle meant "we are not in a very comfortable situation, and that's just a euphemism." "The biggest lesson from the international space station program is entirely the lack of a joint transportation policy," he said at a press conference on the...


Word of the Day
callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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