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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,...

Andre Makes A PromISSe
2011-09-06 09:42:16

  All the pieces are coming together for the next long mission by a European astronaut. Now it has a name and logo. ESA today revealed the name of André Kuipers' mission: PromISSe. ESA called on citizens of its member states last June to propose a name for André´s mission and received more than 200 proposals in just a month. Surprisingly, they also came from Slovenia, Australia, India, Mexico and Argentina. The judges weighed the eligible entries...

2011-08-31 14:36:03

Minimum information about a bioactive entity An international consortium of pharmaceutical companies, public and commercial data providers and academic groups has agreed on a new standard for describing the effect of a compound on a biological entity. Published in Nature Reviews Drug Discovery, the Minimum Information about a Bioactive Entity (MIABE) standard makes it possible to enhance the interchange of public data on drug discovery success and attrition. Every day, pharma, biotech...

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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...


Word of the Day
Cthulhu
  • A gigantic fictional humanoid alien god being described with a head resembling an octopus and dragon wings and claws, around whom an insane cult developed.
  • Pertaining to the mythos of Cthulhu and additional otherworldly beings created by H. P. Lovecraft or inspired by his writings and imitators.
This word was invented in 1926 by H.P. Lovecraft for his short story, 'The Call of Cthulhu.' 'Cthulhu' may be based on the word 'chthonic,' which in Greek mythology refers to the underworld.
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