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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...

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2011-06-08 13:41:18

Now that Paolo Nespoli has returned from the International Space Station, we are looking forward to Europe's next mission. Andr© Kuipers will be launched to the orbital outpost in November "“ but his mission still has no name. Help us to find a good one! This will be Andr©'s second mission to the Space Station: he made an 11-day visit in 2004 as part of a crew rotation flight. But this time he will be staying for about six months, as a flight engineer on Expeditions 30 and 31....

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2011-06-07 08:05:00

The second series of flights in ESA's 'Fly Your Thesis!' program concluded recently. After many months of preparation, the 10-day campaign culminated with four student experiments making three parabolic flights aboard the Airbus A300 Zero-G aircraft. Four student teams, from the UK, France, Belgium and the Netherlands, were selected for this rare opportunity to conduct their own experiments during ESA's 54th Parabolic Flight Campaign. The students arrived at the Novespace facilities in...

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2011-05-30 09:19:56

Scientists from Finland and France have developed a new synchrotron X-ray technique that may revolutionize the chemical analysis of rare materials like meteoric rock samples or fossils. The results have been published on 29 May 2011 in Nature Materials as an advance online publication. Life, as we know it, is based on the chemistry of carbon and oxygen. The three-dimensional distribution of their abundance and chemical bonds has been difficult to study up to now in samples where these...

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2011-05-30 06:10:00

Technology developed with ESA funding and drawing on long-running research aboard the International Space Station is opening up a new way to keep hospital patients safe from infections. Using plasma "“ superheated, electrically charged gas "“ Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics director Gregor Morfill is developing ways to kill bacteria and viruses that can cause infections in hospitals. "What we have with plasma is the possibility to supplement our own immune...

2011-05-20 11:20:30

His Holiness the Pope will talk with the astronauts aboard the International Space Station from the Vatican Library on Saturday, 21 May. The inflight call will take place at 13:11 CEST (11:11 GMT). The 12 astronauts aboard the International Space Station have been busy since Space Shuttle Endeavour arrived at the orbital complex last Wednesday. They installed the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer on Thursday for investigating "Ëœdark matter' and antimatter, and performed the first...

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2011-05-17 09:10:16

Is your company on the hunt for out-of-this-world business concepts? ESA is placing information on its intellectual property rights online, aiming to promote the commercialization of these patents in terrestrial contexts. This new online guide, undertaken by ESA's Technology Transfer Programme Office (TTPO), includes descriptions of the intellectual property rights in question, their innovations and advantages, and their potential market applications. "In the first place, ESA files patent...


Word of the Day
cenobite
  • One of a religious order living in a convent or in community; a monk: opposed to anchoret or hermit (one who lives in solitude).
  • A social bee.
This word comes from the Latin 'coenobium,' convent, which comes from the Greek 'koinobios,' living in community.
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