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2011-02-16 09:40:00

The nebula Messier 78 takes center stage in this image taken with the Wide Field Imager on the MPG/ESO 2.2-meter telescope at the La Silla Observatory in Chile, while the stars powering the bright display take a backseat. The brilliant starlight ricochets off dust particles in the nebula, illuminating it with scattered blue light. Igor Chekalin was the overall winner of ESO's Hidden Treasures 2010 astrophotography competition with his image of this stunning object. Messier 78 is a fine...

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2011-02-14 07:50:00

Two crewmembers participating in a simulated mission to Mars have taken their first steps on a replica of the Red Planet's surface, officials in charge of the European Space Agency's (ESA) Mars500 project announced on Monday. Mars500, an ongoing study at the Institute of Biomedical Problems in Russia which intends to measure the physical and mental effect that a real-life Mars mission might have on astronauts, features a six-person crew who have to date been isolated in steel containers that...

2011-02-08 10:55:00

WASHINGTON, Feb. 8, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA participated today in a seminar to create awareness among United Nations member states on potential uses of the International Space Station. At the request of the U.N.'s Office for Outer Space Affairs, NASA and its international partner agencies attended the outreach seminar in Vienna. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Representatives from NASA; the Canadian Space Agency; the European Space Agency; the...

2011-02-03 08:25:23

The International Space Station partner agencies met Thursday, Feb. 3, by videoconference to discuss coordinating the increased use of the space station as a research laboratory. The agencies want to continue using the station as a test-bed for exploration and find innovative ways to reduce costs while increasing use. The Multilateral Coordination Board (MCB) meeting included senior representatives from NASA; the Canadian Space Agency (CSA); the European Space Agency (ESA); the Russian...

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2011-02-02 10:20:00

The bright galaxy NGC 3621, captured here using the Wide Field Imager on the 2.2-meter telescope at ESO's La Silla Observatory in Chile, appears to be a fine example of a classical spiral. But it is in fact rather unusual: it does not have a central bulge and is therefore described as a pure-disc galaxy. NGC 3621 is a spiral galaxy about 22 million light-years away in the constellation of Hydra (The Sea Snake). It is comparatively bright and can be seen well in moderate-sized telescopes. This...

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2011-02-02 09:50:53

The crew of a simulated mission to Mars have entered virtual orbit around the planet in what BBC News reporters are calling a "key milestone" for the project, which intends to study the physical and mental effect that a real-life Mars mission might have on astronauts. The Mars500 mission, which is being conducted by the Institute of Biomedical Problems in Russia with cooperation from the European Space Agency (ESA), features six men who have been sealed inside steel containers representing...

2011-01-24 15:37:27

The sight of a researcher sitting at a microscope for hours, painstakingly searching for the right cells, may soon be a thing of the past, thanks to new software created by scientists at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg, Germany. Presented today in Nature Methods, the novel computer programme can rapidly learn what the scientist is looking for and then takes over this laborious and time-consuming task, automatically performing complex microscopy experiments when...

2011-01-22 08:59:26

Romania took a step further in its relations with ESA by signing the Accession Agreement to the ESA Convention on 20 January 2011, to become the 19th ESA Member State. The signing ceremony took place at the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Bucharest, with the participation of Jean-Jacques Dordain, ESA Director General, Teodor Baconschi, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Marius-Ioan Piso, President and CEO of the Romanian Space Agency, and cosmonaut Dumitru Dorin Prunariu, Chairman of the...

2011-01-20 05:52:00

AMSTERDAM, January 20, 2011 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- - Funding Body Will Use Publications and Citations Data to Track Success of Funded Projects Elsevier's SciVerse Scopus (http://www.info.sciverse.com/scopus/) database was selected by the European Research Council (ERC) to assist in the tracking and awarding of funding opportunities for researchers throughout the world. The ERC, the European funding body managing the 'Ideas Programme of the European Commission's Seventh...

2010-12-22 07:15:00

NOORDWIJK, The Netherlands, December 22, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- What if monitoring your heart rate were as easy as listening to music while you jog? Thanks to advances in space technology, an iPhone will soon be able to do double duty: keep you in tune with your favourite artists and your vital signs. With the support of ESA's Technology Transfer Programme (ESA TTP), Swiss company CSEM created the final prototype for their Pulsear device this year. A tiny unit embedded in a regular...


Word of the Day
toccata
  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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