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2010-01-25 11:15:00

Slovenia becomes the sixth European country to sign the European Cooperating State Agreement with ESA. ESA's Director of Legal Affairs and External Relations, Peter Hulsroj, and Slovenian Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology, Gregor Golobic, signed the agreement at ESTEC, Noordwijk, The Netherlands, on 22 January 2010. This agreement strengthens Slovenia's relations with ESA and defines the legal basis for developing a Plan for European Cooperating State (PECS) Charter,...

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2010-01-20 09:20:00

ESO has just released a stunning new image of the vast cloud known as the Cat's Paw Nebula or NGC 6334. This complex region of gas and dust, where numerous massive stars are born, lies near the heart of the Milky Way galaxy, and is heavily obscured by intervening dust clouds. Few objects in the sky have been as well named as the Cat's Paw Nebula, a glowing gas cloud resembling the gigantic pawprint of a celestial cat out on an errand across the Universe. British astronomer John Herschel first...

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2010-01-18 09:20:00

Following the debut of ESA's "ËœFly Your Thesis!' program in 2009, four teams of university students have been selected to conduct their microgravity experiments during a second series of parabolic flights aboard an aircraft. The teams, made up of students from five ESA Member States, were chosen from 12 teams whose proposals were short-listed in September 2009. During the final selection phase, all of the teams wrote a detailed scientific proposal and a technical proposal. They...

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2010-01-15 16:15:00

General Jean-Jacques Dordain said on Thursday ESA is hoping to use the International Space Station as a platform to conduct research into global climate change. Dordain, ESA Director, says so far 17 proposals have been received for this project. The ISS is expected to be finished this year, with final costs around 100 billion dollars. The station will be used as a multi-purpose research facility in low orbit until at least 2015 and possibly beyond. The first two modules of the ISS were...

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2009-12-17 09:19:12

As the UN Climate Conference in Copenhagen approaches its conclusion, negotiations are focusing on the role of forests in mitigating climate change. The new 'Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation' policy has gained widespread support as a central element of any new agreement. Since deforestation accounts for almost 20% of global greenhouse gas emissions, this new policy would enable developing countries to make a major contribution to emissions reduction. Linked to...

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2009-12-09 12:57:22

A research team from the TECNALIA Technological Corporation, through its Aerospace Unit, together with the ITEAM Institute at the Valencia Polytechnic University, the ilicitana Emxys aerospace company and the Institute for Photonic Sciences (ICFO), have developed a new protection system for the European Space Agency (ESA) through which safety for space vehicles is enhanced. The system involves monitoring based on optic fiber sensors that enable the visualization of the real time temperature...

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2009-12-07 07:30:00

Astronomers facing Socratic "ignorance" An extensive study made with ESO's Very Large Telescope deepens a long-standing mystery in the study of stars similar to the Sun. Unusual year-long variations in the brightness of about one third of all Sun-like stars during the latter stages of their lives still remain unexplained. Over the past few decades, astronomers have offered many possible explanations, but the new, painstaking observations contradict them all and only deepen the mystery. The...

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2009-11-11 07:58:48

ESA's "ËœFly Your Thesis!' program made its successful debut during ESA's 51st Parabolic Flight Campaign, held October 25 to November 5. Four student teams from five European countries took advantage of this new educational initiative to conduct microgravity experiments on the Airbus A300 "ËœZero G' aircraft. "ËœFly Your Thesis!' was introduced by ESA's Education Office in close coordination with ESA's Directorate of Human Spaceflight in 2008. It provides...

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2009-11-09 10:03:41

Structural study at EMBL reveals how plants respond to water shortages Much as adrenaline coursing through our veins drives our body's reactions to stress, the plant hormone abscisic acid (ABA) is behind plants' responses to stressful situations such as drought, but how it does so has been a mystery for years. Scientists at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Grenoble, France, and the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas (CSIC) in Valencia, Spain discovered that the...

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2009-10-31 09:48:42

ESA is looking for ideas to use the International Space Station as a platform to conduct research into global climate change. The International Space Station (ISS) is a manned orbital platform with a permanent crew of six. Its assembly will be completed next year, providing a multipurpose research facility in low orbit until 2015 and possibly beyond. Europe's scientific community is already using the ISS in a multitude of areas such as life and microgravity sciences, and now Earth science and...