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2010-03-12 06:25:00

The International Space Station (ISS) could remain operational until at least 2020, and quite possibly until 2028, the European Space Agency (ESA) said at a Tokyo meeting on Thursday. The reportedly $100 billion ISS is due to be completed later this year, despite setbacks including budget woes and the loss of the American space shuttles used to transport station parts into orbit. The space station has been 12 years in the making, and its future is secure through 2015, but the U.S. National...

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2010-03-08 11:11:36

On Friday, Esa Alanen and family visited the European Astronaut Center in Cologne, as guests of ESA, to say thanks for relinquishing the Twitter name www.twitter.com/esa. When ESA went to open its Twitter account last year, the name was already taken. The ESA web team was stuck "“ "ËœEuropean Space Agency' is too long for the Twitter character limit and no other name would do. It was time for some detective work and it was no surprise that the owner turned out to be a...

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2010-02-16 14:51:07

One of the most exciting scientific instruments ever built, the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS), arrived at ESA's Test Centre in the Netherlands for testing before being launched on the Space Shuttle to the ISS this July. The quest for the origins of the Universe is about to take a step further in the Large Space Simulator (LSS) at ESA's research and technology centre, ESTEC, in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, under responsibility of Agency's Directorate of Human Spaceflight. The LSS is...

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2010-01-27 11:06:16

Yesterday, Mr Ren© Oosterlinck, ESA's Director of the Galileo Programme and Navigation-related Activities, signed the first three contracts for the Galileo full operational capability phase. This event marks the start of building the Galileo operational infrastructure. The signing ceremony took place at ESA's European Space Research and Technology Centre at Noordwijk (The Netherlands) in the presence of Mr Matthias Ruete, Director General "ËœEnergy and Transport' of the...

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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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