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Robots Required In Hunt For ET, Engineer Suggests
2012-04-19 06:09:00

A Penn State engineer suggests that finding and identifying extraterrestrial life may require a big leap in robotics. John D. Mathews, professor of electrical engineering, wrote in the current issue of the Journal of the British Interplanetary Society that if there are aliens out there, they may not be eager to meet humans. He said that only by developing self-replicating robotic spacecraft would the human race be capable of efficiently exploring the vastness of the universe. "If...

2012-03-29 22:39:35

An ionic motor for small satellites The first prototype of a new, ultra-compact motor that will allow small satellites to journey beyond Earth's orbit is just making its way out of the EPFL laboratories where it was built. The goal of the micro motor: to drastically reduce the cost of space exploration. Imagine reaching the Moon using just a tenth of a liter of fuel. With their ionic motor, MicroThrust, EPFL scientists and their European partners are making this a reality and ushering...

Engineers Working Towards Laser Deflection Of Asteroids
2012-03-28 10:26:01

Protecting the Earth from an extinction-threatening asteroid has in the past been left up to Hollywood, which has deployed a barrage of special effects box office blockbusters that have kept deadly space rocks from smashing our planet into oblivion. But now, Scottish engineers have come up with a plausible way of dealing with asteroids that doesn´t include Hollywood special effects. Engineers at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow are developing an innovative technique based on...

Swiss Scientists Working On New 'Janitor Satellite'
2012-02-16 05:51:54

Swiss scientists said they are planning to launch a satellite specifically designed to help get rid of space junk. The "janitor satellite" will cost $11-million and is being built by the Swiss Space Center at the Swiss Federal Institute for Technology in Lausanne (EPFL). EPFL said its launch would come within three to five years. On its first mission the CleanSpace One will grab one of two Swiss satellites launched in 2009 and 2010. According to NASA, over 500,000 pieces of space...

Actual Location Of Crashed Russian Probe Still Unknown
2012-01-16 15:00:42

Russian officials said on Monday that they still could not say for certain where the Phobos-Grunt space probe landed upon its return to Earth, despite reports over the weekend that it had landed in the Pacific Ocean. According to MSNBC reports Sunday, the satellite's re-entry was believed to have occurred at approximately 12:45 Eastern time, and the debris zone was believed to be 775 miles — or 1,250 kilometers — west of Wellington Island in the South Pacific. That...

Station To Perform Debris Avoidance Maneuver Friday
2012-01-13 06:34:53

International Space Station crew members are set to maneuver the space lab out of the way of an orbiting piece of space debris left over from a 2009 collision of two satellites, after US Space Command informed the station flight control team Wednesday of the potential hazard. On Thursday, ISS ballistics officers confirmed the path of the debris and radioed Flight Director Emily Nelson that the debris has the potential of making impact with the station. As a result, Nelson gave the OK to...

Mars Moon Probe To Return To Earth Next Week
2012-01-02 04:48:21

The Russian probe that was to explore Mars' moon Phobos before becoming stranded in orbit is expected to fall back to Earth sometime next week, various media outlets are reporting. Early last week, European Space Agency (ESA) space debris chief Heiner Klinkrad told Space.com columnist Leonard David that current re-entry forecasts predict that the Phobos-Grunt satellite, which was launched on November 9, could plummet through Earth's atmosphere on January 14 or 15, plus or minus five day....

Origin Of Namibian Space Ball Not So Mysterious
2011-12-23 13:14:25

Namibian authorities have recently announced the discovery of a large metallic ball which they say fell from the sky and landed in the country´s remote northern grasslands in mid-November. After conducting a number of tests on the mysterious sphere, the baffled Namibian government opted to contact NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) this week. Following their initial examinations of the object, the nation´s police deputy inspector general Vilho Hifindaka stated that the...


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  • To think; to imagine; to fancy.
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The word 'ween' comes from Middle English wene, from Old English wēn, wēna ("hope, weening, expectation"), from Proto-Germanic *wēniz, *wēnōn (“hope, expectation”), from Proto-Indo-European *wen- (“to strive, love, want, reach, win”).
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