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Gaia Mission Postponed Glitch
2013-10-24 10:33:57

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The European Space Agency (ESA) has delayed the launch of its Gaia mission due to a glitch found in another satellite already in orbit. The technical issue is pushing back the Gaia launch date from November 20 to anywhere between December 17 to January 5, 2014. Gaia shares some of the same components involved in the technical glitch found in the working satellite in space. ESA said that prompt notification of this problem allowed...

ESA's Gaia Star-Mapping Mission Set For November Launch
2013-10-21 13:09:41

[ Watch the Video: Mapping The Milky Way With Gaia ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The European Space Agency's (ESA) Gaia mission will be launching from Europe's spaceport in Kourou on November 20 with the goal of mapping out the stars in the universe like never before. The billion-star surveyor's main goal is to create a highly accurate 3D map of the Milky Way Galaxy by observing a billion stars to determine their positions in space and their movement through...

The Hunt For Extraterrestrial Life On Cloudy Extra-Solar Planets
2013-09-26 11:05:19

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online An international research team has created a map of the clouds that ensconce Kepler 7b, a distant planet outside our solar system, according to reports published by The Astrophysical Journal and Astrophysical Journal Letters. The studies’ researchers said their findings are a step forward in determining which planets outside our Solar System, also known as exoplanets, can host extraterrestrial life. Kepler 7b orbits a Sun-like...

Spitzer Hunting For Exoplanets
2013-09-25 10:38:33

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online After 10 years of orbiting the sun, the Spitzer Space Telescope is now playing a completely different role than it was a decade ago – hunting for exoplanets outside the solar system. "When Spitzer launched back in 2003, the idea that we would use it to study exoplanets was so crazy that no one considered it," said Sean Carey of NASA's Spitzer Science Center  in a statement. "But now the exoplanet science work has become a...

You Are Invited To Join In On European Researchers’ Night
2013-09-18 12:31:23

ESA CERN, ESA, ESO and UNESCO in partnership with the Italian Institute of Astrophysics invite the public to Origins 2013, an exceptional event taking place simultaneously in Geneva, Paris and Bologna on European Researchers’ Night, 27 September. People around the world are invited to follow the event live through a webcast to celebrate the achievements of particle physics and astrophysics. Together, these research areas address fundamental questions linked to our origins, from the...

Scientists May Soon Have New Tools To Answer The 'Are We Alone' Question
2013-09-12 15:23:08

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists are working on new tools to help detect whether or not life exists on planets far away from our Solar System. Life on Earth is able to send off signals into the atmosphere, such as microbes emitting methane and nitrous oxide. When these chemicals are present in sufficient quantities they become indicators of life and are known as atmospheric biomarkers. Detecting them in the atmosphere of exoplanets could indicate whether or...

Second Instrument For James Webb Space Telescope Completed By ESA
2013-09-06 12:47:52

ESA ESA has completed the Near-Infrared Spectrograph, one of two instruments it is contributing to the international James Webb Space Telescope, a space observatory set for launch on an Ariane 5 rocket in 2018. The James Webb Space Telescope, or JWST, is being built in a partnership between ESA, NASA and the Canadian Space Agency as the successor to the hugely successful Hubble space telescope. It will boast a segmented primary mirror spanning a total of 6.5 m in diameter, making it...

NASA Scientists Discover Cool Brown Dwarfs That Are Still Pretty Warm
2013-09-06 11:02:56

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Two years ago NASA scientists revealed a new class of stars, dubbed ‘Y dwarfs,' thought to be about as warm as the human body. However, newly published research indicates that these cold stars are probably a bit warmer than the boiling point of water. These stars are believed to have a mass about 5 to 20 times that of Jupiter. Unlike our sun, these types of brown dwarf stars derive their energy via gravitational contraction, a...


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  • A rich embroidered or brocaded silk fabric woven originally with a warp of gold thread.
'Baudekin' seems to be an alternative form of 'baldachin,' from the Italian 'Baldacco,' Baghdad, the city where the material was made.
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