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President Joachim Gauck Visits ESA's Operations Center
2014-05-26 12:12:45

ESA Today, President Joachim Gauck made the first-ever visit by a Head of State to ESA’s operations centre in Darmstadt, Germany. He was joined by 140 ambassadors and Tarek Al-Wazir, the Deputy Prime Minister of the Hesse region, for a guided visit through the center’s mission control facilities. President Gauck and his party were welcomed by ESA Director General Jean-Jacques Dordain and by Thomas Reiter, ESA Director of Human Spaceflight and Operations and Head of the European...

ESA Astronaut Thomas Pesquet Set To Fly To The International Space Station In 2016
2014-03-17 13:50:06

ESA ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet has been assigned to a long-duration mission on the International Space Station, it was announced today. The assignment of the French-born astronaut was announced by ESA’s Director General Jean Jacques Dordain in the presence of the French Minister for Higher Education and Research, Geneviève Fioraso, and the President of the French space agency, CNES, Jean-Yves Le Gall. The announcement was made in coordination with the international partners of...

ESA Astronaut Timothy Peake Set To Join Crew On International Space Station In 2015
2013-05-20 10:49:12

ESA ESA´s Director General, Jean-Jacques Dordain, announced today that the ISS Multilateral Crew Operations Panel has decided on Friday, 17 May to accept his proposal to fly astronaut Timothy Peake to the International Space Station in 2015. “When we recruited the six new ESA astronauts in May 2009, I made a promise to secure flight opportunities for all of them. Thanks to the decisions of the Member States at the Ministerial Council last November, we will be able to fulfil...

Orion Spacecraft Gets A Boost From European ATV Technology
2013-01-17 05:25:33

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The European Space Agency (ESA) signed an agreement with NASA this week to contribute to the Orion spacecraft, which is scheduled to launch in 2017. Orion's ultimate mission will be to carry astronauts farther into space than ever before. This will be achieved using a module based on Europe's Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) technology. Since 2008, ATVs have been resupplying the International Space Station (ISS). ATV Albert Einstein,...

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2012-01-26 05:15:29

School teams from Europe and America have been commanding robots competing in the Spheres ZeroRobotics tournament in space. The arena: 400 km above Earth on the International Space Station. Student teams could send a single piece of instruction software to control the small robotic ℠Spheres´. The goal of the tournament was to earn points through masterful operation via guidance and navigation control algorithms as well as choosing the best tactics to win the game. This...

European Finalists Selected In Space Lab Student Competition
2012-01-19 04:14:54

Sixty space experiment proposals have been selected as finalists in the YouTube Space Lab student science competition, co-sponsored by ESA. Judges must now select the two top entries to be flown on the International Space Station. ESA, NASA, JAXA and the Canadian Space Agency have joined Google, YouTube, Lenovo and Space Adventures in an international science competition that challenges students aged 14—16 and 17—18 to design an experiment that can be conducted in microgravity...

ESA Astronaut Alexander Gerst To Fly To Space Station In 2014
2011-09-18 07:13:50

  ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst has been assigned to fly to the International Space Station on a 6-month mission in 2014, serving as a flight engineer for Expeditions 40 and 41. Alexander is the second of the new group of European astronauts, which graduated last November, to be assigned to a mission. He will be launched aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan in May 2014, returning to Earth in November 2014. Today is an ideal day for the...

2011-05-20 11:20:30

His Holiness the Pope will talk with the astronauts aboard the International Space Station from the Vatican Library on Saturday, 21 May. The inflight call will take place at 13:11 CEST (11:11 GMT). The 12 astronauts aboard the International Space Station have been busy since Space Shuttle Endeavour arrived at the orbital complex last Wednesday. They installed the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer on Thursday for investigating "Ëœdark matter' and antimatter, and performed the first...

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2011-05-04 14:59:50

ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli's mother, Maria, passed away on Monday while he is still serving on the International Space Station. The crew honored Paolo's mother this afternoon with a short ceremony. Paolo was notified immediately in a private call, following the preference he expressed before the mission for such an event. Jean-Jacques Dordain, ESA Director General, and Thomas Reiter, ESA Director for Human Spaceflight and Operations, contacted Paolo to express ESA's condolences and assure...

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2010-06-09 09:34:53

Ten past and present ESA astronauts will be at the ILA international aerospace show at Berlin's Schoenefeld on Friday 11 June. At the same time, ESA will continue its presence on its shared stand. ESA will participate in ILA's "ËœSpaceflight: Yesterday"“Today"“Tomorrow' workshop on Friday, starting at 12:00 CEST in the Space Hall (Raumfahrt-Halle). Former ESA astronauts Ulf Merbold and Ernst Messerschmid will represent the previous generation of space flyers and start...


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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