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Displaying items by tag: ESA

Wednesday, 12 June 2013 09:13

The typical 'gamer' is not who you think

Adult women represent a significantly greater portion of the video game-playing population than boys age 17 or younger, and nearly half of all video game players are women, according to new research released today.

Published in Entertainment
Tuesday, 18 May 2010 22:23

ESA Gaia space mission gets Caché

The European Space Agency announced that the InterSystems Caché high-performance object database will be used to support the scientific processing of its Gaia mission to map the Milky Way galaxy.

Published in Space
Monday, 15 March 2010 00:40

Comet does a 'Douglas Adams sun-dive'

It's interesting what you can see when you have somewhere new to stand and look.  The SOHO probe launched by NASA and ESA recently observed a train of comets crashing into the sun.

Published in Space
Saturday, 13 March 2010 06:57

Five ISS countries want space ops through 2028

The space agencies for the United States, Russia, Canada, Europe, and Japan are eager to use the International Space Station for expanded scientific experiments, possibly through the year 2028.

Published in Space
Thursday, 18 February 2010 01:01

Look out of the largest space window

What is being called the largest space window, the seven windows of Cupola onboard the International Space Station were unveiled on Wednesday, February 17, 2010, when astronauts opened the windows' shutters on this newly installed space observation deck.

Published in Space
NASA astronomer Brian Jackson has presented information that the exosolar planet Corot-7b is vaporating due to its decreasing distance to its parent star. Its molten surface is so hot that the planet is slowly evaporating due to extreme temperatures of upwards of 1,980 degrees Celsius (3,600 degree Fahrenheit).

Published in Space
Tuesday, 22 December 2009 20:00

ESA oks Mars missions in 2016, 2018

Two missions within the ExoMars Programme have been approved by the Council of the European Space Agency (ESA). Both missions, the first orbiting about the planet and the second roving on the surface, will look for potential life on the planet.

Published in Space
Friday, 13 November 2009 20:54

Rosetta spacecraft snaps dazzling pix of Earth

The European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft is flying toward Earth on its third and final flyby. It took a dramatic picture of its home planet Earth on November 12, 2009, for all Earthlings to see.

Published in Space
The latest Optus satellite was put into orbit this weekend by an Ariane 5 ECA heavy-lift launcher.

Published in Strategy
Monday, 01 June 2009 10:27

It's six-up on the ISS

The International Space Station now has a six-person crew.

Published in Space
The International Space Station Expedition 20 crew launched from the Baikonou Cosmodrome on Wednesday, May 27, 2009. When they shake hands with the current ISS Expedition 19 crew already onboard the ISS, their meeting will mark the expansion of the Space Station from three to six crewmembers.

Published in Space
Thursday, 21 May 2009 06:01

New European astronauts unveiled

The European Space Agency (ESA) has announced the latest recruits to the European Astronaut Corps. Just six of the 8413 applicants were selected.

Published in Space
Friday, 15 May 2009 18:40

Herschel and Planck join Hubble in space

An Ariane rocket blasted off from French Guiana carrying the Herschel Space Observatory and the Planck Observatory. They are set to explore the early formation of our Universe and help us better explain our very existence. A soon-to-be rejuvenated Hubble Space Telescope will do likewise.


Published in Space
According to the ESA Envisat satellite, an ice bridge connecting the Wilkins Ice Shelf to Charcot Island on the Antarctic Peninsula is at high risk of breaking away. Scientists are investigating to see if climatic warming of Earth's South Polar region is to blame.

Published in Climate
Thursday, 02 April 2009 19:23

Travel to Mars, Russian style

An Earth-based experiment started in Moscow on March 31, 2009, will simulate a space-based journey to the planet Mars. Six would-be space travelers have been locked into a capsule to simulate the two-year mission from Earth to Mars and back.

Published in Space
Friday, 27 March 2009 10:30

Mars webcam back online

The 'webcam' aboard the Mars Express probe has been shut down for three months, but now it is back online.

Published in Space
At 6:49:18 a.m. CDT on Thursday, March 26, 2009, two crewmembers of the nineteenth team to live on the International Space Station (ISS) was launched into orbit, along with a wealthy spaceflight participant. The crew will be part of a historic doubling of capacity for the Space Station.

Published in Space
Wednesday, 18 March 2009 03:54

Europeans launch GOCE gravity mapper mission

The European Space Agency launched, on Tuesday, March 17, 2009, its Gravity Field and Steady-State Ocean Circulation Explorer (GOCE) satellite with its mission to measure the changes in the Earth’s gravitation field. This important mission will elevate our knowledge of Earth's oceans and landmasses, which will help us learn more about our global climate.

Published in Space
Wednesday, 11 March 2009 08:33

ESA set to test smallest space engine

The European Space Agency (ESA) is set to test a tiny space engine that's so finely controllable it can balance the pressure of sunlight.

Published in Space

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