Ozone depletion over Earth’s Arctic region varies widely from year to year in its amount, timing and pattern of loss. That’s the conclusion of a research team using data from the Microwave Limb Sounder (MLS) on NASA’s Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite.
Saint-Hubert, Bangalore, India, March 27, 2003 – Today, Dr. Marc Garneau, President of the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Dr. Krishnaswamy Kasturirangan, Chairman of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), reaffirming their pursuit of international space cooperation for peaceful purposes while working towards economic and social development for both countries.
Whether you find yourself in the icy wastes of Antarctica or caught in the midst of a scorching hot fire, you could stay safe and comfortable in either extreme provided you are dressed in the right clothes.
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The Columbia Accident Investigation Board (CAIB) continues their work into the investigation of the accident and a number of hearings are now being held in public. The chairman of the NASA Columbia Task Force (the body that supports the CAIB) gave a detailed briefing a few days ago to ESA and the other International Partners on the status to date.
NASA Administrator Sean O’Keefe expressed condolences and concern for the crew of the helicopter searching for Space Shuttle Columbia debris, which crashed in Texas.
The entries are now in for the Aurora student design competition: a call to graduate and undergraduate teams from universities within Europe and Canada to come up with ideas for the robotic and human exploration of the Moon, Mars and asteroids.
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On 31 March at Oberpfaffenhofen, near Munich, Germany, ESA Director of Human Spaceflight Mr Jörg Feustel-Büechl will sign a EUR 37.7 m contract with DLR, the German national agency for aerospace research and spaceflight, to develop the Columbus Control Centre for the European Columbus laboratory on the International Space Station (ISS).
In January 2002, a dull star in an obscure constellation suddenly became 600,000 times more luminous than our Sun, temporarily making it the brightest star in our Milky Way galaxy.
Early on the morning of 30 June 1908, the vast forest of western Siberia was illuminated by a strange apparition: an alien object streaking across the cloudless sky. White hot from its headlong plunge into the Earth’s atmosphere, the intruder exploded about 8 km above the ground, flattening trees over an area of 2000 square kilometres.
The only way to get away from the sensation and effects of gravity is to give into it. That’s why the ‘Zero-G’ Airbus A300 that ESA uses for parabolic flights has to free-fall through the air – with no force other than gravity acting upon it – to generate 20 seconds of weightlessness at a time. It would be a lot easier if we could just flick a switch.