CSA and India’s Space Research Organization Pact

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.

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Columbia Failure investigation technical update

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.
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Contract with DLR for Columbus Control Centre

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).
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ESA Studies Missions to Safeguard the Earth

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.
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Parabolic flights

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.