SUCCESS 2002 Student Contest award ceremony

Today, at the European Astronaut Centre in Cologne, the outcome of the SUCCESS 2002 Student Contest was announced to contestants eagerly waiting to see if their proposed experiment had won a prize in this competition organised every two years by the European Space Agency (ESA).

The SUCCESS Student Contest is open to European university students, up to Masters level, and from all disciplines. Entrants have to propose an experiment that could be flown on the International Space Station (ISS).
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Nuna II ready for its debut

On 19 October 50 racing cars will be in Darwin, Australia warming up for the start of the 7th World Solar Challenge. Among them, a slick student-built machine that profits from space technology supplied by ESA. The Dutch Nuon Solar Team and their car Nuna II is among the favourites and ready to defend the title won by their predecessor Nuna in 2001.

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A cloud-free Europe captured by MSG-1

As most Europeans breathe a sigh of relief as this record-breaking summer draws to a close, the extreme weather conditions experienced in recent weeks have given us a rare view of an almost cloud-free Europe, taken by Europe’s weather satellite MSG-1, launched a year ago this week.

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NASA is aiding firefighters and managers battling wild fires across the United States. NASA provides views from space before, during, and after fires. The information allows firefighters to respond to wildfires quickly, effectively allocate precious resources, and helps make fire fighting a little easier and safer.
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A brand new look and understanding of the place we call home. That’s what you’ll get in a complete global topographic data set generated by NASA and the National Imagery and Mapping Agency (NIMA).

Produced by the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission, the global data set, called “SRTM30,” greatly improves maps of Earth’s land mass located between 60 degrees north and 60 degrees south of the equator. That’s roughly from the southern tip of Greenland to below the southern tip of South America.
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The popular and heavily used UO-14 FM satellite has quit working, and some in the amateur satellite community worry that the venerable easy-sat could be down for the count. UO-14 (145.975 MHz up, 435.070 MHz down for Mode J) failed to appear on August 5 over the western Americas, but ground controller Chris Jackson, G7UPN, later was able to reset the satellite from the UK.
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25 Years of Human Spaceflight in Europe

2003 is a year for Europe to commemorate a number of “firsts” in human spaceflight.

25 years ago Europe made its entry into human spaceflight history when the Czecholslovakian cosmonaut Vladimir Remek took part in a first mission under the Interkosmos cooperation programme between the Soviet Union and other partner countries. He lifted off from Baikonur on 2 March 1978 on the Soyuz 28 spacecraft for a 8-day mission to the Salyut 6 space station. He was soon followed, from 27 June to 5 July 1978, by a Polish cosmonaut colleague, Miroslaw Hermaszewski on the Soyuz 30 mission. Two months later, on 26 August, German cosmonaut Sigmund Jähn, on the third manned Interkosmos mission, climbed into Soyuz 31, lifted off from Baikonur and, together with his Soviet fellow crew member Valery Bykovski, circled the Earth 141 times on a eight-day mission to the Salyut 6 space station before returning to Earth and landing safely on 3 September. The first West European astronaut to participate in a mission on a Soviet spacecraft was French astronaut Jean-Loup Chrétien of CNES, who flew on 24 June 1982 aboard Soyuz T-6 to the Salyut-7 space station.
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