International Conference on Saturns moon Titan

In the week that sees the 375th anniversary of the birth of the Dutch astronomer Christiaan Huygens, an international conference entitled ‘Titan: From Discovery to Encounter’ is taking place, from 13 to 17 April, at ESA’s European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC), Noordwijk, the Netherlands.

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http://www.esa.int/esaCP/SEM17D57ESD_index_0.html

ULTRASOUND MAKES WAVES IN SPACE AND ON EARTH

Ultrasound techniques developed by NASA to examine International Space Station crewmembers may soon find another use helping treat medical emergencies on Earth.

Non-physicians can readily learn the procedures which can provide an accurate diagnostic tool when coupled with Internet, telephone or wireless transmission of ultrasound images to remote experts. The technology was recently tested on members of the Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League (NHL).
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Mars Express confirms methane

During recent observations from the ESA Mars Express spacecraft in orbit around Mars, methane was detected in its atmosphere.

Whilst it is too early to draw any conclusions on its origin, exciting as they may be, scientists are thinking about the next steps to take in order
to understand more.

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http://www.esa.int/SPECIALS/Mars_Express/SEMZ0B57ESD_0.html

The last stage of an arctic odyssey

The French explorer, Gilles Elkaïm, who left North Cape (Norway) in May 2000, has almost completed the seventh and final stage of his 12,000 km solo trek along the rim of the Arctic Ocean, from the Atlantic to the Pacific, on foot, kayak, skis, by sled pulled by himself or by dogs… with help from ESA.

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http://www.esa.int/esaCP/SEM24957ESD_FeatureWeek_0.html

SPACE SHUTTLE PROCESSING REPORT

The Space Shuttle fleet is housed and processed at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (KSC), Fla. NASA issues weekly information about Space Shuttle processing and payloads in this status report. The order Shuttles are listed in this report do not necessarily reflect the chronological order of future missions.
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AURA SATELLITE DELIVERED TO LAUNCH SITE

NASA’s Aura spacecraft, the latest in the Earth
Observing System (EOS) series, arrived at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., to begin launch preparations.

Packed in a special shipping container, Aura was transported from Northrop Grumman’s Space Park manufacturing facility in Redondo Beach, Calif. The spacecraft will undergo final tests and integration with a Delta II rocket for launch in June.
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NEW RADARSAT-2 APPLICATIONS

The evolving field of Earth Observation from space took an important leap forward as the Canadian Space Agency awarded 18 contracts to Canadian companies for the development of applications in preparation for RADARSAT-2 satellite data. These specialized applications are responding to existing and emerging environmental issues worldwide. Thirteen companies will develop these projects through funding provided by the Earth Observation Application Development Program.
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