Perspective view in Noctis Labyrinthus

This perspective view in Noctis Labyrinthus was generated from the main camera’s stereo channels on ESA’s Mars Express.

It shows the beautiful details of landslides in the steep-sided walls of the flat-topped graben in the foreground, and in the valley walls in the background.

The scene is part of region imaged by the High Resolution Stereo Camera on Mars Express on 15 July 2015 during orbit 14632. The image is centred on 6°S / 265°E; the ground resolution is about 16 m per pixel.

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SmallGEO AG1: solar panel deployed for testing at IABG

SmallGEO AG1: solar panel deployed for testing at IABG, in Germany, on 22 January, 2016.

Hispasat Advanced Generation 1 (AG1) is the first telecommunications satellite to use Europe’s new SmallGEO platform.
SmallGEO is developed by OHB under ESA’s Advanced Research in Telecommunication Systems (ARTES) programme in a public–private partnership. It will strengthen the position of European industry in the commercial telecommunications market, expanding the current range of available products.

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SmallGEO AG1: solar panel deployed for testing at IABG

SmallGEO AG1: solar panel deployed for testing at IABG, in Germany, on 22 January, 2016.

Hispasat Advanced Generation 1 (AG1) is the first telecommunications satellite to use Europe’s new SmallGEO platform.
SmallGEO is developed by OHB under ESA’s Advanced Research in Telecommunication Systems (ARTES) programme in a public–private partnership. It will strengthen the position of European industry in the commercial telecommunications market, expanding the current range of available products.

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LISA Pathfinder prepares for liftoff

This timelapse video shows the preparations for LISA Pathfinder’s launch at Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. The video spans three weeks, from 12 November 2015 until the launch on 3 December.

Over this period, the spacecraft was attached to the payload adaptor of the Vega launcher, encapsulated within the half-shells of the rocket fairing, transferred to the launcher assembly area, and installed on top of Vega inside the mobile gantry, which was withdrawn shortly before liftoff.

LISA Pathfinder will test key technologies for space-based observation of gravitational waves – ripples in the fabric of spacetime that are predicted by Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity.

Credit: ESA–S. Corvaja, 2015

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UPDATE: NASA Remembers Its Fallen Heroes, 30th Anniversary of Challenger Accident

NASA will pay will tribute to the crews of Apollo 1 and space shuttles Challenger and Columbia, as well as other NASA colleagues, during the agency's Day of Remembrance on Thursday, Jan. 28, the 30th anniversary of the Challenger accident. NASA's Day of Remembrance honors members of the NASA family who lost their lives while furthering the cause of

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GPS IIF-12 launch team to hold media teleconference

The Global Positioning System (GPS) IIF-12 government/contractor mission launch team will host a media teleconference on Jan. 29, 2016 at 8:30 a.m. PST/ 9:30 a.m. MST/ 10:30 a.m. CST/ 11:30 a.m. EST to discuss the upcoming launch, scheduled for no earlier than Feb. 4 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.

The launch support team will discuss details of this final launch of the GPS IIF series of satellites and will be available for questions. Team members who will be on the teleconference include (subject to change)
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Engineers Mark Completion of Orion’s Pressure Vessel

NASA’s Orion spacecraft is another step closer to launching on its first mission to deep space atop the agency’s Space Launch System rocket. On Jan. 13, technicians at Michoud Assembly Facility finished welding together the primary structure of the Orion spacecraft destined for deep space, marking another important step on the journey to Mars.

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IARU Paper: APRS Harmonization and removal of OSCAR sub-band

IARU_Region_1_logoIARU Region 1 have released the papers for the Interim Meeting to be held in Vienna April 15-17, 2016.

Among the papers for the C5 VHF/UHF/Microwave Committee is one on harmonizing APRS.

VIE16_C5_41.pdf – 144 /435 MHz APRS Harmonisation

The paper covers global band planning considerations and recommends:

Emphasise that spaceborne APRS must be confined to globally coordinated amateur satellite sub bands. Therefore items that are ambiguous and generate confusion in national band plans such as ‘Space communications’ and ‘New Oscar Sub band’ should be removed as soon as possible in all Regions in accordance with IARU-AC and Satellite Coordination guidance

It is believed that ‘New Oscar Sub band’ refers to the USA’s ARRL 144 MHz band plan and ‘Space communications’  to the Australian WIA 144 MHz band plan. These band plans as well as those for some other countries show 144.300 – 144.500 MHz as being for Amateur Satellite use.

Direct link for C5 VHF/UHF/Microwave Papers
http://www.iaru-r1.org/index.php/documents/func-startdown/656/

Links for all committee papers and email addresses of Committee Chairs are at
http://www.iaru-r1.org/index.php/88-news/1518-interim-meeting-vienna-2017
[Although URL says 2017 the meeting is 2016]

 

ARRL 144 MHz Band Plan http://www.arrl.org/band-plan

WIA 144 MHz Band Plan http://www.wia.org.au/members/bandplans/data/documents/Australian%20Band%20Plan%202m%20150729.pdf

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Family Advocacy holds teen dating awareness events

Think back to when it was time for you or your children to begin dating. What are some things you discussed with your parents or children? Were there ground rules in place regarding acceptable times and locations for a date? Did you have "the talk?"

Most would probably say there were certain rules for dating and they had, comfortably or not, discussed sex in some way. But how many can say they had a candid discussion about violence in a dating relationship, especially when it came to teen dating?
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