ASI Agenzia Spaziale Italiana 21 Oct 2009, 10:35 UTC The city of Naples will host the 63th edition of the International Astronautical Congress, the most important event at the world level in the space field, in 2012. Naples was officially announced as seat of the event during the 2009 IAC in Daejoon, South Korea, after an unanimous vote by the General Assembly of the International Astronautical Federation. After the announcement, the Italian Ambassador in South Korea, Massimo Leggeri, thanked IAF on behalf of Italy. The Italian Ministry for University and Research Mariastella Gelmini and the Mayor of Naples, Rosa Russo Iervolino, gave a joint declaration stating that “this important success acknowledge the work of the Italian Space Agency, the national space industry and the city of Naples”.
German Aerospace Center (DLR) 21 Oct 2009, 10:12 UTC On Thursday, 15 October 2009, the ThermoLab experiment was launched on the International Space Station (ISS). Scientists from Berlin’s Charité university hospital want to use it to study changes in the heat balance and the circulation of people who are in zero gravity conditions. A new sensor that was developed on behalf of the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) by Charité and Draegerwerk Lübeck is being used.
Royal Astronomical Society 21 Oct 2009, 10:11 UTC Astronomers across the UK will be helping the public get a close look at the Moon in the Autumn Moonwatch, a major event in the International Year of Astronomy 2009 (IYA2009) running from 24th October to 1st November. As well as numerous opportunities to look through a telescope at our nearest celestial neighbour, observations of the Moon will be posted on Twitter in a mass event expected to attract followers from across the world. And alongside the Twitter Moonwatch is...
ESA Top News 21 Oct 2009, 08:26 UTC A new set of ESA online brochures entitled Space: a key asset for Europe to face global challenges explains how space programmes fuel the creation of innovative capabilities, knowledge and technology, boost our economic growth, improve the lives of Europeans, are a fundamental tool for protecting the Earth environment as well as for our security and preparing for the future – making space a key asset for Europe.
International Year of Astronomy Press Releases 21 Oct 2009, 08:00 UTC The International Year of Astronomy 2009 Cornerstone project, Galilean Nights, begins tomorrow. Hundreds of thousands of people all around the world will experience their own “Galileo moment” when they look up at the sky through a telescope for the first time. Galilean Nights will be a global experience, with more than 1000 public observing events in over 70 countries, and this number is still increasing each day.
NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope 20 Oct 2009, 15:00 UTC Peering far beyond our solar system, NASA researchers have detected the basic chemistry for life in a second hot gas planet, advancing astronomers toward the goal of being able to characterize planets where life could exist.
ASI Agenzia Spaziale Italiana 20 Oct 2009, 14:56 UTC The SPIRE and PACS instruments, the "eyes" of the ESA Herschel telescope have discovered large numbers of stars of every age in a part of our galaxy that had, until 4 October, been believed to be cold and inactive. The images are so spectacular that staff in Paris decided to publish them immediately. "The emotional impact was exceptional," said Sergio Molinari, an Italian researcher with the IFSI (Institute for Interplanetary Space Physics, part of INAF) who plays an important role in this story. Molinari is in fact the principal investigator of the only Italian-led programme among the twenty key observational projects chosen by the ESA. The programme is called Hi-GAL (Herschel Infrared GALactic Plane Survey); it includes a decisive contribution from the Italian Space Agency, and is the programme which discovered these "pearls". "To be able to see the entire lifecycle of material in the galaxy in a single real image, exactly as shown in theory, from diffuse to dense clouds and on until the final phases of stellar evolution was a truly remarkable experience," said Molinari. The "eyes" of Herschel were turned towards the Southern Cross constellation and the two instruments, SPIRE and PACS, were used contemporaneously for the ...
ASI Agenzia Spaziale Italiana 20 Oct 2009, 14:45 UTC For the first time, a telescope has trained its eyes on the Sun and managed to photograph the helium emissions that burst from the corona of our star. The credit for this achievement goes to SCORE, (Sounding-rocket Coronagraphic Experiment), the Italian instrument for studying the Sun's external atmosphere, which was successfully launched (after various postponements due to technical and meteorological problems) on board a NASA rocket from the White Sands Missile Range base in New Mexico on 14 September.
ASI Agenzia Spaziale Italiana 20 Oct 2009, 12:56 UTC ASI informs that a new software package for AGILE-GRID data analysis is available since October 13, 2009 from the AGILE Data Center webpage:http://agile.asdc.asi.it/public/AGILE_SW_4.0_SourceCode/ The software is available both for AGILE Guest Observers and for general public users. A reprocessed AGILE data release (v2.0) is also available from the ASDC Multi Mission Interactive Archive webpage:http://www.asdc.asi.it/mmia/index.php?mission=agilemmiawhich can be also reached from the AGILE Data Center webpage: http://agile.asdc.asi.it by clicking: Public --> Data Release All Cycle-1 OB data already included in previous deliveries have been reprocessed with the latest available software.This new public delivery reflects the current best understanding and testing of calibrations, background rejection, and processing results.