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Gamma-Ray Bursts Conference

Posted by baffa on Aug 10, 2004 - 06:00 PM
The 4th Workshop on "Gamma-Ray Bursts in the Afterglow Era" will be held in the C.N.R. Headquarters, Rome - Italy, from October 18 to 22, 2004. It is a joint IASF-OAB (CNR/INAF) meeting.

ADASS XIV Conference

Posted by baffa on Aug 03, 2004 - 04:00 AM
The 14th annual conference on Astronomical Data Analysis Software and Systems (ADASS) will be held in Pasadena, California, USA, at the Sheraton Hotel from October 24-27, 2004.

First visit to Mercury in 30 years

Posted by baffa on Jul 29, 2004 - 09:14 AM
Messenger mission to Mercury is set to launch August.2. Messenger will be the first spacecraft ever to orbit Mercury and the first in more than 30 years to come close. The estimated arrival time is March 2011.

Mars Had Surface Water

Posted by baffa on Jul 21, 2004 - 12:58 PM
As reported by New Scientist, new findings made by NASA's Mars rover Opportunity suggest surface water on Mars existed across a significant span of time, not just for years but eons.

CeCILL: The Frech GPL

Posted by baffa on Jul 15, 2004 - 10:47 AM
Some researchers from French government-funded research organizations announced the new Open-Source license, known as CeCILL (English pdf here), which is intended to be compatible with the GPL. CeCILL is intended to make free software more compatible with French law in two areas where it differs significantly from U.S. law: copyright and product liability.

Saturn sound

Posted by baffa on Jul 12, 2004 - 12:00 AM
NASA has released a story about the sounds recorded aboard the Cassini spacecraft as it pased through the Rings. The story includes a Quicktime file of the hailstorm-like sounds of Ring particles impacting.

Cassini Spacecraft Arrives at Saturn

Posted by baffa on Jul 02, 2004 - 12:00 AM
After a seven-year cruise through the Solar System, the joint NASA/ESA/ASI Cassini-Huygens spacecraft last night successfully entered orbit around Saturn. The Cassini orbiter is now ready to begin its four-year survey of the planet and its moons, while the Huygens probe will be prepared for the next major mission milestone: its release toward the largest moon, Titan, in December.

SPIE Annual Meeting 2004

Posted by baffa on Jul 01, 2004 - 04:00 AM
The next SPIE Annual Meeting will be held from 2 to 6 August 2004 at Denver (Colorado, USA). The annual meeting will comprises 66 Conferences in remote sensing and space technology, optical systems engineering, signal and image processing,ecc.

Next Stop 'Space Elevator'

Posted by baffa on Jun 26, 2004 - 12:00 AM
In a controversial interview, Bradley C. Edwards, head of the space elevator project at the Institute for Scientific Research in Fairmont, W.Va., thinks an initial version of Space Elevator could be operating in 15 years.

Mozilla 1.7 Released

Posted by baffa on Jun 18, 2004 - 03:16 PM
Right on the heels of Firefox 0.9's and Thunderbird 0.7's releases comes the official release of Mozilla 1.7.

ADASS XIV Conference

Posted by baffa on Jun 15, 2004 - 07:15 PM
The 14th annual conference on Astronomical Data Analysis Software and Systems (ADASS) will be held in Pasadena, California, USA, at the Sheraton Hotel from October 24-27, 2004.

No Stupid Software Patents

Posted by baffa on Jun 10, 2004 - 11:53 AM
A funny article add some humor to the long running struggle to counter the attempt to pass in EU a software copyright law as bad as the USA one which can patent obvious ideas!

Venus transit Live Webcast

Posted by baffa on Jun 07, 2004 - 11:03 AM
From a CSIRO page we report a list of live webcast for Venus transit of 08 Jun 2004 (some more can be found from ESO):

Microsoft Extends Product Lifecycle

Posted by baffa on Jun 04, 2004 - 10:41 AM
Microsoft has decided to extend product support on business and developer products. Mainstream support remains unchanged at 5 years, extended support is greatly extended from 2 to 5 years and Online self-help support is extended from 8 to 10 years.

Rosetta's first scientific observations

Posted by baffa on May 28, 2004 - 12:00 AM
From ESA press release: "ESA's comet-chaser Rosetta, whose 10-year journey to its final target Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko started on 2 March, is well on its way. The first phase of commissioning is close to completion and Rosetta has successfully performed its first scientific activity - observation of Comet Linear."
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