Gran Telescopio CANARIAS
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Auf 2.400m Seehöhe in La Palma, Spanien ist das "GRANTECAN", das derzeit weltgrößte Spiegelteleskop, in Betrieb gegangen. Die Wissenschaftler können nun bisher unerreichte ferne Galaxien außerhalb unseres Sonnensystems erforschen.
KFC logo seen from space November 2006: Kentucky Fried Chicken claims that they have the first brand http://www.kfc.com/about/newsroom/111406.asp which can be seen from space. The size of the Colonel Sanders Logo is more than 87,500 square feet; 65,000, one-foot by one-foot painted tile pieces; 50 persons; total time for construction was about 3,000 hours. NASA Headquarters and NASA Centers The NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) headquarters are located in Washington DC. NASA Centers have special duties and are located in throughout the USA. It was established on July 29, 1958 - On October 1, 2008 NASA celebrates its official 50th Anniversary! Red Bull Stratos - Launch site in Roswell, New Mexico The mission, Red Bull Stratos, will take renowned athlete Felix Baumgartner to at least 120,000 feet above the ground and attempt a freefall jump targeted to reach supersonic speeds. [Update October 2010] The Red Bull Stratos program has been stopped with immediate effect: http://redbullstratos.digitalnewsagency.com/story/view/4992-statement-regarding-red-bull-stratos [Update February 2012] The legal issues have been resolved and the project has been revived. Chances are that the jump will be performed in August 2012. Apple Campus 2 Apple's new spaceship headquarters for 12,000 employes will be constructed on this area. Source: http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/11/06/08/apple_planning_massive_12000_capacity_spaceship_campus_in_cupertino.html Gran Telescopio CANARIAS Auf 2.400m Seehöhe in La Palma, Spanien ist das "GRANTECAN", das derzeit weltgrößte Spiegelteleskop, in Betrieb gegangen. Die Wissenschaftler können nun bisher unerreichte ferne Galaxien außerhalb unseres Sonnensystems erforschen. European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company EADS European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company EADS is a merger of DaimlerChrysler Aerospace AG (DASA) of Germany, Aérospatiale-Matra of France and Construcciones Aeronáuticas SA (CASA) of Spain. The company develops aircraft (Airbus), satellites, missiles, space rockets, etc. Its main competitor is Boeing. ESO - Cerro Paranal ESO, the European Southern Observatory, builds and operates a suite of the world's most advanced ground-based astronomical telescopes. The Paranal Observatory is located on Cerro Paranal, a mountain in the Atacama desert (Chile). Spaceport America In New Mexico (USA) the first commercial spaceport will be established by Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson. By the end of 2009/beginning of 2010 the constructions will be completed and the first commerical flights with "SpaceShipTwo" ("SpaceShipOne" won the $10 million Ansari X-Prize in 2004) will start. ESA headquarters The headquarters of the European Space Agency (ESA) are located in Paris, France. ESA today has 17 members: Austria Belgium Denmark Finland France Germany Ireland Italy The Netherlands Norway Portugal Spain Sweden Switzerland The United Kingdom Greece Luxemburg La Silla Observatory The La Silla Observatory in Chile is operated by the European Organisation for Astronomical Research in the Southern Hemisphere (ESO). Three major telescopes and several smaller ones observe terrestrial events. Space Shuttle Landing Sites NASA Space Shuttle Landing Sites must have a runway that is at least 3,050 metres long and access to personnel and equipment capable of responding to the landing MAIN - Kennedy Space Center, FL (preferred location) - Edwards AFB, CA - White Sands Space Harbor, NM ALTERNATE: Transoceanic Abort Landing (TAL) Sites - in case of an emergency after liftoff - Istres Air Base, France - Morón Air Base, Spain - Zaragoza Air Base, Spain Space shuttles are launched eastward over the Atlantic Ocean from Kennedy Space Center in Florida for insertion into equatorial orbits. http://www.nasa.gov/centers/kennedy/pdf/167472main_TALsites-06.pdf Space Needle The Space Needle is the major landmark of Seattle. It has a height of 605 feet (184 m) and was constructed from 1961-1962 for the 1962 World's Fair. Lockheed Martin headquarters Lockheed Martin Corp. is a multinational aerospace manufacturer. The headquarters are located in Bethesda, Maryland. Vostok 1: Yuri Gagarin's first human space flight in history Launch pad and landing site of Vostok 1, the first russian space flight programe, launched on April 12, 1961. The video which can be watched here was created to celebrate the 50th anniversary of human spaceflight. Project Icarus On Sept. 2, 2009 "Project Icarus" (developed by a group of MIT students), launched a digital camera into near-space to take photographs of the earth from high up above. Details ---------- Who: Oliver Yeh, Justin Lee, Eric Newton Launch Date/Time: September 2nd, 2009, 11:45 EST Launch Location: Sturbridge, MA – 42.12074, -72.06233 Impact Location: Worcester, MA – 42.25504, -71.71943 Distance Traveled: ~20 miles Altitude Achieved: 93,000 feet, 17.5 miles Helium Used: ~65 cubic feet Weight: ~800g, 28oz Camera: Canon A470 /w chdk open source firmware Batteries: 4 Energizer Ultimate Lithium AA Batteries GPS Reciever: Motorola i290 Prepaid Cellphone (”Boost Mobile”) Tracking Software: Accutracking Flight path: Google Earth kml FAA regulation: Legal as long as payload is under 4 pounds Griffith Observatory The Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles was built in 1935. It is a popular tourist destination, planetarium, museum and was filming location for Terminator, Charlie's Angels, 24, MacGyver, Mission Impossible (TV) etc. SpaceX - Space Exploration Technologies SpaceX - a privately owned Space transportation company - successfully launched its Falcon 1 rocket on September 28, 2008. The launch pad for its rockets is installed on Omelek Island in the Kwajalein Atoll. ISS - Partners and Participants Launched in 1998 and involving the U.S., Russia, Canada, Japan, and the participating countries of the European Space Agency - the International Space Station is one of the most ambitious international collaborations ever attempted. Guiana Space Centre The Guiana Space Centre in French Guiana was installed in 1965 by the French space agency CNES, which still runs the centre. It is also called "Europe's Spaceport" because it has been vastly developed with fundings by ESA for its Ariane launcher programmes. Arecibo Observatory The Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico was built in 1963. It has a diameter of 305 m (1,000 ft). The observatory was used as filming location in many movies (e.g. James Bond - Golden Eye with Pierce Brosnan).