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There are countless reasons why space based research is important- from Earth observation to GPS to global telecommunications.

It seems Irelands commitment to being part of the global space industry and all its spin offs is under some danger at the moment, with Ireland commitment to the ESA being queried. SO if you are board with the science and economic reasons here’s a fun list of things you never new were indented by NASA:

 

http://io9.com/everyday-things-you-didnt-know-were-invented-by-nasa-1663622199

 

 

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As its only about 3 weeks to the launch (*crosses fingers*) of the Sentinel 1 Satellite you might consider following the launch blog:

http://blogs.esa.int/eolaunches/

Lots of very interesting details on the complexities of such an endeavour – lots of nice vids and pics as well.

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A new call for the establishment of SFI Centres has been issued.

Details here:

http://www.sfi.ie/funding/funding-calls/open-calls/sfi-research-centres-programme-2013/

 The list has some direct interest for us as last on the list of proposed Centres is:

Earth and Ocean Observation

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The ESA Space Expo in TCD last week seemed a success judging by the numbers attending during the nicest weather we’ve had in years. I picked up a copy of a new(-ish, 2012) Enterprise Ireland publication called Ireland’s Space Endeavours, detailing companies and research groups involved in the space industry. You can downlaod a copy here its make eye opening reading if you thought space was what other countries did.

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The next Irish Meteorological Society Public Lecture takes place in the Custom House, Thursday April 25th at 6-30pm.

‘EUMETSAT: A European Success Story’ by Declan Murphy

EUMETSAT is responsible for the launch and operation of meteorological satellites which make a significant contribution to weather forecasting and to the monitoring of the global climate.

Members of the public are welcome and admission is free,
but please reserve your place.
Tea/coffee from 5-30pm and complimentary satellite poster for attendees

http://www.irishmetsociety.org/component/civicrm/?task=civicrm/event/register&reset=1&id=26

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Baku-APA. Russia’s Federal Space Agency Roscosmos and Ireland’s National Space Center have signed a memorandum of understanding on bilateral cooperation in space exploration, APA reports quoting RIA Novosti. More

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I don’t often post such things but this time-lapse video taken from the ISS as it orbits the globe at night is astonishing. What a stunning view – the cities illuminated the auroras as a glowing shell flaring at the poles- the bright flashes of electrical storms. Best 3 mins you’ll spend to day

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