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  1. Nasa chief a space addict with feet planted firmly on the ground

    Posted Jul 08th 2006, 12:00am by Jacqui Goddard

    ... to having 'tears in my eyes' as he watched it soar. Another enthused that it was 'really cool stuff'. But when a reporter asked Nasa administrator Michael Griffin to share his ... accuse him of lacking passion. To many within Nasa who weathered years of bureaucratic leadership and lived through some of the darkest moments of mankind's space odyssey, he is the one ...

  2. Reaching for the stars

    Posted Sep 22nd 2006, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... though I am not an American citizen, working with Nasa has been a childhood dream. It has, however, been a nightmare trying to join any of the US space agency's projects. While I was working with the European Space Agency and the Beagle 2 project, a Chinese scientist working at the Max Planck Institute in Germany had warned me: 'Nasa would never accept your tools.' I never understand ...

  3. The Talk

    Posted Mar 26th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Rediscovering the Source of the Yangtze The Royal Geographical Society hosts a talk by Wong How-man, who led an expedition of Nasa scientists, geographers and biologists last year to find the source of the River Yangtze (right). Tue, 6.30pm (drinks), 7.30pm (lecture), 2/F Olympic House, So Kong Po, Causeway Bay, $50-$150. Inquiries: rgshk@netvigator.com ...

  4. Question of the week: How far will man go with space exploration in the next 10 years?

    Posted Feb 13th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... In the next 10 years man might stand on Mars and send us a joke back to Earth using radio signals. Although Nasa's spacecraft Beagle 2 lost touch with Earth, landing on Mars was a great step ...

  5. reaching for the stars

    Posted Jul 28th 2006, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... one of the architects of the Cassini-Huygens spacecraft- an ongoing joint Nasa and ESA mission- to Saturn and Titan, its largest moon. During all my years working on various space projects, Dr ... be considered. The Americans were also planning a Mars mission, but Dr Ip told me the Americans would never accept us, but he didn't give a reason. 'Nasa would never give you a seat ...

  6. A clearer picture

    Posted Mar 30th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... initiative between PolyU's Department of Land Surveying and Geo-informatics (LSGI) and the United States' space agency, Nasa. Under the 10-year agreement, PolyU has become part of Nasa's global Aerosol Robotic Network, with a satellite monitoring system being installed at PolyU's Hunghom campus. The system is the only one of its kind in southern China. Janet Nichol, ...

  7. Targeting the Sun for a clearer picture on pollution

    Posted Mar 24th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... has found. The Polytechnic University research study is part of initiatives between the university and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) on monitoring air pollution ... of Nasa's global aerosol monitoring network- the Aerosol Robotic Network- and is the network's only centre in the southern China region. Using remote-sensing equipment installed on the roof ...

  8. Make or break

    Posted Jun 25th 2006, 12:00am by Jacqui Goddard

    ... At 3.49pm on Saturday Nasa will launch seven astronauts into space on the Discovery shuttle despite its engineers warning the craft is not ready. Is the space agency taking too big a risk, ... But there on the document requiring Nasa managers to sign their approval for the launch of shuttle mission STS-121 next weekend are two scribbled notes that betray a split in the US space agency's top ranks ...

  9. Astronaut flying high in HK

    Posted Mar 03rd 2006, 12:00am by Andrew Sun

    ... years ago and Eugene and I were down in Houston to look around the Nasa facilities. Mission control was communicating with the MIR [Soviet space] station at the time and there I got hooked ...

  10. The World of Gerard Mercator: The Mapmaker who Revolutionised Geography

    Posted Jan 08th 2006, 12:00am by Tim Cribb

    ... navigators. Although a map of infinite size would be needed to express the poles, his stretching of the lines of latitude and longitude was adopted by Nasa for mapping Mars in the early 1970s. ...




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