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Samantha during a centrifuge training session
21-10-2014 04:28 PM CEST

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Samantha during a centrifuge training session

ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti seen on the screen above the console, of the Control room of the big centrifuge of the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center, on 16 October 2014.

Samantha Cristoforetti is assigned to fly on the Soyuz TMA-15M spacecraft to the ISS, scheduled for November 2014 and as part of Expedition 42/43.

Credit:ESA–S. Corvaja

Samantha during training in the full-scale mockup of the Soyuz capsule
21-10-2014 04:28 PM CEST

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Samantha during training in the full-scale mockup of the Soyuz capsule

ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti during a simulation inside the full-scale mockup of the Soyuz capsule, at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre, on 14 October 2014.

Samantha Cristoforetti is assigned to fly on the Soyuz TMA-15M spacecraft to the ISS, scheduled for November 2014 and as part of Expedition 42/43.

Credit:ESA–S. Corvaja

Samantha and Anton before training
21-10-2014 04:28 PM CEST

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Samantha and Anton before training

ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti and Anton Shkaplerov of Roscosmos, before a simulation inside the full-scale mockup of the Soyuz capsule, at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre, on 14 October 2014.

Samantha Cristoforetti is assigned to fly on the Soyuz TMA-15M spacecraft to the ISS, scheduled for November 2014 and as part of Expedition 42/43.

Credit:ESA–S. Corvaja

Samantha and Anton before training
21-10-2014 04:28 PM CEST

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Samantha and Anton before training

ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti and Anton Shkaplerov of Roscosmos, before a simulation inside the full-scale mockup of the Soyuz capsule, at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre, on 14 October 2014.

Samantha Cristoforetti is assigned to fly on the Soyuz TMA-15M spacecraft to the ISS, scheduled for November 2014 and as part of Expedition 42/43.

Credit:ESA–S. Corvaja

Samantha and Anton before training
21-10-2014 04:28 PM CEST

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Samantha and Anton before training

ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti and Anton Shkaplerov of Roscosmos, before a simulation inside the full-scale mockup of the Soyuz capsule, at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre, on 14 October 2014.

Samantha Cristoforetti is assigned to fly on the Soyuz TMA-15M spacecraft to the ISS, scheduled for November 2014 and as part of Expedition 42/43.

Credit:ESA–S. Corvaja

Samantha wearing her Sokol spacesuit
21-10-2014 04:28 PM CEST

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Samantha wearing her Sokol spacesuit

ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti wearing her Sokol spacesuit before a simulation inside the full-scale mockup of the Soyuz capsule, at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre, on 14 October 2014.

Samantha Cristoforetti is assigned to fly on the Soyuz TMA-15M spacecraft to the ISS, scheduled for November 2014 and as part of Expedition 42/43.

Credit: ESA–S. Corvaja, 2014

Samantha during training in the full-scale mockup of the Soyuz capsule
21-10-2014 04:28 PM CEST

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Samantha during training in the full-scale mockup of the Soyuz capsule

ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti during a simulation inside the full-scale mockup of the Soyuz capsule, at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre, on 14 October 2014.

Samantha Cristoforetti is assigned to fly on the Soyuz TMA-15M spacecraft to the ISS, scheduled for November 2014 and as part of Expedition 42/43.

Credit:ESA–S. Corvaja, 2014

Samantha wearing her Sokol spacesuit
21-10-2014 04:28 PM CEST

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Samantha wearing her Sokol spacesuit

ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti and Anton Shkaplerov of Roscosmos, wearing their Sokol spacesuits before a simulation inside the full-scale mockup of the Soyuz capsule, at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre, on 14 October 2014.

Samantha Cristoforetti is assigned to fly on the Soyuz TMA-15M spacecraft to the ISS, scheduled for November 2014 and as part of Expedition 42/43.

Credit:ESA–S. Corvaja, 2014

Samantha during simulation in the Soyuz
21-10-2014 04:28 PM CEST

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Samantha during simulation in the Soyuz

Control room of the full-scale mockup of the Soyuz capsule at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre during the training of ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti and Anton Shkaplerov of Roscosmos, on 14 October 2014.

Samantha Cristoforetti is assigned to fly on the Soyuz TMA-15M spacecraft to the ISS, scheduled for November 2014 and as part of Expedition 42/43.

Credit:ESA–S. Corvaja

Samantha meets the press at Star City
21-10-2014 04:28 PM CEST

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Samantha meets the press at Star City

ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti and Anton Shkaplerov of Roscosmos meet the press before training on full-scale mockup of the Soyuz capsule, at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre, on 14 October 2014.

Samantha Cristoforetti is assigned to fly on the Soyuz TMA-15M spacecraft to the ISS, scheduled for November 2014 and as part of Expedition 42/43.

Credit:ESA–S. Corvaja

Samantha and Anton at Star City
21-10-2014 04:28 PM CEST

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Samantha and Anton at Star City

ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti and Anton Shkaplerov of Roscosmos, after having successfully passed their examination training on the Don-Soyuz simulator, at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre, on 17 October 2014.

Samantha Cristoforetti is assigned to fly on the Soyuz TMA-15M spacecraft to the ISS, scheduled for November 2014 and as part of Expedition 42/43.

Credit:ESA–S. Corvaja

Comet Siding Spring
21-10-2014 11:57 AM CEST

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Comet Siding Spring

This excellent view of Mars seen together with Comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring was captured by Scott Ferguson, Florida, USA, on 19 October 2014 on the morning that the enigmatic object made the closest-known planetary flyby by a comet.

It was taken just 17 hours before the closest approach at 18:27 GMT (20:27 CEST), when the 700 m-diameter comet came within 140 000 km of the Red Planet.

The image was taken around 01:00 GMT (03:00 CEST), and comprises several, separate three-minute exposures taken during a 52-minute period, which were then combined to improve clarity.

The passage was observed by a fleet of European, American and Indian landers and orbiters, including ESA’s Mars Express, which studied the comet’s nucleus and coma and its interactions with the Mars atmosphere and the solar wind.

It was also observed by professional and amateur astronomers worldwide, and the images and data should enable scientists to understand this extraordinary visitor better.

Siding Spring spent most of its life in the Oort Cloud, a shell surrounding our Sun some 5000–100 000 times the Earth–Sun distance away and containing billions of comets thought to be left over from the formation of our Solar System.

Credit: Scott Ferguson

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News Release: EPA Launches a Voluntary Star-Rating Program to Reduce Pesticide Drift and Protect People,Wildlife and the Environment / More stars equals greater potential for reducing spray drift

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 21, 2014

EPA Launches a Voluntary Star-Rating Program to Reduce Pesticide Drift andProtect People,Wildlife and the Environment

More stars equals greater potential for reducing spray drift

WASHINGTON-The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing a new voluntary Drift Reduction Technology (DRT) program to encourage the use of verified, safer pesticide spray products to reduce exposure and pesticide movement while saving farmers money in pesticide loss.

“Every year state and local agencies receive thousands of complaints about the impacts of pesticide drift on people, wildlife and plants,” said Jim Jones, Assistant Administrator for the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. “Our new star-rating system of products and technologies will help farmers reduce drift, protect neighbors and reduce costs by keeping more of the pesticide on the crop. We hope the new voluntary DRT will encourage the manufacture, marketing and use of safer spray technology and equipment scientifically proven to reduce pesticide drift.”

One to ten percent of agricultural pesticide sprays drift or move from the intended target crop. Every year about 70 million pounds of pesticides valued up to $640 million are lost to pesticide drift. And, state agencies use substantial resources each year investigating drift complaints. Farmers have long been concerned about reducing pesticide product loss during and after application to crops and minimizing drift to neighbors.

DRT is a voluntary program that encourages manufacturers to test their technologies (such asnozzles, spray shields and drift reduction chemicals) for drift reduction potential. EPA encourages pesticide manufacturers to label their products for use with DRT technologies. The four DRT ratings represented by one, two, three or four stars are awarded for technologies that demonstrate at least 25 percent reduction in potential spray drift compared to the standard.

Spray technology manufacturers interested in participating in EPA’s DRT program may now submit data verifying their technology reduces pesticide movement. EPA will evaluate each data submission and, if appropriate, assign a drift-reduction star rating to the product based on its ability to reduce spray drift. EPA will post these ratings at: http://www2.epa.gov/reducing-pesticide-drift .

A pesticide manufacturer can choose to label a product for use with a DRT of a particular rating after receiving approval from EPA.

Over time, the program will move the agricultural sector toward the widespread use of low-drift technologies. Drift-reduction ratings could appear on pesticide labels as early as fall 2015.

Additional information on EPA’s DRT Program, including how to test technologies, is available at: http://www2.epa.gov/reducing-pesticide-drift .

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Turning Back Time: Repairing Water Infrastructure

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Turning Back Time: Repairing Water Infrastructure
10/21/2014 10:09 AM EDT

By Marguerite Huber I am about to turn 25 years old—the quarter century mark! Yikes! While I may start to feel “old” when I consider that number, I am in considerably better shape than some of the pipes and sewer mains that make up the country’s water infrastructure, some components of which are more than […]

BEXUS 18 and 19 ends in success for all student teams

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BEXUS 18 and 19 ends in success for all student teams
21-10-2014 08:59 AM CEST

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Future engineers and scientists have tasted the success and the challenge of a career in the space sector. Between 3 and 13 October 2014, almost 50 university students attended the latest stratospheric balloon launch campaign to see their experiments rise to more than 27,000 metres. All have now returned to their universities with quantities of data to be analysed.

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