A Wanderer Dances the Dance of Stars and Space

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Image Credit: NASA/ESA/Hubble

The Hubble Space Telescope captured a spectacular image of the bright star-forming ring that surrounds the heart of the barred spiral galaxy NGC 1097. In this image, the larger-scale structure of the galaxy is barely visible: its comparatively dim spiral arms, which surround its heart in a loose embrace, reach out beyond the edges of this frame.

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Death of German-American space pioneer Jesco von Puttkamer

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Jesco von Puttkamer at ESA’s Space Operations Centre in Darmstadt, Germany.

31 December 2012

Statement by Thomas Reiter, ESA Director for Human Spaceflight and Operations: We mourn the sudden death of Jesco von Puttkamer. He was an outstanding space pioneer and took part in humankinds’ most important space exploration endeavours such as the Apollo, Shuttle and International Space Station programmes.

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Mitsui Bussan Aerospace Appointed Official AgustaWestland Distributor for the AW169 Helicopter in Japan

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AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that Mitsui Bussan Aerospace (MBA) has been appointed official distributor for the all new AW169 helicopter in Japan. The distributorship agreement, which includes a commitment for the sale of twenty AW169s in the Japananese market, further strengthens the partnership between AgustaWestland and MBA which has been the official distributor of the AW139 in Japan since 2005.

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FLOOD GATES OPEN AT LAST

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08, RIKKI, Sail No: NZL 8008, Owner: Ray Haslar, Design: Reichel Pugh 42, LOA (m): 13.0, State: New Zealand Start of the 68th Rolex Sydney Hobart

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Day 5 of the 2012 Rolex Sydney Hobart has seen a flood of boats arriving in Hobart. All have tales to tell. This has been a harsh race for the smaller boats; they have experienced all manner of weather from good to bad. Few would deny theirs has been a true Rolex Sydney Hobart.

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NATIONAL PRIDE, INTERNATIONAL ICON

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The first boat to finish receives a royal welcome in Hobart
WILD OATS XISail No: AUS 10001Owner: Robert I OatleyState: NSWDivision: IRCDesign: Reichel Pugh 98LOA: 30.00 m Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2008 ROLEX/Daniel Forste

“It would not be the same growing up in Australia not watching the Boxing Day Test [cricket match] followed by the start of the [Rolex] Sydney Hobart, one of the great sailing challenges”, says Phil Waugh, the Australian rugby union star and crewmember of the first boat to finish the 2011 Rolex Sydney Hobart.

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RNLI Kessock and Invergordon search for missing person

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29/12/2012
Author: Dan Holland

Almost exactly 24 hours after they were last paged to launch their RNLI Lifeboat the volunteer crew of RNLI Kessock were again this morning (Saturday 29 December) woken at 4.34am to the sound of their pagers requesting they launch the Lifeboat.

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