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April 08, 2009

Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Wednesday 04.08.09

Space Adventures, With Company CEO Eric Anderson

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 04.08.09 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 04.08.09 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Space Adventures: 04.08.09 (ANN Special Report, with Eric Anderson, co-founder, president and CEO of Space Adventures.)

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Expedition 18 Crew Lands Safely In Kazakhstan

Site Moved Due To Continued Poor Conditions At Primary Location

The Expedition 18 crew members undocked their Soyuz from the station at 10:55 pm EDT April 7. The deorbit burn to slow the Soyuz and begin its descent toward Earth began at 1:24 am April 8. The landing was moved to a more southerly landing site because of poor landing conditions at the original site.

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NASA Goes With Apollo-Era Material For Orion Heat Shield

Avcoat Ablation Selected Over PICA Tiles

NASA has chosen the material for a heat shield that will protect a new generation of space explorers when they return from the moon. After extensive study, NASA has selected the Avcoat ablator system for the Orion crew module.

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GOCE Spacecraft Fires Up QinetiQ Ion Engines

Require Much Less Propellant Than Conventional Thrusters

Electric engines that were designed, built and tested at QinetiQ's space centre in Farnborough, UK are ready to play a crucial role in the European Space Agency's (ESA) gravity mission, following their successful commissioning onboard the GOCE spacecraft this week.

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