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The Galaxy Evolution Explorer is an orbiting ultraviolet space telescope, launched on April 28, 2003 and operated until early 2012. An airlaunched Pegasus rocket placed the craft into a nearly circular orbit at an altitude of 697 kilometres and an inclination to the Earth's equator of 29 degrees; the first observation was dedicated to the crew of the Space Shuttle Columbia, was images in the constellation of Hercules taken on May 21, 2003. This region was selected because it had been directly overhead the shuttle at the time of its last contact with the NASA Mission Control Center. After its primary mission of 29 months, observation operations were extended to 9 years with NASA placing it into standby mode on 7 Feb 2012. NASA cut off financial support for operations of GALEX in early February 2011 as it was ranked lower than other projects which were seeking a limited supply of funding; the mission's life-cycle cost to NASA was $150.6 million. The California Institute of Technology negotiated to transfer control of GALEX and its associated ground control equipment to the California Institute of Technology in keeping with the Stevenson-Wydler Technology Innovation Act.

Under this Act, excess research equipment owned by the US government can be transferred to educational institutions and non-profit organizations. In May 2012, GALEX operations were transferred to Caltech. On June 28, 2013 NASA decommissioned GALEX, it is expected that the spacecraft will remain in orbit for at least 65 years before it will re-enter the atmosphere. The telescope made observations in ultraviolet wavelengths to measure the history of star formation in the universe 80 percent of the way back to the Big Bang. Since scientists believe the Universe to be about 13.8 billion years old, the mission will study galaxies and stars across about 10 billion years of cosmic history. The spacecraft's mission was to observe hundreds of thousands of galaxies, with the goal of determining the distance of each galaxy from Earth and the rate of star formation in each galaxy. Near- and far-UV emissions as measured by GALEX can indicate the presence of young stars, but may originate from old stellar populations.

Partnering with the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory on the mission were the California Institute of Technology, Orbital Sciences Corporation, University of California, Yonsei University, Johns Hopkins University, Columbia University, Laboratoire d'Astrophysique de Marseille, France. The observatory participated in GOALS with Spitzer and Hubble. GOALS stands for Great Observatories All-sky LIRG Survey, Luminous Infrared Galaxies were studied at the multiple wavelengths allowed by the telescopes; the telescope has a 50 cm diameter aperture primary, in a Richey-Chretien f/6 configuration. It can see light wavelengths from 135 nanometers to 280 nm, with a field of view of 1.2 degrees wide. It has gallium-arsenide solar cells. GALEX Arecibo SDSS Survey Arecibo Observatory GALEX website by the California Institute of Technology GALEX website by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory GALEX data archive by the STScI / MAST GALEXView Search Tool by the STScI / MAST GALEX Ultraviolet Sky Survey at

Un banc, un arbre, une rue

"Un banc, un arbre, une rue" was the winning song of the Eurovision Song Contest 1971 performed in French by French singer Séverine, representing Monaco. The song is a classic French ballad, with the lyric focusing on the loss of childhood innocence, people following their dreams; the opening lines to the chorus translate as "We all have a bench, a tree, a street/Where we cherished our dreams/A childhood, too short". Four teenage male backup singers provided accompaniment. During Preview Week, Séverine sang the song in the empty square of Monte Carlo, first walking to a bench sitting down while performing the middle verses, ending the song by walking away out of camera focus; the song received the maximum score of 10 points from six voting nations. This song holds the record of receiving the most 10 point scores from this voting era. "Un banc, un arbre, une rue" was performed third on the night, following Malta's Joe Grech with "Marija l-Maltija" and preceding Switzerland's Peter, Sue & Marc with "Les illusions de nos vingt ans".

By the close of voting, it had received 128 points, placing it first in a field of 18. Séverine recorded the song in four languages. Despite the existence of an Anglophone version, however, it was the original French version which reached the UK Top 10, a rare non-Anglophone hit in that market; the song was succeeded as contest winner in 1972 by Vicky Leandros singing "Après toi" for Luxembourg. It was succeeded as the Monegasque representative at the 1972 Contest by Peter McLane and Anne-Marie Godart with "Comme on s'aime"; the melody was adapted and arranged in 1973 by Paul Mauriat as the theme tune for the Miss Hong Kong Pageant, hosted by Television Broadcasts Limited and has been familiar among generations of Hong Kong people since then. In that same year, Finnish singer Carola Standertskjöld recorded her version in Finnish, "Penkki, puu ja puistotie". Siw Malmkvist recorded a Swedish version 1971, "På en gammal bänk". Official Eurovision Song Contest site, history by year, 1971 Detailed info and lyrics, The Diggiloo Thrush, "Un banc, un arbre, une rue"


Gossypieae is a tribe of the flowering plant subfamily Malvoideae. It includes related plants, it is distinguished from the Hibisceae on the basis of embryo structure and its unique possession of glands able to synthesize the pigment gossypol. The following genera are recognised; the Germplasm Resources Information Network differs in additionally including the genus Alyogyne and excluding the genus Thepparatia. Cephalohibiscus Ulbr. Cienfuegosia Cav. Gossypioides Skovst. Ex J. B. Hutch. Gossypium L. Hampea Schltdl. Kokia Lewton Lebronnecia Fosberg Thepparatia Phuph. Thespesia Sol. ex Corrêa

He Jie

He Jie known as Angel He or J. HE, is a Chinese singer, she debuted her singing career by winning the fourth place at the Chinese singing contest Super Girl. He Jie was born in Guiyang, China. During her childhood she started loving music, in 1999, when she was only 13 she took part in the singing contest 99 Star Challenge and won the first prize; some years she participated in the Beijing TV variety show "Happy Story" representing Guizhou, her province. After these early experiences, He Jie entered the Sichuan Music Conservatory, one of the most prestigious musical institutions of China, where she was trained as a singer. In 2004, after graduating from the conservatory, the performer took part in more singing contests, one of, focused on songs in English, in which she, won the first place. In 2005, she took part in the Chinese singing contest Super Girl, won the fourth place at the contest. In 2006, she signed with Chinese record label EE Media, released her debut studio album Luminary; the next year she signed with Avex Taiwan, released her second studio album "Obviously I'm Not an Angel".

This second album is known for containing a Mandarin version of Sabrina Salerno's 1980's hit "Boys Boys Boys" performed in a duet with Vision Wei. In 2010, after three years of absence, she signed with A8 music, released her third studio album "I Wanna Go Back". One year she signed with Huayi Music, released her first extended play "The Short Love Story". After the release of her fourth studio album "Brave to Love" in 2012, the performer started a relationship with the Actor He Zeming, with whom she married one year later. In 2014 the performer gave birth to her first child. From on, she released various single releases until 2015, she published her second extended play "Double Double"; that same year she gave birth to her second child a reason because of which the singer limited her musical activities to the minimum and released only single releases. After giving birth to a third child, in 2017, He Jie divorced her husband, He Zeming after seven years of relationship. Due to the divorce, the singer suffered a strong depression that kept her away from the music studios for a year.

In 2018, after recovering from her mental problems, after three years of semi retirement, the performer returned to the stage, released her fifth full studio album, entitled "Goodbye He Jie" under the Beijing based Bai Na Entertainment, her new record label. The singer described this new release as an introspective album in which she talks about her depression and the need to say "goodbye" to the past. Luminary Obviously Is Not Angel I Wanna Go Back Brave to Love Goodbye He Jie The Short Love Story Double Double He Jie Weibo profile He Jie Baidu Profile

Lochdale, Burnaby

Lochdale is a single-family neighbourhood in the north-eastern part of Burnaby, near Burnaby Mountain. It lies between Kensington Ave to Duthie Ave to the east. Hastings Street marks its northern limits. Additionally, a large hillside residential area between Burnaby Mountain Parkway and Greystone Drive belongs to Lochdale. Several major thoroughfares connecting north and south run through this neighbourhood - the earlier mentioned Kensington Avenue, Duthie Avenue, Sperling Avenue. Similar to neighbouring Parkcrest and Montecito, Lochdale's elevation subsides southwards where it approaches Burnaby Lake which gave this old neighbourhood its Scottish name; the Lochdale district was founded at Hastings Street and Sperling Avenue in 1912 and absorbed many immigrants of different European backgrounds before World War 2, whose children and grandchildren still live in the area. The Lochdale Community Hall at the corner of Hastings St and Sperling Ave is Burnaby's last remaining early community hall building and is protected as a heritage site by the Council since 1992.

The Hall was constructed with volunteer labour and donated materials in 1925 through the efforts of the Lochdale Social Club. It is rented for special occasions; the area is single-family except the Hastings St area where some low-income housing exists. Sperling Station of the built Millennium Line is located directly to the south of this neighbourhood, across the Lougheed Highway; the area is well served by public transit with buses providing connections to all three shopping malls in this part of Burnaby - Kensington Square, Lougheed Mall and Brentwood Mall. Kensington Square at Hastings Street and Kensington Ave is a popular shopping centre with a number of shops and services, including a Safeway store, Shoppers Drug Mart with a pharmacy and a post-office, a health-foods store, White Spot Restaurant, the Royal Bank and others. A stretch of Hastings between Kensington Ave and Clare Ave has a number of small shops and restaurants. There are two elementary schools in this area - Westridge. Burnaby North Secondary School serves neighbouring areas.

Although Korean and Chinese population is visible in the entire North Burnaby area, Lochdale's distinct Italian flavour still demonstrates itself in its attractive residential architecture and gardening styles which are very similar to those of Parkcrest's. There are a few parks in the area - Sumas Park and Sperling Park in the south, Lochdale Park off Cliff Ave, Halifax Park on Halifax Avenue which has a remaining stand of old trees right in the heart of the neighbourhood. Kensington Park with its pitch and putt is steps away. An outdoor swimming pool is located on a small hill opposite Kensington Square Shopping Centre, just across Kensington Avenue. A bicycle overpass built in the mid-1990s over high-traffic Hastings Street allows cyclists to travel north to the picturesque shores of Burrard Inlet

MV Cruiser

Cruiser is a vessel owned by Clyde Marine Services Ltd operating in the River Clyde as part of the company's charter cruise fleet. Her former names are Hythe Hotspur and Poole Scene; the vessel was built in 1974 for the Gosport Ferry Company for cruising and standby ferry duties, she was built at the same shipyard as Solent Enterprise. She was similar to the Solent Enterprise, but had a flared pointed bow, she was named Southsea Queen. However, at 119 GRT she proved too small for her job and was sold to White Horse Ferries for use on its Hythe Ferry service just four years later, she was repainted from her green with red band livery to a red and white livery, was renamed Hythe Hotspur. She was withdrawn from this service in 1995 and chartered to Brownsea Island Ferries Ltd for service in Poole Harbour, she kept the name Hythe Hotspur but was sold to Blue Funnel Cruises in 1997 and renamed Poole Scene. She sailed from Poole Quay until early 1998. In 1999, she was sold to Clyde Marine Services and renamed Cruiser.

As such, she operates as a charter cruise vessel cruising the Clyde. Company History of Blue Funnel. Blue Funnel Cruises. 2011. Retrieved 7 December 2011. Clyde Marine Cruiser datasheet. Retrieved 7 December 2011. Clyde Maritime Services Clyde Cruiser Gosport Ferry Hythe Ferry Hythe Hotspur