14 January 2010 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 14 Jan 2010 [PDF]
- Engineers Wire Up New Living Areas in Iraq AFPS 14 Jan 2010 -- Soldiers from 317th Engineer Company and 808th Engineer Company are providing electricity to the future living spaces of U.S. forces as they prepare to hand off their current housing to the Iraqi army.
- Iron Soldiers assume responsibility for Baghdad operational environment Army News 14 Jan 2010 -- On a blustery, overcast day, the commander of 1st Armored Division assumed responsibility of the U.S. Division-Center operational environment in a transfer of authority ceremony conducted in front of the division headquarters building at Camp Liberty Jan. 13.
- Bomber Kills 16 Civilians in Southern Afghanistan VOA 14 Jan 2010 -- A suicide bomber blew himself up in a central Afghanistan market Thursday, killing at least 16 civilians and wounding more than a dozen.
- Route-clearance Crews Work to Improve Relations AFPS 14 Jan 2010 -- As time for their pre-mission brief drew near, route-clearance crews here began to gather around Army 1st Lt. Chris Johnson, their platoon leader.
- Command, Control Above Afghanistan Navy NewsStand 14 Jan 2010 -- The E-2C Hawkeye aircraft assigned to Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 117 aboard USS Nimitz (CVN 68) has the mission to synchronize and direct air crews over Afghanistan.
- Suspected US Drone Attack Kills 12 in NW Pakistan VOA 14 Jan 2010 -- Pakistani security officials say a suspected American missile strike near the Afghan border in northwestern Pakistan has killed 12 militants. The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, say they believe the target was Pakistani Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud. But it is unclear whether Mehsud was killed.
- Remarks by the President on Recovery Efforts in Haiti The White House 14 Jan 2010
- Bragg units deploy for Haiti relief effort Army News 14 Jan 2010 -- The XVIIIth Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg will deploy a battalion with a brigade command and control element in response to the earthquake in Haiti.
- Sailors from MCAST Prepare for Deployment en route to Haiti Navy NewsStand 14 Jan 2010 -- Sailors from Navy Expeditionary Combat Command (NECC) brought their gear on board USS Bataan (LHD 5) Jan. 13, in preparation for their deployment to support humanitarian assistance and disaster relief efforts following a magnitude 7.0 earthquake which struck southern Haiti Jan. 12.
- Sailors from MSRON-6 Prepare for Deployment en route to Haiti Navy NewsStand 14 Jan 2010 -- Sailors from Navy Expeditionary Combat Command (NECC) loaded their gear on board USS Ft. McHenry (LSD 43) Jan. 14, in preparation for their deployment to support humanitarian assistance and disaster relief efforts following a magnitude 7.0 earthquake which struck southern Haiti Jan. 12.
- UN officials give eyewitness accounts of moment Haiti quake struck UN News Centre 14 Jan 2010 -- At 4:53 p.m. on Tuesday David Wimhurst, United Nations Communications Director in Haiti, was working on the third floor of the Christopher Hotel, headquarters for the world body’s mission in the capital, Port-au-Prince, when the massive 7.0 magnitude quake struck.
- HAITI: Tracing the missing and the dead IRIN 14 Jan 2010 -- Some 2,000 people have registered the names of missing relatives on the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) family links website, set up on 13 January to help families trace loved ones after Haiti's catastrophic earthquake that left tens of thousands dead and many more missing.
- Press Conference by Emergency Relief Coordinator on Situation in Haiti United Nations 14 Jan 2010
- 82nd Airborne Soldiers Begin Haiti Deployment AFPS 14 Jan 2010 -- An initial contingent of 100 82nd Airborne Division troops deployed to Haiti around noon today, and another 800 soldiers will follow tomorrow to support disaster relief and humanitarian support.
- Beale officials send Global Hawk to aid in Haiti earthquake relief efforts AFNS 14 Jan 2010 -- Officials from the 12th Reconnaissance Squadron here launched an RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aircraft from Beale Air Force Base Jan. 13 to assist with the humanitarian aid mission in Haiti after the country suffered a 7.0 magnitude earthquake Jan. 12.
- Air Force Special Forces Rescue Seven in Haiti Relief Efforts AFPS 14 Jan 2010 -- U.S. Air Force special force operators in Haiti have rescued seven survivors of the massive Jan. 12 earthquake that continues to wreak havoc on the country in its wake, according to Air Force officials.
- Richmond Supply Center Prepares to Help Haiti AFPS 14 Jan 2010 -- Defense Supply Center Richmond is preparing to support humanitarian relief efforts in Haiti.
- Coast Guard continues support in wake of Haiti earthquake US Coast Guard 14 Jan 2010-- The U.S. Coast Guard, the first Department of Homeland Security agency to provide assistance to Haiti following Tuesday's earthquake, continues to provide support Thursday to the U.S. Government's humanitarian assistance and disaster response efforts.
- Haiti: UN agencies ramping up response following deadly quake UN News Centre 14 Jan 2010 -- United Nations agencies are working around the clock to provide urgently needed assistance to the victims of the devastating earthquake that rocked Haiti on Tuesday, which is estimated to have affected one third of the Caribbean nation’s nine million people – a population that was already one of the most vulnerable in the world.
- Ban ‘heartened’ by scale of global response to help Haiti quake victims UN News Centre 14 Jan 2010 -- The international community’s outpouring of support to assist victims of this week’s devastating earthquake in Haiti is encouraging, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, as rescue efforts are ramping up in the Caribbean nation with the arrival of teams and supplies from around the world.
- US Announces $100 Million Aid Package for Haiti VOA 14 Jan 2010 -- U.S. President Barack Obama has announced $100 million in new aid to Haiti, two days after a powerful earthquake left much of the capital city of Port-au-Prince in rubble. Our correspondent has details on the American relief and rescue effort.
- Full Picture of Haiti Devastation Emerges as International Aid Mobilized VOA 14 Jan 2010 -- Death, devastation and deprivation prevail in Haiti's capital, as the full extent of the country's humanitarian crisis is being revealed to the world. The international community is rushing aid to earthquake-ravaged Port-au-Prince in the face of logistical challenges and with the knowledge that Haiti's needs far outpace anything that can be delivered in the short-term.
- Haitian Earthquake Victims Seek Aid Before Conditions Worsen VOA 14 Jan 2010 -- Haitians are anxiously awaiting the distribution of emergency food and medical supplies before conditions worsen - two days after a massive earthquake struck the Caribbean island nation.
- Obama: Haiti 'Will Not Be Forsaken' VOA 14 Jan 2010 -- President Barack Obama says one of the largest relief efforts in recent U.S. history is moving toward Haiti. The president pledged $100 million for the earthquake-stricken Caribbean country.
- Special operations Airmen deploy to Haiti to provide humanitarian relief AFNS 14 Jan 2010 -- Two MC-130H Combat Talon IIs from the 15th Special Operations Squadron here and multiple teams from the 720th Special Tactics Group deployed to Haiti Jan. 13 in support of humanitarian operations.
- Logistics Agency Prepares to Help Haiti AFPS 14 Jan 2010 -- The Defense Logistics Agency is preparing to provide humanitarian relief in response to the devastating earthquake that shook Haiti Jan. 12.
- Obama Makes Haiti Response Top U.S. Priority AFPS 14 Jan 2010 -- President Barack Obama said today said he’s made helping Haiti in the wake of a crippling earthquake the top priority of every U.S. government agency.
- Marine Unit Prepares for Haiti Response AFPS 14 Jan 2010 -- About 2,000 Marines from the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit at Camp Lejeune, N.C., are preparing to deploy to provide disaster-relief support in earthquake-ravaged Haiti.
- Ohio Air Guard Assists Haiti Relief Efforts AFPS 14 Jan 2010 -- As many U.S. military units and government agencies stand poised to answer the call to help earthquake-stricken Haiti, the Ohio Air National Guard already has provided two C-130 Hercules cargo aircraft from the Mansfield-based 179th Airlift Wing to provide immediate assistance.
- First Aid Reaches Haiti As Part Of Global Quake Response RFE/RL 14 Jan 2010 -- Thousands of Haitians have spent a second night sleeping in parks and on streets after the Caribbean country was hit by its worst earthquake in 200 years.
- Russia sends airmobile hospital to help Haiti quake victims RIA Novosti 14 Jan 2010 -- Three Russian emergencies ministry planes took off for Haiti on Thursday carrying rescuers, supplies and equipment including a mobile hospital to help the earthquake-stricken country.
- Haiti president appeals for international aid RIA Novosti 14 Jan 2010 -- Haiti is in the desperate need of medical aid following a devastating earthquake which left thousands of people dead, the country's president Rene Preval told CNN.
- UN envoy Bill Clinton hopeful for Haitian recovery after devastating quake UN News Centre 14 Jan 2010 -- In spite of the catastrophic earthquake which struck Haiti earlier this week, the United Nations Special Envoy for Haiti, former United States president Bill Clinton, expressed confidence today that the impoverished Caribbean nation can still secure a brighter future.
- International Relief Operations Under Way in Haiti VOA 14 Jan 2010 -- International aid agencies report emergency operations for earthquake victims in Haiti are slowly gathering steam. But, they say they are working under severe constraints and it will take time before essential, critical needs are met.
- Obama: US Stands in Solidarity With Haiti VOA 14 Jan 2010 -- U.S. President Barack Obama says the losses in Haiti are "nothing less than devastating."
- UN Says At Least 16 Personnel Killed in Haiti Quake VOA 14 Jan 2010 -- U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said late Wednesday that at least 16 U.N. personnel with the peacekeeping mission in Haiti perished in the powerful earthquake that shook the Caribbean nation on Tuesday. Mr. Ban called on the international community to assist the people of Haiti and said the U.N. would be at the forefront of the coordination effort.
- China Sends Aid to Quake-Stricken Haiti VOA 14 Jan 2010 -- China is rushing relief supplies and aid workers to quake-stricken Haiti, even in the absence of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
- South Africa Sends Search, Rescue Teams to Haiti VOA 14 Jan 2010 -- South Africa is sending a team of search and rescue specialists to Haiti in response to the devastating earthquake on Tuesday. It is the first of several teams being sent by a local civic group.
- Haitian Hospitals Struggle with Flood of Injured VOA 14 Jan 2010 -- Hospitals in Haiti are struggling to cope with the flood of people injured in Tuesday's earthquake, as bodies pile up in severely damaged areas. International aid is streaming into the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince, in response to the crisis.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Select bases to implement new civilian application procedure AFNS 14 Jan 2010 -- As early as mid-February, the rollout of a civilian hiring test initiative will require current Air Force civilian employees to follow new procedures when applying for jobs at select bases.
- Exercise Trains Next Horn of Africa Task Force AFPS 14 Jan 2010 -- Trainers at the joint U.S. military command that coordinates troop deployments are wrapping up an exercise to prepare forces for duty in the Horn of Africa. fficials sign energy savings contract for McGuire AFNS 14 Jan 2010 -- An energy savings performance contract was signed by Air Mobility Command officials Dec. 23 at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J.
- Employees prep for transfer to new DLA tenant organization Army News 14 Jan 2010 -- obyhanna employees transferring to a new tenant organization were notified recently as part of the shift of the supply, storage and distribution (SS&D) function from the Army to the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA).
- Handheld device helps Soldiers detect the enemy Army News 14 Jan 2010 -- Soldiers can now capture the enemy with the help of an electronic device about the size of a Polaroid camera. A mobile training team from the New System Integration Training Office at Fort Huachuca, Ariz., taught 3rd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team Soldiers how to operate the Handheld Interagency Identity Detection Equipment (or HIIDE) - a gadget with the power to positively identify high-value targets in Iraq and Afghanistan.
- A new course: resilience school to open on Fort Jackson Army News 14 Jan 2010 -- When Gen. George Casey, Army chief of staff, discussed Comprehensive Soldier Fitness during his visit to Fort Jackson in July, he said the installation had great potential to be an important part of the program. That potential will be realized with the opening of the Army's master resilience training school on Fort Jackson, which is scheduled for April.
- Rucker-Picerne Partnership reaches halfway point in initial development period Army News 14 Jan 2010 -- Almost four years into the Rucker-Picerne Partnership, residents and the community are now aware of the many changes in lifestyle that come with privatization.
- Cobra Gold 2010 to build on 29 years of dynamic training Army News 14 Jan 2010 -- Cobra Gold, the largest multinational exercise in the world, begins its 29th year of joint training and cooperation among six countries in the Asia-Pacific Theater in Thailand on Feb. 1. Participating nations include Thailand, the United States, Singapore, Indonesia, Japan and the Republic of Korea.
- Army "Networking" Force Army News 14 Jan 2010 -- The U.S Army plans to buy its first increment of "networked" technologies as a key step toward outfitting the entire force with elements of the former Future Combat Systems (FCS) network, service officials said.
- Yuma's VMA-311 Tomcats prowl Pacific Ocean on deployment USMC News 14 Jan 2010 -- Eight AV-8B Harriers and approximately 150 Marines from Marine Attack Squadron 311 and Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 13 departed the Marine Corps Air Station in Yuma, Ariz., Jan. 6, 2010, for a seven-month deployment supporting the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, based in Japan.
- Navy Improves Wharf Capabilities on Diego Garcia Navy NewsStand 14 Jan 2010 -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Far East awarded a $9.1 million, firm-fixed price contract Jan. 13 to Black Construction Corp./MACE International Joint Venture, GMF of Barrigada, Guam for wharf utilities upgrades at Naval Support Facility Diego Garcia, British Indian Ocean Territory.
- TMDE Department tunes up Marine Corps equipment USMC News 14 Jan 2010 -- Just like their name says, Maintenance Center Albany’s Test, Measure-ment and Diagnostic Equipment Department provides test, measurement and diagnostic support services for Marine Corps ground systems.
- Cherry Point housing opens doors to new types of residents USMC News 14 Jan 2010 -- In late December, Cherry Point’s Atlantic Marine Corps Communities opened the doors of base housing to geographical bachelors, reservists, Department of Defense employees and retirees.
- Heating plant workers help keep Cherry Point Marines warm in winter USMC News 14 Jan 2010
- Cyber is the focus AFNS 14 Jan 2010 -- Hundreds of DOD cyber warriors, commercial defense industry officials and military members from all five services gathered during the Defending America Cyberspace 2010 Symposium to hear the Air Force Space Command commander give remarks Jan. 12, here.
- Russia's Aeroflot retires legendary Tu-154 'Careless' RIA Novosti 14 Jan 2010 -- Russia's flagship carrier Aeroflot has finally taken the Tu-154M airliner (NATO reporting name Careless), out of service after decades in operation, the company said on Thursday.
- Radar contact lost with Russian Su-27 fighter in Far East RIA Novosti 14 Jan 2010 -- A Russian Air Force Su-27 Flanker fighter disappeared off the radar screens in Khabarovsk Territory, a source in the Far East Military District said Thursday.
- China continues arms build-up despite warming ties with Taiwan:U.S. CNA 14 Jan 2010 -- Although Taiwan's relations with China have improved, China has continued its military build-up against the island, which raises doubts about whether China really wants to adopt peaceful means to resolve cross-Taiwan Strait issues, U.S. officials said Wednesday.
- Georgia Proposes Military Classes In Schools RFE/RL 14 Jan 2010 -- Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili has said the country would introduce military classes in schools in 2011, RFE/RL's Echo of the Caucasus reports.
- Briefing by White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, 1/14/10 The White House 14 Jan 2010
- U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 14 Jan 2010
- DoD News: Contracts for January 14, 2010
- ATK Successfully Completes Deliveries on First Non-Standard Ammunition (NSA) to Afghan Security Forces ATK 14 Jan 2010 -- Alliant Techsystems (NYSE: ATK) has completed its first contract to supply non-standard (non-NATO) ammunition to the Afghan Security Forces (ASF), ahead of the original schedule. The U.S. Army Contracting Command in Rock Island, Ill., awarded the $87 million contract to ATK in December 2008. The contract required ATK to lead a global supply chain effort to procure and deliver various small, medium, and large caliber ammunition, grenades, and aviation rockets, including mission-critical 57 mm rockets and 12.7 x 108 mm ammunition. The supply of high-quality, non-standard ammunition directly supports the efforts of the ASF to secure Afghanistan's borders and protect its citizens in the ongoing fight against insurgent forces.
- Raytheon BBN Technologies to Protect Military Networks Against Malicious Cyberattacks Raytheon 14 Jan 2010 -- Raytheon BBN Technologies has been awarded a $2.9 million contract by the Air Force Research Laboratory to develop new approaches to better protect Department of Defense Service-Oriented Architectures (SOA) against malicious attacks.
- Lockheed Martin Delivers First Two Upgraded P-3C Maritime Surveillance Aircraft for Pakistan Lockheed Martin 14 Jan 2010 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] recently delivered two of seven upgraded P-3C maritime surveillance aircraft for the Islamic Republic of Pakistan under the U.S. Government's Foreign Military Sales program.
- Raytheon's Standard Missile-6 Completes Guided Test Vehicle Launch Raytheon 14 Jan 2010 -- Raytheon Company's (NYSE: RTN) Standard Missile-6 successfully completed its fourth guided test vehicle launch, clearing the way for the missile's at-sea testing this year.
- Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 14 Jan 2010
- Nkunda’s Attorney Asks Rwanda to Grant Access to Client VOA 14 Jan 2010 -- The attorney of Laurent Nkunda, former Congolese renegade army general says he will present a letter to Rwandan President Paul Kagame Friday seeking access to the former rebel leader.
- Somali Government needs more coordinated, effective support – UN envoy UN News Centre 14 Jan 2010 -- The Government of Somalia has made significant progress, despite repeated armed assaults to overthrow it by externally funded extremists, and deserves greater commitment as well as material and financial assistance from the United Nations and international partners, a top envoy said today.
- PHILIPPINES: Muslim youth work towards peace in Mindanao IRIN 14 Jan 2010 -- With its mosques, colourful buildings and veiled girls going to Madrasa schools, Maharlika village resembles a Mindanao town rather than a Manila suburb.
- Report Says Impunity in Nepal Blocks Peace Process VOA 14 Jan 2010 -- A new report says Nepal's peace process is in danger because of a failure to address crimes committed during the country's decade-long civil war. The research organization International Crisis Group says prosecution of those responsible for the most serious atrocities must be one of the country's top priorities.
- YEMEN: Southern rural areas forced to rely on trucked-in water IRIN 14 Jan 2010 -- Tens of thousands of residents in rural areas of Beidha, Taiz and Dhalea governorates in Yemen’s southern highlands have run out of water, and are having to have it trucked in, according to government officials.
- Clashes in Darfur as Elections Raise Tensions VOA 14 Jan 2010 -- Armed clashes have re-emerged in western Sudan's Darfur region, with a rebel group attacking government forces.
- Iran Moves To Cut Popular Economic Subsidies Despite Political Risk RFE/RL 14 Jan 2010 -- Iran's top legislative body has approved a plan to phase out billions of dollars in state subsidies that currently keep the costs of energy and food low in the country's inflation-struck economy.
- Assassinated Nuclear Physicist Buried In Tehran RFE/RL 14 Jan 2010 -- An Iranian nuclear physicist killed by a bomb earlier this week has been buried in Tehran.
- N.Korea seeks to resume cross-border tours from S.Korea RIA Novosti 14 Jan 2010 -- North Korea on Thursday moved to reopen talks with the South on resuming cross-border tours to a scenic mountain area and a border town, which were halted in 2008.
- North Korean Demands to Resume Talks Too High, Experts Say VOA 14 Jan 2010 -- Patriot missiles PAC-3 launchers are seen at the Kadena U.S. Air Base in Okinawa, Japan. The deployment is part of a multi-billion dollar ballistic missile shield in the Pacific to counter the threat of an attack by North Korea.
- Lithuanian president urges further probe into secret CIA prisons RIA Novosti 14 Jan 2010 -- Lithuanian prosecutors should launch an investigation into secret CIA prisons on the country's territory without the parliamentary approval, the country's president has said.
- Iraq Sentences 11 Men to Death for Baghdad Bombings VOA 14 Jan 2010 -- An Iraqi court has sentenced 11 men to death for the massive truck bombings in Baghdad last August that killed more than 100 people.
- Russian cosmonauts complete year's first spacewalk RIA Novosti 14 Jan 2010 -- Russian cosmonauts Oleg Kotov and Maxim Surayev have completed this year's first spacewalk and returned to the International Space Station, Mission Control said Thursday.
- U.S. Federal Courts Built to Handle Terrorism Cases, says Law Professor VOA 14 Jan 2010 -- There’s been much debate over the decision to use a civilian court to try a young Nigerian accused of trying to blow up an airliner on Christmas Day.
- With high infections in some countries, too early to declare H1N1 pandemic over – UN UN News Centre 14 Jan 2010 -- With continued elevated levels of H1N1 flu in a number of countries, it remains too early to say that the pandemic is over, a top United Nations health official said today in the first major assessment of the new year.
- Orange Revolution's Fate Hangs In Eastern Ukraine RFE/RL 14 Jan 2010 -- In this gritty town in eastern Ukraine, a small, derelict-looking brick cottage with a corrugated metal roof stands at the end of a snow-covered dirt track lined by bigger, wooden village houses. Barking dogs make the only sound here.
- Ukrainian Voters Said Unhappy with Presidential Candidates VOA 14 Jan 2010 -- On Sunday, Ukraine holds a presidential election but there appears to be widespread dissatisfaction with the leading candidates. Support for the incumbent, Viktor Yushchenko, is said to be under five percent. Challenger Yulia Tymoshenko defends her record as prime minister, saying she prevented a bad economy from becoming worse. Former Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych is also running despite a supreme court ruling that his 2004 presidential bid was riddled with fraud.
- Yushchenko Praises Guilty Verdict Against Soviet Leaders For Famine RFE/RL 14 Jan 2010 -- President Viktor Yushchenko has praised a Ukrainian court ruling that finds former Soviet leaders culpable in the mass famine in Ukraine in 1932-33, RFE/RL's Ukrainian and Russian services report.
- Ukraine PM pledges to seek EU membership if elected president RIA Novosti 14 Jan 2010 -- Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko pledged on Thursday that if elected president in January 17 polls she would seek EU membership for the ex-Soviet state as soon as possible.
- Kazakhstan Lays Out Vision For Controversial OSCE Chairmanship RFE/RL 14 Jan 2010 -- Kazakhstan today formally began its one-year chairmanship of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).
- Armenia Opposition Bloc 'Satisfied' With Election Performance RFE/RL 14 Jan 2010 -- The main opposition Armenian National Congress (HAK) has said it is satisfied with its performance in a controversial by-election despite candidate Nikol Pashinian's defeat in a vote it claims was marred by reports of fraud and violence, RFE/RL's Armenian Service reports.
- Georgian Energy Summit Runs Out Of Gas RFE/RL 14 Jan 2010 -- An energy summit scheduled to begin today in the Georgian Black Sea port of Batumi had aimed to push forward with plans for natural-gas and oil pipelines running to European markets while circumventing Russian territory.
- New EU Energy Commissioner Seeks Balanced Russia Policy RFE/RL 14 Jan 2010 -- Germany's Guenther Oettinger has been nominated to one of the most powerful positions in the EU's executive arm.
- Guinea Military Leader Meets with Regional Mediator VOA 14 Jan 2010 -- Guinea's wounded military leader is meeting with the regional mediator working to end the country's political crisis.
- Press Conference on ‘State of the World’s Indigenous Peoples’ Report United Nations 14 Jan 2010
- In Nigeria, Legal Questions Arise over Transfer of Presidential Powers VOA 14 Jan 2010 -- In Nigeria, reactions are continuing to trail the court ruling ordering Vice President Goodluck Jonathan to take over the duties of ailing president Umaru Yar’Adua.
- First on Titan: Five years ago the Huygens space probe built by prime contractor Thales Alenia Space landed on Saturn’s most mysterious moon Thales 14 Jan 2010 -- For its first planetary mission in 1991, the European Space Agency selected Thales Alenia Space as prime contractor, leading a team of manufacturers from throughout Europe. The objective was the on-site exploration of an unknown atmosphere around an enigmatic moon, located much further away than any other atmospheric probe had ventured to date.
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