ESA BR-321 Rosetta Living with a Comet15 September 2015
ESA BR-321 Rosetta Living with a Comet15 September 2015 In August 2014, Rosetta became the first mission to rendezvous with and subsequently orbit a comet, and in November 2014 it became the first to soft-land a probe on a comet nucleus. Philae sent back data and images of its surroundings before falling i...
ESA BR-324 Our Future in the Space Age02 September 2015
ESA BR-324 Our Future in the Space Age02 September 2015 Space is an incredibly hard environment to work in: weightless, airless and with daunting temperature extremes. Systems must operate reliably for years on end, with no chance of repair. Under ESA leadership, European space industry develops top-notch...
ESA BR-323 LISA Pathfinder18 August 2015
ESA BR-323 LISA Pathfinder18 August 2015 Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity predicted the existence of ripples in the fabric of space–time called gravitational waves, but so far no experiment has been able to detect them directly. Space offers many advantages in this search, and...
ESA BR-322 The European Data Relay System10 June 2015
ESA BR-322 The European Data Relay System10 June 2015 The European Data Relay System (EDRS) will relay data between satellites in low orbit and the ground via satellites in geostationary orbit. Large quantities of data will be transmitted rapidly using innovative laser communication technology. Read online
ESA BR-301 Where missions come alive24 February 2015
ESA BR-301 Where missions come alive24 February 2015 As Europe's centre of excellence for satellite operations, ESOC is home to the engineering teams that control spacecraft in orbit and build the systems on the ground that support missions in space. Read online
Space for our future02 December 2014
Space for our future02 December 2014 This is an overview of the main benefits that space provides to our modern society, and to Europe in particular, thanks to the successful cooperation of Member States of ESA, the space agency for Europe. Read online