Mission control ready for Gaia launch17 December 2013
Mission control ready for Gaia launch17 December 2013 Shortly after a powerful Soyuz launcher lofts Gaia, ESA’s new star mapper, into space on Thursday, teams on the ground will establish initial radio contact. Even then, tension will run high in ESA’s mission control as Gaia must still perform a critica...
ESA teams ready for Moon landing13 December 2013
ESA teams ready for Moon landing13 December 2013 When China’s Chang’e-3 makes a soft landing on the Moon on 14 December, ESA tracking stations will record crucial radio signals. Later, signals from the surface will help Beijing mission control to pinpoint the lander’s location with extreme accuracy.
Call for Media: ESA’s Galaxy-mapping Gaia ready for launch 12 December 2013
Call for Media: ESA’s Galaxy-mapping Gaia ready for launch 12 December 2013 The European Space Agency’s Gaia satellite is ready for launch on 19 December at 09:12 GMT (10:12 CET). The launch will be covered live from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana for broadcasters and on the web, and can be followed at local events in Eu...
Wake up, Rosetta!10 December 2013
Wake up, Rosetta!10 December 2013 Think it’s tough getting up in the morning when the alarm clock sounds? Imagine what it must be like waking up 673 million kilometres from the warmth of the Sun and with no coffee. You might need some help…
Background briefing – Rosetta wake up and year ahead03 December 2013
Background briefing – Rosetta wake up and year ahead03 December 2013 Next year, on 20 January, after 957 days of hibernation in deep space, ESA’s comet-chasing Rosetta spacecraft is set to wake up automatically en route to the destination it has been travelling towards for nearly a decade.
Helping China to the Moon 29 November 2013
Helping China to the Moon 29 November 2013 Shortly after China’s Chang’e-3 spacecraft departs Earth to land on the Moon, ESA’s network of tracking stations will swing into action, providing crucial support for the vessel’s five-day lunar cruise.