ESA plans mission to smallest asteroid ever visited04 February 2019
ESA plans mission to smallest asteroid ever visited04 February 2019 ESA’s planet-defending Hera mission will set a new record in space. The asteroid investigator will not only be the first spacecraft to explore a binary asteroid system – the Didymos pair – but the smaller of these two worldlets, comparable in size to...
Hundreds of impacts crater ESA’s Columbus science laboratory23 January 2019
Hundreds of impacts crater ESA’s Columbus science laboratory23 January 2019 On 6 September 2018, the 17-metre arm attached to humankind’s most distant outpost began to move. Its instructions were to survey the spaceship’s European science laboratory for signs of impact damage from marauding bits of space rock or space debris.
Join the #AuroraHunters17 January 2019
Join the #AuroraHunters17 January 2019 It’s difficult to comprehend the size and sheer power of our Sun, a churning ball of hot gas 4.6 billion years old and 1.3 million times larger than Earth, which emits solar wind — the constant stream of electrons, protons and atomic particles — and r...
Space in Europe: ESA and DLR agree on mission control cooperation19 December 2018 ESA and the German Aerospace Center (DLR) have made an agreement to pool their expertise in space operations. The European Space Operations Centre (ESOC) in Darmstadt and the German Space Operations Centre (GSOC) in Obepfaffenhofen near Munich have a...
BepiColombo’s first routine firing in space18 December 2018
BepiColombo’s first routine firing in space18 December 2018 On Monday this week, BepiColombo began its very first routine electric propulsion firing.
BepiColombo now firing on all cylinders05 December 2018
BepiColombo now firing on all cylinders05 December 2018 BepiColombo, the joint ESA/JAXA spacecraft on a mission to Mercury, is now firing its thrusters for the first time in flight.