Student teams announced for Spin and Drop Your Thesis!07 April 2014 Five student teams have been selected for the 2014 Spin Your Thesis! and Drop Your Thesis! programmes. These unique opportunities allow students to run their experiments in world-class gravitational facilities. The data contributes to their syllabus,...
Give a name to ESA’s zone of silence28 March 2014
Give a name to ESA’s zone of silence28 March 2014 Kept isolated from the external Universe, a special ESA chamber simulates the boundless emptiness of space for testing satellite antennas. Recently refitted, it is in need of a new name. Come up with a winning suggestion and you can visit it for yours...
Dutch company powering Galileo24 March 2014
Dutch company powering Galileo24 March 2014 As they bathe the ground below them in test navigation messages, Europe’s Galileo satellites are kept alive by the Sun.
Prehistoric cave pigment to shield ESA’s Solar Orbiter12 February 2014
Prehistoric cave pigment to shield ESA’s Solar Orbiter12 February 2014 A pigment once daubed onto prehistoric cave paintings is set to protect the ESA-NASA Solar Orbiter mission from the Sun’s close-up glare. Burnt bone charcoal will be applied to the spacecraft’s titanium heatshield using a novel technique.
Planetary protection: preventing microbes hitchhiking to space29 January 2014 While astronauts might dream of discovering unknown life one day in their future career, ESA’s Planetary Protection Officer oversees activities that achieve it on a regular basis.
French space agency President visits ESTEC22 January 2014
French space agency President visits ESTEC22 January 2014 Jean-Yves Le Gall, President of France’s CNES space agency, was welcomed this week on a tour of ESA’s largest establishment by ESA’s Director General.