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Name that mission04 March 2014
Name that mission04 March 2014 ESA astronaut Andreas Mogensen will be venturing to the International Space Station next year. He is training as the flight engineer on the Soyuz spacecraft that will fly 400 km above Earth but his mission does not have a name – yet.
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.
Galileo works, and works well10 February 2014
Galileo works, and works well10 February 2014 The in-orbit validation of Galileo has been achieved: Europe now has the operational nucleus of its own satellite navigation constellation in place – the world’s first civil-owned and operated satnav system.
Gaia comes into focus06 February 2014
Gaia comes into focus06 February 2014 ESA’s billion-star surveyor Gaia is slowly being brought into focus. This test image shows a dense cluster of stars in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy of our Milky Way.
Gaia enters its operational orbit08 January 2014
Gaia enters its operational orbit08 January 2014 ESA’s billion-star surveyor Gaia is now in its operational orbit around a gravitationally stable virtual point in space called ‘L2’, 1.5 million km from Earth.
Liftoff for ESA’s billion-star surveyor19 December 2013
Liftoff for ESA’s billion-star surveyor19 December 2013 ESA PR 44-2013: ESA’s Gaia mission blasted off this morning on a Soyuz rocket from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, on its exciting mission to study a billion suns.