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Call for Media: Tour of the first ‘chameleon’ satellite 16 February 2018
Call for Media: Tour of the first ‘chameleon’ satellite 16 February 2018 Media are invited to a guided tour in the Portsmouth cleanrooms of Airbus in the company of ESA astronaut Tim Peake, on Monday 26 February to see Eutelsat Quantum, a pioneering mission in space telecommunications.
Call for Media: Columbus and ATV 10th anniversary28 January 2018
Call for Media: Columbus and ATV 10th anniversary28 January 2018 Media are invited to ESA’s technical heart in the Netherlands on 7 February for the celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Columbus laboratory and the launch of the first Automated Transfer Vehicle.
Call for Media: ESA Director General’s press breakfast 5 January 2018
Call for Media: ESA Director General’s press breakfast 5 January 2018 On Wednesday, 17 January, ESA Director General Jan Wörner will meet the media at ESA’s headquarters in Paris.
Günther Hasinger appointed as ESA Director of Science14 December 2017
Günther Hasinger appointed as ESA Director of Science14 December 2017 The Council of the European Space Agency announced the appointment of Günther Hasinger as the next Director of Science. He will succeed Alvaro Giménez, who has served in the position since 2011.
Exploring alien worlds with lasers10 January 2018
Exploring alien worlds with lasers10 January 2018 In everyday life we look and touch things to find out what they are made of. A powerful scientific technique does the same using lasers – and in two years’ time it will fly in space for the first time.
See-through metals09 January 2018
See-through metals09 January 2018 Astronauts on the International Space Station have begun running an experiment that could shine new light on how metal alloys are formed. How humanity has mastered metallurgy is synonymous with progress, with historians labelling periods such as the...
ESA’s next satellite propelled by butane21 December 2017
ESA’s next satellite propelled by butane21 December 2017 ESA’s next miniature satellite will be its first able to change orbit. Thanks to a compact thruster resembling a butane cigarette lighter, the cereal box-sized satellite will fly around its near-twin to test their radio communications.
Planting oxygen15 December 2017
Planting oxygen15 December 2017 When resources are limited, you have to work with what you have – especially in the harsh environment of space. Though the International Space Station is regularly restocked by cargo vessels, like today’s Dragon, self-sufficient spaceflight in the fut...
Paolo Nespoli returns to Earth14 December 2017
Paolo Nespoli returns to Earth14 December 2017 ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli landed back on Earth early this morning after 139 days in space. The ride home from the International Space Station required braking from 28 800 km/h to a standstill in barely three hours.
Galileo launch brings navigation network close to completion12 December 2017
Galileo launch brings navigation network close to completion12 December 2017 Europe has four more Galileo navigation satellites in the sky following their launch on an Ariane 5 rocket. After today’s success, only one more launch remains before the Galileo constellation is complete and delivering global coverage.