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Call for Media: Background briefing on Rosetta wake-up and yea...3 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.
ESA’s Swarm trio on its way to watch over our planet’s magneti...22 November 2013 ESA’s three-satellite Swarm constellation was lofted into a near-polar orbit by a Russian Rockot launcher this afternoon. For four years, it will monitor Earth’s magnetic field, from the depth of our planet’s core to the heights of its upper atmosphere.
ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano lands safely back on Earth11 November 2013
ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano lands safely back on Earth11 November 2013 ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano, Russian commander Fyodor Yurchikhin and NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg returned to Earth today, landing in the Kazakhstan steppe.
GOCE gives in to gravity11 November 2013
GOCE gives in to gravity11 November 2013 Close to 01:00 CET on Monday 11 November, ESA’s GOCE satellite reentered Earth’s atmosphere on a descending orbit pass that extended across Siberia, the western Pacific Ocean, the eastern Indian Ocean and Antarctica. As expected, the satellite disintegrated in the high atmosphere and no damage to property has been reported.
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.
ESA’s new vision to study the invisible Universe 28 November 2013
ESA’s new vision to study the invisible Universe 28 November 2013 The hot and energetic Universe and the search for elusive gravitational waves will be the focus of ESA’s next two large science missions, it was announced today.
End of the beginning for Swarm trio26 November 2013
End of the beginning for Swarm trio26 November 2013 Reaching a significant milestone for ESA’s magnetic field mission, the Swarm satellites have completed the critical first phase of their new mission.
Checking in on Sentinel-1A22 November 2013
Checking in on Sentinel-1A22 November 2013 The media had a sneak peek at the first Sentinel satellite today ahead of its launch next spring.
Stepping up Vega launcher production20 November 2013
Stepping up Vega launcher production20 November 2013 Such is the success of Europe’s Vega small launcher that an order was signed today in Rome for the production of ten more vehicles. These will be launched over three years from the end of 2015.
Swarm mission control ready for triple launch19 November 2013
Swarm mission control ready for triple launch19 November 2013 After months of intensive training, the Swarm mission control team are ready for liftoff on Friday. The team will carefully shepherd the trio of magnetic explorers through their critical launch and early orbit phase, ready to react to any problem.