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Call for Media: Press briefing on launch of Galileo satellites...14 August 2014 The next satellites in Europe's Galileo satellite navigation system will be launched on 21 August, ushering in the system deployment phase and paving the way for the start of initial services. Media are invited to take part in an audio briefing on Wednesday, 20 August.
Rosetta arrives at comet destination6 August 2014
Rosetta arrives at comet destination6 August 2014 After a decade-long journey chasing its target, ESA’s Rosetta has today become the first spacecraft to rendezvous with a comet, opening a new chapter in Solar System exploration.
Last ATV lifts off to supply the Space Station30 July 2014
Last ATV lifts off to supply the Space Station30 July 2014 The fifth and final mission of ESA’s Automated Transfer Vehicle got off to a flying start today with its launch from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, heading for the International Space Station.
Call for Media: Rosetta’s comet rendezvous18 July 2014
Call for Media: Rosetta’s comet rendezvous18 July 2014 On 6 August, after a decade-long journey through space, ESA’s Rosetta will become the first spacecraft in history to rendezvous with a comet. Members of the media are invited to join ESA at its European Space Operations Centre in Darmstadt, Germany, to mark this momentous occasion.
ESA mission name for astronaut Tim Peake: Principia 18 July 2014
ESA mission name for astronaut Tim Peake: Principia 18 July 2014 When ESA astronaut Tim Peake sets off for his six-month space journey next year, he will be flying under the mission name of Principia.
Athena to study the hot and energetic Universe27 June 2014
Athena to study the hot and energetic Universe27 June 2014 ESA has selected the Athena advanced telescope for high-energy astrophysics as its second ‘Large-class’ science mission.
Bringing back our spaceplane24 June 2014
Bringing back our spaceplane24 June 2014 Yesterday, the ship and crew aiming to recover Europe’s unmanned IXV spacecraft in November had a practice run off the coast of Tuscany, Italy.
Swarm reveals Earth’s changing magnetism19 June 2014
Swarm reveals Earth’s changing magnetism19 June 2014 The first set of high-resolution results from ESA’s three-satellite Swarm constellation reveals the most recent changes in the magnetic field that protects our planet.
Underwater return for Andreas and Thomas10 June 2014
Underwater return for Andreas and Thomas10 June 2014 ESA astronauts Andreas Mogensen and Thomas Pesquet spent five days last year as part of NASA’s underwater project to test technologies that could be used in future space missions – and now they will return to the seas this year in July and September.
Solar Orbiter’s shield takes Sun’s heat 03 June 2014
Solar Orbiter’s shield takes Sun’s heat 03 June 2014 ESA’s Solar Orbiter mission has undergone its latest major test: its protective shield has been subjected to concentrated sunlight to prove it can cope with the fierce temperatures close in to our parent star.