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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.
Call for Media: Last ATV ends an era and opens new chapter of...15 July 2014 The fifth and last Automated Transfer Vehicle is scheduled to lift off during the night of 24 July (25 July 01:43 GMT, 25 July 03:43 CEST, 24 July 22:43 local time) from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana on an Ariane 5ES rocket. It will dock with the International Space Station on 12 August and undock up to six months later for reentry into the atmosphere, bringing the programme to a fiery end.
Call for Media: ESA at Farnborough International Airshow 8 July 2014 ESA will be present over the week of 14–20 July in the dedicated Space Zone in Hall 3 of the Farnborough airshow’s international aerospace exhibition. Media and the public can learn about the activities of ESA in the different domains of space, try hands-on demonstrations and learn from experts about the latest developments.
Call for Media: first results from ESA’s Earth’s magnetic fiel...6 June 2014 The first set of high-resolution data on Earth’s magnetic field from ESA’s Swarm mission will be unveiled at a conference in Copenhagen, Denmark on 19 June. Media representatives are invited to the event to find out more.
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.