Four decades of tracking European spacecraft 18 May 2015
Four decades of tracking European spacecraft 18 May 2015 Forty years ago this week, a satellite ground station in Spain became the first to be assigned to what would become ESA. Since then, the network – Estrack – has expanded worldwide and today employs cutting-edge technology to link mission controllers w...
Tracking Japan’s asteroid sample mission 29 April 2015
Tracking Japan’s asteroid sample mission 29 April 2015 ESA is set to support Japan’s ‘touch-and-go’ Hayabusa-2 spacecraft, now en route to a little-known asteroid, helping to boost the scientific return from this audacious mission.
Space artist nominated for prestigious prize23 April 2015
Space artist nominated for prestigious prize23 April 2015 Katie Paterson's ESA-supported work Campo del Cielo, Field of the Sky – which included a symbolic return to space for a chunk of meteorite – has been shortlisted for the International Prize for Contemporary Art, granted by the Foundation Prince Pierre...
Galileo satellites well on way to working orbit14 April 2015
Galileo satellites well on way to working orbit14 April 2015 Their systems performing well, Europe’s recently launched Galileo navigation satellites have carried out a set of manoeuvres that will take them down to their working positions in orbit.
Cluster satellite catches up 25 March 2015
Cluster satellite catches up 25 March 2015 One of the four Cluster satellites has shifted its orbit to ensure a safe reentry when the time comes, as well as providing a rare opportunity to study how a satellite’s exhaust plume interacts with the solar wind.
Protecting Earth from space weather19 March 2015
Protecting Earth from space weather19 March 2015 This week's spectacular glowing auroras in the night sky further south than usual highlighted the effect that 'space weather' can have on Earth. A strong solar flare was detected on the Sun last Sunday, an event generally associated with strong mass...