Angelic halo orbit chosen for humankind’s first lunar outpost18 July 2019 Mission planners at NASA and ESA’s Operations Centre (ESOC) have spent months debating the pros and cons of different orbits, and have now decided on the path of the lunar Gateway.
Gaia’s biggest operation since launch15 July 2019
Gaia’s biggest operation since launch15 July 2019 On Tuesday 16 July, teams at ESA’s mission control will perform an ‘orbit change manoeuvre’ on the Gaia space observatory – the biggest operation since the spacecraft was launched in 2013.
Space agencies come together14 June 2019
Space agencies come together14 June 2019 On 14 June, President Hiroshi Yamakawa of JAXA was welcomed at the 282nd meeting of the ESA Council – the Agency’s governing body – held at ESA’s Operations Centre in Darmstadt, Germany. For decades, the European Space Agency and the Japan Aeros...
New era for New Norcia deep space antenna04 June 2019
New era for New Norcia deep space antenna04 June 2019 The 35-m deep space antenna in New Norcia, Western Australia, is being looked after by a new team, led for the first time by a female site manager, Suzy Jackson.
ExoMars orbiter prepares for Rosalind Franklin30 May 2019 On 15 June, the ESA-Roscosmos ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) will follow a different path. An ‘Inclination Change Manoeuvre’ will put the spacecraft in an altered orbit, enabling it to pick up crucial status signals from the ExoMars rover, Rosalind F...
Mission control 'saves science'17 May 2019
Mission control 'saves science'17 May 2019 Every minute, ESA’s Earth observation satellites gather dozens of gigabytes of data about our planet – enough information to fill the pages on a 100-metre long bookshelf. Flying in low-Earth orbits, these spacecraft are continuously taking the pulse o...