Integral manoeuvres for the future23 January 2015
Integral manoeuvres for the future23 January 2015 Since 2002, ESA’s Integral spacecraft has been observing some of the most violent events in the Universe, including gamma-ray bursts and black holes. While it still has years of life ahead, its fuel will certainly run out one day.
Rejigging the Cluster quartet16 January 2015
Rejigging the Cluster quartet16 January 2015 Aiming to study Earth’s ‘bow shock’ in the solar wind, the constellation of Cluster satellites is being rejigged to bring two of the four to within almost touching distance.
Beagle-2 lander found on Mars16 January 2015
Beagle-2 lander found on Mars16 January 2015 The UK-led Beagle-2 Mars lander, which hitched a ride on ESA’s Mars Express mission and was lost on Mars since 2003, has been found in images taken by a NASA orbiter at the Red Planet.
Venus Express goes gently into the night16 December 2014
Venus Express goes gently into the night16 December 2014 ESA’s Venus Express has ended its eight-year mission after far exceeding its planned life. The spacecraft exhausted its propellant during a series of thruster burns to raise its orbit following the low-altitude aerobraking earlier this year.
Vega ready to launch spaceplane14 January 2015
Vega ready to launch spaceplane14 January 2015 On its first launch of the year, Europe’s Vega rocket will loft ESA’s unmanned spaceplane to test reentry technologies for future vehicles.
European astronomers spot faint asteroid04 December 2014
European astronomers spot faint asteroid04 December 2014 European experts have spotted one of the faintest asteroids ever found – a chunk of space rock thought to be about 100 m in diameter beyond the orbit of Mars.