Catching Cassini’s call13 January 2017
Catching Cassini’s call13 January 2017 This week, ESA deep-space radio dishes on two continents are listening for signals from the international Cassini spacecraft, now on its final tour of Saturn.
Sentinel-2B launch preparations off to a flying start12 January 2017
Sentinel-2B launch preparations off to a flying start12 January 2017 Some of us may be easing ourselves gently into the New Year, but for the team readying Sentinel-2B for liftoff on 7 March it’s full steam ahead.
Asteroid sleuths go back to the future 10 January 2017
Asteroid sleuths go back to the future 10 January 2017 Careful sleuthing through decade-old images has enabled ESA’s asteroid team to decide that a newly discovered space rock poses little threat of hitting Earth any time soon.
Skimming an alien atmosphere16 December 2016
Skimming an alien atmosphere16 December 2016 After the smooth arrival of ESA’s latest Mars orbiter, mission controllers are now preparing it for the ultimate challenge: dipping into the Red Planet’s atmosphere to reach its final orbit.
Rosetta’s last words: science descending to a comet 15 December 2016
Rosetta’s last words: science descending to a comet 15 December 2016 ESA’s Rosetta completed its incredible mission on 30 September, collecting unprecedented images and data right until the moment of contact with the comet's surface.
Teaching an old satellite new tricks08 December 2016
Teaching an old satellite new tricks08 December 2016 XMM-Newton is one of Europe’s longest-flying and most productive orbiting observatories, investigating the hot X-ray Universe. Thanks to teamwork and technical innovation, it’s on track to keep flying for a long time yet.