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.
A light-speed voyage to the distant future15 May 2014
A light-speed voyage to the distant future15 May 2014 An enthusiastic group of schoolchildren sent a greeting to the future today, beaming a radio signal into space via an ESA tracking station in Spain.
ESA teams ready for Moon landing13 December 2013
ESA teams ready for Moon landing13 December 2013 When China’s Chang’e-3 makes a soft landing on the Moon on 14 December, ESA tracking stations will record crucial radio signals. Later, signals from the surface will help Beijing mission control to pinpoint the lander’s location with extreme accuracy.
Malargüe station inauguration19 December 2012
Malargüe station inauguration19 December 2012 ESA’s new deep-space tracking station at Malargüe, Argentina, was inaugurated on Tuesday in the presence of Julio de Vido, Argentina’s Minister of Federal Planning, Services and Public Investment, Thomas Reiter, ESA’s Director of Human Spaceflight and...
Fostering Curiosity: Mars Express relays rocky images26 November 2012
Fostering Curiosity: Mars Express relays rocky images26 November 2012 For the first time, ESA’s Mars orbiter has relayed scientific data from NASA’s Curiosity rover on the Red Planet’s surface. The data included detailed images of ‘Rocknest3’ and were received by ESA’s deep-space antenna in Australia.