Going green to the Red Planet28 November 2017
Going green to the Red Planet28 November 2017 ESA’s ground station in Western Australia routinely communicates with spacecraft at far-away places like Mars. Now, it’s using sunlight to generate electricity, significantly reducing energy costs.
Transferring ownership of three ESA ground stations16 November 2017
Transferring ownership of three ESA ground stations16 November 2017 As part of ESA’s strategy to foster commercial competitiveness in Europe while focusing on its core aims, the agency has transferred ownership of several ground tracking stations for reuse by external organisations.
Low-cost clocks for landing on the Moon 26 October 2017
Low-cost clocks for landing on the Moon 26 October 2017 A European clock accurate to a trillionth of a second is set to be used on satellites and missions to the Moon. The ultra-precise time-keeper was conceived by a small company in Latvia, and ESA has recognised its potential for space. “We are the Fer...
Cassini concludes pioneering mission at Saturn15 September 2017
Cassini concludes pioneering mission at Saturn15 September 2017 The international Cassini mission has concluded its remarkable exploration of the Saturnian system in spectacular style, by plunging into the gas planet’s atmosphere.
Celebrating Europe’s science highlights with Cassini06 September 2017
Celebrating Europe’s science highlights with Cassini06 September 2017 The international Cassini-Huygens mission has explored Saturn and its rings and moons for 13 years, and will conclude by plunging into the planet’s atmosphere next week. This article highlights some of the mission’s exciting discoveries led by Europe...
Big dishes band together25 August 2017
Big dishes band together25 August 2017 Earlier this month, radio dishes from three deep-space networks combined to catch faint ‘survival’ whispers from one of ESA’s Mars orbiters, underlining the value of international collaboration for exploring the Red Planet.