Anatomy of a debris incident01 February 2017
Anatomy of a debris incident01 February 2017 A space debris avoidance manoeuvre planned for ESA’s Swarm mission proved unnecessary last week, but the close encounter highlighted the growing risk from space debris.
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.
UN recognises 30 June as Asteroid Day07 December 2016
UN recognises 30 June as Asteroid Day07 December 2016 Today, the UN officially proclaimed 30 June – the anniversary of the most momentous asteroid impact event in recorded history – as international Asteroid Day, to raise awareness of the threat and opportunity represented by these small bodies scattered...
ESA expands space weather services15 November 2016
ESA expands space weather services15 November 2016 A major expansion in the space weather information and services provided by ESA will help satellites in space and networks like power grids on Earth to cope with solar eruptions.
15 000 space rocks and counting27 October 2016
15 000 space rocks and counting27 October 2016 The international effort to find, confirm and catalogue the multitude of asteroids that pose a threat to our planet has reached a milestone: 15 000 discovered – with many more to go.
Copernicus Sentinel-1A satellite hit by space particle31 August 2016
Copernicus Sentinel-1A satellite hit by space particle31 August 2016 ESA engineers have discovered that a solar panel on the Copernicus Sentinel-1A satellite was hit by a millimetre-size particle in orbit on 23 August. Thanks to onboard cameras, ground controllers were able to identify the affected area. So far, there...