How Rosetta arrives at a comet01 August 2014
How Rosetta arrives at a comet01 August 2014 After travelling nearly 6.4 billion kilometres through the Solar System, ESA’s Rosetta is closing in on its target. But how does a spacecraft actually arrive at a comet?
Lifetime of gravity measurements heralds new beginning30 July 2014 Although ESA’s GOCE satellite is no more, all of the measurements it gathered during its life skirting the fringes our atmosphere, including the very last as it drifted slowly back to Earth, have been drawn together to offer new opportunities for scie...
Last ATV lifts off to supply the Space Station29 July 2014
Last ATV lifts off to supply the Space Station29 July 2014 The fifth and final mission of ESA’s Automated Transfer Vehicle got off to a flying start today with its launch from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, heading for the International Space Station.
Fifty years of European cooperation in space29 July 2014
Fifty years of European cooperation in space29 July 2014 A new book by eminent historian John Krige details fifty years of European collaboration in space, from the origins of the space programmes of the early 1960s, to the many activities and rich complexity of ESA today.
Gaia: ‘Go’ for science29 July 2014
Gaia: ‘Go’ for science29 July 2014 Following extensive in-orbit commissioning and several unexpected challenges, ESA’s billion-star surveyor, Gaia, is now ready to begin its science mission.
Venus Express: up above the clouds so high28 July 2014
Venus Express: up above the clouds so high28 July 2014 ESA’s Venus Express spacecraft has climbed to a new orbit following its daring aerobraking experiment, and will now resume observations of this fascinating planet for at least a few more months.
Timely arrival of Pharao space clock25 July 2014
Timely arrival of Pharao space clock25 July 2014 ESA has welcomed the arrival of Pharao, an important part of ESA’s atomic clock experiment that will be attached to the International Space Station in 2016.
ATV-5: loaded and locked23 July 2014
ATV-5: loaded and locked23 July 2014 ESA’s fifth Automated Transfer Vehicle is now scheduled for launch to the International Space Station at 23:44 GMT on 29 July (01:44 CEST 30 July) on an Ariane 5 rocket from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.
Galileo’s ‘midwives’ stand ready for launch23 July 2014
Galileo’s ‘midwives’ stand ready for launch23 July 2014 Galileo’s post-launch team at ESA have finalised their preparations for taking control of the twin satellites being launched next month.
Call Alex: live SocialSpace with Alexander Gerst in orbit22 July 2014 ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst is sharing beautiful photographs from space on his social media pages. Is there something you want to ask him while he is orbiting our planet? On 22 August you could talk to him in person during ESA’s SocialSpace event.
Wake up, robot21 July 2014
Wake up, robot21 July 2014 Code, play and command your space droid – students across Europe can bring a squadron of minisatellites to life on the International Space Station as the ultimate space robot game.
ESA mission name for astronaut Tim Peake: Principia 18 July 2014
ESA mission name for astronaut Tim Peake: Principia 18 July 2014 When ESA astronaut Tim Peake sets off for his six-month space journey next year, he will be flying under the mission name of Principia.