Longer flight to the International Space Station for Andreas Mogensen27 August 2015 ESA astronaut Andreas Mogensen will leave for the International Space Station from Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on 2 September with commander Sergei Volkov and Kazakh cosmonaut Aidyn Aimbetov. Their flight in the Soyuz TMA-18M spacecraft will tak...
Astronaut Andreas to try sub-millimetre precision task on Earth from orbit27 August 2015 Early September will see the very first force-feedback-based teleoperation of a rover-based robotic arm system on Earth from the International Space Station, orbiting 400 km above our heads.
Gaia's first year of scientific observations25 August 2015
Gaia's first year of scientific observations25 August 2015 Last Friday, 21 August, ESA’s billion-star surveyor, Gaia, completed its first year of science observations in its main survey mode.
ESO and ESA Directors General sign Cooperation Agreement24 August 2015
ESO and ESA Directors General sign Cooperation Agreement24 August 2015 On 20 August 2015 the Director General of ESO, Tim de Zeeuw, and the Director General of ESA, Johann-Dietrich Woerner, signed a cooperation agreement between the two organisations at ESO’s offices in Santiago, Chile. The ESA Director General was accom...
Chasing ice21 August 2015
Chasing ice21 August 2015 Satellite images show that the fastest moving glacier in the world shed a chunk of ice measuring around 12.5 sq km this week – one of the most significant calving events on record.
Ariane 5’s fourth launch of 201520 August 2015
Ariane 5’s fourth launch of 201520 August 2015 An Ariane 5 lifted off tonight from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, and delivered two telecom satellites into their planned orbits.
The tumultuous heart of our Galaxy20 August 2015
The tumultuous heart of our Galaxy20 August 2015 This new image of powerful remnants of dead stars and their mighty action on the surrounding gas from ESA's XMM-Newton X-ray observatory reveals some of the most intense processes taking place at the centre of our galaxy, the Milky Way.
ESA’s next astronaut to go into space arrives at launch site19 August 2015 ESA astronaut Andreas Mogensen, Soyuz spacecraft commander Sergei Volkov and Kazakh cosmonaut Aidyn Aimbetov arrived in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, yesterday. This is their last destination before heading to the International Space Station in the night of 2...
Technology CubeSat hitch-hiker on today’s HTV launch19 August 2015
Technology CubeSat hitch-hiker on today’s HTV launch19 August 2015 Today’s HTV supply launch from Japan to the International Space Station also marks the arrival in orbit of one of ESA’s smallest missions yet – a CubeSat which will test miniaturised technologies for space, set to be followed by many more in coming ye...
Rosetta's big day in the Sun13 August 2015
Rosetta's big day in the Sun13 August 2015 ESA’s Rosetta today witnessed Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko making its closest approach to the Sun. The exact moment of perihelion occurred at 02:03 GMT this morning when the comet came within 186 million km of the Sun.
Trusty, not rusty, pipelines owe a debt to space 12 August 2015
Trusty, not rusty, pipelines owe a debt to space 12 August 2015 When a Dutch company working on soil pollution teamed up with ESA to build a better, bacteria-based air filter for space, they also created the foundation for a new way of keeping iron pipelines from corroding in the ground.
Ariane 6 and Vega C begin development12 August 2015
Ariane 6 and Vega C begin development12 August 2015 Today, ESA signed contracts for the development of the Ariane 6 new‑generation launcher, its launch base and the Vega C evolution of the current small launcher.