UK centre stone-laying launches European space celebrations05 December 2013
UK centre stone-laying launches European space celebrations05 December 2013 The first stones of ESA’s new establishment in the UK were laid in a ceremony today by Director General Jean-Jacques Dordain, UK Minister of Universities and Science David Willets and the first ESA Director General, Roy Gibson.
Space in your heart05 December 2013
Space in your heart05 December 2013 An artificial heart containing miniaturised space technology will soon beat inside a person, having now been approved for human trials in France.
Earth’s gravity scarred by earthquake03 December 2013
Earth’s gravity scarred by earthquake03 December 2013 ESA’s GOCE satellite has revealed that the devastating Japanese earthquake of 2011 left its mark in Earth’s gravity – yet another example of this extraordinary mission surpassing its original scope.
Mapping the world’s largest coral reef29 November 2013
Mapping the world’s largest coral reef29 November 2013 Scientists have used satellite observations to create a set of high-resolution 3D maps of the entire Great Barrier Reef – a critical step towards identifying, managing and protecting what lies beneath the waters.
Helping China to the Moon 29 November 2013
Helping China to the Moon 29 November 2013 Shortly after China’s Chang’e-3 spacecraft departs Earth to land on the Moon, ESA’s network of tracking stations will swing into action, providing crucial support for the vessel’s five-day lunar cruise.
ESA’s new vision to study the invisible Universe 28 November 2013
ESA’s new vision to study the invisible Universe 28 November 2013 The hot and energetic Universe and the search for elusive gravitational waves will be the focus of ESA’s next two large science missions, it was announced today.
Spacelab and 30 years of ESA astronauts28 November 2013
Spacelab and 30 years of ESA astronauts28 November 2013 Thirty years ago this week the first European-built Spacelab was launched on the Space Shuttle. ESA’s first astronaut, Ulf Merbold, flew on the mission, marking ESA’s entry into human spaceflight.
Changing of the guard at Concordia27 November 2013
Changing of the guard at Concordia27 November 2013 The journey to the Concordia research base in Antarctica is never predictable. Delays due to weather can keep travellers at the stopover points for days. During the Antarctic winter all travel to Concordia is out of the question as temperatures plunge...
End of the beginning for Swarm trio26 November 2013
End of the beginning for Swarm trio26 November 2013 Reaching a significant milestone for ESA’s magnetic field mission, the Swarm satellites have completed the critical first phase of their new mission.
What might recyclable satellites look like?22 November 2013
What might recyclable satellites look like?22 November 2013 No matter how painstakingly we choose the materials to build satellites, once a mission is over they are just so much junk. But what if one day they could be recycled in space for future missions – perhaps as construction material, fuel or even food?
ESA’s Swarm trio on its way to watch over our planet’s magnetic shield22 November 2013 ESA’s three-satellite Swarm constellation was lofted into a near-polar orbit by a Russian Rockot launcher this afternoon. For four years, it will monitor Earth’s magnetic field, from the depth of our planet’s core to the heights of its upper atmosphere.
Stepping up Vega launcher production20 November 2013
Stepping up Vega launcher production20 November 2013 Such is the success of Europe’s Vega small launcher that an order was signed today in Rome for the production of ten more vehicles. These will be launched over three years from the end of 2015.