Antarctic ice safety band at risk08 February 2016
Antarctic ice safety band at risk08 February 2016 Antarctica is surrounded by huge ice shelves. New research, using ice velocity data from satellites such as ESA’s heritage Envisat, has revealed that there is a critical point where these shelves act as a safety band, holding back the ice that flows t...
Mission teams prepare for critical days05 February 2016
Mission teams prepare for critical days05 February 2016 Moments after Sentinel-3A separates from its rocket, a team of European mission control specialists will assume control, shepherding the new spacecraft through its critical first days in space.
Sentinel-3A fully tanked04 February 2016
Sentinel-3A fully tanked04 February 2016 With the launch of Sentinel-3A confirmed for 16 February, preparations for liftoff are charging full speed ahead. The tricky task of fuelling the satellite has now been ticked off the ‘to do list’ and the propulsion team is already decontaminating the...
Inside Rosetta’s comet04 February 2016
Inside Rosetta’s comet04 February 2016 There are no large caverns inside Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. ESA’s Rosetta mission has made measurements that clearly demonstrate this, solving a long-standing mystery.
Galileo signals covering more of the sky02 February 2016
Galileo signals covering more of the sky02 February 2016 Europe’s ninth and tenth Galileo satellites have started broadcasting working navigation messages.
Martian labyrinth28 January 2016
Martian labyrinth28 January 2016 This block of martian terrain, etched with an intricate pattern of landslides and wind-blown dunes, is a small segment of a vast labyrinth of valleys, fractures and plateaus.
Ariane 5’s first launch of 201628 January 2016
Ariane 5’s first launch of 201628 January 2016 An Ariane 5 last night delivered telecom satellite Intelsat-29e into its planned orbit. Liftoff of Ariane flight VA228 occurred on 27 January at 23:20 GMT (20:20 local time, 00:20 CET on 28 January) from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.
Integral X-rays Earth’s aurora26 January 2016
Integral X-rays Earth’s aurora26 January 2016 Normally busy with observing high-energy black holes, supernovas and neutron stars, ESA’s Integral space observatory recently had the chance to look back at our own planet’s aurora.
LISA Pathfinder arrives at its worksite22 January 2016
LISA Pathfinder arrives at its worksite22 January 2016 After a six-week journey, LISA Pathfinder arrived at its destination today, an orbit around a point of balance in space where it will soon start testing technologies crucial for exploring the gravitational Universe.
Tim and Tim safely back in Space Station after spacewalk15 January 2016
Tim and Tim safely back in Space Station after spacewalk15 January 2016 After a 4 hour 43 minute spacewalk to replace a failed power regulator and install cabling, ESA astronaut Tim Peake and NASA astronaut Tim Kopra are back inside the International Space Station.
Auld lang tracking syne15 January 2016
Auld lang tracking syne15 January 2016 After 30 years of working on dozens of missions, an ESA antenna in Australia has been retired because of urban expansion and the increased risk of radio interference.