Rosetta arrival competition winners28 August 2014
Rosetta arrival competition winners28 August 2014 As Rosetta made its final approach to Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, we asked you to join this extraordinary adventure by sharing pictures of your journeys, participating in a fun photo contest that attracted hundreds of entries and nearly 23 000 vo...
ESA celebrates 50 years at ESOC28 August 2014
ESA celebrates 50 years at ESOC28 August 2014 In the presence of media, invited dignitaries, former astronauts, ESA’s Director General and colleagues past and present, the workforce at ESOC celebrated 50 years of European cooperation in space today.
Update on Galileo launch injection anomaly28 August 2014
Update on Galileo launch injection anomaly28 August 2014 Operations continue smoothly for Galileo Sat 5-6. Both satellites now have both sets of their solar arrays fully deployed and generating power.
Integral catches dead star exploding in a blaze of glory27 August 2014
Integral catches dead star exploding in a blaze of glory27 August 2014 Astronomers using ESA’s Integral gamma-ray observatory have demonstrated beyond doubt that dead stars known as white dwarfs can reignite and explode as supernovae. The finding came after the unique signature of gamma rays from the radioactiv...
Update on Galileo launch injection anomaly26 August 2014
Update on Galileo launch injection anomaly26 August 2014 Work at ESA’s ESOC control centre continues relentlessly on the two Galileo satellites.
Sentinel-1 poised to monitor motion26 August 2014
Sentinel-1 poised to monitor motion26 August 2014 Although it was only launched a few months ago and is still being commissioned, the new Sentinel-1A radar satellite has already shown that it can be used to generate 3D models of Earth’s surface and will be able to closely monitor land and ice surface...
Rosetta: Landing site search narrows25 August 2014
Rosetta: Landing site search narrows25 August 2014 Using detailed information collected by ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft during its first two weeks at Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, five locations have been identified as candidate sites to set down the Philae lander in November – the first time a landing...
Soyuz Galileo launch: injection anomaly23 August 2014
Soyuz Galileo launch: injection anomaly23 August 2014 Following the announcement made by Arianespace on the anomalies of the orbit injection of the Galileo satellites, the teams of industries and agencies involved in the early operations of the satellites are investigating the potential implications on t...
Ice sheet highs, lows and loss20 August 2014
Ice sheet highs, lows and loss20 August 2014 Measurements from ESA’s CryoSat mission have been used to map the height of the huge ice sheets that blanket Greenland and Antarctica and show how they are changing. New results reveal combined ice volume loss at an unprecedented rate of 500 cubic kil...
Twin Galileos meet, ready for Thursday’s launch18 August 2014
Twin Galileos meet, ready for Thursday’s launch18 August 2014 Final functional testing of Europe’s twin Galileo navigation satellites has been completed at Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana, on track for launch this Thursday.
ATV completes final automated docking12 August 2014
ATV completes final automated docking12 August 2014 In a flawless demonstration of technology and skill, ESA’s fifth and final ATV, Georges Lemaître, docked with the International Space Station today, fixing itself firmly for a six-month resupply and reboost mission.
Introducing this year’s underground astronauts11 August 2014
Introducing this year’s underground astronauts11 August 2014 Each year, ESA sends up to six astronauts down into the caves of Sardinia, Italy, for two weeks on a simulated space mission.