New antenna ready for business12 February 2016
New antenna ready for business12 February 2016 ESA inaugurated a new tracking dish in Australia yesterday, marking a significant step in the Agency’s worldwide satcom network.
Sentinel-3A poised for liftoff12 February 2016
Sentinel-3A poised for liftoff12 February 2016 With four days to liftoff, the next Sentinel satellite for Copernicus is now on the launch pad at the Plesetsk cosmodrome in northern Russia. The rocket will be fuelled the day before the launch – set for 16 February at 17:57 GMT (18:57 CET).
Rosetta’s lander faces eternal hibernation12 February 2016
Rosetta’s lander faces eternal hibernation12 February 2016 Silent since its last call to mothership Rosetta seven months ago, the Philae lander is facing conditions on Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko from which it is unlikely to recover.
ESA congratulations on gravitational wave discovery11 February 2016
ESA congratulations on gravitational wave discovery11 February 2016 ESA is thrilled to learn that gravitational waves have been detected, and is looking forward to starting its mission to test technologies that could extend the study of these exotic waves to space.
Asteroid Day events to span globe on 30 June09 February 2016
Asteroid Day events to span globe on 30 June09 February 2016 Asteroid Day, a global movement to increase knowledge and awareness of asteroids, announced its plans for 2016 from a press conference hosted at ESA’s technical heart in the Netherlands and livestreamed around the world.
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.