Ariane 5’s fourth launch this year25 August 2016
Ariane 5’s fourth launch this year25 August 2016 An Ariane 5, operated by Arianespace, has delivered two telecom satellites, Intelsat-33e and Intelsat-36, into their planned orbits.
Proba-3: seeing through shadow to view Sun’s corona22 August 2016
Proba-3: seeing through shadow to view Sun’s corona22 August 2016 Every 18 months or so, scientists and sensation-seekers gather at set points on Earth’s surface, to await awe-inspiring solar eclipses. The Moon briefly blocks the Sun, revealing its mysterious outer atmosphere, the corona. Though what if researchers...
Most distant catch for ESA station18 August 2016
Most distant catch for ESA station18 August 2016 An ESA tracking station has acquired signals from the international Cassini spacecraft orbiting Saturn, across more than 1.4 billion km of space.
How to dock CubeSats17 August 2016
How to dock CubeSats17 August 2016 The miniature satellites known as CubeSats already play a variety of roles in space. In future they could also serve as the building blocks of other, larger missions by being docked together in orbit.
Only days left to join Europe’s first citizens’ debate on space 15 August 2016 Do you want the opportunity to have your say in suggesting priorities in European space programmes?
Spotlight on Schiaparelli’s landing site11 August 2016
Spotlight on Schiaparelli’s landing site11 August 2016 Schiaparelli, the Entry, Descent and Landing Demonstrator Module of the joint ESA/Roscosmos ExoMars 2016 mission, will target the Meridiani Planum region for its October landing, as seen in this mosaic created from Mars Express images.
Aladin wind probe ready for Aeolus02 August 2016
Aladin wind probe ready for Aeolus02 August 2016 It has been years in the making, but one of the trickiest pieces of space technology ever developed is finally ready to join its satellite for launch by the end of next year. With this milestone, we are another step closer to a better understanding of...
Uncovering what lies beneath 01 August 2016
Uncovering what lies beneath 01 August 2016 A key feature of the James Webb Space Telescope is helping to shed light on what goes on underneath boats in stormy weather and around the structures of offshore oilrigs.
Engine burn gives Mars mission a kick28 July 2016
Engine burn gives Mars mission a kick28 July 2016 Following a lengthy firing of its powerful engine this morning, ESA’s ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter is on track to arrive at the Red Planet in October.
CryoSat sets new standard for measuring sea levels 26 July 2016
CryoSat sets new standard for measuring sea levels 26 July 2016 Trying to measure sea levels around rugged coastlines is not always an easy task. ESA’s CryoSat satellite is making a difference with its radar altimeter.
Return to the underwater Space Station21 July 2016
Return to the underwater Space Station21 July 2016 This year, NASA’s underwater training mission for astronauts promises to be longer and better than ever. Starting on 21 July, space agencies will test technologies and research international crew behaviour for long-duration missions using a permanent...
Active tracking of astronaut rad-exposures targeted19 July 2016 Radiation is an invisible hazard of spaceflight, but a new monitoring system for ESA astronauts gives a realtime snapshot of their exposure. The results will guide researchers preparing for deep-space missions to come.