ESA Bulletin 160 (Nov 2014)22 December 2014
ESA Bulletin 160 (Nov 2014)22 December 2014 In this issue of the ESA Bulletin, there's a reminder of some of the amazing images from ESA's Rosetta mission, as we follow it from arrival at Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in August to the landing of Philae last month. Read more
Thirty-five years of Ariane: how Ariane was born22 December 2014
Thirty-five years of Ariane: how Ariane was born22 December 2014 As a new and crucial chapter is being written in the extraordinary Ariane saga, the space community is celebrating the 35th anniversary of the first Ariane flight, on 24 December 1979, which made the ambition of European access to space a reality.
Four Galileo satellites at ESA test centre 22 December 2014
Four Galileo satellites at ESA test centre 22 December 2014 ESA engineers unwrapped a welcome Christmas present: the latest Galileo satellite. The navigation satellite will undergo a full checkout in Europe’s largest satellite test facility to prove its readiness for space.
Satellites guide sailor from treacherous waters19 December 2014
Satellites guide sailor from treacherous waters19 December 2014 While sailing south of Africa on an around-the-world voyage, Matteo Miceli was suddenly alerted to a massive iceberg in his path.
Flying over Becquerel18 December 2014
Flying over Becquerel18 December 2014 This latest release from the camera on ESA’s Mars Express is a simulated flight over the Becquerel crater, showing large-scale deposits of sedimentary material.
Salinity matters18 December 2014
Salinity matters18 December 2014 Measurements of salt held in surface seawater are becoming ever-more important for us to understand ocean circulation and Earth’s water cycle. ESA’s SMOS mission is proving essential to the quest.
Preparing for an asteroid strike18 December 2014
Preparing for an asteroid strike18 December 2014 ESA and national disaster response offices recently rehearsed how to react if a threatening space rock is ever discovered to be on a collision course with Earth.
Johann-Dietrich Woerner to be Director General of ESA18 December 2014
Johann-Dietrich Woerner to be Director General of ESA18 December 2014 Today, the Council of the European Space Agency announced the appointment of Johann-Dietrich Woerner as the next Director General of ESA, for a period of four years starting on 1 July 2015.
ESA’s technical heart marks 50 years of Europe in space 17 December 2014
ESA’s technical heart marks 50 years of Europe in space 17 December 2014 A year of celebrations marking half a century of European cooperation in space concluded this week with a royal visit to ESA’s largest establishment, in the Netherlands.
Venus Express goes gently into the night16 December 2014
Venus Express goes gently into the night16 December 2014 ESA’s Venus Express has ended its eight-year mission after far exceeding its planned life. The spacecraft exhausted its propellant during a series of thruster burns to raise its orbit following the low-altitude aerobraking earlier this year.
Bright lights: big cities at night16 December 2014
Bright lights: big cities at night16 December 2014 As the days grow shorter and the temperatures drop in Europe, test your geography skills in the warmth of your home – while helping scientists to pinpoint light pollution.