Catching Cassini’s call13 January 2017
Catching Cassini’s call13 January 2017 This week, ESA deep-space radio dishes on two continents are listening for signals from the international Cassini spacecraft, now on its final tour of Saturn.
Sentinel-2B launch preparations off to a flying start12 January 2017
Sentinel-2B launch preparations off to a flying start12 January 2017 Some of us may be easing ourselves gently into the New Year, but for the team readying Sentinel-2B for liftoff on 7 March it’s full steam ahead.
Asteroid sleuths go back to the future 10 January 2017
Asteroid sleuths go back to the future 10 January 2017 Careful sleuthing through decade-old images has enabled ESA’s asteroid team to decide that a newly discovered space rock poses little threat of hitting Earth any time soon.
From outer space to inner eye22 December 2016
From outer space to inner eye22 December 2016 Contact lenses, spectacles and eye implants are now being made more accurately thanks to research instruments flying on the International Space Station.
Ariane 5’s seventh launch this year21 December 2016
Ariane 5’s seventh launch this year21 December 2016 An Ariane 5 lifted off this evening to deliver two telecom satellites, Star One-D1 and JCSat-15, into their planned orbits.
Preparing for air traffic control via satellite20 December 2016
Preparing for air traffic control via satellite20 December 2016 ESA recently completed its first flight trials using satellites to help bring Europe closer to its goal of modernising air traffic control.
There’s a jet stream in our core19 December 2016
There’s a jet stream in our core19 December 2016 We would normally associate jet streams with the weather but, thanks to ESA’s magnetic field mission, scientists have discovered a jet stream deep below Earth’s surface – and it’s speeding up.
Spacewalk for Thomas Pesquet16 December 2016
Spacewalk for Thomas Pesquet16 December 2016 ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet will be the 11th European to perform a spacewalk when he ventures outside the International Space Station next month. Lasting up to seven hours on 13 January, its goal is to ensure the power supply of the International Sp...
Full go-ahead for building ExoMars 2020 16 December 2016
Full go-ahead for building ExoMars 2020 16 December 2016 The first ExoMars mission arrived at the Red Planet in October and now the second mission has been confirmed to complete its construction for a 2020 launch.
Skimming an alien atmosphere16 December 2016
Skimming an alien atmosphere16 December 2016 After the smooth arrival of ESA’s latest Mars orbiter, mission controllers are now preparing it for the ultimate challenge: dipping into the Red Planet’s atmosphere to reach its final orbit.
Intel acquires ESA incubator company16 December 2016
Intel acquires ESA incubator company16 December 2016 There are thousands of drone companies out there, but Intel has chosen to acquire Mavinci, a start-up from one of ESA’s business incubators in Germany that has developed an easy-to-use system for land surveillance.
Rosetta’s last words: science descending to a comet 15 December 2016
Rosetta’s last words: science descending to a comet 15 December 2016 ESA’s Rosetta completed its incredible mission on 30 September, collecting unprecedented images and data right until the moment of contact with the comet's surface.