Mission control ready for Gaia launch17 December 2013
Mission control ready for Gaia launch17 December 2013 Shortly after a powerful Soyuz launcher lofts Gaia, ESA’s new star mapper, into space on Thursday, teams on the ground will establish initial radio contact. Even then, tension will run high in ESA’s mission control as Gaia must still perform a critica...
Arctic sea ice up from record low16 December 2013
Arctic sea ice up from record low16 December 2013 Measurements from ESA’s CryoSat satellite show that the volume of Arctic sea ice has significantly increased this autumn.
Gaia secured inside fairing13 December 2013
Gaia secured inside fairing13 December 2013 ESA’s billion-star surveyor Gaia, less than a week from launch, is now tucked up inside the fairing that will protect it during the first few minutes of ascent into space.
Galileo achieves its first airborne tracking12 December 2013
Galileo achieves its first airborne tracking12 December 2013 ESA’s Galileo satellites have achieved their very first aerial fix of longitude, latitude and altitude, enabling the inflight tracking of a test aircraft.
Antarctica’s ice loss on the rise11 December 2013
Antarctica’s ice loss on the rise11 December 2013 Three years of observations by ESA’s CryoSat satellite show that the West Antarctic Ice Sheet is losing over 150 cubic kilometres of ice each year – considerably more than when last surveyed.
Wake up, Rosetta!10 December 2013
Wake up, Rosetta!10 December 2013 Think it’s tough getting up in the morning when the alarm clock sounds? Imagine what it must be like waking up 673 million kilometres from the warmth of the Sun and with no coffee. You might need some help…
CryoSat measures European storm surge09 December 2013
CryoSat measures European storm surge09 December 2013 ESA’s CryoSat satellite measured the storm surge from the recent North Sea storms, as high waters passed through the Kattegat sea between Denmark and Sweden.
UK centre stone-laying launches European space celebrations05 December 2013
UK centre stone-laying launches European space celebrations05 December 2013 The first stones of ESA’s new establishment in the UK were laid in a ceremony today by Director General Jean-Jacques Dordain, UK Minister of Universities and Science David Willets and the first ESA Director General, Roy Gibson.
Space in your heart05 December 2013
Space in your heart05 December 2013 An artificial heart containing miniaturised space technology will soon beat inside a person, having now been approved for human trials in France.
Earth’s gravity scarred by earthquake03 December 2013
Earth’s gravity scarred by earthquake03 December 2013 ESA’s GOCE satellite has revealed that the devastating Japanese earthquake of 2011 left its mark in Earth’s gravity – yet another example of this extraordinary mission surpassing its original scope.
Mapping the world’s largest coral reef29 November 2013
Mapping the world’s largest coral reef29 November 2013 Scientists have used satellite observations to create a set of high-resolution 3D maps of the entire Great Barrier Reef – a critical step towards identifying, managing and protecting what lies beneath the waters.
Helping China to the Moon 29 November 2013
Helping China to the Moon 29 November 2013 Shortly after China’s Chang’e-3 spacecraft departs Earth to land on the Moon, ESA’s network of tracking stations will swing into action, providing crucial support for the vessel’s five-day lunar cruise.