Twin Galileos meet, ready for Thursday’s launch18 August 2014
Twin Galileos meet, ready for Thursday’s launch18 August 2014 Final functional testing of Europe’s twin Galileo navigation satellites has been completed at Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana, on track for launch this Thursday.
ATV completes final automated docking12 August 2014
ATV completes final automated docking12 August 2014 In a flawless demonstration of technology and skill, ESA’s fifth and final ATV, Georges Lemaître, docked with the International Space Station today, fixing itself firmly for a six-month resupply and reboost mission.
Introducing this year’s underground astronauts11 August 2014
Introducing this year’s underground astronauts11 August 2014 Each year, ESA sends up to six astronauts down into the caves of Sardinia, Italy, for two weeks on a simulated space mission.
ESA’s cargo vessel ready for space delivery11 August 2014
ESA’s cargo vessel ready for space delivery11 August 2014 ESA’s latest Automated Transfer Vehicle is set to dock with the International Space Station on Tuesday, delivering more than six tonnes of crucial supplies and scientific experiments to the orbiting research base.
Gerst drives car-sized rover from space08 August 2014
Gerst drives car-sized rover from space08 August 2014 Looking down from orbit, ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst steered ESA’s Eurobot rover through a series of intricate manoeuvres on the ground yesterday, demonstrating a new space network that could connect astronauts to vehicles on alien worlds.
Rosetta arrives at comet destination06 August 2014
Rosetta arrives at comet destination06 August 2014 After a decade-long journey chasing its target, ESA’s Rosetta has today become the first spacecraft to rendezvous with a comet, opening a new chapter in Solar System exploration.
Rosetta takes comet’s temperature01 August 2014
Rosetta takes comet’s temperature01 August 2014 ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft has made its first temperature measurements of its target comet, finding that it is too hot to be covered in ice and must instead have a dark, dusty crust.
How Rosetta arrives at a comet01 August 2014
How Rosetta arrives at a comet01 August 2014 After travelling nearly 6.4 billion kilometres through the Solar System, ESA’s Rosetta is closing in on its target. But how does a spacecraft actually arrive at a comet?
Lifetime of gravity measurements heralds new beginning30 July 2014 Although ESA’s GOCE satellite is no more, all of the measurements it gathered during its life skirting the fringes of our atmosphere, including the very last as it drifted slowly back to Earth, have been drawn together to offer new opportunities for s...
Last ATV lifts off to supply the Space Station29 July 2014
Last ATV lifts off to supply the Space Station29 July 2014 The fifth and final mission of ESA’s Automated Transfer Vehicle got off to a flying start today with its launch from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, heading for the International Space Station.
Fifty years of European cooperation in space29 July 2014
Fifty years of European cooperation in space29 July 2014 A new book by eminent historian John Krige details fifty years of European collaboration in space, from the origins of the space programmes of the early 1960s, to the many activities and rich complexity of ESA today.
Gaia: ‘Go’ for science29 July 2014
Gaia: ‘Go’ for science29 July 2014 Following extensive in-orbit commissioning and several unexpected challenges, ESA’s billion-star surveyor, Gaia, is now ready to begin its science mission.