Background briefing – Rosetta wake up and year ahead03 December 2013
Background briefing – Rosetta wake up and year ahead03 December 2013 Next year, on 20 January, after 957 days of hibernation in deep space, ESA’s comet-chasing Rosetta spacecraft is set to wake up automatically en route to the destination it has been travelling towards for nearly a decade.
ESA’s new vision to study the invisible Universe 28 November 2013
ESA’s new vision to study the invisible Universe 28 November 2013 The hot and energetic Universe and the search for elusive gravitational waves will be the focus of ESA’s next two large science missions, it was announced today.
Black hole boasts heavyweight jets13 November 2013
Black hole boasts heavyweight jets13 November 2013 Astronomers studying a black hole in our Galaxy with ESA’s XMM-Newton observatory have made a surprising discovery about the cocktail of particles that are ejected from its surroundings.
ExoMars lander module named Schiaparelli08 November 2013
ExoMars lander module named Schiaparelli08 November 2013 The entry, descent and landing demonstrator module that will fly on the 2016 ExoMars mission has been named ‘Schiaparelli’ in honour of the Italian astronomer Giovanni Schiaparelli, who famously mapped the Red Planet’s surface features in the 19th cen...
Gaia launch postponement update23 October 2013
Gaia launch postponement update23 October 2013 Yesterday, the decision was taken to postpone the launch of ESA’s Gaia mission after a technical issue was identified in another satellite already in orbit.
Last command sent to ESA’s Planck space telescope23 October 2013
Last command sent to ESA’s Planck space telescope23 October 2013 ESA’s Planck space telescope has been turned off after nearly 4.5 years soaking up the relic radiation from the Big Bang and studying the evolution of stars and galaxies throughout the Universe’s history.