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05/23/2018First light for the storm hunter
As the International Space Station flew over the Indonesian coast of Sumatra on an April night, lightning from a thunderstorm reached the upper layers of the atmosphere and its light show was captured by ESA’s latest observatory in space.
05/22/2018Iridium-6/GRACE-FO Mission
On Tuesday, May 22nd at 12:47 p.m. PDT, SpaceX successfully launched five Iridium® NEXT satellites and two GRACE-FO satellites from Space Launch Complex 4E (SLC-4E) at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. Liftoff occurred at 12:47 p.m.
05/16/2018A space ant fires its lasers
A rare phenomenon connected to the death of a star has been discovered in observations made by ESA’s Herschel space observatory: an unusual laser emission from the spectacular Ant Nebula, which suggests the presence of a double star system hidden at i...
05/11/2018Bangabandhu Satellite-1 Mission
On Friday, May 11th at 4:14 p.m. EDT, SpaceX successfully launched Bangabandhu Satellite-1 from historic Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
05/10/2018ESA Planck team awarded prestigious prize
The ESA Planck team has been honoured with the 2018 Gruber Cosmology Prize for its mission mapping the cosmic microwave background – relic radiation from the Big Bang that is still observable today.
05/09/2018Satellite pair arrive for Galileo’s next rumble in the jungle
The next two satellites in Europe’s Galileo satellite navigation system have arrived at Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, ahead of their planned launch from the jungle space base in July.
05/09/2018Copernicus Sentinel-3B delivers first images
Less than two weeks after it was launched, the Copernicus Sentinel-3B satellite has delivered its first images of Earth. Exceeding expectations, this first set of images include the sunset over Antarctica, sea ice in the Arctic and a view of northern...
05/07/2018ESA selects three new mission concepts for study
A high-energy survey of the early Universe, an infrared observatory to study the formation of stars, planets and galaxies, and a Venus orbiter are to be considered for ESA’s fifth medium class mission in its Cosmic Vision science programme, with a pla...
05/05/2018Dragon Resupply Mission (CRS-14)
Welcome home, Dragon!
05/04/2018ESA deep space stations ready for NASA’s InSight Mars flight
NASA’s latest mission to Mars begins tomorrow. ESA deep space ground stations in Australia and South America will track the InSight spacecraft on NASA’s behalf as it begins its cruise to the Red Planet.
05/04/2018ESA and Vatican work to preserve heritage data
Following an agreement signed in 2016, ESA and the Vatican Apostolic Library have presented the preliminary results on how they are using the same method to manage their respective long-term data preservation projects and how this can create new initi...
05/03/2018Space photons bring a new dimension to cryptography
ESA and its partners will investigate how satellites can distribute photon ‘keys’ to help secure encryption.
05/02/2018CryoSat reveals retreat of Patagonian glaciers
While ESA’s CryoSat continues to provide clear insight into how much sea ice is being lost and how the Antarctic and Greenlandic ice sheets are changing, the mission has again surpassed its original scope by revealing exactly how mountain glaciers are...
04/30/2018Moon holds key to improving satellite views of Earth
Many Earth observation satellites make use of an added ingredient to ensure reliable, good quality environmental data: the Moon.
04/26/2018ESA and NASA to investigate bringing martian soil to Earth
ESA and NASA signed a statement of intent today to explore concepts for missions to bring samples of martian soil to Earth.
04/25/2018Gaia creates richest star map of our Galaxy – and beyond
ESA’s Gaia mission has produced the richest star catalogue to date, including high-precision measurements of nearly 1.7 billion stars and revealing previously unseen details of our home Galaxy.
04/25/2018Seventh Sentinel satellite launched for Copernicus
The second Sentinel-3 satellite, Copernicus Sentinel-3B, was launched today, joining its identical twin Sentinel-3A in orbit. This pairing of satellites increases coverage and data delivery for the European Union’s Copernicus environment programme.
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