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07/17/2018From an almost perfect Universe to the best of both worlds
It was 21 March 2013. The world’s scientific press had either gathered in ESA’s Paris headquarters or logged in online, along with a multitude of scientists around the globe, to witness the moment when ESA’s Planck mission revealed its ‘image’ of the...
07/16/2018Hot firing proves solid rocket motor for Ariane 6 and Vega-C
Today's hot firing of the P120C solid-propellant motor at Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana proves its flight-worthinessfor use on Vega-C next year and on Ariane 6 from 2020.
07/16/2018Focus on the future of space transportation: ESA’s call for ideas
ESA is calling for ideas that will shape the future of space transportation services – to space, in space and returning from space.
07/13/2018Europe’s next Galileo satellites in place atop Ariane 5
Europe’s next Galileo satellites have been put in place on top of the Ariane 5 launcher due to lift them from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, FrenchGuiana on Wednesday 25 July.
07/13/2018First Global Maps of Pluto and Charon from New Horizons Mission Published
07/13/2018Enhancing competitiveness of European space Sector with increased investments
Today, ESA Director General Jan Wörner and Vice President of the European Investment Bank (EIB) Ambroise Fayolle signed a joint statement on enhancing the competitiveness of the European space sector by supporting investments in actors of the sector w...
07/11/2018Copernicus Sentinel-5P releases first data
Following months of tests and careful evaluation, the first data on air pollutants from the Copernicus Sentinel-5P satellite have been released. These first maps show a range of trace gases that affect air quality such as carbon monoxide, nitrogen dio...
07/09/2018Largest-ever solid rocket motor poised for first hot firing
This week, the largest solid rocket motor ever built in one piece will be test fired at Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana for the first time.
07/09/2018MetOp-C launch campaign kicks off
The MetOp-C launch campaign has kicked off with the first of three Antonovs landing at Cayenne Airport, French Guiana on 20 June.
07/06/2018Full steam ahead for Aeolus launch
Having set sail from France on 15 June - Global Wind Day, ESA’s Aeolus wind satellite has arrived safe and sound at the launch site in French Guiana.
07/04/2018The toxic side of the Moon
When the Apollo astronauts returned from the Moon, the dust that clung to their spacesuits made their throats sore and their eyes water. Lunar dust is made of sharp, abrasive and nasty particles, but how toxic is it for humans?
07/03/2018Next four Galileo satellites fuelled for launch
Europe’s next four Galileo satellites have been fuelled for launch at Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, in preparation for their launch on 25 July.
07/02/2018Voyage through space with Europe: register for ESA Open Day in the Netherlands
You can now register to see behind the scenes of Europe’s space adventure. We will be opening our doors for the annual ESA Open Day in the Netherlands on Sunday 7 October.
07/02/2018Voyage to space in Europe: register for ESA Open Day in the Netherlands
You can now register to see behind the scenes of Europe’s space adventure. We will be opening our doors for the annual ESA Open Day in the Netherlands on Sunday 7 October.
07/02/2018Voyage to space in Europe: register now for ESA’s Open Day
You can now register to see behind the scenes of Europe’s space adventure. We will be opening our doors for the annual ESA Open Day in the Netherlands on Sunday 7 October.
06/29/2018Dragon delivers some ICE
The newly installed International Commercial Experiments service – ICE Cubes for short – facility providing commercial access to microgravity will soon receive the first experiment cubes after today’s successful SpaceX Dragon resupply launch.
06/29/2018Dragon Resupply Mission (CRS-15)
On Friday June 29, Falcon 9 successfully lifted for launch of its fifteenth Commercial Resupply Services mission (CRS-15) at 5:42:42 a.m. EDT, or 9:42:42 UTC, from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.
06/28/2018Asteroid Day live from Luxembourg
The world’s first 48-hour webcast about asteroids and their place in space will begin at 12:00 CEST, on Friday, 29 June 2018. Kicking off this exciting event, physicist, science advocate and former rock star Brian Cox will host the first 6-hour segmen...
06/28/2018New launch date for James Webb Space Telescope
After completion of an independent review, a new launch date for the James Webb Space Telescope has been announced: 30 March 2021.
06/27/2018Interstellar asteroid is really a comet
An object from another star system that made a brief appearance in our skies guised as an asteroid turns out to be a tiny interstellar comet.
06/27/2018Complex organics bubble from the depths of ocean-world Enceladus
Data from the international Cassini spacecraft have revealed complex organic molecules originating from Saturn’s icy moon Enceladus, strengthening the idea that this ocean-world hosts conditions suitable for life.
06/25/2018Earth’s first mission to a binary asteroid, for planetary defence
Planning for humankind’s first mission to a binary asteroid system has entered its next engineering phase. ESA’s proposed Hera mission would also be Europe’s contribution to an ambitious planetary defence experiment.
06/22/2018Charon Discovered 40 Years Ago
06/22/2018Earth’s squishy interior gives rapid rise to Antarctica
Parts of Earth’s crust are rising very slowly owing to post-glacial rebound, but using GPS, researchers have found that West Antarctica is rising faster than almost anywhere else in the world. And, ESA’s GOCE gravity mission has, in turn, helped them...
06/21/2018Rosetta image archive complete
All high-resolution images and the underpinning data from Rosetta’s pioneering mission at Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko are now available in ESA’s archives, with the last release including the iconic images of finding lander Philae, and Rosetta’s fi...
06/21/2018Copernicus 20 years on
This week marks 20 years since the manifesto was signed that gave rise to Europe’s Copernicus environmental programme. With seven Sentinel satellites already in orbit delivering terabytes of data every day, Copernicus is the biggest provider of Earth...
06/20/2018XMM-Newton finds missing intergalactic material
After a nearly twenty-year long game of cosmic hide-and-seek, astronomers using ESA’s XMM-Newton space observatory have finally found evidence of hot, diffuse gas permeating the cosmos, closing a puzzling gap in the overall budget of ‘normal’ matter i...
06/19/2018Sentinel-3 flies tandem
The key to monitoring Earth’s changing environment and to guaranteeing a consistent stream of satellite data to improve our daily lives is to take the same measurements over the course of decades. But how do you know that measurements from successive...
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