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03/16/2018Getting to know Steve
Steve – a strange shimmering ribbon of purple light in the night sky – was discovered in 2016, but now, thanks to ESA’s Swarm mission, more is known about this weird feature of the aurora.
03/16/2018Stephen Hawking (1942-2018)
ESA is saddened by the news of the passing of Professor Stephen Hawking, FRS, cosmologist and one of the pioneers of theoretical studies of black holes, on 14 March at the age of 76.
03/13/2018New Horizons Chooses Nickname for 'Ultimate' Flyby Target
03/13/2018Full house for EDRS
The EDRS–SpaceDataHighway has now begun regularly relaying Earth images from Sentinel-2A, which marks the last of four Copernicus satellites in orbit being brought under the EDRS service.
03/09/2018Voyaging for the Sentinels
Two recent expeditions that took scientists 26 000 km across the Atlantic Ocean have returned critical information to make sure that the Copernicus Sentinel satellites are delivering accurate data about the state of our oceans.
03/09/2018BepiColombo gets green light for launch site
Europe’s first mission to Mercury will soon be ready for shipping to the spaceport to begin final preparations for launch.
03/05/2018World-first firing of air-breathing electric thruster
In a world-first, an ESA-led team has built and fired an electric thruster to ingest scarce air molecules from the top of the atmosphere for propellant, opening the way to satellites flying in very low orbits for years on end.
03/05/2018Donor star breathes life into zombie companion
ESA’s Integral space observatory has witnessed a rare event: the moment that winds emitted by a swollen red giant star revived its slow-spinning companion, the core of a dead star, bringing it back to life in a flash of X-rays.
03/05/2018Hispasat 30W-6 Mission
On Tuesday, March 6th at 12:33 a.m. ET, SpaceX successfully launched the Hispasat 30W-6 satellite from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
03/02/2018ESA incubators ranked among world´s best
Two ESA business incubators have been ranked fourth and seventh in the world classification of university-affiliated incubators evaluated in 53 countries.
03/01/2018Mars Express views moons set against Saturn's rings
New images and video from ESA’s Mars Express show Phobos and Deimos drifting in front of Saturn and background stars, revealing more about the positioning and surfaces of the Red Planet’s mysterious moons.
02/22/2018Goonhilly goes deep space
Until now, if you’re an entrepreneur planning future missions beyond Earth, you’d have to ask a big space agency to borrow their deep-space antennas. Now, thanks to the UK’s county of Cornwall and ESA, you’ll have a commercial option, too.
02/22/2018Swarm trio becomes a quartet
With the aim of making the best possible use of existing satellites, ESA and Canada have made a deal that turns Swarm into a four-satellite mission to shed even more light on space weather and features such as the aurora borealis.
02/22/2018PAZ MISSION
On Thursday, February 22nd at 6:17 a.m. PT, SpaceX successfully launched the PAZ satellite from Space Launch Complex 4E (SLC-4E) at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
02/21/2018Surfing complete
Slowed by skimming through the very top of the upper atmosphere, ESA’s ExoMars has lowered itself into a planet-hugging orbit and is about ready to begin sniffing the Red Planet for methane.
02/21/2018Waterbeds simulate weightlessness to help Skinsuits combat back pain in space
Astronauts tend to become taller in weightlessness – causing back pain and making it difficult to fit into spacesuits. Astronauts may be more likely to suffer from ‘slipped discs’ after landing.
02/20/2018Ensuring fresh air for all
A start-up company from an ESA business incubator is offering affordable air-quality monitors for homes, schools and businesses using technology it developed for the International Space Station.
02/19/2018Croatia signs Cooperation Agreement
The Republic of Croatia signed a Cooperation Agreement with ESA on 19 February 2018. This agreement will allow Croatia and ESA to create the framework for a more intensive and concrete cooperation related to ESA programmes and activities.
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