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07/16/2019ESA confirms asteroid will miss Earth in 2019
Asteroid2006 QV89, a small object 20 to 50 metres in diameter, was in the news lately because of a very small, 1-in-7000 chance of impact with Earth on 9 September 2019.
07/16/2019Gaia starts mapping our galaxy’s bar
The first direct measurement of the bar-shaped collection of stars at the centre of our Milky Way galaxy has been made by combining data from ESA’s Gaia mission with complementary observations from ground- and space-based telescopes.
07/16/2019ESA identifies demand for satellites around the Moon
Dozens of very different commercial and institutional missions to the Moon are planned for the coming decades. These encompass everything from NASA’s manned Lunar Gateway research station and cubesats from start-ups and universities to commercial lan...
07/16/2019To the Moon – down south
Half a century ago humans stepped on the Moon for the first time in a set of sorties that awed the world. Over the years since we have explored our Solar System with robotic scouts and established a permanent human presence in space with the Internati...
07/15/2019Gaia’s biggest operation since launch
On Tuesday 16 July, teams at ESA’s mission control will perform an ‘orbit change manoeuvre’ on the Gaia space observatory – the biggest operation since the spacecraft was launched in 2013.
07/15/2019Gaia’s biggest operation since launch and commissioning
On Tuesday 16 July, teams at ESA’s mission control will perform an ‘orbit change manoeuvre’ on the Gaia space observatory – the biggest operation since the spacecraft was launched in 2013.
07/12/2019Using satellite information to help rebuild after a disaster
ESA and the Asian Development Bank have joined forces to help the Indonesian government use satellite information to guide the redevelopment following the earthquake and tsunami that devastated the provincial capital of Palu and surroundings last year.
07/11/2019Vega Flight VV15 failure: Arianespace and ESA appoint an independent inquiry commission
Arianespace announced today, 11 July, 2019, the failure of Flight VV15 carrying the FalconEye1 satellite. This was the first Vega failure after 14 successful launches in a row since being introduced at the Guiana Space Center in French Guiana in 2012.
07/10/2019October’s ESA Open Day looks to the Moon
Come to ESA’s technical heart this October to meet veteran Apollo astronauts and hear from engineers designing future European missions to the Moon. This year’s ESA Open Day at ESTEC in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, will take place on Sunday 6 October –...
07/09/2019Upside-down 3D-printed skin and bone, for humans to Mars
3D printing human tissue could help keep astronauts healthy all the way to Mars. An ESA project has produced its first bioprinted skin and bone samples.
07/08/2019Preparing science Beyond Earth
The next astronauts to join the International Space Station are on their marks for their launch to Earth’s orbit on 20 July, a date that also commemorates the 50thanniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing.
07/08/2019ESAIL undergoes its final preparations for launch
The ESAIL microsatellite developed under ESA’s programme for tracking ships at sea is going through its final tests ahead of launch.
07/05/2019Pioneer satellites launched
The latest ESA Partnership Projects mission has launched two tiny supercomputing nanosatellites aboard a Soyuz rocket from Vostochny in Russia.
07/04/2019Jumping space robot ‘flies’ like a spacecraft
Astronauts on the Moon found themselves hopping around, rather than simply walking. Switzerland’s SpaceBok planetary exploration robot has followed their example, launching all four legs off the ground during tests at ESA’s technical heart.
07/04/2019Dust storms swirl at the north pole of Mars
ESA’s Mars Express has been keeping an eye on local and regional dust storms brewing at the north pole of the Red Planet over the last month, watching as they disperse towards the equator.
07/01/2019Radiation sensitive
There is little known about the effects of space radiation on the human body. Astronauts cannot see or feel it, yet the high doses they are exposed to outside Earth’s cocoon pose health hazards for trips to the Moon and Mars. To help investigate and f...
06/28/2019When CubeSats meet asteroid
ESA’s Hera mission for planetary defence, being designed to survey the smallest asteroid ever explored, is really three spacecraft in one. The main mothership will carry two briefcase-sized CubeSats, which will touch down on the target body. A French...
06/27/2019ESA expertise to support Portugal’s launch programme
Portugal is developing the infrastructure for a national spaceport on one of the islands of theAzores archipelago, Santa Maria, a European launch and landing location for small satellites.
06/27/2019First taste of space for Spacebus Neo satellite
The thermal vacuum test campaign of the first Spacebus Neo satellite was completed on 25 June.Less than 100 metres from the Mediterranean Sea, the Konnect satellite has spent the past six weeks being exposed to the cold emptiness of space.
06/27/2019A chaos found only on Mars
The cracked, uneven, jumbled landscape seen in this image from ESA’s Mars Express forms an intriguing type of terrain that cannot be found on Earth: chaotic terrain.
06/24/2019ESA marks Asteroid Day on 30 June
ESA will be participating in this year’s Asteroid Day, the UN-endorsed global awareness campaign day on the small rocky bodies scattered across space, taking place on Sunday, 30 June.
06/21/2019Ariane 5’s second launch of 2019
An Ariane 5 has delivered the T-16 and Eutelsat-7C telecom satellites into their planned orbits.
06/20/2019ESA launches new podcast for Beyond mission
What does a space mission sound like? Well, aside from the roaring of engines, the hum of the Space Station and the voices of space to ground, it sounds a bit like ESA’s new podcast, ESA Explores.
06/20/2019Spaceship Concordia
Science for the benefit of space exploration does not only happen off planet. While some studies require the weightless isolation of the International Space Station, another location provides the right conditions for investigating the consequences of...
06/20/2019Connecting the dots: nitrogen dioxide over Siberian pipelines
New maps that use information from the Copernicus Sentinel-5P satellite reveal emissions of nitrogen dioxide along a Siberian natural gas pipeline that connects the Urengoy gas field – the second-largest gas field in the world – with Europe.
06/19/2019ESA’s new mission to intercept a comet
‘Comet Interceptor’ has been selected as ESA’s new fast-class mission in its Cosmic Vision Programme. Comprising three spacecraft, it will be the first to visit a truly pristine comet or other interstellar object that is only just starting its j...
06/19/2019As above, so below – lunar rescue device tested underwater
With its rocky, sandy terrain and buoyant salt water, the bottom of the ocean floor has more in common with the lunar surface than you might imagine. That is why this week two members of NASA mission NEEMO 23 are testing ESA’s latest prototype to resc...
06/18/2019Honour the past, prepare for the future
ESA will join the world in celebrating the anniversary of the first human Moon landing this summer as European Space Talkstake on a lunar theme. Fifty years ago, people were inspired by space as Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin touched down on the...
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