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10/15/2019ExoMars parachute progress
Positive steps towards solving the problems discovered with the ExoMars mission parachutes have been taken in the last month to keep on track for the July-August 2020 launch window.
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.
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.
09/28/2018New Horizons Team Rehearses for New Year's Flyby
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09/27/2019Ariane 6’s core engine completes qualification tests
Ariane 6, Europe's next-generation launch vehicle, has passed another key development milestone. Its Vulcain 2.1 liquid-fuelled engine has now completed its qualification testing, which means combined tests can now begin.
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.
10/08/2019Exoplanet and cosmology discoveries awarded Nobel Prize in Physics
ESA congratulates 2019 Nobel Prize in Physics laureates Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz, who have been awarded the prestigious prize for the first discovery of an exoplanet orbiting a solar-type star, and James Peebles, honoured for the theoretical fra...
12/06/2018Ariane 6 on the way to flight
This has been an intense year for Ariane 6 development, with progress boosted across Europe: plants are manufacturing new parts using novel methods, all engines have been tested, and the construction of launch facilities is well underway.
07/29/2019Cheops passes final review before shipment to launch site
The Characterising Exoplanet Satellite, Cheops, has successfully passed the final analysis review for its launch on a Soyuz rocket from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.
06/07/2019ESA boost to new commercial space transportation services
Europe is part of a new era in space transportation with new commercial initiatives offering services to space, in space, and back from space springing up within the privately led and funded space sector. ESA welcomes this developmenttowards fur...
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...
06/19/2019ESA’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...
09/25/2019How ESA helps connect industry and spark 5G innovation
Connecting people and machines to everything, everywhere and at all times through 5G networks promises to transform society. People will be able to access information and services developed to meet their immediate needs but, for this to happen seamles...
09/03/2019Space Station science return and spacecraft shuffle
ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano’s Beyond mission has kicked into high gear during the last two weeks. He has been keeping the International Space Station running smoothly as well as working remotely with European researchers – with even Luca’s mealtimes...
09/03/2019ESA spacecraft dodges large constellation
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08/21/2019Seeking innovative ideas for exploring lunar caves
How would you design a system to detect, map and explore caves on the Moon? Ourlatest hunt for ideasis seeking novel initiatives that address this question.
08/19/2019A space cocktail of science, bubbles and sounds
The International Space Station was again the stage for novel European science and routine operations during the first half of August. Plenty of action in the form of bubbles and sounds added to the mix in the run-up to a spacewalk and the comings and...
12/18/2018ESA paves way for new space transport services
Imagine moving satellites to higher orbits, collecting space debris, and dedicated launches for small satellites. These are the winning entries of ESA’s call for ideas on new commercial space transportation services.
09/24/2019A new satellite to understand how Earth is losing its cool
Following a rigorous selection process, ESA has selected a new satellite mission to fill in a critical missing piece of the climate jigsaw. By measuring radiation emitted by Earth into space, FORUM will provide new insight into the planet’s radiation...
09/09/2019A burst of asteroid activity in Europe
The next few days will see a rare convergence of asteroid-related activity in Europe, as planetary defence and other experts meet in three locations to coordinate humanity's efforts to defend ourselves from hazardous space rocks.
09/02/2019Europe and US teaming up for asteroid deflection
Asteroid researchers and spacecraft engineers from the US, Europe and around the world will gather in Rome next week to discuss the latest progress in their common goal: an ambitious double-spacecraft mission to deflect an asteroid in space, to prove...
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