Articles tagged "esa"

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Unusual ultraviolet aurora spotted around a comet for the first time

ESA's Rosetta mission has revealed that its target comet, Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, has its own far-ultraviolet aurora. This is the first time such electromagnetic emissions in the far-ultraviolet have been detected on a celestial object, aside from any...

September 23, 2020

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ESA highlights Cluster mission's 20 years of observing Earth's magnetosphere

ESA's Cluster mission, launched in June 2000, was designed to study the Earth's magnetosphere, which protects the planet from impacts by cosmic particles but also interacts with them, generating spectacular phenomena like auroras. As the mission enters its...

August 07, 2020

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Comet Interceptor: ESA announces new space mission to intercept 'pristine' comets

The European Space Agency (ESA) announced its new mission -- Comet Interceptor -- is expected to launch in 2028. The mission aims to investigate a "pristine" comet or other interstellar object that is only just starting its journey into the inner Solar...

July 26, 2020

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ESA's Solar Orbiter starts its 5-year mission to provide unprecedented close-up observations of the Sun

20 years after inception, 6 years of construction and more than a year of testing, ESA's new Sun-exploring spacecraft was successfully launched by the US Atlas V 411 rocket from NASA’s Kennedy Space Centre in Cape Canaveral, Florida, at 04:04 UTC on...

February 10, 2020

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NASA/ESA Solar Orbiter to provide the first views of the Sun's unexplored polar regions from high-latitudes

Solar Orbiter -- a joint NASA/ESA mission will launch from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral at 04:30 UTC on February 6 (23:30 EST, February 5). The spacecraft will provide the first views of the Sun's unexplored polar regions from high-latitudes, giving...

January 01, 2020

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Three decades of measurements show ozone's ups and downs

Climate scientists studying three decades of ozone measurements from seven satellites see a positive trend in global recovery after international efforts to curb ozone-depleting substances. The part of Earth’s atmosphere with high concentrations of ozone gas...

November 20, 2017

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Swarm-B on possible collision course with space debris

US armed forces’ Joint Space Operations Center (JSpOC) has identified a close approach for ESA's Swarm-B satellite forecast to occur at 23:10 UTC on January 25, 2017. The forecast miss distance is just 361 m (1 184 feet), and this triggers a risk above the...

January 24, 2017

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Scientists discover why satellites black out over equator

ESA's Swarm satellite trio has discovered why GPS navigation systems on low-orbiting satellites sometimes black out when they fly over the equator between Africa and South America. Swarm itself has experienced this anomaly numerous times before its scientists...

November 01, 2016


ESA and Roscosmos launch ExoMars mission

In a joint space exploration effort, ESA and Roscosmos have successfully launched their ExoMars 2016 mission to planet Mars. The spacecraft was launched aboard Russian Proton-M rocket from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 09:31 UTC on March 14, 2016. It will...

March 14, 2016


European Space Agency: Preview 2016

2016 will be another full and exciting year for the European Space Agency. This ESA TV video takes a look at what's ahead. It will be a 'Martian year' in particular with the ExoMars launch next March and with the landing of its descent module in October...

January 06, 2016


Russia's manned Moon mission set for 2029 launch

Over 45 years after losing the space race to the United States, Russia has finally announced its own manned Moon mission which is set to be launched in 2029. The mission will be preceded by multiple unmanned missions which will include orbiters and landers and will...

October 30, 2015


SMOS radio telescope to gather information on surface winds evolvement in hurricane systems

ESA’s Soil Moisture Ocean Salinity (SMOS) Earth Explorer radio telescope and two other satellites are gathering data focused on answering the questions about how surface winds evolve under tropical storm clouds in the Pacific Ocean. New information could prove...

September 30, 2015


3D Earth observations from space

Results from a recent field campaign, which was organised to help investigate the potential of a new Earth observation mission concept, have provided a unique 3D glimpse of the peaks and troughs under the Mittelbergferner glacier in the Austrian Alps, ESA reports today.

April 29, 2015


Recording doomed ATV's disintegration from inside

In a special experiment scheduled for February 27th, ESA and NASA are planning to record, from inside, reentry and disintegration of Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATM).Every mission of ESA’s ATV ferry ends in the same way – filled with Space Station rubbish

February 07, 2015


Asteroid impact exercise - preparing for an asteroid impact

In ESA's first-ever asteroid impact exercise, the agency and European disaster response offices recently rehearsed how to react if a threatening space rock is ever discovered to be on a collision course with Earth. They went through a countdown to an impact, practic

December 18, 2014


Athena to study the hot and energetic universe

ESA has selected the Athena advanced telescope for high-energy astrophysics as its second ‘Large-class’ science mission.The observatory will study the hot and energetic Universe and takes the ‘L2’ slot in ESA’s Cosmic Vision 2015–25 p

June 27, 2014

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First images of Earth from ESA's new environmental satellite

European Space Agency (ESA) launched Sentinel-1A satellite on April 3, 2014 which opened a new page in the implementation of Copernicus, the largest civil Earth observation programme ever conceived​ and the second EU flagship space initia

April 18, 2014

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Comet-hunter Rosetta captures first images of its destination comet

Rosetta, a unique ESA's comet-hunting spacecraft, captured first images of its destination comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko on March 20, 2014. If everything goes by the plan this solar-powered spacecraft will become the first space

March 28, 2014


Rosetta wakes up from deep space hibernation

After 31 months of deep space hibernation ESA's comet chaser "Rosetta" has woken up and contacted mission control today. The signal was received by NASA’s Goldstone ground station in California at 18:18 UTC, during the first window of oppor

January 20, 2014

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Comet-hunting probe Rosetta about to wake up, zero in and land on a comet

This month, after 10 years of traveling through our solar system, the first space mission designed to study and deliver a lander on a comet is up for a major milestone. Launched by European Space Agency (ESA) back in 2004, the

January 12, 2014

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Earth-watcher Proba-V ready to provide global vegetation data

Launched by a Vega rocket from French Guiana in the early hours of May 7, 2013, the Proba-V miniaturised satellite is designed to map land cover and vegetation growth across the entire planet every two days at a resolution of 330 m. Today, less than seven months

December 03, 2013


ESA's GOCE satellite about to fall to the Earth

After nearly tripling its planned lifetime, the ESA's Gravity field and steady-state Ocean Circulation Explorer – GOCE – has completed its mission. The satellite will re-enter our atmosphere this weekend and break-up into pieces. It is

November 09, 2013

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Water in Jupiter's atmosphere came from 1994 comet impact

Observations by ESA's Herschel space observatory have revealed origin of water's mysterious presence in Jupiter's atmosphere. Using sensitive spectral imaging, researchers were able to confirm that water came from historic comet impact in July

April 26, 2013

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ESA's Aeolus mission - profiling winds around the globe with UV laser

ESA's wind mission ADM-Aeolus is going to probe global atmosphere using novel UV laser technique. Undergone rigorous testing, the Aeolus satellite is equipped with innovative instruments to improve weather forecasts and contribute to climate research.

April 22, 2013


GOCE now known as world's first "seismometer in space"

New studies have shown that Japan's "Tohoku earthquake" (March 11, 2011) was also felt and measured high above the Earth's surface by ESA's GOCE gravity satellite. This hyper-sensitive instrument is now known as the world's first "seismometer in space" but it is more

March 09, 2013

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Venus Express reveals new facts about Venus' ionosphere

On January 29, 2013, ESA revealed observations made by the spacecraft in August 2010, when it studied the effect of reduced solar wind on planet's ionosphere. Researchers found that planet’s ionosphere ballooned outward on the planet’s...

January 29, 2013

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A day in the life of Venus

ESA’s Venus Express spacecraft orbited at 66 000 km above the Venus south pole and captured bright and dark cloud bands wind around the poles of Venus, staring down into the south polar vortex. Venus Express has been orbiting the planet since 2006. It carries seven

January 23, 2013


ESA mulling over an 'Asteroid deflection mission', seeks ideas

The thought of asteroid impact on Earth is intimidating - one that's connected with catastrophic devastation in past and have always been a hot topic for fictional stories. Though space agencies are continuously watching the sky in search of potential future impact

January 17, 2013

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LEON - microchips designed by ESA for future space missions

In an attempt to become self-reliant, ESA designed LEON series microprocessor chips for their future space missions. Engineered to operate within spacecraft computers, withstand extreme conditions during launch and in space, manufacturing was done Atmel in France

January 10, 2013


First data acquired by new ESA's deep space tracking station

ESA's new deep-space tracking station (DSA 3) in Malargüe, Argentina received its first image on December 18, 2012. This image was selected as the symbolic 'first data' to be downloaded by DSA 3 and it marked its inauguration to service.The image was captured on

December 19, 2012


Earth from space: River Po live!

Earth from Space is presented by Kelsea Brennan-Wessels from the ESA Web-TV virtual studios and in the forty-seventh edition, you can look at the Po River, which flows over 650 km across northern Italy. The live transmission is scheduled for 09:00 UTC on November 14,

December 13, 2012


New deep-space mission tracking station nears inauguration

ESA's new deep-space mission tracking station is nearing inauguration in Malargüe, Argentina, 1000 km west of Buenos Aires. Deep Space Antenna 3 (DSA 3) will ensure reliable communications with missions voyaging hundreds of millions of kilometres into our Solar

October 31, 2012


ESA satellites observing sea ice

As reported earlier this year, Arctic sea ice is thawing at an unprecedented rate. News is perturbing, provided that heat exchange between sea and atmosphere is largely influenced by sea ice. Thermal flux, the rate at which heat energy transfers, can change

October 15, 2012


ESA's new weather satellite started sending data

ESA's weather satellite Metop-B in Metop series launched on 17th September is performing well in its polar orbit. ESA's recent press release states that satellite on its way towards replacing the ageing Metop-A as prime operational satellite in polar orbit, after

September 28, 2012

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Mars express captures possible traces of water

ESA's Mars Express spacecraft captured images of 120 km wide Hadley Crater which revealed there has been several subsequent impacts within the crater leading to formation of further craters, that are up to 2600 m deep than surrounding surface.  This observation has

September 13, 2012

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Going green is space! - ESA Clean Space initiative

While we engage ourselves in exploring green solutions to our various problems within the Earth’s atmosphere nothing much has been done about the trash that dangerously swirls in the space beyond. ESA’s new ‘Clean Space’ initiative aims to address the

July 13, 2012


ESA – China collaboration takes Earth observation to new heights

European Space Agency - ESA and China (Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST)) have been cooperating through the Dragon Programme since 2004 to encourage the use of Earth observation in China. Building on the success of the past years, the programme is taking on

June 29, 2012

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Europe's Spaceport scheduled launches of 3 very different rockets in 2012 with first launch window starting on Feb. 9

European Space Agency (ESA) announced that this year we will see three very different rockets lift off from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana: the heavy Ariane 5, the medium Soyuz and the latest addition, the new, small Vega. The launch window for

February 02, 2012

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Moonbase? Come on... Russia calls US and Europe to jointly create manned research base on the Moon

Officials from Russia’s Space Agency, Roscosmos, are in talks with US and Europe over possibility of establishing a collective research base on the Moon. The head of the Roscosmos, Vladimir Popovkin said last week that the plan was either to set up a base on the

January 23, 2012

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No response from Russian Phobos-Grunt spacecraft

The European Space Agency will once again attempt to call the Russian Phobos-Grunt spacecraft tonight (Nov. 29), after officials received no response yesterday. The probe has been stranded in the wrong orbit since it was launched on November 8.A ground station in

November 30, 2011