Archive for the ‘ESA’ Category

‘Dirty hack’ restores Cluster mission from near loss

Saturday, July 2nd, 2011

Using ingenuity and an unorthodox ‘dirty hack’, ESA has recovered the four-satellite Cluster mission from near loss. The drama began in March, when a crucial science package stopped responding to commands – one of a mission controller’s worst fears.

Europe honours Einstein with space freighter

Friday, May 27th, 2011

The fourth of Europe’s robot freighters, due to be launched to the International Space Station (ISS) in early 2013, has been named after Albert Einstein, the European Space Agency (ESA) said on Thursday.

ESA’s water mission keeps tabs on dry spring soils

Saturday, May 14th, 2011

Western Europe’s exceptionally dry spring is clear to see in maps generated using data from SMOS. While these maps offer an interesting view of the stark difference in soil moisture compared to a year ago, the data are also important for agricultural and hydrological applications.

Italian Astronaut’s Mother Dies While He’s in Space

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

The mother of Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli, who is currently living on the International Space Station, has died in her hometown just outside Milan.

ESA expands its Earth-exploring service

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

Since 2006 ESA has been making satellite images of Earth available to anyone wanting to explore the planet in near-real time. ESA has now added nearly 13 000 radar images to the service, bringing the number of viewing possibilities to about 58 000.

Intensive preparations for ATV freighter launch to Space Station

Saturday, January 29th, 2011

The fuel and most of the cargo are loaded and ATV has been hoisted to the top of Ariane 5 as teams on four continents prepare for the 15 February launch of Johannes Kepler from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.

ESA’s Mercury mapper feels the heat

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

Key components of the ESA-led Mercury mapper BepiColombo have been tested in a specially upgraded European space simulator. ESA’s Large Space Simulator is now the most powerful in the world and the only facility capable of reproducing Mercury’s hellish environment for a full-scale spacecraft.

Venus Express carries warning for Earth engineers

Saturday, December 4th, 2010

ESA’s Venus Express satellite has reported an unexpected, high altitude layer of sulphur dioxide in the planet’s upper atmosphere that could act as a warning against plans to mitigate climate change on our own planet by injecting the Earth’s atmosphere with sulphur droplets.

Building Europe’s vision for space exploration

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

Europe’s vision for launching astronauts and robot explorers out into the Solar System will come into sharper focus on 21 October when the ministers responsible for space activities meet in Brussels to discuss Europe’s goals for space exploration. Events can be followed live on the web.

NASA-ESA Mars Mission is a Prelude to Future Endeavors

Saturday, August 7th, 2010

Embarking on what both sides are hailing as the start of a sustained team effort to explore Mars, NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) intend to lay the foundation for a long-desired mission to retrieve rock and soil samples from the red planet by launching a science orbiter in 2016 that will double as a communications relay for future landers

Galaxy 15, Still Adrift, Poses Threat to Its Orbital Neighbors

Sunday, May 2nd, 2010

An Intelsat satellite that stopped communicating with its ground controllers April 5 remains out of control and has begun moving eastward along the geostationary arc, raising the threat of interference with other satellites in its path, Intelsat and other industry officials said.

Venus is alive!

Saturday, April 10th, 2010

ESA’s Venus Express mission has detected clear evidence for relatively young lava flows on our neighbouring planet, suggesting that Venus may still be active today.

CryoSat-2 satellite launches on mission to monitor climate change in Arctic

Saturday, April 10th, 2010

European Space Agency satellite takes off succesfully to measure Arctic and Antarctic ice with unprecedented precision

Europe’s space agency wants to do what NASA can’t: Fly to moon

Saturday, April 3rd, 2010

The European Space Agency is moving forward with a plan to land an autonomous spacecraft on the moon by 2017, with the idea a manned vehicle could land there sometime in the future.

Planck spies massive dust clouds

Sunday, March 21st, 2010

Europe’s Planck observatory has given another brief glimpse of its work.

‘Green’ satellite fuel designed to make space safer

Sunday, March 21st, 2010

On the day running up to launch when a spacecraft is fuelled, ground personnel look more like astronauts than engineers, putting on spacesuit-like protective gear.

Phobos Flyby Success

Friday, March 5th, 2010

Mars Express encountered Phobos last night, smoothly skimming past at just 67 km, the closest any manmade object has ever approached Mars’ enigmatic moon. The data collected could help unlock the origin of not just Phobos but other ‘second generation’ moons.

Mars Express heading for closest flyby of Phobos

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

ESA’s Mars Express will skim the surface of Mars’ largest moon Phobos on Wednesday evening. Passing by at an altitude of 67 km, precise radio tracking will allow researchers to peer inside the mysterious moon.

Technology-testing Proba-2 opens new eye on the Sun

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

Packed with novel devices and science instruments, Proba-2 is demonstrating technologies for future ESA missions while providing new views of our Sun.

ESA’s ice mission arrives safely at launch site

Thursday, January 14th, 2010

In what might seem rather appropriate weather conditions, the CryoSat-2 Earth Explorer satellite has completed its journey to the Baikonur launch site in Kazakhstan, where it will be prepared for launch on 25 February.