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News Archive / Tagged: ESA

  • Soyuz MS-05 trio lands in Kazakhstan after 138-day ISS stay

    Derek RichardsonDecember 14th, 2017

    Returning from the black of space to the cold of Kazakhstan, three International Space Station crew members have returned to Earth after 138 days and 17 hours in space. Soyuz MS-05 landed at 2:37 p.m. Kazakh time (3:37 a.m. EST / 08:37 GMT) Dec. 14, 2017.

  • RUAG Space lands contract extension to develop crucial parts for Galileo satellites

    Tomasz NowakowskiDecember 14th, 2017

    OHB System AG, the prime contractor for Europe’s Galileo navigation satellites, has extended its contract with RUAG Space to produce 12 additional Control and Data Units for these spacecraft.

  • Ariane 5 Flight VA240 launches four Galileo satellites

    Collin SkocikDecember 13th, 2017

    At 3:36 p.m. local time (1:36 p.m. EST / 18:36 GMT) on December 12, 2017, an Ariane 5 rocket lifted off from the European Space Agency (ESA)’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, carrying four Galileo satellites, bringing the total number of spacecraft in the Galileo constellation to 22.

  • Study: Exploration of Special Regions needed to find alien life on Mars

    Tomasz NowakowskiNovember 28th, 2017

    An international team of researchers has conducted a study endorsing the exploration of the so-called Special Regions on Mars. They call for the relaxation of the planetary protection policy in order to allow sending robotic explorers to the restricted areas that could potentially host microbial life.

  • Swarm of nanosatellites could visit over 300 asteroids

    Tomasz NowakowskiNovember 12th, 2017

    European scientists have proposed a mission consisting of 50 tiny spacecraft, which could visit and study over 300 asteroids in a timespan of just over three years. The concept, named Asteroid Touring Nanosat Fleet, was presented at the European Planetary Science Congress (EPSC) 2017 that took place in September in Riga, Latvia.

  • Crash Scene Investigation: Resting place of ESA’s first lunar mission found

    Tomasz NowakowskiOctober 17th, 2017

    By analyzing high-resolution images from NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), researchers have identified the final resting place of the European Space Agency’s (ESA) first lunar mission, known as SMART-1. The spacecraft was deliberately crashed into the Moon 11 years ago.

  • ESA details construction of Sentinel-5P satellite and Tropomi instrument

    Jacques van OeneOctober 15th, 2017

    NOORDWIJK, Netherlands — The Sentinel-5P satellite was launched atop a Russian Rockot rocket at 12:37 p.m. local time (5:37 a.m. EDT / 09:27 GMT) Oct. 13, 2017, from Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia. During a webcast before liftoff, a number of the key players in the development of the mission discussed building the satellite and its state-of-the-art Tropomi instrument from the European Space Agency's technical heart in the Netherlands.

  • Sentinel-5P rides to orbit on former ICBM launcher

    Lloyd CampbellOctober 13th, 2017

    A Rockot three-stage launcher provided the boost into orbit for the European Space Agency’s newest environmental observation satellite, the Sentinel-5 Precursor – also known as Sentinel-5P.

  • NICER and LISA could confirm or disprove predictions of general relativity

    Tomasz NowakowskiAugust 26th, 2017

    Two astrophysical missions, NICER and LISA, could soon change humanity's understanding of the universe. Scientists hope both instruments will help answer fundamental questions about the universe, testing many aspects of Einstein’s theory of general relativity.

  • James Webb Space Telescope may be delayed again

    Joe LatrellAugust 5th, 2017

    The much delayed and over budget next-generation James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) has suffered another setback prior to its journey to the launch pad: the October 2018 launch may be in conflict with Europe's BepiColombo mission to Mercury.

  • LISA Pathfinder mission terminated

    Laurel KornfeldJuly 27th, 2017

    The European Space Agency's (ESA) LISA Pathfinder, a probe that tested technologies for their capability to detect the ripples in space-time known as gravitational waves, has been shut down.

  • BepiColumbo readied to start journey to Mercury next year

    Jacques van OeneJuly 7th, 2017

    NOORDWIJK, Netherlands — On Thursday, July 6, the European Space Research and Technology Centre put the new BepiColumbo spacecraft on display. ESTEC, the largest ESA site in Europe as well as the test center for all major ESA satellites, played host to an event denoting that the twin spacecraft are just 15 months away from launch.

  • ESA and NASA to collaborate on mission to detect gravitational waves

    Laurel KornfeldJuly 1st, 2017

    The European Space Agency (ESA) is partnering with NASA on a new space mission that will study gravitational waves from space. Known as the Laser Interferometer Space Antenna, or LISA, the project was approved by ESA's Cosmic Vision science program on June 20. Both space agencies will now work together to design the mission and outline a budget for it prior to construction.

  • ESA completes investigation of Schiaparelli crash

    Jim SharkeyJune 2nd, 2017

    An independent external inquiry into the crash-landing of the ExoMars Schiaparelli module has determined that conflicting information in the onboard computer caused the descent sequence to end prematurely.

  • James Webb Space Telescope prepares for deep freeze

    SpaceFlight InsiderMay 15th, 2017

    The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) continued its long and meandering journey to space with a stop in Houston, Texas. The telescope has been moved to Johnson Space Center so it can undergo the last cryogenic test before the massive observatory is launched into space in 2018.