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News Archive / Tagged: ESA

  • Saturn’s moon Enceladus has conditions that could support microbial life

    Laurel KornfeldJuly 4th, 2018

    Complex organic molecules have been discovered in the plumes of Saturn's moon Enceladus. The data transmitted back to Earth by the Cassini Saturn orbiter, which ended its service above the ringed world on Sept. 16, 2017.

  • International Space Station population doubles with arrival of Soyuz MS-09

    Derek RichardsonJune 8th, 2018

    Expedition 56 has three new crew members with the arrival of Soyuz MS-09. The two spent the last two days catching up with the International Space Station before rendezvousing and docking with the 400-metric-ton complex at 9:01 a.m. EDT (13:01 GMT) June 8, 2018.

  • Soyuz MS-09 rolled to Baikonur launch pad for Wednesday flight

    Derek RichardsonJune 5th, 2018

    BAIKONUR COSMODROME, Kazakhstan — A Russian Soyuz-FG rocket with the encapsulated Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft sits at Pad 1/5 and is set to launch three new crew members bound for the International Space Station to join Expedition 56.

  • ExoMars rover will search for evidence of life on Mars

    Jim SharkeyJune 4th, 2018

    Could the Red Planet be a bastion for life (either now or in the past)? ESA and NASA are preparing to send a mission to find out.

  • SpaceFlight Insider heading to Kazakhstan for Soyuz MS-09 launch coverage

    Derek RichardsonJune 1st, 2018

    Next week, three fresh crew members are set to launch to the International Space Station for a six-month stay as members of the Expedition 56/57 crews. A member the SpaceFlight Insider team is expected to be present in Kazakhstan to cover these events.

  • Rokot sends Europe’s Sentinel-3B Earth-observing satellite to orbit

    Tomasz NowakowskiApril 25th, 2018

    A Russian Rokot booster took to the skies April 25, 2018, on a mission to orbit Sentinel-3B, the latest satellite for Europe’s Copernicus Earth-observation program. Liftoff took place at 1:57 p.m. EDT (17:57 GMT) from Site 133/3 at the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia.

  • Russian Rokot launcher to orbit Sentinel-3B Earth-observing satellite

    Tomasz NowakowskiApril 23rd, 2018

    A Russian Rokot launch vehicle is poised to launch the European Sentinel-3B Earth-observing satellite to orbit at 1:57 p.m. EDT (17:57 GMT) April 25, 2018, from Site 133/3 at the Plesetsk Cosmodrome. 

  • Tiangong-1 reentry window narrows to Easter Sunday

    Tomasz NowakowskiMarch 30th, 2018

    Latest predictions indicate that China’s defunct Tiangong-1 space laboratory will fall to Earth most likely on April 1. According to updated calculations made by The Aerospace Corporation, the station will enter the atmosphere around 11:15 a.m. EDT (15:15 GMT) plus or minus 14 hours.

  • Tiangong-1 to fall to Earth over Easter weekend

    Tomasz NowakowskiMarch 25th, 2018

    According to new calculations, China’s Tiangong-1 space laboratory will most likely fall to Earth over Easter weekend. More specifically, the European Space Agency and The Aerospace Corporation predict that the out-of-control spacecraft will re-enter the atmosphere between March 29 and April 4.

  • Tiangong-1 space laboratory to fall to Earth in about 2-3 weeks

    Tomasz NowakowskiMarch 20th, 2018

    New calculations made by Aerospace Corporation and the European Space Agency (ESA) indicate that China’s disabled Tiangong-1 space laboratory - could be coming back to Earth - soon.

  • Tiangong-1 space laboratory to crash to Earth between mid-March and mid-April, according to new ESA estimates

    Tomasz NowakowskiFebruary 5th, 2018

    ESA’s Space Debris Office has issued a new updated forecast for the imminent atmospheric re-entry of China’s Tiangong-1 space laboratory, which appears to have been floating in space out of control for almost two years.

  • 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.