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News Archive / Tagged: ESA

  • Ariane 5 rocket begins BepiColombo’s journey to Mercury

    Tomasz NowakowskiOctober 19th, 2018

    Lighting up the skies above the jungles of French Guiana, an Ariane 5 rocket sent a multi-faceted and international mission on its way to the planet Mercury.

  • Cassini’s final close orbits of Saturn providing new data on ringed world

    Jim SharkeyOctober 15th, 2018

    More than a year after it concluded its 20 year voyage of discovery, the Cassini mission is still providing details about Saturn.

  • NASA tests key system of $10 billion James Webb Space Telescope

    Jason RhianOctober 1st, 2018

    A program some 25 years in the making conducted an important test that should ensure that when the long-delayed mission is sent aloft - it will perform flawlessly. With this milestone complete, the launch of the James Webb Space Telescope edges closer to flight.

  • Vega soars into the sky with ESA’s Aeolus wind-monitoring satellite

    Tomasz NowakowskiAugust 22nd, 2018

    Arianespace successfully sent Europe’s wind-monitoring satellite named Aeolus to orbit on Wednesday, Aug. 22. The France-based firm used the smallest launch vehicle in its catalog, Vega, to carry out the first part of Aeolus's mission underway.

  • 4 Galileo navigation satellites sent aloft by Ariane 5

    Heather SmithJuly 25th, 2018

    After a nearly four-month-long mission gap, Arianespace launched an Ariane 5 ES rocket from its South American spaceport in French Guiana to send four Galileo navigation satellites into orbit for Europe’s global navigation satellite system.

  • 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.