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  • 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.

  • Hubble, Galileo data provide more evidence of plumes over Europa

    Bart LeahyMay 15th, 2018

    After reviewing data from a previous mission to the Jovian system, scientists found evidence of a plume erupting from Jupiter's moon Europa, which NASA said indicates that the moon's subsurface ocean may indeed be venting water vapor through cracks in its icy surface.

  • New Galileo data provides insight into Ganymede’s magnetic environment

    Laurel KornfeldMay 5th, 2018

    New data from NASA’s Galileo spacecraft, which orbited Jupiter between 1995 and 2003, indicates the gas giant’s moon Ganymede is located in a tumultuous magnetic environment that may be the cause of its bright auroras.

  • 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.

  • Insider Fact Check: Is NASA hiring someone to protect Earth from aliens?

    Jason RhianAugust 2nd, 2017

    It never fails: Let the news cycle get a little slow and someone decides to get creative with the facts. Such was the case on Wednesday, Aug. 1, when supposedly credible and professional sites such as USA Today and Newsweek dropped the ball and resorted to good ole fashioned clickbait-ing. It was a sign of the times that highlighted the current state of journalism in the U.S.

  • Ariane 5 booster soars into orbit with four Galileo navigation satellites

    Tomasz NowakowskiNovember 17th, 2016

    Thundering off from the launch pad at the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana, an Ariane 5 rocket took to the skies on Thursday, Nov. 17, to replenish Europe’s Galileo navigation network. The booster, carrying four Galileo FOC (Full Operational Capability) satellites, lifted off at 10:06 a.m. local time (8:06 a.m. EST / 13:06 GMT).

  • Ariane 5 to launch a quartet of Galileo navigation satellites into orbit

    Tomasz NowakowskiNovember 15th, 2016

    Arianespace is all set to launch four new navigation satellites for Europe’s Galileo network atop an Ariane 5 launcher. The rocket will lift off at 10:06 a.m. local time (8:06 a.m. EST / 13:06 GMT) Nov. 17 from the ELA-3 launch pad at the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana.

  • Soyuz soars into space with two Galileo navigation satellites

    Tomasz NowakowskiMay 24th, 2016

    Arianespace has successfully launched a Soyuz ST-B rocket into orbit carrying two navigation satellites for Europe’s Galileo network. Liftoff occurred, as planned, at 4:48 a.m. EDT (8:48 GMT) from the Soyuz Launch Complex (ELS) in Sinnamary, French Guiana.

  • Soyuz ST-B to launch Galileo satellite duo on Tuesday

    Tomasz NowakowskiMay 22nd, 2016

    A Soyuz ST-B rocket will take to the skies Tuesday, May 24, to orbit a duo of European Galileo navigation satellites. The spacecraft, designated Galileo 13 and 14, are slated to be lifted off at 4:48 a.m. EDT (08:48 GMT) from the Soyuz Launch Complex (ELS) in Sinnamary, French Guiana.

  • Soyuz ST-B booster sends two more Galileo navigation satellites to orbit

    Jason RhianDecember 17th, 2015

    European Launch Service Provider Arianespace launched two more Galileo navigational satellites – "Andriana” and “Liene” – on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015. The firm used a Soyuz ST-B booster to lift the FM08 and FM09 satellites off the launch pad located at the Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, at 11:51 GMT.

  • Dutch artist’s work captures Galileo’s light

    Press ReleaseOctober 9th, 2015

    In 1987, Dutch-born painter, Henk Pander, sat in NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena, California and observed the construction of the Galileo Spacecraft. This spacecraft, named after famous astronomer Galileo Galilei and built for the purpose of studying Jupiter among other parts of the Solar System, stands as one of history’s most important assemblies. Not only did Pander watch and study Galileo’s construction, but his role at the JPL was to document this vital event in the history of space.

  • Underground magma ocean could explain Io’s ‘misplaced’ volcanoes

    NASASeptember 13th, 2015

    Tides flowing in a subsurface ocean of molten rock, or magma, could explain why Jupiter's moon Io appears to have its volcanoes in the "wrong" place. New NASA research implies that oceans beneath the crusts of tidally stressed moons may be more common and last longer than expected.

  • Arianespace successfully launches two Galileo navigation satellites

    Tomasz NowakowskiSeptember 10th, 2015

    Two European Galileo satellites 9–10 are now on their way to a circular medium-Earth orbit after being successfully launched by the Soyuz ST-B rocket from Arianespace's launch site in Sinnamary, French Guiana.

  • Alba and Oriana go to orbit: Arianespace ready to launch Europe’s next pair of Galileo satellites

    Tomasz NowakowskiSeptember 8th, 2015

    Arianespace is gearing up to launch the European Galileo 9 and 10 satellites, named Alba and Oriana, on the company’s eighth mission this year, designated Flight VS12. The lift-off will occur at 10:08 p.m. EDT on Thursday, Sept. 10 (02:08 GMT on Sept. 11) from the Soyuz Launch Complex (ELS) in Sinnamary, French Guiana.