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  • European MASCOT spacecraft successfully lands on asteroid Ryugu

    Tomasz NowakowskiOctober 5th, 2018

    An asteroid that could strike Earth is being studied by spacecraft, landers and rovers to provide clues about this potential threat.

  • Understanding Venus: New facility to simulate conditions on Earth’s twin planet

    Tomasz NowakowskiAugust 3rd, 2018

    The German Space Agency (DLR) has opened a new simulation facility at its Planetary Spectroscopy Laboratory (PSL) in Berlin. The facility could help scientists better understand the surface of Venus hidden behind the planet’s dense atmosphere.

  • Soyuz-2.1a launches from Vostochny with 11 satellites

    Tomasz NowakowskiFebruary 2nd, 2018

    Russia conducted its first orbital mission of 2018 on Thursday, February 1, by launching a Soyuz-2.1a rocket with 11 satellites into space. The mission got underway under mostly clear skies and carried payloads from Germany as well as the U.S.

  • Ariane 6 VINCI engine enters hot-fire testing campaign

    Tomasz NowakowskiMay 31st, 2016

    Europe’s future launcher, Ariane 6, has entered the first test campaign, marking a key milestone in its development. The manufacturer of the new rocket, Airbus Safran Launchers (ASL), has recently announced it has begun the hot-fire testing activities of the rocket’s upper stage engine, named VINCI.

  • Russia to launch Spektr-RG astrophysics observatory in 2016-2017

    Tomasz NowakowskiMay 20th, 2015

    Russian aerospace company NPO Lavochkin has revealed that the Russian-German space observatory Spektr-RG, being built under the leadership of the Russian Space Research Institute (IKI ), is taking shape. At present, mission planners are hoping to be able to launch the spacecraft sometime between the end of 2016 or beginning of 2017. 

  • Germany wraps up a successful year in space

    Tomasz NowakowskiJanuary 3rd, 2015

    The past year – was a very successful and eventful one for the German Aerospace Center (DLR). Germany was active in the field of human spaceflight as the country’s astronaut, Alexander Gerst, spent six months aboard the International Space Station. DLR also played the lead role in the European Space Agency’s (ESA ) Rosetta mission to comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. […]

  • Indian PSLV rocket launches array of international satellites aloft

    Jason RhianJune 30th, 2014

    The Indian Space Research Organization or “ISRO” successfully launched five satellites to orbit including the French Earth Observation Satellite Spot 7 as well as four other co-passenger satellites from SDSC SHAR, Sriharikota. Liftoff took place at 12:22 a.m. EDT (0422 GMT) from the Satish Dhawan Space Center. The ISRO utilized the PSLV-C23 launch vehicle to carry out the […]

  • Apollo Moon rocks reveal new secrets

    Collin SkocikJune 8th, 2014

    Forty-five years after the historic Apollo 11 landing of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on the surface of the Moon, the priceless Moon rocks brought back by that legendary expedition are back in the news, revealing new evidence confirming the theory that the Moon was formed by a Mars-sized planetesimal slamming into the young molten […]

  • Soyuz TMA-13M successfully launches, sending crew on their way to ISS

    SpaceFlight InsiderMay 28th, 2014

    At 3:57 p.m. (19:57 GMT), the Soyuz TMA-13M spacecraft lifted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan atop a Soyuz-FG rocket, carrying three new crew members to the International Space Station (ISS). After a flawless launch, NASA astronaut Ried Wiseman, European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst and Russian cosmonaut Maxim Suraev are right on track […]

  • Expedition 40 crew is set to launch

    SpaceFlight InsiderMay 27th, 2014

    In a little over twenty-four hours, the Expedition 40 crew members currently aboard the International Space Station (ISS) will welcome three new crew mates. NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman, cosmonaut Maxin Suarev and European Space Agency astronaut (ESA) Alexander Gerst will launch aboard the Soyuz TMA-13M for a five and a half month mission. 

  • Chandra observes observes runaway pulsar firing an enormous jet

    Jim SharkeyFebruary 22nd, 2014

    NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory has recorded images of a fast-moving pulsar escaping from a supernova remnant while trailing an enormous and unusual jet of high energy particles. The pulsar’s jet is the longest of any object in the Milky Way galaxy. A pulsar is a type of neutron star.  The pulsar observed by Chandra is […]

  • Dawn Creates Guide to Vesta’s Hidden Attractions

    Press ReleaseDecember 19th, 2013

    Some beauty is revealed only at a second glance. When viewed with the human eye, the giant asteroid Vesta, which was the object of scrutiny by the Dawn spacecraft from 2011 to 2012, is quite unspectacular color-wise. Vesta looks grayish, pitted by a variety of large and small craters. 

  • GOCE mission ends in a fiery blaze

    David DarlingNovember 12th, 2013

    GOCE is no more, The European Space Agency’s (ESA) Gravity field and steady-state Ocean Circulation Explorer plunged into the Earth’s atmosphere early on Monday, November 11, on an anticipated but uncontrolled re-entry.