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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • NASA scientists contemplate using LISA Pathfinder as ‘comet crumb’ detector

    Ocean McIntyreApril 22nd, 2017

    Launched on Dec. 3, 2015, from the European Spaceport in French Guiana, the European Space Agency’s Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA) Pathfinder mission is turning out to reveal far more than the elusive gravitational waves it was designed to detect.

  • NASA microthrusters succesfully used on ESA’s LISA Pathfinder

    Joe LatrellNovember 20th, 2016

    Q: What's harder than moving a spacecraft around in space? A: Holding it perfectly still. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, has been testing the ST7-DRS on board the European Space Agency's LISA Pathfinder spacecraft.

  • LISA Pathfinder launched on gravitational experiment

    Joe LatrellDecember 3rd, 2015

    After a one-day delay, the LISA Pathfinder mission was successfully launched on board a Vega rocket. The mission took to the skies early Thursday morning at 1:04 a.m. local time (04:04 GMT) on Dec. 3, 2015, from Europe’s spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.

  • ESA’s LISA Pathfinder mission delayed

    Joe LatrellDecember 1st, 2015

    ESA has delayed their VV06 launch campaign for the flight of the LISA Pathfinder spacecraft. The Vega rocket to be used for the mission has developed an issue requiring engineering analysis before the launch can move forward. Launch had been slated for Dec. 2 at 21:00 GFT - it is unclear when the flight might occur.

  • The European Space Agency’s LISA spacecraft ‘smiles’ in preparation for launch

    Tomasz NowakowskiJanuary 9th, 2015

    If LISA could smile it would probably have a cheerful one, much like Mona Lisa in the famous Leonardo da Vinci painting. The Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA )Pathfinder mission is currently on track for a planned July 2015 launch. The spacecraft is being prepared for its mission to test in flight the concept of low-frequency […]