Results tagged “ESA”

Searching for Philae

Where is Philae? When will Philae wake up? These are the two most popular questions currently being asked of the mission especially on our social media channels.

Getting to Know Rosetta's Comet

Rosetta is revealing its host comet as having a remarkable array of surface features and with many processes contributing to its activity, painting a complex picture of its evolution.

Mysteries in Nili Fossae

These new images from the high-resolution stereo camera on ESA's Mars Express show Nili Fossae, one of the most enticing regions on Mars.

The future of space communications was illuminated by this test, as a laser beam was shone from ESA's Optical Ground Station in Tenerife to the International Space Station in orbit.

Sam Cristoforetti @AstroSamantha Shades of blue in the #Himalaya. Sfumature di blu nell'Himalaya. #ColorsOfTheEarth

This 8-minute film gives an overview of the past, present, and future of Moon exploration, from the Lunar cataclysm to European Space Agency's vision of what Lunar exploration could be.

Sam Cristoforetti @AstroSamantha And a look from above into the eye of the cyclone! E uno sguardo dall'alto nell'occhio del ciclone. #Bansi

Sam Cristoforetti ‏@AstroSamantha Flying over the Himalaya and looking down onto #Katmandu valley. Impressive view! #HelloEarth

Beagle 2 Lander Found on Mars

The UK-led Beagle-2 Mars lander, which hitched a ride on ESA's Mars Express mission and was lost on Mars since 2003, has been found in images taken by a NASA orbiter at the Red Planet.

ESA Is Interested in Cubesats

In parallel with the Proba minisatellite missions, ESA is now also utilising much smaller 'CubeSat' nanosatellites. These are employed for the In-Orbit Demonstration (IOD) of miniaturised technologies and for small payload-driven missions.

In a milestone for space robotics, the International Space Station has hosted the first full run of ESA's experiment with a force-reflecting joystick.

The Alps As Seen From Space

Expedition 42 Flight Engineer Samantha Cristoforetti took this photograph of the Alps from the International Space Station, and posted it on Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014.

Venus Express Goes Gently Into The Night

ESA's Venus Express has ended its eight-year mission after far exceeding its planned life. The spacecraft exhausted its propellant during a series of thruster burns to raise its orbit following the low-altitude aerobraking earlier this year.

Rosetta's Comet: Shades of Grey

Like many small bodies in space such as most asteroids, Rosetta's comet 67P appears grey.

Five Sentinel-1A radar scans acquired between 3 October and 2 December 2014 were combined to create this image of ground deformation in Mexico City.

Earth From Space: Romania

This image of Romania - with the political borders in red - is a mosaic of 15 scans by Sentinel-1A's radar in October and November. The scans were acquired in 'dual polarisation' horizontal and vertical radar pulses, from which the artificial colour composite was generated.

Fogo Volcano As Seen By Sentinel's radar

Radar images from the Sentinel-1A satellite are helping to monitor ground movements of the recently erupted Fogo volcano.

Sentinel 1A and Alphasat Link Up By laser

Marking a first in space, Sentinel-1A and Alphasat have linked up by laser stretching almost 36 000 km across space to deliver images of Earth just moments after they were captured.

Three Touchdowns for Rosetta's Lander

After achieving touchdown on a comet for the first time in history, scientists and engineers are busy analysing this new world and the nature of the landing.

The European Space Agency provided and early morning update on the Rosetta mission discussing primarily the science results. Since the last update yesterday, ESA has decided not to fire the anchor harpoons which were need to secure the Philae lander on the surface on the comet.

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