Results tagged “ESA”

Gaia Launched From Kourou

ESA's Gaia mission blasted off this morning on a Soyuz rocket from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, on its exciting mission to study a billion suns.

There are hundreds of comets flying around the Solar System, each of them a potential target for ESA's comet-chasing Rosetta mission.

When China's Chang'e-3 makes a soft landing on the Moon on 14 December, ESA tracking stations will record crucial radio signals.

This image from Japan's ALOS satellite shows part of the Flinders Ranges in South Australia, about 500 km north of Adelaide.

ESA's billion-star surveyor Gaia, less than a week from launch, is now tucked up inside the fairing that will protect it during the first few minutes of ascent into space.

European Students: Spin or Drop Your Thesis

Are you a university student who dreams of using a world-class gravitational facility for experiments? If yes then ESA's Education Office wants to hear from you.

Spacelab and 30 Years of ESA Astronauts

Thirty years ago this week the first European-built Spacelab was launched on the Space Shuttle. ESA's first astronaut, Ulf Merbold, flew on the mission, marking ESA's entry into human spaceflight.

The journey to the Concordia research base in Antarctica is never predictable. Delays due to weather can keep travellers at the stopover points for days.

ESA Orion Milestones

A milestone in developing Europe's contribution to NASA's Orion crew vehicle, expected to take human crews beyond Earth orbit later this decade, has been set for next May.

Herschel's 37,000 Science Observations

This animation shows the timeline of over 37 000 scientific observations made by ESA's Herschel space observatory throughout its entire mission, condensed into less than a minute.

Swarm Mission Launched

ESA's three-satellite Swarm constellation was lofted into a near-polar orbit by a Russian Rockot launcher this afternoon. For four years, it will monitor Earth's magnetic field, from the depth of our planet's core to the heights of its upper atmosphere.

Hot Gas Sloshing in a Galactic Cauldron

Galaxies are social beasts that are mostly found in groups or clusters - large assemblies of galaxies that are permeated by even larger amounts of diffuse gas.

Airline Pilot Photographs Soyuz Reentry

British Airways pilot Captain Simon Wijker caught this image of the Soyuz TMA-09M spacecraft, shortly before it landed in Kazakhstan.

How does an astronaut return to Earth from the International Space Station? What does it feel like to re-enter the atmosphere? How does the Soyuz capsule function? Watch and find out.

GOCE Reenters Earth's Atmosphere

Close to 01:00 CET on Monday 11 November, ESA's GOCE satellite reentered Earth's atmosphere on a descending orbit pass that extended across Siberia, the western Pacific Ocean, the eastern Indian Ocean and Antarctica.

The entry, descent and landing demonstrator module that will fly on the 2016 ExoMars mission has been named 'Schiaparelli' in honour of the Italian astronomer Giovanni Schiaparelli, who famously mapped the Red Planet's surface features in the 19th century.

ESA's ATV Albert Einstein Burns Up

ESA's fourth Automated Transfer Vehicle, Albert Einstein, burnt up on 2 November at 12:04 GMT over an uninhabited area of the Pacific Ocean. It left the International Space Station a week earlier with 1.6 tonnes of waste after spending five months attached to the orbital outpost.

ESA's fourth Automated Transfer Vehicle cargo ferry, Albert Einstein, completed its five-month mission to the International Space Station by reentering the atmosphere today and burning up safely over an uninhabited area of the southern Pacific Ocean.

The European Space Agency's fourth Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV-4), also known as the "Albert Einstein," begins its relative separation from the International Space Station during the Expedition 37 mission.

ATV-4 Re-enters Earth's Atmosphere

ESA's supply and support ferry ATV Albert Einstein has served the International Space Station faithfully since it was launched from Europe's spaceport in French Guiana in June. Its mission comes to an end next week when it undocks on Monday and enters Earth's atmosphere five days later.

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