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 Schiaparelli separating from Trace Gas Orbiter. Pic: ESA–D. Ducros

ExoMars arrives at the Red Planet on Sunday

Grab some popcorn, space enthusiasts, because this coming weekend the joint European Space Agency/Roscosmos “ExoMars” mission will arrive at Mars. ExoMars broke the surly bonds of Earth last March and has since proven itself capable of taking photos and sending them home on a 2 Mbit/s link. Now for the hard part. The mission …
Simon Sharwood, 11 Oct 2016
Rosetta snap of Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Pic: ESA

Swansong for Rosetta as it lands on the duck-shaped comet

It has been an epic journey, much more than 12 years in the making, but Rosetta has gone out in a blaze of glory. The final commands were uploaded to the spacecraft mid-morning on September 29 – and now there is no going back. Rosetta was programmed to touch down on comet 67P some time in the late morning of September 30. It …
Monica Grady, 4 Oct 2016
Artist's impression of Rosetta orbiting its prey. Pic: ESA, image by AOES Medialab

Rosetta spacecraft set for smash landing

Update The European Space Agency was set to crash its Rosetta space probe into comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko as the final stage of its 12-year research mission at 12.18pm BST today (7:18am EDT). The 19km descent from orbit was to end with a walking pace impact but Rosetta is not designed for landing and is not expected to survive. …
John Oates, 30 Sep 2016

Map to the stars: Gaia's first data dump a piece of 3D Milky Way puzzle

The European Space Agency has revealed the first catalogue of stars mapped during its Gaia mission today. The Gaia space probe aims to capture over a billion stars, distant galaxies and quasars to produce the largest and most detailed three-dimensional map of the Milky Way galaxy. Nearly halfway into its mission, the probe …
Katyanna Quach, 14 Sep 2016
Artist's impression of Sentinel-1B in orbit. Pic: ESA / Pierre Carril

Drama in orbit: Brazen UFO attacks Earth's Sentinel-1A satellite

The European Space Agency's Sentinel-1A satellite has been hit by an unidentified flying object while in orbit. Panic not: the probe remains fully operational. At 1707 GMT on August 23, the satellite's ground controllers noted that the bird changed its orientation and orbit slightly, and there was a small loss of power …
Iain Thomson, 31 Aug 2016
 Schiaparelli separating from Trace Gas Orbiter. Pic: ESA–D. Ducros

ESA's ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter blasts itself closer to the Red Planet

The European Space Agency’s ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter has successfully completed its engine burn and is on track to enter orbit around Mars on 19 October. The engine burn has been dubbed “deep-space manoeuvre 1” and is one of the most critical stages in the first mission of the ExoMars programme. A large amount of thrust is …
Katyanna Quach, 28 Jul 2016
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Revolutionary Brit-made SABRE hybrid rocket engine to burn in 2020

The makers of the newfangled Synergetic Air-Breathing Rocket Engine (SABRE) have secured the necessary funding to fire up their hardware by 2020. Reaction Engines – the Oxfordshire, England-based team behind the next-gen engine – signed a collaboration contract with the European Space Agency at the Farnborough Air Show on …
Iain Thomson, 13 Jul 2016
Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko

We'll smash probe into comet 300 million miles away for kicks, er, sorry, ... for science

The European Space Agency (ESA) has set the date for the Rosetta probe's deathday and says that on September 30 the spacecraft will crash into the comet it has been orbiting for nearly two years. With Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko more than 300 million miles from Earth and heading out toward Jupiter, the spacecraft's solar …
Iain Thomson, 1 Jul 2016

Galileo satnav fleet grows an extra pair

Europe's home-grown Galileo satnav network is two orbiting operatives closer to a full constellation following the successful launch earlier today of satellites 13 and 14. The pair blasted off atop a Soyuz rocket from Kourou in French Guiana at 08:48 GMT, en route to joining their fellow Galileos at an altitude of 23,222km …
Lester Haines, 24 May 2016
Impact chip on the ISS

A cracked window on the International Space Station? That's not good

British astronaut Tim Peake has sparked an orbital kerfuffle after he tweeted a picture showing a crack in the International Space Station's window. It was caused by space debris. Often asked if @Space_Station is hit by space debris. Yes – this chip is in a Cupola window https://t.co/iH87Dt80yV pic.twitter.com/7ZvVs4myM0 — Tim …
Iain Thomson, 12 May 2016

Europe's Earth-watching sat beams back icy first pic

Europe's Sentinel-1B Earth-watching satellite has delivered its first image, a tad over two days after soaring aloft from Kourou, French Guiana, and a mere two hours after its Synthetic Aperture Radar was fired up. Norway's Svalbard archipelago - including the Austfonna glacier - was the satellite's inaugural snap (full …
Lester Haines, 29 Apr 2016

Europe's Earth-watching sat rides Soyuz to orbit

VID Europe's Sentinel-1B satellite thundered aloft yesterday from Kourou, French Guiana, en route to its Earth-monitoring role as part of the Copernicus environmental monitoring network. The Soyuz lifter departed the launchpad at 21:02 GMT. Some 23 minutes later, Sentinel-1B separated from the rocket's Fregat upper stage to …
Lester Haines, 26 Apr 2016

European Space Agency eyes fourth pop at Sentinel sat launch

The European Space Agency (ESA) is hoping to finally gets its Sentinel-1B Earth-watching satellite off the ground tonight, following three cancelled launches. Sentinel-1B was scheduled to depart the launchpad at Kourou, French Guiana, atop a Soyuz lifter on Friday. Unfavourable weather scuppered the attempt. A second pop on …
Lester Haines, 25 Apr 2016

Soyuz to loft Sentinel-1B Earth-watching sat

Europe's Sentinel-1B Earth-watching satellite will soar heavenwards tomorrow from Kourou, French Guiana, riding a Soyuz lifter to a 700km altitude polar orbit. It'll orbit 180° apart from its identical twin - Sentinel-1A - which launched in April 2014, on a joint mission to deliver data as part of the Copernicus environmental …
Lester Haines, 21 Apr 2016

ESA seeks resident space artist

The European Space Agency (ESA) is seeking a resident artist with the Right Stuff to "explore the fertile ground between art and space science". ESA - in association with Ars Electronica and the European Digital Art and Science Network - is inviting applications for its art&science@ESA gig, which is "open to artists to propose …
Lester Haines, 20 Apr 2016
Exomars First Light photo. Image copyright ESA/Roscosmos/CaSSIS

ExoMars works! 2 Mbit/s link established and camera snapping

The European/Russian ExoMars craft is doing just fine, says the European Space Agency (ESA), with first light reaching its cameras and everything humming along nicely. The camera on the craft's Trace Gas Orbiter has been used in anger to capture the image above (or here for those on our mobile site), which came to us courtesy …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Apr 2016
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There's oil in that thar … Chinese space probe?

China has announced the successful launch of its SJ-10 probe, which ascended into the heavens atop a Long March 2-D rocket overnight and will one day return to Earth. China's always happy to talk up its retrievable space technology, as it's successfully recovered 25 missions in recent years. That capability means China is …

ESA decupboards asteroid-dusting brush-o-matic

The European Space Agency is poised to conduct zero-grav tests on an impressively brushy "asteroid cleaner". The asteroid cleaner. Pic: Added Value Solutions The space brush-o-matic. Pic: Added Value Solutions As you can see, the prototype space brush-o-matic - designed and lovingly built by Spanish outfit Added Value …
Lester Haines, 6 Apr 2016

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