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2009-07-26 14:40:00

Europe's robotic rover mission to Mars appears to be set for a 2-year delay, according to a BBC News report.  The mission, which will search for signs of past or present life, now looks set to launch in 2018.   It is the third such delay for the mission, which was originally planned to launch in 2011. The European Space Agency (ESA) will now join forces with NASA, as the two space agencies believe they can achieve far more by collaborating.  The decision to work...

2009-07-22 09:16:07

The European Space Agency officially opened its new research facility in Britain Wednesday. The facility will focus on science and exploration, with an emphasis on robotics and climate change, the BBC reported. The center is part of a group of high-tech businesses and academic institutions operating on the Harwell innovation campus near Oxford. ESA officials said they anticipate the new unit will become its hub for industrial intelligence, a venture seeking to pull new ideas from the private...

2009-07-08 13:52:38

The European Space Agency and NASA have agreed to create a Mars Exploration Joint Initiative, European space officials said. The agreement -- reached late last month in Plymouth, England, during a meeting of ESA and NASA officials -- will provide a framework for the two agencies to define and implement their scientific, program and technological goals on Mars, the ESA said. The two space agencies will coordinate launch opportunities during 2016, 2018 and 2020, with landers and orbiters...

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2009-07-08 08:45:00

On 29 and 30 June the ESA Director of Science and Robotic Exploration, David Southwood, met NASA's Associate Administrator for Science, Ed Weiler, in Plymouth, UK, to establish a way for a progressive program for exploration of the Red Planet. The outcome of the bilateral meeting was an agreement to create a Mars Exploration Joint Initiative (MEJI) that will provide a framework for the two agencies to define and implement their scientific, programmatic and technological goals at Mars....

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2009-06-30 07:30:00

Amidst growing costs and the increasing complexity of missions, NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) are making concrete overtures of cooperation at a space summit in the UK. According to Ed Weiler, Associate Administrator for the Science Mission Directorate at NASA, shared scientific goals and exorbitant expenses are helping to form an alliance that might have seemed unlikely 10 years ago.  The U.S. space agency will likely be intricately involved in the ESA's ExoMars mission,...

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2009-06-19 13:35:00

On July 14, a crew of six will leave their Mars mission simulator and see the Sun once again. The crew, which includes a French pilot and a German engineer selected by ESA, will have completed 105 days of confinement and numerous scientific experiment runs inside the isolation facility at the Russian Institute for Biomedical Problems (IBMP) in Moscow. Their simulated mission will help understand the psychological and medical aspects of long-duration spaceflight. Media representatives are...

2009-06-18 08:36:13

The European Space Agency has signed a $27.8 million contract for the development of a liquid engine prototype for the European next generation launcher. The contract -- signed Wednesday during the Paris Air Show at Le Bourget, France -- involves 14 European companies in nine countries. The High Thrust Engine Demonstrator Project has already delivered significant technological achievements, including several European 'firsts.' It will prepare key technical and programmatic data for the ESA...

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2009-06-16 06:35:00

With a nearly palpable sense of relief, the European Space Agency (ESA) announced on Monday that NASA was enlisted to help in the planning and funding of its unmanned expedition to Mars, a project that has been beset with problems over financing and design almost since its inception. Dubbed the ExoMars mission, the odyssey to the Red Planet was originally intended to be the showcase of the ESA's "Aurora" space program, whose broad but ambitious stated goal includes the exploration of the...

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2009-06-09 14:40:00

Due to budget constraints, US space exploration agency NASA could be considering plans to team up with the European Space Agency by 2016 in a series of trips to the Red Planet.NASA has been the leader in Mars exploration for almost half a century, but plans to collaborate with the ESA could be forthcoming later this month, according to the Associated Press.NASA's space sciences chief Ed Weiler said last month, that a joint venture between the two space agencies could be the best option for...

2009-06-04 13:33:19

This month's 48th International Paris Air Show will celebrate its 100th anniversary -- the first Paris Air Show was held in 1909 at the city's Grand Palace. The 2009 event at Le Bourget Airport runs June 15-21, with more than 200 000 visitors expected to attend, the European Space Agency said. The ESA said it will participate with a 5,382-square-foot pavilion located between full-size models of the Ariane 1 and Ariane 5 rockets. The ESA said visitors to its pavilion will learn about the...