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ESAs Venus Express goes quiet after eight years of studying

ESA's Venus Express goes quiet after eight years of studying planet

Provided by Markus Bauer, ESA Science and Robotic Exploration 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...

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2014-12-12 08:20:34

PARIS, December 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The European Space Agency (ESA) has joined the CEMS global alliance as the first partnership of its kind, at a meeting in Brussels

Asteroid 2014 KC46
2014-12-07 07:22:24

European experts have spotted one of the faintest asteroids ever found – a chunk of space rock thought to be about 100 m in diameter beyond the orbit of Mars.

Satellites Helping To Assess Risk Of Potential Epidemics
2014-12-05 03:52:51

Learning about our enemy through satellites is helping us to combat diseases spread by insects and other pests.

Galileo revised orbit
2014-12-04 03:30:58

Europe’s fifth Galileo satellite, one of two delivered into a wrong orbit by VS09 Soyuz-Fregat launcher in August, has transmitted its first navigation signal in space on Saturday 29 November 2014. It has reached its new target orbit and its navigation payload has been successfully switched on.

Sentinel-1A
2014-12-01 04:18:23

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.

Ocean currents from GOCE
2014-11-28 06:18:45

Data collected by the ESA’s Gravity Field and Steady-State Ocean Circulation Explorer (GOCE) has helped scientists produce what they are calling the most accurate gravity maps of global ocean currents ever.

2014-11-26 12:28:01

ThanksUSA Scholarships Surpass $10 Million Entering 10th Year MCLEAN, Va., Nov.

Philae_touchdown
2014-11-15 06:32:32

As had been feared, the Rosetta mission’s Philae probe has run out of power following a rough landing that caused it to come to rest in the shade, thus preventing its solar panels from receiving enough sunlight to keep the its battery charged.

Philae lander
2014-11-14 07:14:29

Just two days after its dramatic arrival on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, ESA is concerned that the Philae lander may only have a few hours of power left, prompting them to make the bold decision to begin drilling.

Philae_separation_node_full_image_2
2014-11-12 12:15:55

Today’s historic comet-landing mission has come to a successful conclusion, as the ESA confirmed at 11:03am EST via its Twitter account that it had received a signal from Philae on the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko (67P/C-G).


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Roberto Vittori
2012-10-27 14:08:27

Roberto Vittori is an ESA astronaut as well as an Italian Air Force Officer and a test pilot for the United States. Vittorri was born on October 15, 1964 in Viterbo, Lazio, Italy and attended the Italian Air Force Academy, graduating in 1989. While working towards his graduation from the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School at Patuxent River, Maryland in 1995, Vittori operated the Tornado GR1 along with the 50th Wing of the 155th Squadron in Piacenza, Italy from 1991 to 1994. During this time, he...

Léopold Eyharts
2012-10-02 09:49:07

Léopold Eyharts is a Brigadier General in the French Air Force and an ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut. Eyharts was born April 28, 1957, in Biarritz, France. After completing his basic academics, he joined the French Air Force Academy of Salon-de-Provence in 1977 to study aeronautical engineering. Eyharts graduated in 1979 as an engineer. By 1980 he became a fighter pilot and was sent to the Istres Air Force Base in France. Initially he was assigned to an operational jaguar squadron...

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2011-04-18 23:21:55

Jean-Francois Clervoy is a French engineer and test pilot, a CNES and ESA astronaut, and a veteran of three NASA Space Shuttle missions. He was born Jean-Francois André Clervoy on November 19, 1958 in France. He has a twin brother, Patrick, and is married to the former Laurence Boulanger. The couple has two children, and the family enjoys racquet sports, skill games, skiing, and flying kites. Clervoy graduated from high school in Saint-Cyr Lycee and then earned his Bachelor's degree from...

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2010-11-17 14:23:40

Chister Fuglesang is a Swedish physicist and an ESA astronaut. He was born Arne Christer Fuglesang on March 18, 1957 in Stockholm, Sweden. His mother was Swedish, but his father was Norwegian, having become a Swedish citizen just before Fuglesang's birth. Fuglesang graduated college, and went on to receive a Master of Science degree in engineering physics from the Royal Institute of Technology in 1981. While at the Royal Institute, he met Elisabeth, whom he married in 1983. He then earned a...

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2004-10-19 04:45:44

Cassini-Huygens Mission -- The Cassini unmanned space probe is intended to study Saturn and its moons. It was launched on October 15, 1997 and is estimated to enter Saturn's orbit on July 1, 2004. The mission is a joined NASA/ESA project. Cassini's principal objectives are to: -- determine the three-dimensional structure and dynamical behavior of the rings -- determine the composition of the satellite surfaces and the geological history of each object -- determine the nature and...

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