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Latest European Space Operations Centre Stories

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.

President Joachim Gauck Visits ESA's Operations Center
2014-05-26 12:12:45

Today, President Joachim Gauck made the first-ever visit by a Head of State to ESA’s operations centre in Darmstadt, Germany.

Mission Control Is Ready For Launch Of Gaia
2013-12-17 13:10:17

Shortly after a powerful Soyuz launcher lofts Gaia, ESA’s new star mapper, into space on Thursday, teams on the ground will establish initial radio contact.

ESA Helps Chinese Moon Mission
2013-11-29 10:37:53

Scientists from the European Space Agency (ESA) are helping their Chinese counterparts on the upcoming Chang’e 3 moonmission.

Swarm Trio Completes First Phase Of Their Mission
2013-11-26 13:35:29

Reaching a significant milestone for ESA’s magnetic field mission, the Swarm satellites have completed the critical first phase of their new mission.

Swarm Mission Control Team Ready For Launch
2013-11-19 11:20:43

After months of intensive training, the Swarm mission control team are ready for liftoff on Friday. The team will carefully shepherd the trio of magnetic explorers through their critical launch and early orbit phase, ready to react to any problem.

ESA Cluster Satellites Achieve Closest-Ever Approach Thursday
2013-09-21 07:39:16

The close approach of two of the European Space Agency’s (ESA) four identical Cluster satellites this week provided researchers with a rare opportunity to collect valuable information with unprecedented detail.

Listening Stations In Deep-space Gain Hearing Boost
2013-07-18 09:13:50

Picking up ultra-weak signals from spacecraft exploring deep in our Solar System requires cooling a detector to within a few degrees of absolute zero. Thanks to ESA’s support, the technology is now available in Europe for the first time.

Herschel Space Observatory Goes Dark
2013-06-18 04:23:08

The European Space Agency announced on Monday, June 17, that the Herschel Space Telescope had been shut down, marking the end of operations for the hugely successful space observatory.

European Conference Attendees Agree Action Needed On Space Debris
2013-04-25 15:36:38

The findings from the 6th European Conference on Space Debris were released during a press briefing at the ESA's European Space Operations Center in Darmstadt, Germany. The conference included over 350 worldwide participants representing all the major national space agencies, industry, governments, academia and research institutes.


Word of the Day
bretelles
  • In dressmaking, straps running from the belt in front over the shoulders to the belt in the back, with more or less elaboration of trimming and outline. They usually broaden at the shoulder and narrow toward the waist.
The word 'bretelles' comes from a French word meaning 'braces'.