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

ESA Today, President Joachim Gauck made the first-ever visit by a Head of State to ESA’s operations centre in Darmstadt, Germany. He was joined by 140 ambassadors and Tarek Al-Wazir, the Deputy Prime Minister of the Hesse region, for a guided visit through the center’s mission control facilities. President Gauck and his party were welcomed by ESA Director General Jean-Jacques Dordain and by Thomas Reiter, ESA Director of Human Spaceflight and Operations and Head of the European...

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

ESA 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. Even then, tension will run high in ESA’s mission control as Gaia must still perform a critical automatic sequence. An astrometry mission, Gaia will observe a thousand million stars on average 70 times over a five-year period. It will precisely chart their positions, distances and movements, and is expected to discover...

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

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online While China and Western nations may be entangled in a daily political struggle, scientists from the European Space Agency (ESA) are extending their resources to assist their Chinese counterparts on the upcoming Chang’e 3 Moon mission. The Chinese mission is slated to launch from Earth in early December and land a scientific rover on the Moon. The entire ESA side of the operation will be run from the Estrack Control Centre in ESA’s...

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

[ Watch The Video: Swarm: A New Constellation in the Sky ] ESA Reaching a significant milestone for ESA’s magnetic field mission, the Swarm satellites have completed the critical first phase of their new mission. Over the weekend, ground controllers at ESA’s European Space Operations Centre in Germany shepherded the three satellites through multiple checks, ensuring that all systems were working as expected. The fog-shrouded launch of Swarm on 22 November brought the three...

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

[ Watch The Video: Swarm Launch: Simultaneous Separation ] ESA 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. The data from this new mission, planned to last four years, will be used to study the mysteries of Earth’s magnetic field, its interactions with the solar wind and...

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

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports – Your Universe Online 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. According to a statement released by the organization on Friday, a pair of the probes achieved their closest-ever separation on September 19. The satellites, which have been probing the Earth’s magnetosphere in three...

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

ESA 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. With future exploration missions like Gaia, BepiColombo and Juice set to deliver massive amounts of scientific data, ESA's trio of deep-space tracking antennas needed an upgrade. The 35 m-diameter dishes in Australia, Spain and Argentina use...

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

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The European Space Agency (ESA) 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. BBC News reports Herschel was the most powerful observatory of its kind ever put in space. In four years of operation, Herschel used its 3.5m mirror and three state-of-the-art instruments to gather pictures and other data at far-infrared...

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

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online The findings from the 6th European Conference on Space Debris were released during a press briefing at the ESA's European Space Operations Center (ESOC) in Darmstadt, Germany. The conference included over 350 worldwide participants representing all the major national space agencies, industry, governments, academia and research institutes. “There is a wide and strong expert consensus on the pressing need to act now to...

Experts To Meet In Europe To Discuss Space Debris Issue
2013-04-18 14:14:48

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Hundreds of experts from all over the world will be meeting at Europe's largest-ever space debris forum next week to discuss the latest findings on the growing problem of space junk. Space debris not only poses problems to other satellites and spacecraft in orbit but it is also hazardous to astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Scientists believe there could be around 29,000 objects larger than 4 inches,...


Word of the Day
barghest
  • A goblin in English folklore, often appearing in the shape of a large dog and believed to portend imminent death or misfortune.
  • A ghost, wraith, hobgoblin, elf, or spirit.
The origin of 'barghest' is not known, but it may be from perhaps burh-ghest, town-ghost, or German Berg-geist (mountain spirit) or Bär-geist (bear-spirit).
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