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Set for launch next month and codenamed â€˜MagISStraâ€™, the next ESA astronaut flight will see Italian Paolo Nespoli fly to the International Space Station for a six-month stay in space.
Proba-2 is a small but innovative member of ESAâ€™s spacecraft fleet, crammed with experimental technologies.
As ESA's SMOS mission nears the end of its commissioning, a new network will provide harmonized global datasets of soil moisture measurements collected from the ground, ensuring the data received from space are as accurate as possible.
While ESAâ€™s Proba-2 keeps its main instruments trained on the Sun, it is also looking back to its homeworld.
Polar skies glowed with ghostly auroras last week during the biggest geomagnetic storm of 2010.
ESA has awarded a contract to Eurockot for the launch of two of its Earth observation missions.
Packed with novel devices and science instruments, Proba-2 is demonstrating technologies for future ESA missions while providing new views of our Sun.
Proba-2 is among the smallest spacecraft ever launched by ESA â€“ less than a cubic meter â€“ but it prepares technologies for future ESA missions, as well as giving scientists a new view of the Sun.
The MIRAS instrument on ESA's SMOS satellite, launched earlier this month, has been switched on and is operating normally.
Into its second week in orbit, Proba-2's spacecraft platform has proven to be in excellent health.
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