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While LISA Pathfinder is en route to its operational orbit, the science and engineering teams are testing the systems on the spacecraft. This week, they will begin to switch on elements of the science payload, including the laser that will be used to monitor the most precise free-fall motion ever obtained in space.
Published: 12 January 2016
The European Space Agency invites European industry from ESA Member States to declare their interest for the provision of the payload module for the joint ESA-China SMILE mission by replying to this Request For Information (RFI). The submission deadline for the response to this RFI is 29 January 2016, 12:00 CET (noon).
Published: 18 December 2015
Euclid, ESA's dark Universe mission, has passed its preliminary design review, providing confidence that the spacecraft and its payload can be built. It's time to start 'cutting metal'.
Published: 17 December 2015
Perfectly timed for the release of "Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens", the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has imaged a cosmic double-bladed lightsabre. In the centre of the image, partially obscured by a dark Jedi-like cloak of dust, an adolescent star shoots twin jets out into space, demonstrating the fearsome forces of the Universe.
Published: 17 December 2015
The next great space observatory took a step closer this week when ESA signed the contract with Arianespace that will see the James Webb Space Telescope launched on an Ariane 5 rocket from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou in October 2018.
Published: 17 December 2015
The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has captured the image of the first-ever predicted supernova explosion. The reappearance of the Refsdal supernova was calculated from different models of the galaxy cluster whose immense gravity is warping the supernova's light.
Published: 16 December 2015
The first papers from the XXL survey, carried out with ESA's XMM-Newton X-ray observatory, are published in a special issue of Astronomy and Astrophysics today. This is the largest XMM-Newton survey of galaxy clusters ever undertaken and the first results reveal the enormous potential of this survey.
Published: 15 December 2015
Astronomers have used the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope and the NASA Spitzer Space Telescope to study the atmospheres of ten hot, Jupiter-sized exoplanets in detail, the largest number of such planets ever studied.
Published: 14 December 2015
Rosetta's OSIRIS camera team has launched a new website to showcase their recent images of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.
Published: 11 December 2015
ESA and Airbus Defence & Space today marked the signing of the contract for building JUICE, the JUpiter ICy moons Explorer.
Published: 9 December 2015
ESA’s LISA Pathfinder blasted off on 3 December at 04:04 GMT (05:04 CET) on a Vega rocket that delivered it to a low-Earth parking orbit. As part of the spacecraft commissioning, the control team at ESOC is collecting data from the star-trackers, and so obtained a one-of-a-kind image of Earth, its atmosphere and the starry sky.
Published: 5 December 2015
Scientists have developed a technique to use quasars – powerful sources driven by supermassive black holes at the centre of galaxies – to study the Universe's history and composition. This approach promises to become an important tool to constrain the properties of our Universe.
Published: 3 December 2015
ESA's LISA Pathfinder lifted off earlier today on a Vega rocket from Europe's spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, on its way to demonstrate technology for observing gravitational waves from space.
Published: 3 December 2015
ESA's XMM-Newton X-ray observatory has revealed three massive filaments of hot gas flowing towards a cluster of galaxies, uncovering a portion of the cosmic skeleton that pervades the entire Universe.
Published: 2 December 2015
Checks carried out for ESA’s LISA Pathfinder mission have provided satisfactory results.
Published: 2 December 2015
Originally planned for a two-year mission, the ESA–NASA Solar and Heliospheric Observatory, SOHO, is today celebrating two decades of scientific discovery.
Published: 2 December 2015
During the final step of VV06 launch campaign, a technical issue on the Vega launch vehicle required additional analysis. The launch initially scheduled for December 2, 2015 is postponed.
Published: 1 December 2015
LISA Pathfinder will be launched on Thursday 3 December at 04:04 UTC (05:04 CET). Information on how to follow the launch and media briefing live can be found here.
Published: 30 November 2015
Following months of intensive training, mission controllers for the LISA Pathfinder gravitational wave detection testbed will complete a final rehearsal tomorrow, ensuring that all is ready for the journey to space.
Published: 27 November 2015
LISA Pathfinder, ESA's technology demonstrator for detecting gravitational-waves, is set for launch on 2 December at 04:15 GMT (05:15 CET) on a Vega rocket from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. Media representatives can follow the launch online and attend the event in ESA's operations centre, ESOC, in Darmstadt, Germany.
Published: 23 November 2015
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