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The last Hubble Servicing Mission concluded Sunday with a trouble-free Space Shuttle landing. During a series of unprecedented spacewalks, astronauts have primed the space telescope for its next discoveries
Published: 24 May 2009
After a perfect injection by the Ariane 5 launcher on 14 May and the successful first trajectory correction manoeuvres, commissioning of the payload and subsystems on both the Herschel and Planck spacecraft has now begun
Published: 20 May 2009
On Thursday, 21 May, Cassini returns to Saturn's largest moon for the mission's fifty-sixth targeted encounter with Titan: T55. The closest approach to Titan occurs at 21:26:41 UTC at an altitude of 965 kilometres above the surface and at a speed of 6.0 kilometres per second. The latitude at closest approach is 22°S and the encounter occurs on orbit number 111.
Published: 19 May 2009
ESA PR 10-2009: Two of the most ambitious missions ever attempted to unveil the secrets of the darkest, coldest and oldest parts of the Universe got off to a successful start this afternoon with the dual launch of ESA's Herschel and Planck.
Published: 14 May 2009
At 15:12:02 CEST the Herschel and Planck satellite pair lifted off on board an Ariane 5 from Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana.
Published: 14 May 2009
The fifth and final servicing mission to the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) is now underway. Although most eyes will be on the astronauts as they carry out the instrument replacement activities a lot of behind-the-scenes work will be going on in support of these activities. This includes the work of a dedicated ESA engineering support team monitoring the ESA hardware on the HST.
Published: 13 May 2009
The Herschel and Planck spacecraft are on the launch pad. Roll out was completed on 13 May. Launch on schedule for 14 May 13:12 UTC (15:12 CEST)
Published: 13 May 2009
The launcher for Herschel and Planck has been declared ready for launch following the successful conclusion of the Launch Readiness Review, RAL (Revue d'Aptitude au Lancement), held on 9 May and the close-out review held on 12 May. The launch from the European Spaceport at Kourou, French Guiana, is scheduled for 14 May 2009.
Published: 13 May 2009
On Tuesday, 5 May, Cassini returns to Saturn's largest moon for the mission's fifty-fifth targeted encounter with Titan: T54. The closest approach to Titan occurs at 22:54:15 UTC at an altitude of 3244 kilometres above the surface and at a speed of 5.8 kilometres per second. The latitude at closest approach is 14.1°S. The encounter occurs on...
Published: 5 May 2009
On 11 May 2009 the Space Shuttle Atlantis will launch with a crew of seven to visit the Hubble Space Telescope and carry out the fifth and final servicing mission, priming Hubble to continue its programme of discovery well into the next decade
Published: 1 May 2009
Combined observations with the six spacecraft of the Cluster and Double Star missions have allowed scientists to monitor in detail the impact of extreme solar events on the Earth and the near-Earth environment.
Published: 29 April 2009
On 28 April ESA issued a "Call for Declarations of Interest in Science Instrumentation" for the L-class Cosmic Vision mission study IXO. Prospective Instrument Study Teams are invited to submit proposals outlining the composition of nationally funded consortia to carry out assessment level studies.
Published: 28 April 2009
Now that additional checks on the Ariane 5 ECA launcher have been completed, Arianespace and ESA have set the launch date of Herschel and Planck for Thursday 14 May.
Published: 28 April 2009
To commemorate the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope's 19 years of success, the orbiting telescope has photographed a peculiar system of interacting galaxies known as Arp 194
Published: 21 April 2009
Due to an anomaly discovered during tests on a subassembly identical to the one on the Ariane 5 launcher, Arianespace has decided to carry out additional checks which will take a few days.
Published: 20 April 2009
On Monday, 20 April, Cassini returns to Saturn's largest moon for the mission's fifty-fourth targeted encounter with Titan: T53. The closest approach to Titan occurs at 00:20:45 UT at an altitude of 3600 kilometres above the surface and at a speed of 5.8 kilometres per second. The latitude at closest approach is 7.7°S and the encounter occurs on orbit number 109.
Published: 20 April 2009
With the additional checks related to the flight worthiness of the Herschel telescope now completed, ESA and Arianespace have set the launch date of Herschel and Planck for 6 May 2009
Published: 8 April 2009
A new Hubble image highlights striking swirling dust lanes and the globular clusters in the galaxy NGC 7049, which is the brightest galaxy within the cluster of galaxies it belongs to
Published: 7 April 2009
ESA has issued a Call for White Papers as input to the Fundamental Physics Roadmap Advisory Team. This is part of the FPR-AT consultation process with the broad scientific community.
Published: 6 April 2009
This result has important implications for the theoretical understanding of Gamma-Ray Burst (GRB) models
Published: 3 April 2009
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