One of the first star tracker images acquired as part of an experimental campaign to determine if the star trackers can spot asteroids. Credit: ESA CC BY-SA IGO 3.0

LISA Pathfinder hunts asteroids

This tiny, perfect mission has not only proven the technology needed to detect gravity waves in the future full LISA mission, it has also gone looking for asteroids!

Impact visualisation Credit: ESA

Search & download

The proceedings from the 7th European Conference on Space Debris are now online, fully searchable and downloadable

TGO short summer break

On 25 June, TGO will suspend its aerobraking campaign until the end of August due to Mars' conjunction with the Sun.

Trace Gas Orbiter at Mars Credit: ESA/ATG medialab

Aerobraking: So far, so good

The news from the ExoMars/TGO mission control team following the first ten days of the ‘walk-in’ to aerobraking is good! #hang10

ExoMars/TGO Deputy Spacecraft Operations Manager Silvia Sangiorgi seen in the Main Control Room at ESOC during launch in March 2016. Credit: ESA/J. Mai

TGO feels the burn

We already have had already two percienter passes at 150 km height; they gave us, respectively, 11 and 10 mm/sec of delta V. All is nominal and working fine for the moment.

Hang 10 over Mars

On 6 April, the craft will begin the critical, year-long ‘aerobraking’ phase, using the faint drag of the very upper reaches of the Martian atmosphere to slow the craft, lowering its orbit.