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ExoMars liftoff on board a Proton launcher from Baikonur Cosmodrome, 14 March 2016, 09:31 GMT / 10:31 CET Credit: ESA


ESA’s ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter and Schiaparelli lifted off this morning at 09:31 GMT from Baikonur on board a Proton rocket.  

Spot Alexander in space

A few hours after the Soyuz TMA-13M spacecraft is launched with Alexander, Max and Reid on board, the International Space Station will fly over Western Europe. You can see our ISS from Earth just by looking up...

Sentinel-1 Credit: ESA/ATG Media Lab

Sentinel-1A launch timeline

Find below a detailed timeline for the launch of Sentinel-1A on 3 April 2014. Lift off is set for 21:02:31 GMT (23:02:31 CEST) on board Soyuz ST flight VS07 from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guyana. This...

Liftoff for Swarm!

Launched on schedule at 13:02 from Plesetsk. Good luck for the rest of the journey into orbit!

Gaia lift-off time

Launching a satellite seems fairly simple: put it onto a rocket and launch it into space. Of course it’s a bit more complicated than this and some missions are more complex than others. In the case of Gaia we have to launch at a very specific time each day. This lift-off time is determined by the Libration Point Mission Analysis Group of ESOC. In this blog entry I’ll explain why this launch time is so constrained and how we determine the exact lift-off time. There are three major factors that contribute to this launch: – The destination of Gaia, the Sun-Earth libration point, or Lagrange point 2 – The programming of the...

Soft launch – blog now live

Even the greatest of journeys begins with but a single step — and this seems to be it! Welcome to ESA’s new Rocket Science blog. Details shortly…