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Mars Express orbit Credit: ESA

Keeping MEX warm

Details, register to attend or watch live: Mars Express - Open Data Day 28 October 2016

Sentinel-1A solar array before & after Credit: ESA

Sleuthing a space collision

Since launch in 2014, Europe’s Sentinel-1A spacecraft has performed flawlessly, delivering a wealth of advanced radar imagery for Europe’s Copernicus programme. Later joined in orbit by sister satellite Sentinel-1B, the tandem mission recently delivered images of the...

VEX SWE Report 5 June 2014

Space weather report for an alien world

There’s a detailed news article in the main ESA website today on the space weather reports being generated for Venus Express in support of the aerobraking campaign (see Space weather report for an alien world). This is the...

Venus Express SWE report 190514. Courtesy: ESA/SSA/SSCC Helpdesk

Venus Express space weather report No. 1

Have you ever read a live space weather report, just minutes after it was issued to support an operational spacecraft orbiting another planet? Neither have we! Here is today’s VEX space weather (SWE) report issued earlier this...

NASA Solar Dynamics Laboratory Credit: NASA
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Colours in the sky – Part 2

Here it is! This movie shows imagery from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory as the Sun emitted an X-class flare on 7 January 2014. The movie shows light in the 1600 Angstrom wavelength showing both sunspots visible on...

Today’s space weather: extra radiation

An update provided by the Space Weather team at ESA’s Space Situational Awareness (SSA) programme office, with inputs from several of the spacecraft operations managers here at ESOC. We’re currently experiencing an S1-level solar energetic particle (SEP) event. Starting at 10:15CET today, radiation detectors on board spacecraft in geostationary orbit have been showing increased levels of energetic protons; space weather forecasters are currently working to establish the origin of the event based on continuing solar observations. An S1 event is considered small and will not usually significantly hamper spacecraft operations. Flight control teams for several ESA missions including Venus Express, Integral and Gaia at ESOC are monitoring radiation levels carefully. Integral has...

Sixth European Conference on Space Debris

ESA/ESOC, Darmstadt, Germany, 22-25 April 2013 The European Space Agency will host the 6th European Conference on Space Debris at ESA’s Space Operations Centre (ESOC) in Darmstadt, Germany, from 22 to 25 April, 2013. European Conferences on Space Debris are the largest dedicated gatherings on the subject. During the four days, in two parallel sessions, the Sixth European Conference on Space Debris will provide a forum for presenting and discussing latest results, and for defining future directions of research on all aspects of space debris , including measurement techniques, environment modeling theories, risk analysis techniques, protection designs, mitigation & remediation concepts, and policy & legal issues. Special sessions will be devoted to...