Posted on 13 July 2018 by Rosa
Satellite studying Earth’s diminishing ice swerves to a...
On Monday, 9 July 2018, engineers based at ESA’s European Space Operations Centre in Germany made the decision to alter the path of the CryoSat satellite, preventing a potentially fatal collision between it and an ‘unknown object’....
Posted on 2 April 2018 by Daniel
Tiangong-1 reentry: How ESA found out
Editor’s note: ESA’s Space Debris team have sent in a final update on the reentry of Tiangong-1. As we posted earlier, around once a year, ESA takes part in a joint tracking campaign run by the Inter...
Posted on 22 August 2017 by Daniel
Spotting asteroid Florence
Asteroid 3122 Florence was discovered in 1981. It’s named in honour of Florence Nightingale (1820-1910), the founder of modern nursing. With a diameter of ~4.3 km, Florence is among the largest of the near-Earth asteroids. ESA’s Rüdiger...
Posted on 23 January 2015 by Daniel
Asteroid flyby on 26 January
Asteroid flyby 26 January! It should be visible with binoculars from W. Europe.
Posted on 2 December 2014 by Daniel
Found: One of the faintest-ever asteroids
The Large Binocular Telescope (LBT), of which the Italian National Institute for Astrophysics (INAF) is a main partner, successfully observed asteroid 2014 KC46 in the nights of 28 and 30 October 2014.
Posted on 30 October 2014 by Daniel
Five years in space: 1 satellite – 3 missions
On 2 November, everyone involved with this remarkably useful mission will celebrate its 5th birthday, looking back on 60 months of highly successful technology demonstration and provision of unique solar and space environment monitoring data.
Posted on 11 September 2014 by Daniel
Solar flare 10 September 2014
Update on yesterday’s solar flare and associated coronal mass ejection from Juha-Pekka Luntama, responsible for space weather at ESA’s Space Situational Awareness Programme office at ESOC, darmstadt, Germany. A strong solar flare (X1.6) took place at 19:45...
Posted on 19 May 2014 by Daniel
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...
Posted on 8 January 2014 by Daniel
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...
Posted on 8 January 2014 by Daniel
Forecast: colours in the sky
Update 08.01: Cygnus launch scrubbed due to space weather radiation Just when you thought that the solar maximum was over… This note was sent in today by Juha-Pekka Luntama, Head of the Space Weather Segment in ESA’s...
Posted on 5 November 2012 by Daniel
Designing studio: Experts at ESOC help realise ESA’s ne...
Earlier in October, the main ESA web site carried an article announcing the delivery of the Agency’s new debris test radar to its site close to Madrid: ESA deploys first orbital debris test radar in Spain 15 October 2012 A new radar designed to test methods for finding orbital debris that can be hazardous to space navigation has been installed in Spain. The radar will be used to develop future debris warning services, helping to boost safety for European satellite operators. (Background details on ESA’s Space Situational Awareness (SSA) programme) The news is interesting from several aspects. First, it’s the first of a pair of radars that will be used by the...