Solar Orbiter’s unprecedented view of the quiet corona

Solar Orbiter’s unprecedented view of the quiet corona

The ESA-led Solar Orbiter mission has experienced its second close encounter with the Sun. It is delivering more stunning data, and at higher resolution than ever before. The moment of closest approach took place on 12 October at 19:12 UTC (21:12 CEST), when Solar Orbiter was just 29% of the Earth’s distance from the Sun. […]

The Incredible Adventures of the Hera mission – Tales of Terrific Technology

The Incredible Adventures of the Hera mission – Tales of Terrific Technology

Meet Hera, our very own asteroid detective. Together with two CubeSats – Milani the rock decoder and Juventas the radar visionary – Hera is off on an adventure to explore Didymos, a double asteroid system that is typical of the thousands that pose an impact risk to planet Earth. Suitable for kids and adults alike, this […]

Proba-2 sees two partial eclipses

Proba-2 sees two partial eclipses

ESA’s Proba-2 captured two partial solar eclipses on 25 October 2022. A solar eclipse is caused by the movement of the Moon around Earth. Despite their much different sizes, due to their separation, the Moon appears to be about the same size as the significantly larger Sun in the sky. Occasionally, the Moon passes in front […]

James Webb Telescope explores a pair of merging galaxies

Here, the Webb Picture of the Month of merging galaxies IC 1623 A and B is juxtaposed with a new image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. This image on the right, combining data from Hubble’s ACS and WFC3 instruments, gives a familiar visible-light view of these colliding galaxies, where the centres of the individual galaxies are much more obscured by dark dust. Meanwhile, […]

NASA’s James Webb Telescope Takes Star-Filled Portrait of Pillars of Creation

NASA’s James Webb Telescope Takes Star-Filled Portrait of Pillars of Creation

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope has captured a lush, highly detailed landscape – the iconic Pillars of Creation – where new stars are forming within dense clouds of gas and dust. The three-dimensional pillars look like majestic rock formations, but are far more permeable. These columns are made up of cool interstellar gas and dust […]

Europe’s all-new weather satellite arrives at launch site

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After a two-week voyage across the Atlantic Ocean, the ship transporting the first Meteosat Third Generation satellite docked at Pariacabo in French Guiana and the precious cargo unloaded. Now safe and sound in one of the spaceport’s cleanrooms, satellite engineers will ready it for liftoff on an Ariane 5 rocket in December. Once in geostationary […]

Ariane 6 stands tall on its launch pad

Ariane 6 stands tall on its launch pad

The Ariane 6 launch pad at Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana now hosts for the first time a fully assembled example of ESA’s new heavy-lift rocket, following the addition of an upper composite to the core stage and four boosters already in place. The upper composite – consisting of two half-fairings and a payload mock-up with […]

Successful launch of EUTELSAT HOTBIRD 13F satellite

– First of two satellites to be placed at Eutelsat’s flagship 13-degree East position – Capex optimization with replacement of three existing satellites by two, and application of design-to-cost policy – Bringing newest resources and enhanced services at Eutelsat EMEA’S leading TV neighbourhood – First satellite based on the electrical propulsion Eurostar Neo platform fostering […]

Star Duo Forms ‘Fingerprint’ in Space, NASA’s Webb Finds

Star Duo Forms ‘Fingerprint’ in Space, NASA’s Webb Finds

A new image shows at least 17 dust rings created by a rare type of star and its companion locked in a celestial dance. A new image from NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope reveals a remarkable cosmic sight: at least 17 concentric dust rings emanating from a pair of stars. Located just over 5,000 light-years from Earth, […]

Solar Orbiter speeds towards its next rendezvous with the Sun

The ESA-led Solar Orbiter mission arrives at its next close approach to the Sun on 12 October 2022 at 19:12 UTC (21:12 CEST). This sequence of images shows the progress of the ESA/NASA spacecraft as it heads inwards on its voyage of discovery. The sequence begins on 20 September and finishes on 10 October. The […]