Solar Orbiter catches a second comet by the tail

Solar Orbiter catches a second comet by the tail

Adapted from ESA Science and Exploration Page For the second time in its mission, the ESA/NASA Solar Orbiter spacecraft has flown through the tail of a comet. Predicted in advance by astronomers at University College London, UK, the spacecraft collected a wealth of scientific data that now awaits full analysis. For a spacecraft designed to […]

Orbital Insertion Burn a Success, Webb Arrives at L2

Orbital Insertion Burn a Success, Webb Arrives at L2

Today, at 2 p.m. EST, the James Webb Space Telescope fired its onboard thrusters for nearly five minutes (297 seconds) to complete the final postlaunch course correction to Webb’s trajectory. This mid-course correction burn inserted Webb toward its final orbit around the second Sun-Earth Lagrange point, or L2, nearly 1 million miles away from the Earth. The […]

Fitness in Space

Fitness in Space

Adapted from ESA Science and Exploration Page. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZfweGd18H4 You’ve heard of spacewalking astronauts but how do astronauts run? Join ESA’s Matthias Maurer for a workout on the International Space Station’s T2 treadmill and explore Node 3 in 360°. Astronauts living and working on the International Space Station exercise for around two hours a day six […]

Ariane 6 Central Core Arrives at Europe’s Spaceport to Mimic Launch Campaign

Ariane 6 Central Core Arrives at Europe’s Spaceport to Mimic Launch Campaign

The central core for the Ariane 6 rocket has arrived at Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana, the European Space Agency (ESA) announced Tuesday. This is the first time the rocket’s parts have come together on the launch pad, enabling the team to conduct combined tests that will mimic a real launch campaign. The first flight […]

Plato Mission Given Green Light to Investigate Habitable Planets

Plato Mission Given Green Light to Investigate Habitable Planets

This past week, the European Space Agency (ESA) completed the critical milestone review for Plato, a mission to investigate far-off habitable planets, giving it the green light to continue development. Plato, or PLAnetary Transits and Oscillations of stars, is a telescope that will use 26 cameras to discover and characterise extrasolar planetary systems, focusing particularly […]

With the New Year Comes New and Exciting Missions — ESA Previews What’s Ahead in 2022

With the New Year Comes New and Exciting Missions -- ESA Looks Ahead in 2022

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3mIjy0pUfFg As always, a new year brings new and exciting missions and launches for ESA. In science the world looks forward to the first image releases of the recently launched James Webb Space Telescope and the third data release for Gaia, both teaching us more about our galaxy and Universe. ESA’s new Mars rover will be launched with the […]

Ride into space on Vega-C secured for FLEX and Altius

Ride into space on Vega-C secured for FLEX and Altius

Repurposed from ESA Applications page. A contract signed with Arianespace secures the joint launch for two satellites that will further knowledge of our home planet. Scheduled to lift off on a new class of rocket, ESA’s Vega-C, from Europe’s Spaceport in mid-2025, FLEX will yield new information about the health of the world’s plants and […]

James Webb Telescope Reaches Major Milestone as Mirror Unfolds

James Webb Telescope Reaches Major Milestone as Mirror Unfolds

Above — An artist’s conception of the James Webb Space Telescope in space shows all its major elements fully deployed. The telescope was folded to fit into its launch vehicle and then was slowly unfolded over the course of two weeks after launch. Credits: NASA GSFC/CIL/Adriana Manrique Gutierrez NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope team fully […]

James Webb Space Telescope Successfully Deploys Sunshield

James Webb Space Telescope Successfully Deploys Sunshield

On Jan. 4, 2022, engineers successfully completed the deployment of the James Webb Space Telescope’s sunshield, seen here during its final deployment test on Earth in December 2020 at Northrop Grumman in Redondo Beach, California. The five-layer, tennis court-sized sunshield is essential for protecting the telescope from heat, allowing Webb’s instruments to cool down to […]

Precise Ariane 5 launch likely to extend Webb’s expected lifetime

Precise Ariane 5 launch likely to extend Webb's expected lifetime

This post was repurposed from the ESA Science and Exploration page. After a successful launch of the NASA/ESA/CSA James Webb Space Telescope on Christmas Day, and completion of two mid-course correction maneuvers, the Webb team has analyzed its initial trajectory and determined the observatory should have enough propellant to allow support of science operations in orbit for significantly […]