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ESA's Rosetta Lander Awake After Long Slumber, Ready for Science

From the European Space Agency: “Artist’s impression of Philae descending to the surface of comet 67P/CG.” Image Credit: ESA/ATG medialab

The European Space Agency (ESA) announced that a crucial part of its long-slumbering Rosetta spacecraft—its Philae lander—was successfully reactivated Friday, March 28. This comes over two months after the spacecraft as a whole was [...]

ESA's Pesquet Assigned to 2016 Long-Duration ISS Mission

ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet (second from right) discusses his 2016 assignment to a long-duration ISS mission. He is flanked by the ESA’s Director General Jean Jacques Dordain, the French Minister for Higher Education and Research, Geneviève Fioraso, and the President of the French space agency, CNES, Jean-Yves Le Gall (from right to left). Photo [...]

European Space Agency Selects PLATO Observatory for Proposed 2024 Launch

From the European Space Agency (ESA): “The PLAnetary Transits and Oscillations of stars (PLATO) mission will identify and study thousands of exoplanetary systems, with an emphasis on discovering and characterising Earth-sized planets and super-Earths. It will also investigate seismic activity in stars, enabling a precise characterisation of the host sun of each planet discovered, [...]

Chandra Telescope Observes Impressive Pulsar Racing Away From Ancient Supernova

An extraordinary jet trailing behind a runaway pulsar is seen in this composite image that contains data from Chandra (purple), radio data from the ACTA (green), and optical data from the 2MASS survey (red, green, and blue). The pulsar—a spinning neutron star—and its tail are found in the lower right of this image. The [...]

Ariane 5 Successfully Delivers Athena-Fidus and ABS-2 Satellites to Orbit

Technicians position the ABS-2 satellite atop the SYLDA, preparatory to installing the payload shroud. Photo Credit: Arianespace

Arianespace, the Paris-headquartered launch services organization, which operates the small Vega, medium Soyuz and giant Ariane 5 boosters out of the Guiana Space Centre in Kourou, French Guiana, has triumphantly kicked off an impressive salvo of launches [...]

Three new exoplanets discovered in star cluster

Artist’s conception of one of the newly-found planets in the Messier 67 star cluster. Image Credit: ESO

Three more exoplanets have just been found, adding to a long and rapidly growing list, but their location makes them a bit more unique – they orbit three different stars in a star cluster rather than other isolated stars [...]

James Webb Space Telescope Flight Instruments and Primary Mirror Segments Ready for Assembly

The amazing mirrors that will fly aboard NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope will allow the James Webb Space Telescope to see farther away and further back in time to detect the light from the very first and most distant stars and galaxies. In this photo, an engineer’s crystal clear reflection is seen on the [...]

CONTACT! Europe's Rosetta Spacecraft Ends 31-Month Slumber Ahead of Cometary Encounter

Rosetta and its Philae landing craft will arrive at Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in 2014. Yesterday’s successful restoration of communications with the spacecraft is the first critical step on our exciting journey to orbit and land on a comet for the first time in human history. Image Credit: ESA

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Day of Truth Nears as ESA Prepares to Reawaken Rosetta Cometary Explorer

Rosetta and its Philae landing craft will arrive at Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in 2014. On Monday, 20 January, the craft is due to be revived from its 2.5-year deep-space hibernation. Image Credit: ESA

According to the Brothers Grimm, Sleeping Beauty was condemned to sleep for 100 years, but the European Space Agency (ESA) will act [...]

One Step at a Time: Construction of the James Webb Space Telescope Steadily Going Forward

Segments of the James Webb Space Telescope’s primary mirror, while undergoing cryogenic testing. Image: Ball Aerospace

In what constitutes important and exciting news for space science and astrophysics, the final segments of the primary mirror for the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) have been delivered to NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.

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