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NASA Instruments Aboard Rosetta Get Ready for Cometary Science

Artist’s impression of Rosetta at comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko (objects not to scale). Image Credit: ESA/ATG Medialab

Months after reawakening from a record-setting slumber, NASA has announced that three of its instruments aboard Rosetta, the European Space Agency’s (ESA) comet-hunting spacecraft, have started sending data back to Earth. Rosetta is primed to become the first spacecraft [...]

Months After Rosetta Reawakens, Its Target Comet 'Wakes Up'

From the European Space Agency (ESA): “Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko seen towards the constellation of Ophiuchus (note that from the vantage point of Earth, both the comet and Rosetta are presently in Sagittarius), with the globular cluster M107 also clearly visible in the field of view. The image was taken on 30 April 2014 by the [...]

The Future That Wasn't: The Hermes Spaceplane

Hermes, Europe’s spaceplane, is depicted coasting in orbit in an artist’s rendering. Image Credit: European Space Agency (ESA)

The prose in the 1986 Aerospatiale advertisement was breathless: “10 years old, and still 20 years ahead,” it started. The ad continued, “At Aerospatiale, addressing the exciting aerospace challenges of tomorrow means capitalizing on the daring [...]

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 [...]

Ariane 5 Poised to Launch Astra 5B and Amazonas 4A Satellites in Friday Mission

The livery for Mission VA-216, scheduled for launch on Friday, 21 March, is affixed to the side of the booster. Photo Credit: Arianespace

More than three months later than originally planned, Arianespace—the Paris, France-headquartered launch services organization—is poised to deliver the Astra 5B and Amazonas 4A communications satellites into geostationary transfer orbit on Mission [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Ariane 5 Primed for Thursday Mission With Athena-Fidus and ABS-2 Satellites

Mission VA-217 will be powered uphill by the Vulcain-2 engine of the cryotechnic main stage and twin side-mounted solid-fueled rocket boosters. Photo Credit: ESA – CNES Arianespace Optique video du CSG JM Guillon

More than five months since the roar of an Ariane 5 last rocked the Guiana Space Centre in Kourou, French Guiana, [...]

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

A handsome prince, in the form of [...]

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 [...]