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'End of Days' for Europe's Ambitious GOCE and Planck Missions to Explore Earth and the Cosmos

 

The European Space Operations Centre (ESOC) in Darmstadt, Germany, will bid a fond farewell to the GOCE and Planck missions this week. Both missions have contributed enormously to our understanding of Earth and the Universe. Photo Credit: ESOC

Two ambitious science missions—one circling Earth closer than any other research satellite, the other orbiting [...]

The World's First Achievement of Microwave Electric-Field Measurement Utilizing Optical Fiber, Within an Ion Engine

HayabusaImage Credit: JAXA

Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT, CEO: Hiroo Unoura, Tokyo) and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA, President: Naoki Okumura) have achieved the world’s first microwave electric-field measurement with the newly developed optical electric-field sensor based on an optical fiber (fiber-optic EO probe*1) in plasma inside a microwave discharge ion engine*2 for use [...]

NASA Announces Asteroid Grand Challenge

Image Credit: NASA

WASHINGTON — NASA announced Tuesday a Grand Challenge focused on finding all asteroid threats to human populations and knowing what to do about them.

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What Will Dawn Find At Ceres?

The Dawn spacecraft has left Vesta and is currently on its way to Ceres, which it should reach in 2015. Image Credit: NASA

NASA’s Dawn spacecraft was launched September 27, 2007, on a unique  mission: to explore the two most massive objects in the asteroid belt, Vesta and Ceres. Propelled by an ion engine, [...]

Dawn's Vesta Departure Delayed

The Dawn spacecraft, which is currently orbiting the large asteroid Vesta, has had issues with its reaction wheel crop up. This will cause its departure from the tiny world to be delayed. Image Credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech/UCLA/McREL

NASA’s Dawn spacecraft will be staying at the large asteroid Vesta a little longer than originally planned. [...]