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JWST – A new view of the Universe (ESA)

The world’s next generation cosmic observatory, the James Webb Space Telescope, is due for launch on an Ariane 5 from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana in late December. ESA – JWST – A new view of the Universe

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ESA’s new and future exoplanet missions (ESA)

ESA’s trifecta of dedicated exoplanet missions – Cheops, Plato and Ariel – will also be complemented with the upcoming James Webb Space Telescope mission. ESA – ESA’s new and future exoplanet missions

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Airbus will build ESA’s Ariel exoplanet satellite (ESA)

ESA and Airbus have signed a contract to move forward with the design and construction of the Atmospheric Remote-sensing Infrared Exoplanet Large-survey, Ariel, planned for launch in 2029. ESA – Airbus will build ESA’s Ariel exoplanet satellite

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Test tanks fuelled for ESA’s Themis reusable first stage (ESA)

Recently completed tests of two propellant tanks set a first technological milestone in the ESA reusability roadmap towards the demonstration of a reusable first stage vehicle called Themis. ESA – Test tanks fuelled for ESA’s Themis reusable first stage

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A one-way phone call at Mars (ESA)

This November, ESA’s Mars Express spacecraft carried out a series of experimental communication tests with the Chinese (CNSA) Zhurong Mars rover. Mars Express successfully caught data sent up ‘in the blind’ by the rover and relayed them to Earth where they were forwarded to the Zhurong team in China. ESA – A one-way phone call […]

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Sentinel-6 returning most precise data ever on sea level (ESA)

Sea-level rise is one of the most immediate consequences of climate change, as highlighted recently through urgent pleas from leaders of island nations at the COP26 summit. Global measures of sea-level rise are imperative to underpinning global policy and for strategies to protect coastlines and low-lying lands. Measuring tiny differences in the height of the […]

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ESA accelerates 5G digital transformation (ESA)

ESA is working with Eureka, an international organisation for research and development funding and coordination, and its Celtic-Next cluster, which is developing next-generation communications for a digital society. ESA – ESA accelerates 5G digital transformation

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Using space to foster development assistance for disaster resilience (ESA)

ESA’s Global Development Assistance Programme, brought to life by ESA Member States at Space19+, has officially kicked off its first action focused on agile Earth observation information development in the thematic sector of ‘Disaster Resilience’. This marks the first milestone in a programme that aims to foster impact through the systematic integration of Earth observation […]

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Solar Orbiter returns to Earth before starting its main science mission (ESA)

Solar Orbiter is returning to Earth for a flyby before starting its main science mission to explore the Sun and its connection to ‘space weather’. During the flyby Solar Orbiter must pass through the clouds of space debris that surround our planet, making this manoeuvre the riskiest flyby yet for a science mission. ESA – […]

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Planetary defenders: after NASA’s DART comes ESA’s Hera (ESA)

The world will be watching the milestone launch of NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test, DART, spacecraft on Wednesday, 24 November, intended to alter one small part of the Solar System forever. ESA – Planetary defenders: after NASA’s DART comes ESA’s Hera

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ESA uses space to supercharge climate action (ESA)

After two weeks of negotiations, the summit – which was held in Glasgow in the UK – concluded with world governments working to agree on a renewed commitment to dial back planet-warming emissions. ESA – ESA uses space to supercharge climate action

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ESA’s Biomass on track to target forests (ESA)

With more than 100 global leaders at COP26 having pledged to halt and reverse deforestation and land degradation by the end of the decade to help address the climate crisis, the health of the world’s forests is high on the political agenda. ESA’s Biomass mission will soon play a key role in delivering novel information […]