European Space Agency

  • Comet chasing probe wakes up, signals earth January 22, 2014

    Waking up after almost three years of hibernation, a comet-chasing spacecraft sent its first signal back to Earth on Monday, prompting cheers from scientists who hope to use it to land the first space lander onto a comet. The European Space Agency received the all-clear message from its Rosetta spacecraft at...
  • Falling satellite disintegrates in Earth's atmosphere, causes no damage November 11, 2013

    Berlin: The European Space Agency says one of its research satellites that had run out of fuel caused no known damage after re-entering the Earth's atmosphere. ESA said the satellite re-entered the atmosphere at about 0000 GMT Monday on a descending orbit pass that extended across Siberia, the western Pacific Ocean,...
  • Satellite dubbed 'Ferrari of space' is falling towards Earth, but where and when? November 7, 2013

    New Delhi: The European Space Agency's (ESA) Gravity field and steady-state Ocean Circulation Explorer (GOCE) satellite has completed its mission and is re-entering the Earth's atmosphere. The only catch is that scientists are not sure where the one-ton spacecraft's fragments will collide with the Earth's surface and exactly when. ESA...
  • Indian 'military' satellite put into earth's orbit September 3, 2013

    Bangalore: India's first 'military' satellite was Wednesday put into the geosynchronous orbit, about 36,000 km above the earth, five days after it was launched Aug 30 on board an European rocket from Kourou in French Guiana off the Pacific coast. "The advanced multi-band communication satellite GSAT-7 has been placed in the geosynchronous...
  • Herschel space telescope closes its eyes on Universe April 30, 2013

    London: Europe's Herschel space observatory - the largest infrared telescope ever launched - has stopped working after exhausting its supply of liquid helium coolant, ending more than three years of pioneering observations of the cool Universe. Instruments on The European Space Agency's (ESA) billion-euro flagship observatory have warmed to levels that...
  • Remnants of 1500 km long river discovered on Mars January 18, 2013

    London: New astonishing pictures by the European Space Agency have revealed a 1500 km long and 7 kilometre wide river that once ran across Mars. The agency's Mars Express imaged the striking upper part of the remnants of Reull Vallis river on Mars with its high-resolution stereo camera, ESA said...
  • International Space Station to host most accurate atomic clock July 28, 2010

    New York: The International Space Station is to soon host the most accurate clock ever sent into space, which could help reveal changes in nature's fundamental constants. According to the 'New Scientist', the atomic clock will allow for better synchronisation of clocks on Earth and probe exotic physics too. In fact,...
  • Human face mystery on Mars solved September 22, 2006

    Paris: The European Space Agency's (ESA's) Mars Express has obtained detailed images of the Cydonia region, site of the famous 'Face on Mars', and concluded that it is a naturally formed hill on the surface of the Red Planet. The 'Face on Mars' first intrigued scientists when NASA found evidence of...
  • European spacecraft crashes into moon September 3, 2006

    Darmstadt (Germany): Europe's first spacecraft to the moon ended its three-year mission on Sunday with a planned crash on the lunar surface, hitting its target at two kilometers per second, or 7,200 kilometers per hour. Observers on earth captured the impact, in a volcanic plain called the Lake of Excellence, and...