Posted: August 7th, 2014 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Applied Science, Astrophysical, Favorite New Thought, From The Web | Tags: 67P-Churyumov-Gerasimenko, ESA, European Space Agency, Philae, Space Exploration | Comments Off on Rosetta on Final Approach to Comet Landing
In the most complex space mission since the moon landing, an attempt to land a spacecraft on a comet. Launched by the European Space Agency, Rosetta has become the first ever spacecraft to catch up with a comet, a landmark stage in a decade-long space mission that scientists hope will help unlock some of the secrets of the solar system.
The Rosetta spacecraft has travelled six billion kilometres using the gravitational forces of Earth and Mars to slingshot towards the five-kilometre-wide comet. The craft is now within 100 kilometres and considered to be on its final approach :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: March 21st, 2013 | Author: Verity Penfold | Filed under: Cosmology | Tags: ESA, European Space Agency, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA, Planck Satellite, Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe, WMAP | Comments Off on ESA Planck 50 Million Pixel All-sky Snapshot Maps Oldest Light
A new, super detailed map of the most ancient light-radiation in the cosmos has revealed our universe to be almost 90 million years older than previously thought, providing a more accurate view of the universes standard model.
The 50-million pixel, all-sky snapshot of radiation left over from the Big Bang was compiled from data gathered by the European Space Agency – ESA – Planck satellite, launched four years ago. Planck was created as part of ESA’s Horizon 2000 Scientific Programme.
The snapshot depicts Cosmic Microwave Background – CMB – or relic radiation at a point 380,000 years after the Big Bang, as the newly-formed universe started cooling down.
Planck was launched in May 2009, reaching the Earth/Sun’s L2 point in July, and by February 2010 had successfully started a second all-sky survey. according to the ESA team the universe is 13.798 billion years old, it contains nearly 5 percent ordinary matter, 27 per cent dark matter and a whopping 68 per cent dark energy :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: May 12th, 2012 | Author: M.Aaron Silverman | Filed under: Cankler Science News | Tags: ESA, European Space Agency, Jupiter, Jupiters Moons | Comments Off on European Space Agency Fishing on Jupiter’s Moons
The European Space Agency has approved a mission to Jupiter’s moons to discover whether fish live under their icy surfaces. The mission will send a five-tonne satellite to the solar system’s biggest planet to study three of its largest moons – Callisto, Europa and Ganymede.
These are of special interest because beneath their icy surface it is thought they might have vast oceans. Scientists believe this makes them one of the most likely places in the solar system to harbour alien life, possibly even fish.
The spacecraft would use the planet’s gravity to fly around the moons in the hope of discovering whether they host microbial life. The mission is due for launch in 2022 and would arrive in the Jupiter system around 2030.
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