ALMA has many mothers

To mark the inauguration of the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), the ALMA partner organizations have produced a brochure explaining how scientists and engineers from Europe, North America and East Asia, in cooperation with the…

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Jumbo Jigsaw

The next pieces of the jigsaw for the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT) — the world’s biggest eye on the sky — are coming together. At ESO’s Garching facility in Germany, a full-size mock-up of…

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The Big Bang inventor will leave Earth with a big bang

ESA’s Automated Transfer Vehicles (ATVs) are an essential contribution by Europe to running the International Space Station. Naming the fifth after Belgian scientist Georges Lemaître continues the tradition of drawing on great European visionaries to…

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VEGA on the way up

Vega flight VV01 has lifted off from Europe’s Spaceport. ESA’s new, small launcher will carry nine satellites into orbit on its very first flight: Italian space agency’s LARES and ALMASat-1 with seven CubeSats from European…

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Clean. Very clean.

Mars may have been arid for more than 600 million years, making it too hostile for any life to survive on the planet’s surface, according to researchers who have been carrying out the painstaking task…

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Viva the Vega

ESA’s new Vega rocket is now fully assembled on its launch pad. Final preparations are in full swing for the rocket’s inaugural flight from Europe’s Spaceport. The launch window opens on 9 February…. (ESA)

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Comm problems a billion miles away

PASADENA, Calif. — Engineers with NASA’s Cassini mission are conducting diagnostic testing on a part of the spacecraft’s radio system after its signal was not detected on Earth during a tracking pass in late December….