Tag: ESA

New (free) software released to view Sun in stunning detail

December 16, 2010 | By | Add a Comment

The European Space Agency and NASA have combined to make available free software that lets you look at the Sun in a completely new way. ‘JHelioviewer is new visualization software that enables everyone, anywhere to explore the Sun. Developed as part of the ESA/NASA Helioviewer Project, it provides a desktop program that enables […]

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ESA spacecraft views partial solar eclipse from space

July 13, 2010 | By | Add a Comment

ESA has released images taken by its Proba-2 microsatellite of yesterday’s Total Solar Eclipse taken from space. Proba-2’s orbit didn’t take it directly across the path of the Total Eclipse phase so the spacecraft only got to image the eclipse as a partial one. That said, the pictures are still spectacular and worth […]

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ESA Rosetta flyby of Asteroid Lutetia a success

July 11, 2010 | By | Add a Comment

Send to Kindle(Text from ESA website) ‘Asteroid Lutetia has been revealed as a battered world of many craters. ESA’s Rosetta mission has returned the first close-up images of the asteroid showing it is most probably a primitive survivor from the violent birth of the Solar System.’ ‘The flyby has been a spectacular success with Rosetta […]

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Watch live webcast as spacecraft encounters asteriod Sunday morning

July 7, 2010 | By | Add a Comment

This Saturday night / Sunday morning (Australian time), the European Space Agency’s Rosetta space craft will have a close flyby of the asteroid Lutetia. This is the first time a spacecraft has visited this asteroid, and astronomers both amateur and professional are curious to know what it looks like. The close encounter will […]

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ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft closes on Minor Planet Lutetia

June 28, 2010 | By | Add a Comment

The European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft is getting ready for a flyby of the Minor Planet Lutetia at 2:10 a.m. AEST on Sunday 11 July 2010. Rosetta will pass within 3,200 kilometers of the asteroid’s surface during its flypast. The close pass will allow around 2 hours of good imaging with the spacecraft […]

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Astronaut’s eye view: Mars Express orbiting the Red Planet

June 2, 2010 | By | Add a Comment

Send to Kindle(Text from ESA media release / webpage) This video shows what future astronauts would see from their cockpit: Mars turning below as they sweep around the Red Planet. Last month, ESA’s Mars Express snapped images every minute to create a unique video that loops through a complete orbit of Earth’s gorgeous neighbour. Mars […]

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