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Comet 67P from a distance of 31km
21-04-2016 03:56 PM CEST

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Comet 67P from a distance of 31km

Comet 67P from a distance of 31km as seen by Rosetta’s OSIRIS camera taken on 21 April 2016.

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Credit: ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA

Asteroid Heinerklinkrad
21-04-2016 01:40 PM CEST

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Asteroid Heinerklinkrad

Operations Image of the Week: Asteroid Heinerklinkrad

The US Minor Planet Center has announced the new name for the asteroid formerly known as 2009 RC26 to be (264045) Heinerklinkrad.

The asteroid, several kilometres across, was discovered on 13 September 2013 by Matthias Busch and Rainer Kreskin using ESA’s Optical Ground Station on Tenerife, Spain.

The citation reads:

Heiner Klinkrad (b. 1953) is a German engineer, academic and former head of the European Space Agency’s Space Debris Office. One of Europe’s leading debris experts, he has played a crucial role in defining mitigation guidelines now adopted by numerous space agencies.

Credit: ESA/TOTAS/M. Busch/R. Kresken/D. Pazos

Proba-1 images Svalbard ground station
21-04-2016 01:35 PM CEST

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Proba-1 images Svalbard ground station

Technology Image of the Week: Proba-1 images Svalbard ground station

Long shadows cast across the snow give a frosty view of the covered domes of Europe’s most northerly ground station, as seen by the smallest camera on ESA’s veteran Proba-1 minisatellite.

The Svalbard Satellite Station sits on the island of Spitsbergen in the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard in the Arctic Ocean. Operated by Kongsberg Satellite Services, it is the world’s largest commercial satellite ground station.

Located halfway between mainland Norway and the North Pole, Svalbard can track all 14 daily passes of polar-orbiting satellites, and has performed downlink duties for numerous ESA Earth-observing missions up to the present day.

It is an also an important site for Europe’s Galileo navigation satellites, hosting a sensor station to monitor signal quality and an uplink station to transmit navigation message updates to the satellite fleet.

In addition, Svalbard hosts one of Europe’s three terminals for relaying distress beacons detected by Galileo and other satellites to regional search and rescue services.

Note the slice of airstrip, cleared of snow, at the top of the image. Also free of snow is the road to the station, which stands 400 m above the airstrip. The island power plant can also be seen along the road. The Global Seed Vault, storing diverse crop seeds in the event of global disaster, is also located along the road, although not visible here.

The cubic-metre Proba-1 is the first in ESA’s series of satellites aimed at flight-testing new space technologies. It was launched in October 2001 but is still going strong after 14 years, having since been reassigned to ESA’s Earth observation duties.

Proba-1’s main hyperspectral CHRIS imager is supplemented by this experimental HRC high-resolution camera, acquiring black and white 5 m-resolution images.

Other innovations included what were then novel gallium-arsenide solar cells, the use of startrackers for gyroless attitude control, one of the first lithium-ion batteries – now the longest such item operating in orbit – and one of ESA’s first ERC32 microprocessors to run Proba-1’s agile computer.

This HRC image was acquired on 16 April 2016.

Credit: ESA

Soyuz heads to launch tower
21-04-2016 09:37 AM CEST

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Soyuz heads to launch tower

The Soyuz rocket that will carry Sentinel-1B into orbit heads to the launch tower at Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. Liftoff is set for 22 April.

Credit: ESA

Soyuz rolls out
21-04-2016 09:37 AM CEST

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Soyuz rolls out

The Soyuz rocket that will take Sentinel-1B, three CubeSats and Microscope into orbit being rolled out to the launch pad in preparation for liftoff on 22 April 2016.

Credit: ESA

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