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Solar Orbiter set to launch on February 7

Solar Orbiter set to launch on February 7

A new space mission is set to launch on February 7 and is called the Solar Orbiter. It's a collaboration between the ESA and NASA. The first launch window for the spacecraft will come on February 7 at 11:15 p.m. EST. The launch will happen at Cape Canaveral aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.

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NASA and ESA will send Solar Orbiter to study the Sun’s poles

NASA and ESA will send Solar Orbiter to study the Sun’s poles

NASA and the European Space Agency have teamed up to send a new spacecraft called Solar Orbiter to study the Sun's poles. The space agencies announced the mission on Monday, explaining that this effort will involve snapping the first-ever images of our star's north pole and south pole. Assuming everything goes as planned, Solar Orbiter will be launched from Florida early next month.

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ESA finally solves its Huygens probe’s Titan landing mystery

ESA finally solves its Huygens probe’s Titan landing mystery

The European Space Agency has finally discovered what went wrong during the descent of the Huygens probe it sent to Saturn's moon Titan as part of the Cassini-Huygens mission launched in 1997. Both the Cassini and the Huygens missions were successful, but the latter didn't perform without issue: the ESA says its probe started spinning the wrong direction during descent, a mystery that has now been solved.

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ESA’s Mars Express snaps stunning image of Red Planet’s icy cap

ESA’s Mars Express snaps stunning image of Red Planet’s icy cap

The European Space Agency has shared a new image of Mars captured using the camera on its Mars Express spacecraft. In the photo, we see Mars' north pole covered with large sheets of snowy white ice surrounded by otherwise reddish and dusty landscape. The image is surprisingly clear and smooth, resembling something one may capture with a 4K drone camera or DSLR.

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ESA launches Cheops, its first mission to explore exoplanets

ESA launches Cheops, its first mission to explore exoplanets

The European Space Agency has successfully launched its Cheops satellite as part of a mission to explore exoplanets that exist beyond our Solar System. Assuming everything goes according to plan, Cheops will be used to learn more about these distant planets, some of which are believed to be potentially capable of sustaining life. This is the first time the ESA has launched a mission dedicated to these planets.

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Mars Express spacecraft’s new Phobos video shows rare phase angle

Mars Express spacecraft’s new Phobos video shows rare phase angle

The European Space Agency's Mars Express mission recently wrapped up its tracking of Phobos, the innermost moon orbiting Mars. Using the spacecraft's camera, the mission captured images of the oddly shaped moon from many angles, the collection of which have been assembled together into a video. Visible in the images are a number of the moon's features, including large craters and other marks.

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ESA reveals ClearSpace-1, the first mission to pluck trash from space

ESA reveals ClearSpace-1, the first mission to pluck trash from space

The European Space Agency has announced the first-ever mission to retrieve a piece of space trash while it is in orbit around our planet. Called ClearSpace-1, the mission is taking place under a consortium being led by ClearSpace, a startup located in Switzerland. The ESA has granted the consortium permission to send in a final proposal for the project, which is scheduled to take place in March 2020.

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Astronaut remotely navigates rover through obstacle course from ISS

Astronaut remotely navigates rover through obstacle course from ISS

The European Space Agency has announced that astronaut Luca Parmitano successfully navigated a rover through an obstacle course to collect a rock sample all the way from the International Space Station. The obstacle course was located in the Netherlands where the test took place on Monday. The ESA developed the technology used to remotely operate rovers from space.

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ESA reveals human hibernation pod concept for long-term space travel

ESA reveals human hibernation pod concept for long-term space travel

The European Space Agency has published two concept images that show the hibernation pods and crew cabin that may be used as part of future long-term space missions involving human astronauts. The work comes from the ESA's Concurrent Design Facility, which was tasked with evaluating the use of hibernation in trips to other nearby planets including Mars.

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Project asks public to help find light pollution in space images

Project asks public to help find light pollution in space images

If you're looking for a way to help experts make an impact on our planet, the ESA has pointed toward Lost at Night, a project that needs the public's help identifying areas of light pollution captured in images taken from space. The project intends to raise light pollution awareness, and it is now asking the public to help researchers in this field by cataloging the images.

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ESA’s new Mars image shows the Red Planet bathed in blue

ESA’s new Mars image shows the Red Planet bathed in blue

The European Space Agency has published a new image showing a 'slice' of Mars, one that ranges from the planet's white cloud-covered north pole down through a band of pocked orange landscape to dark blue southern terrain. The image results from observations made by the ESA's Mars Express spacecraft, offering a unique, colorful, and highly detailed look at the barren planet.

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AIDA team-up aims to test asteroid deflection

AIDA team-up aims to test asteroid deflection

Asteroid researchers and spacecraft designers are meeting up in Rome next week to discuss a common goal of a double spacecraft mission to deflect an asteroid in space. The scientists want to prove if their technique is a viable method of planetary defense against asteroids. The mission is known as Asteroid Impact Deflection Assessment or AIDA.

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