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N° 41–2012

Start-of-the-year press breakfast with ESA Director General

21 December 2012

On Thursday, 24 January, ESA Director General Jean-Jacques Dordain will meet the press at the traditional start-of-year gathering, providing an overview of ESA’s achievements in 2012 and the challenges ahead in 2013.

N° 40–2012

From la Pampa to the Universe: ESA completes deep-space network

18 December 2012

ESA’s new tracking station in Malargüe, Argentina, will be inaugurated later today ready to enter service early next year. The massive antenna will capture precious scientific data from missions voyaging hundreds of millions of kilometres into our Solar System.

N° 39–2012

EDRS space network ready to go ahead

23 November 2012

The design of Europe's data relay satellite system - EDRS - has been completed and approved. This marks the moment when it moves ahead with a green light from its first customer, the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security initiative from the European Union (GMES).

N° 38–2012

Meteosat Third Generation agreement signed at Ministerial meeting

21 November 2012

The European Space Agency and EUMETSAT today signed the agreement on the Meteosat Third Generation weather satellite system at the ESA Ministerial Council in Naples, Italy.

N° 37–2012

European Ministers decide to invest in space to boost Europe’s competitiveness and growth

21 November 2012

UPDATE 23 NOV: ESA has just concluded a successful two-day Council meeting at ministerial level in Naples, Italy. Ministers from ESA’s 20 member states and Canada today allocated €10 billion for ESA’s space activities and programmes for the years to come.

N° 36–2012

Call for Media: ESA Council meeting at ministerial level moves to Naples

24 October 2012

ESA and the Italian space agency have jointly decided to move the venue of the upcoming Council at Ministerial level, initially scheduled to take place in Caserta on 20-21 November, to the close city of Naples.

N° 35–2012

ESA Science Programme’s new small satellite will study super-Earths

19 October 2012

Studying planets around other stars will be the focus of the new Small-class Science Programme mission, Cheops, ESA announced today.Its launch is expected in 2017.

N° 34–2012

Call for Media: ESA Council meeting at ministerial level

15 October 2012

The objectives and priorities for Europe in space will be discussed at the Council at Ministerial Level in Caserta, Italy on 20–21 November.

N° 33–2012

Deployment of Europe’s Galileo constellation continues

12 October 2012

The third and fourth satellites of Europe’s Galileo global navigation satellite system were lofted into orbit on 12 October from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana. They join the first pair of satellites launched a year ago to complete the validation phase of the Galileo programme.

N° 32–2012

Mission accomplished for ATV Edoardo Amaldi

03 October 2012

ESA's third Automated Transfer Vehicle cargo ferry, Edoardo Amaldi, completed the final part of its highly successful six-month servicing mission to the International Space Station by reentering the atmosphere today and burning up as planned over an uninhabited area of the southern Pacific ocean.

N° 31–2012

Metop-B delivers first data from polar orbit

28 September 2012

Four of the instruments on the Metop-B weather satellite (AMSU-A, ASCAT, MHS, GRAS) have been activated this week and are delivering data.

N° 30–2012

ESA hands over control of the Metop-B weather satellite to EUMETSAT

21 September 2012

Darmstadt/Paris, 21 September 2012 - Yesterday, at 18:30 local time EUMETSAT took control of Metop-B operations, following the three-day Launch and Early Orbit Phase (LEOP) conducted by the European Space Operations Centre (ESOC) of the European Space Agency (ESA). The handover follows the launch of Metop-B on 17 September.

N° 29–2012

Call for Media: new data on global sea level changes

19 September 2012

A unique 18-year run of satellite readings showing global sea level changes in unprecedented detail will be unveiled next week. Media representatives are invited to Italy’s lagoon city of Venice on 24 September to find out more.

N° 28–2012

Europe’s second polar-orbiting weather satellite is aloft

17 September 2012

The second Metop satellite was launched today from the Baikonur cosmodrome, in Kazakhstan, atop a Russian Soyuz launcher.

N° 27–2012

Poland accedes to ESA Convention

13 September 2012

Poland took a step further in its relations with ESA by exchanging Accession Agreements on the ESA Convention on 13 September 2012, to become the 20th ESA Member State.

N° 26–2012

ESA and European Investment Bank launch Space for Mediterranean Countries Initiative

10 September 2012

ESA Director General Jean-Jacques Dordain and EIB Vice President Philippe de Fontaine Vive Curtaz today signed the Space for Mediterranean Countries Initiative agreement. The two organisations will work together towards satellite-based services bridging the digital divide and aiming at bringing economic growth to the Mediterranean region.

N° 25–2012

MSG-3, Europe’s latest weather satellite, delivers first image

07 August 2012

Today, the Spinning Enhanced Visible and Infrared Imager (SEVIRI) instrument on MSG-3 captured its first image of the Earth. This demonstrates that Europe’s latest geostationary weather satellite, launched on 5 July, is performing well and is on its way to taking over operational service after six months of commissioning.

N° 24–2012

Call for Media: Mars Express supports NASA’s Curiosity landing

27 July 2012

Media representatives are invited to ESA’s operations centre in Germany on Monday, 6 August, to follow ESA's Mars Express supporting the entry, descent and landing of NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory.

N° 23–2012

Call for Media: see what is at stake at world’s largest Earth observation conference

17 July 2012

Media representatives are invited to a briefing before the opening of the International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium in Munich, Germany. The briefing hosted by ESA and the German Aerospace Center (DLR) will begin on Monday 23 July at 09:45.

N° 22–2012

ESA hands over MSG-3 weather satellite to EUMETSAT

16 July 2012

Today at 14:00 local time, following the successful launch of the satellite on 5 July aboard an Ariane 5 from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana, and after 11 days of LEOP (Launch and Early Orbit Phase) by ESA’s Centre, ESOC, EUMETSAT took control of the MSG-3 operations.

N° 21–2012

MSG-3 set to ensure quality of Europe’s weather service from geostationary orbit

05 July 2012

The latest weather satellite in Europe’s highly successful Meteosat second-generation series is on its way after lifting off on an Ariane 5 at 21:36 GMT (23:36 CEST) on Thursday, 5 July from Europe’s Spaceport at the Guiana Space Centre in Kourou, French Guiana.

N° 20–2012

ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti set for Space Station in 2014

03 July 2012

ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti has been assigned to be launched on a Soyuz spacecraft from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan in 2014 for a long-duration mission aboard the International Space Station.

N° 19–2012

ESA astronaut André Kuipers returns to Earth

01 July 2012

ESA astronaut André Kuipers, together with his Russian Commander Oleg Kononenko and NASA astronaut Donald Pettit, has landed safely on the steppes of Kazakhstan at 08:14 GMT (10:14 CEST) in Soyuz TMA-03M.

N° 18–2012

New launch date confirmed for Metop-B

28 June 2012

The revised launch date for the Metop-B satellite from the Baikonur Cosmodrome has been set for 19 September 2012.

N° 17–2012

Call for Media: ESA at Farnborough international airshow

22 June 2012

ESA will be highlighting the key roles that space plays today in our rapidly changing world when the Space Zone - the very popular feature of the Farnborough international airshow opens its doors 9-15 July.

N° 16–2012

Launch date of MSG-3 reset to 5 July 2012

12 June 2012

Arianespace has announced that the launch date of the MSG-3 satellite from the European Spaceport in Kourou, originally foreseen for 19 June, has been reset to the evening of the 5 July 2012. The delay is due to additional checks that were made on the EchoStar 17 telecommunication satellite, which is to be launched together with MSG-3 on the Ariane 5 ECA launcher.

N° 15–2012

ESA declares end of mission for Envisat

09 May 2012

Just weeks after celebrating its tenth year in orbit, communication with the Envisat satellite was suddenly lost on 8 April. Following rigorous attempts to re-establish contact and the investigation of failure scenarios, the end of the mission is being declared.

N° 14–2012

Call for Media: Europe's SpaceLab finalists link up with space and meet astronauts

09 May 2012

Europe's finalists in the Space Lab challenge will join astronauts, scientists and Google managers at the European Astronaut Centre in Cologne on 16 May to discuss their experiment ideas and call ESA astronaut André Kuipers on the International Space Station.

N° 13–2012

JUICE is Europe’s next large science mission

02 May 2012

Jupiter’s icy moons are the focus of Europe’s next large science mission, ESA announced today.

N° 12–2012

Metop-B launch postponed

27 April 2012

EUMETSAT and the European Space Agency (ESA) have been informed by the launch service provider, Starsem, that the launch of the Metop-B satellite by a Soyuz rocket, scheduled for 23 May from Baikonur, had to be postponed. This is due to additional measures required to ensure the availability of safe drop zones for parts of the launcher after liftoff.

N° 11–2012

Call for Media: International Space Station symposium in Berlin

20 April 2012

Top scientists and heads of the five International Space Station partner space agencies will meet in Berlin on 2–4 May to present results from more than ten years of scientific activities on the orbital outpost and to elaborate on future research perspectives.

N° 10–2012

Europe’s third cargo vehicle docks with the Space Station

28 March 2012

ESA’s ATV Edoardo Amaldi has completed the first stage of its docking with the Russian Zvezda module of the International Space Station.

N° 9–2012

Europe’s smart supply ship on its way to Space Station

23 March 2012

ESA’s ATV Edoardo Amaldi lifted off from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, today at 04:34 GMT (05:34 CET, 01:34 local) on an Ariane 5 launcher, operated by Arianespace, heading towards the International Space Station.

N° 8–2012

Call for Media: invitation to witness Galileo pass its space test

18 March 2012

Media representatives are invited to attend an event marking the completion of the in-orbit testing of the first two Galileo satellites on 29 March at ESA’s Redu Centre in Belgium.

N° 7–2012

ATV launch delayed

02 March 2012

A routine inspection has concluded that additional measures are required to ensure the maximum readiness of the third Automated Transfer Vehicle for launch. It has therefore been decided to postpone the launch previously scheduled for 9 March.

N° 6–2012

International Space Station Heads of Agencies Joint Statement

01 March 2012

The heads of the International Space Station (ISS) agencies from Canada, Europe, Japan, Russia and the United States met in Quebec City, Canada, on March 1, 2012, to review the scientific,technological, and social benefits being produced through their collaboration, and to discuss plans for further broadening these benefits by continuing to advance the human exploration of space.

N° 5–2012

ATV-3 set to provide ESA's annual service to Space Station

29 February 2012

ESA's third Automated Transfer Vehicle cargo ferry, Edoardo Amaldi, is ready for launch on an Ariane 5 to the International Space Station on 9 March from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.

N° 4–2012

Fifth ATV named after Georges Lemaître

16 February 2012

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 reflect Europe's deep roots in science, technology and culture.

N° 3–2012

ESA's new Vega launcher scores success on maiden flight

13 February 2012

Vega, ESA's new launch vehicle, is ready to operate alongside the Ariane 5 and Soyuz launchers after a successful qualification flight this morning from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.

N° 2–2012

Vega set for its inaugural flight

02 February 2012

On 13 February, the European Space Agency will perform the first qualification flight of its brand new Vega launch vehicle.

N° 1–2012

Overview of ESA activities in 2012 of interest to media

09 January 2012

UPDATE: 03 September
Expected key events of the year (follow the ESA website at for the final dates) :