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  • Mission X blast off: British astronaut Tim Peake launches ‘astronaut training’ at schools across the UK

    31 Jan 2014

    As the first official British astronaut is busy preparing for his 2015 mission to the ISS, students across the UK are embarking on their own astronaut training programme with the launch of Mission X 2014 (MX2014).

  • Rosetta wide awake as check-up continues

    31 Jan 2014

    Following last week’s wake-up of the Rosetta comet-chaser, ESA’s flight controllers have conducted the first in a series of health checks aimed at assessing how well it came through 31 months of hibernation.

  • Global Collaborative Space Programme: Information Day

    27 Jan 2014

    We are hosting an Information Day, to explain more about the recently announced Global Collaborative Space Programme.

  • CryoSat detects hidden Antarctic pattern

    21 Jan 2014

    Near the centre of Antarctica, measurements from CryoSat show an unusual pattern in the ice sheet’s elevation. Scientists have now found the reason for this pattern – and the discovery is leading to even more accurate measurements from Europe’s ice mission.

  • Europe’s ‘sleeping beauty’ wakes up from deep space hibernation

    20 Jan 2014

    This evening (20/01/14) saw a fairy-tale ending to a tense chapter in the story of Europe’s Rosetta space mission when the spacecraft sent its first signal after 31 months of hibernation.

  • Gaia enters its operational orbit

    14 Jan 2014

    Europe’s billion-star surveyor Gaia is now in its operational orbit around a gravitationally stable virtual point in space called ‘L2’, 1.5 million km from Earth.

  • Achievement award for Herschel's SPIRE team

    14 Jan 2014

    The Royal Astronomy Society (RAS) has awarded its 2014 Group Achievement Award to the team behind the Herschel Space Observatory's SPIRE instrument.

  • Image of the week: Wide view of ‘Mystic Mountain’

    6 Jan 2014

    The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope photograph, which looks stranger than fiction, captures the chaotic activity on top of a pillar of gas and dust. The three light-years high pillar is being eaten away by the brilliant light from nearby bright stars.

  • UK Space Agency corporate performance

    19 Dec 2013

    Here at the UK Space Agency, we know that having a performance culture is vital to our ongoing success. Without one, it is near impossible to be efficient, effective in our delivery, and to build credibility and trust with our stakeholders.

  • UK Cubesat Forum

    19 Dec 2013

    As a result of recommendations from the January 2013 UK Cubesat Workshop, members of the UK Cubesat community have established a forum to provide an independent, community led discussion and networking platform for UK nanosatellite or Cubesat stakeholders.

  • Liftoff for Europe’s billion-star surveyor

    19 Dec 2013

    Europe’s Gaia mission blasted off this morning on a Soyuz rocket from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, on its exciting mission to study a billion suns.

  • Mission control ready for Gaia launch

    18 Dec 2013

    Shortly after a powerful Soyuz launcher lofts Gaia - Europe’s new star mapper - into space on Thursday, teams on the ground will establish initial radio contact. Even then, tension will run high in ESA’s mission control as Gaia must still perform a critical automatic sequence.

  • Training Like an Astronaut at the House of Commons

    17 Dec 2013

    Teacher training for Mission X: Train Like an Astronaut was rounded off this year with a briefing session at the House of Commons on 04 December. Veteran young astronauts from the programme shared their experiences of Mission X 2013 with new budding young astronauts.

  • Swift satellite catches a hundred thousand new cosmic X-ray sources

    16 Dec 2013

    An international team led from the University of Leicester has published a major list of celestial X-ray sources in the Astrophysical Journal. The result of many years work, this list of over 150,000 high-energy stars and galaxies will be a vital resource for future astronomical studies.

  • Seasons Greetings

    16 Dec 2013

    This image was taken over the UK from a high altitude balloon launched on Sunday 1 December 2013 and is the winning entry of this year’s UK Space Agency Holiday Card Competition. The competition was open to anyone and inspired some creative designs.

  • Galileo achieves its first airborne tracking

    13 Dec 2013

    Europe’s Galileo satellites have achieved their very first aerial fix of longitude, latitude and altitude, enabling the inflight tracking of a test aircraft.

  • Wake up, Rosetta!

    12 Dec 2013

    Think it’s tough getting up in the morning when the alarm clock sounds? Imagine what it must be like waking up 673 million kilometres from the warmth of the Sun and with no coffee. You might need some help…

  • CryoSat measures European strom surge

    12 Dec 2013

    ESA’s CryoSat satellite measured the storm surge from the recent North Sea storms, as high waters passed through the Kattegat sea between Denmark and Sweden.

  • Going global: UK Space Agency to build international partnerships using UK expertise

    12 Dec 2013

    £80m fund to create opportunities around the world for UK expertise in small satellites, satellite telecommunications and applications of space data, opening markets to UK business.

  • Government response to the Outer Space Act consultation published

    6 Dec 2013

    The UK Space Agency has issued a government response to the Outer Space Act consultation issued in May 2012.

  • UK centre stone-laying launches European space celebrations

    5 Dec 2013

    The first stones of ESA’s new establishment in the UK were laid in a ceremony today by Director General Jean-Jacques Dordain, UK Minister of Universities and Science David Willets and the first ESA Director General, Roy Gibson.

  • Horizon 2020 coming closer

    5 Dec 2013

    The EU’s next seven year Research and Innovation Programme starts on 1 January 2014.

  • More national CanSat competitions than ever

    5 Dec 2013

    Across Europe, more student teams than ever before are drawing up their plans for launching CanSats. These tiny ‘satellites’ fit into a drinks can yet perform a scientific ‘mission’ when launched from a small rocket.

  • Image of the week: Grooves and ridges

    2 Dec 2013

    This scene shows a section of Ismeniae Fossae that straddles the southern highlands–northern lowlands of Mars. The distinct channels indicate that in the past, this was an icy, watery environment.

  • European constellation to watch over our planet’s magnetic shield

    22 Nov 2013

    Europe’s three-satellite Swarm constellation was lofted into a near-polar orbit by a Russian Rockot launcher this afternoon (22 November 2013). For four years, it will monitor Earth’s magnetic field, from the depth of our planet’s core to the heights of its upper atmosphere.

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