June 28, 2003 |
Japan and the European Space Agency are planning a joint mission that would be the first to land a probe on Mercury. Three probes would map the topography and study the origins of the closest planet to the sun. Russian Soyuz rockets are expected to launch the probes starting in 2010. They would reach Mercury about four years later, with one probe landing on the planet and the other two orbiting and charting its surface for a year.
June 3, 2003 |
An unmanned spacecraft built by the European Space Agency blasted off atop a Russian rocket Monday on a mission to Mars, where it will orbit the planet for nearly two years and search for signs of life. The Mars Express spacecraft was launched by a Soyuz FG booster rocket from the Russian-operated Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the space agency said.
March 18, 2002 |
A bust of Christopher Columbus stands proudly outside the office of the head of the European Space Agency, a reminder of Europe's grand tradition of exploration and the riches it can bring. Nowadays, space is the new frontier, and Europe has mostly ceded its trailblazing role to the powerful nation in the New World whose settlement Columbus initiated. But that doesn't mean the treasure hunt is over.
July 17, 2000 |
A Russian rocket blasted off into space and placed two German satellites in orbit a day later than planned after a malfunction had halted the mission seconds before launch Saturday. Russian news agencies quoted space officials as saying that the Soyuz rocket had lifted off from Baikonur in Kazakhstan. The press office of Russia's space agency, quoted by the Interfax news agency, said two Cluster-2 satellites were subsequently placed into orbits.
December 13, 1999 |
There's a market overhead that could be worth $55 billion over the next decade. Competition to win a piece of it is fierce and getting fiercer, drawing in Americans, Western Europeans, Russians, Chinese, Ukrainians, Japanese, Indians, Brazilians. Welcome to a unique line of business that truly is rocket science--making express deliveries into outer space for $10,000 a pound or more.
August 3, 1992 |
U.S. astronauts completed delivery of the European Space Agency's EURECA laboratory 230 miles above the Earth on Sunday, but the new satellite failed to reach a higher orbit where it is supposed to operate for several months. European Space Agency officials expressed confidence that a maneuver could be carried out as early as this morning to boost the vehicle into its planned orbit at an altitude of about 330 miles.
February 9, 1992 |
The Ulysses spacecraft boomeranged past Jupiter on Saturday, flying through deadly radiation and an orbiting ring of volcanic debris on its way to study the sun. "This is a historic moment for Ulysses," said Ed Smith, NASA's project scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena. "It successfully passed Jupiter. . . . We're ready to begin our primary mission to explore the poles of the sun." Ulysses began its $750-million mission Oct.
November 21, 1990 |
Sometime after Christmas, but before the spring thaw, the small staff of an arcane White House agency will finish work on a document that will help chart the future of America's beleaguered commercial space industry. The National Space Council, which was activated two years ago by President Bush to set goals for space exploration and development, is drafting a comprehensive policy that will seek to improve the fortunes of the faltering $1-billion-a-year commercial space industry.