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ESA’s Sentinel-2B satellite to join its twin

ESA’s Sentinel-2B satellite to join its twin

The European Space Agency’s just launched Sentinel-2B satellite will join its twin, dubbed Sentinel 2-A, in the orbit to provide scientists with precise images of Earth for the Copernicus environmental monitoring programme.

Sentinel 2-B lifted off from Europe’s Kourou, French Guyana-based Spaceport at 01:49 GMT on 7th of March (02:49 CET; 22:49 local time).

The first stage of the rocket Vega separated around a couple of minutes after liftoff, and the second and third stages separated at 3 min 56 sec and 6 min 32 seconds, respectively.

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Thorny skate won’t get protection under ESA

Thorny skate won’t get protection under ESA

The thorny skate, a species of fish that mainly lives near the bottom of the coastline of North Atlantic Ocean, will not get protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), the federal government agency has declared.

Various environmental groups and wildlife advocates had urged the federal authorities to add the thorny skate species to the endangered species list because the species’ population has declined significantly in the northwest Atlantic Ocean.

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Ill-fated Mars lander succumbed to incorrect altitude reading: ESA

Ill-fated Mars lander succumbed to incorrect altitude reading: ESA

Misinterpretation of sensor data led to the destruction of a European Space Agency’s Schiaparelli lander just prior to its planned landing on the surface of Mars last month, a preliminary investigation suggested.

The ESA said in a statement that the investigation suggested that an unexplained fault in the lander’s Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) fed erroneous data into the probe’s navigation computer, causing it to think it was already on Mars’ surface when it was actually still many miles above the planet.

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Rosetta’s another feat: Discovers complicated organic molecules on Comet 67P

Rosetta’s another feat: Discovers complicated organic molecules on Comet 67P

ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft has been registering success after success. Not a long time has passed when the comet chaser located the lost Philae lander on Comet 67P and now, it has discovered organic molecules on the comet’s surface.

Mission scientists are happy that Rosetta has been accomplishing these tasks before it runs out of fuel and makes an expected crash into the comet’s surface. Certain organic molecules have been found in the dust grains surrounding the comet.

Philae’s location on comet finally detected- resting on its side in crevice

Philae’s location on comet finally detected- resting on its side in crevice

After almost two years of search,ESO team has found where the European comet lander Philae is present on Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. In the images from Rosetta, the exact place where the lander is present has been identified.

On November 12, 2014, the European Space Agency's Philae landed on Comet 67P but scientists could not detect its final location because of the rough landing. The ESA officials are quite happy that they have been able to find Philae before Rosetta would touchdown on the comet to end the mission.

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Saturn’s iconic rings with strange bent effect could be due to Optical Illusion

Saturn’s iconic rings with strange bent effect could be due to Optical Illusion

A beautiful image captured of Saturn by the Cassini spacecraft in June has been released by NASA. When you will look the image closely then you will see two of the planet’s rings appear to be strangely bent.

In the image, Saturn’s A and F rings appeared to be bent. According to NASA, the ringed planet is responsible for the bent visual effect. There is no physical issue with Saturn’s rings. The space agency has explained the phenomenon that Saturn’s atmosphere absorbs some of the light reflected by the rings as it passes through.

Philae to go completely offline on Wednesday: ESA

Philae to go completely offline on Wednesday: ESA

The European Space Agency (ESA) is officially putting an end to the life cycle of Philae, the first lander ever to touch down on the surface of a comet. On Wednesday (July 27), ESA team will switch off Electrical Support System Processor Unit (ESS), a common link used for communication between Rosetta and the lander.

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First part of two-phase European-led ExoMars mission all set for Monday’s launch

First part of two-phase European-led ExoMars mission all set for Monday’s launch

The next robotic mission to Mars is all set for its launch, which has been planned for March 14, Monday. A Russian-made Proton-M rocket will carry the Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) and Schiaparelli lander. They both are first part of the two-phase Europe-led ExoMars mission.

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Astronomers push Hubble’s boundaries to zoom into most distant galaxy

Astronomers push Hubble’s boundaries to zoom into most distant galaxy

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope broke previous cosmic distance record when it zoomed into the most distant galaxy in the deepest reaches of the space. The remote galaxy is GN-z11, which existed mere 400 million years after the Big Bang. Hubble Space Telescope has been offering amazing capabilities to astronomers for the past 25 years. James Webb Telescope will offer even better resolution compared to Hubble.

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After Europe, the US and Japan, Luxembourg announces to Step into Asteroid-mining

After Europe, the US and Japan, Luxembourg announces to Step into Asteroid-mining

In an attempt to become a European hub in asteroid-mining and space resource use, Luxembourg has revealed Wednesday its plan to collect mineral from near-Earth objects like asteroids.

In a statement, Luxembourg’s ministry of the economy announced that the step to jump into asteroid-mining will help the small nation to position itself as a European center of space exploration. As per the government plan, Betzdorf based communications satellite owner and operator SES will help Luxembourg in planning such missions.

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