LISA Pathfinder programme will demonstrate, in orbit, the technologies for LISA, the ESA–NASA Laser Interferometer Space Antenna gravity wave observatory.
Insights into the beginnings of the Universe
A project at the cutting edge of astronomy
Delivered to ESTEC (ESA’s test centre) in The Netherlands last summer, LISA Pathfinder has been undergoing a rigorous series of tests designed to validate its design parameters and response to the launch environment.
Kourou, 14 May 2009 - A picture-perfect launch from the Kourou Space Centre in French Guyana: Today, at 3:12 p.m. CEST, the scientific satellites Herschel and Planck were launched aboard an Ariane 5 rocket.
Gaia is a global space astrometry mission, and a successor to the ESA Hipparcos mission. Part of ESA’s long-term scientific programme, Gaia is being built by Astrium and is expected to be launched in 2013 on a Soyuz vehicle.
Noordwijk/Friedrichshafen/Toulouse, 12 February 2009 – The launch of Herschel, the largest space telescope ever built, is being heralded as the year's absolute highlight in astronomy and Astrium is the driving force behind this momentous event.
LISA Pathfinder will pave the way towards detecting gravitational waves, one of the most elusive forces in space.
Clusters of galaxies, centres of galaxies, quasars – even normal stars like the Sun – all emit X-rays. These rays offer a wealth of chemical and physical information about cosmic objects. X-rays are absorbed by the air molecules in the Earth’s atmosphere; they can therefore only be examined…