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61th successful launch !

Ariane 5 launcher orbited 2 telecommunications satellites from the European Space Port in French Guiana on 11 September 2014 at 19:05 (Kourou), 12 September 2014 at 0:05 (Paris). Watch the replay. plus
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Rosetta: Five landing sites selected for Philae

August 25, 2014

Two and a half months before the long-awaited touchdown of Philae, scores of scientists from ESA, CNES, DLR and other agencies and laboratories convened at CNES in Toulouse this weekend, to draw up a list of five suitable landing sites on the nucleus of comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko (67P). Touchdown is still on-schedule for mid-November.

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ATV-5 docked with the International Space Station

August 14, 2014

Europe’s fifth ISS cargo resupply ship, sent aloft 30 July by an Ariane 5 launcher, reached its destination this Tuesday 12 August. The station crew will be opening the hatch in a few days’ time. See multi-camera footage of the final minutes of the docking sequence here.

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Rosetta reaches its destination

August 06, 2014

After flawlessly completing a 10th rendezvous braking manoeuvre since 7 May, Rosetta arrived today at its destination and is now 100 km from the nucleus of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

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A comet in two parts

July 17, 2014

The nucleus of comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko seems to be composed of two parts. The latest pictures have caused something of a stir among scientists.