In the news
The first satellite of Europe’s Copernicus programme was sent aloft today, Thursday 3 April, by a Soyuz launcher from the Guiana Space Centre as scheduled at 18:02 local time (23:02 CET).
The small robotic lander, which will be dropped onto comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in November, was woken from its deep-space 'hibernation' today. This is a crucial milestone in the Rosetta mission, after wake-up of the orbiter in January. CNES is ready to receive the 1st science data from Philae.
Geneviève Fioraso, France’s Minister for Higher Education and Research, Jean-Jacques Dordain, Director General of the European Space Agency (ESA), and CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall announced Monday 17 March that French astronaut Thomas Pesquet will make his first spaceflight in late 2016.
Operators at ESA’s mission control centre in Darmstadt, Germany, received confirmation that the Rosetta spacecraft had woken up in the early evening of 20 January. After 10 years in space, the probe is now ready to pursue its path en route to comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko.