European Space Agency Current Affairs, GK & News

Proba-1 completes 20 years

ESA’s Proba-1 minisatellite was launched two decades ago, on October 27, into orbit. It has completed 20 years. Key Points The minisatellite remains fully operational for 20 years. It is the oldest serving Earth observing mission of the agency. Proba-1 is roughly the size of a hotel fridge. It hosts two Earth-observing instruments together with ..

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ESA to hire First Disabled Astronaut

European Space Agency is set to hire and launch world’s first physically disabled astronaut. Key points It is going to be 22-member space programme for which decennial recruitment call for astronauts.  It received 22,000 applicants. Space mission will ESA’s 7-billion-euro budget mission and is a third of NASA’s. Seven or eight launches in a year ..

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New Zealand to launch World’s First Wooden Satellite

European Space Agency (ESA) will  launch world’s first wooden satellite called WISA Woodsat in Earth’s orbit by the end of 2021. WISA Woodsat will be launched to test the applicability of wooden materials such as plywood in spacecraft structures. Mission will expose wooden materials to extreme space conditions like heat, cold, vacuum and radiation. Wooden ..

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Who was Margherita Hack?

On June 12, 2021 Google Doodle celebrated Italian astrophysicist and scientific disseminator Margherita Hack using an animated graphic on her 99th birth anniversary. The doodle shows “Hack sitting on her chair and looking into her telescope”. Who was Margherita Hack? Margherita Hack was an Italian astrophysicist and scientific disseminator. She discovered asteroid 8558 Hack in ..

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ESA announces orbiter to study Venus

European Space Agency (ESA) has announced about its probe called ‘EnVision’ to study Venus, after American Space agency NASA decided to send two missions to the planet. About EnVision EnVision will be the next orbiter to circle over Venus. It will provide a holistic view of planet from its inner core to upper atmosphere. It ..

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