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    • European Solar Orbiter launches successfully

      European Solar Orbiter launches successfully

      We all know our sun is surrounded by a great bubble-like heliosphere, which sets our solar system apart from the rest of interstellar space. But now ESA's Solar Orbiter - which launched an hour ago today – will probe how the Sun creates and controls this heliosphere.

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    • NASA spacecraft breaks its own record

      NASA spacecraft breaks its own record

      NASA's Parker Solar Probe took one step closer to the sun Wednesday (29 January) when it executed its fourth flyby of our star. This is the first such maneuver, called a perihelion, that the spacecraft has completed since swinging past Venus in December, a move that shrank the probe's orbit.

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    • Europe marks 40th anniversary of first Ariane rocket launch

      Europe marks 40th anniversary of first Ariane rocket launch

      The first Ariane space rocket lifted off over the forests of French Guiana 40 years ago, enabling Europe to at last take its place as an independent player in the international race for space. Following a number of delays and technical setbacks, Ariane 1 finally left the launch pad in Kourou at 2:13 pm local time on 24 December, 1979.

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    • ESA launches new era of exoplanet science

      ESA launches new era of exoplanet science

      The European Space Agency (ESA) launches today a first-of-its-kind exoplanet telescope, which will perform detailed studies of hundreds of known worlds beyond the Solar System. The mission heralds a shift from missions designed to discover such planets - some 4,000 of which have now been found - to those intended to learn about them in detail, say astronomers.

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    • Space junk cleanup to begin with ESA mission

      Space junk cleanup to begin with ESA mission

      Wherever we humans go, we leave behind a mess. That goes for space, too. Today, our species is responsible for more than 500,000 pieces of junk hurtling around Earth at phenomenal speeds, and if we don't start actively removing the largest pieces, the risk of collisions will only grow worse.

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    • European Space Agency agrees record €14.4 bn budget

      European Space Agency agrees record €14.4 bn budget

      European Space Agency (ESA) members agreed on Thursday a record €14.4bn budget for a broad package of projects over the next five years, an increase of some €4bn over the previous spending plan. The agency promised to maintain Europe's place at the top table as the US and China press ahead and industry disruptors such as Elon Musk's Space X present new challenges, news wires reported.

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