Late Afternoon Soyuz Landing Caps Successful Homecoming of Space Station Crew Duo

It was a warm summertime evening in the Kazakh steppe on Friday when a Soyuz Capsule carrying two ISS crew members from France and Russia parachuted to a safe landing one hour before sunset, closing out a half-year space mission that circled the Earth 3,136 times and covered over 130 million Kilometers.

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Weak Simulations, Inadequate Software & Mismanagement caused Schiaparelli Crash Landing

The European Space Agency concluded its inquiry into the crash landing of the experimental Schiaparelli Mars Lander last October, citing a lack of understanding and modeling of parachute dynamics experienced at high speed, insufficient failure identification and recovery options in the craft’s software and mismanagement of subcontractors & hardware acceptance as contributing factors for the botched landing sequence.

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French-American Spacewalking Duo aces busy EVA, ISS Docking Module ready for Robotic Relocation

Two Astronauts aboard the International Space Station ventured outside the hatches of the orbiting complex on Friday, spending six and a half hours spacewalking to complete a number of tasks including preparations for the relocation of one of the Station’s docking modules on Sunday.

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Sentinel-2B enjoys smooth Orbital Delivery atop Vega Rocket to join Europe’s Copernicus Fleet

Vega – the smallest in Europe’s line of launch vehicle – lit up the night skies over the edge of the Amazon on Monday, thundering off to lift the newest member in the Copernicus constellation to orbit, taking the pulse of an ever-changing planet with a series of active observation posts circling the Earth.

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Impressive Photos of Vega’s Nighttime Blastoff from South America

Europe’s Vega rocket blasted off from the ZLV launch site at the Guiana Space Center at 1:49 UTC on March 7, 2017, racing into the night skies over the space base to lift the Sentinel-2B satellite into orbit for the European Copernicus Program tasked with the collection of complete, timely and accurate Earth observation parameters.

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Video: Vega’s Nighttime Blastoff with Sentinel-2B Earth Observer

Vega – the smallest in Europe’s line of launch vehicles – lit up the night skies over the edge of the Amazon on Monday, thundering off to lift the newest member in the Copernicus constellation to orbit, taking the pulse of an ever-changing planet with a series of active observation posts circling the Earth.

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Sentinel-2B Earth-Observation Satellite ready for Nighttime Liftoff atop Vega Rocket

Europe’s Copernicus Earth Observation Constellation will welcome its newest member Monday night when the Sentinel-2B satellite blasts off from the Guiana Space Center atop a Vega Rocket, blazing into orbit to cut in half the revisit time for multispectral images.

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ESA Mars Orbiter completes Plane Change Maneuvers ahead of long Aerobraking Campaign

ESA’s Trace Gas Orbiter completed a series of engine burns to shift its orbit around Mars toward a higher inclination in preparation for a lengthy altitude reduction campaign that will take the rest of the year and spiral the spacecraft down into its science orbit from where the orbiter can obtain a detailed inventory of the Martian atmosphere.

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