Space Research

Mars Express – Europe’s contribution to learn more about Mars.

As a part of the Cosmic Vision 2020 Mars Express is the first of the missions that will bring about more knowledge about our neighbours in space. Later, missions such as Venus Express to Venus, and BepiColombo to Mercury, will provide Europe with greater knowledge about the inner planets, missions that can place Europe in the forefront of planet investigation.

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The JEM-X instruments on the INTEGRAL satellite

Modern astronomers uses the entire electromagnetic spectrum to learn about the cosmos. Europe’s next major scientific satellite, INTEGRAL, is designed to make astronomical observations in hard X-rays and gamma rays, the most energetic forms of electromagnetic radiation. One of the four instruments, the Joint European Monitor for X-rays, JEM-X, has been provided by a collaboration of European laboratories with a strong Nordic contribution.

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Eiscat Svalbard – Contributes to the understanding of the sun’s effect

After decades of research much of the interaction between the earth and the sun, the sun’s effect on our surroundings and the mechanisms that control the effects are not so well known. But, in spite of the possibilities the satellite techniques provide, ground based instruments are still the most cost effective way to gain new knowledge, with satellites and rockets as important supplements.

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The Automated Transfer Vehicle Jules Verne The first Supply Ferry to Space

When the International Space Station (ISS) is complete, and fully manned, the station will need a regular supply of propellant, food and other supplies for general maintenance activities onboard. The most cost effective way to achieve this is to use unmanned ferries for one time use. Europe’s main contribution to the station is developing and building the required number of such ferries. The Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) is today in the closing stages of development/

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