LPF arrives!

LPF arrived today at Lagrange Point 1

LPF is now in a Lissajous orbit around L1. Copyright ESA/C.Carreau

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Laser light for LISA Pathfinder

Laser system, the data management unit and several inertial sensor systems – have been successfully switched on and their operability has been confirmed

The LISA Technology Package (LTP) is the scientific heart of the mission. © ESA/ATG medialab

LISA Pathfinder

LISA Pathfinder

LISA Pathfinder launches successfully on 3 Dec 2015

LISA Pathfinder lifted off from Kourou on VV06

LISA Pathfinder blasts off into low-earth orbit on 3 Dec 2015. ©ESA–Stephane Corvaja, 2015

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LISA Pathfinder mission progress including the LISA Pathfinder Launch Campaign at the European Space Agency

LPF ground clamp-band being replaced for flight clamp-band at Kourou Space Centre. @ ESA-F.Bertini

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LISA Pathfinder on the way to launch

The satellite is completed

LISA Pathfinder Science Module atop the propulsion module at IABG Ottobrunn. (© Airbus DS)

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New Hubble Find suggests eLISA will directly observe "Engine" of many Quasars

Hubble: Nearest Quasar is powered by a Double Black Hole

Artist's view of a Binary Black Hole. Credit: NASA, ESA, and G. Bacon (STScI)

LPF Operations

LPF Operations

Preparing the team for LPF operations

The LPF mission duration is very short - the data analysis team must be extremely well prepared!

Team members during the pre-SOVT1.13 operations test. Image: Michele Armano

A New Astronomy

A New Astronomy

Selected: The Gravitational Universe

ESA decided on next Large Mission Concepts

ESA announced a new vision to study the invisible universe and L2 and L3 science concepts

A New Astronomy

A New Astronomy

The Gravitational Universe

Illuminating the dark universe with a new astronomy

Artist's impression of supermassive black hole. Credit: ESA/NASA, AVO project, Paolo Padovani.

eLISA Mission

eLISA Mission

eLISA: A New Astronomy

evolving Laser Interferometer Space Antenna

Artist's impression of eLISA satellite. Credit: AEI/MM/exozet

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eLISA will be a large-scale space mission designed to detect one of the most elusive phenomena in astronomy - gravitational waves. With eLISA we will be able to observe the entire universe directly with gravitational waves, learning about the formation of structure and galaxies, stellar evolution, the early universe, and the structure and nature of spacetime itself.

LISA Pathfinder will pave the way for the eLISA mission by testing in space the very concept of gravitational wave detection. The LISA Pathfinder Mission was successfully launched from Kourou on Arianespace Flight VV06 on 3rd December 2015 and has now reached to Lagrange Point L1. It entered orbit around L1 on 22nd January 2016.

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