ESA is having problems with the coronavirus

The European Space Agency stated that the current coronavirus epidemic had contributed to adjustments in many space missions.

ESA reported that it was reducing the number of operations and missions and was transferring its staff to remote work from home.  At least that was the case with the Control Centre located in Germany.  As a result, some missions have to be stopped.

Missions such as ExoMars, Mars Express, Solar Orbiter and Cluster have been adjusted. ESA states that it will limit data collection from these four missions and will leave key personnel to monitor them. For the time being, the task of the engineers is to support the operation of the spacecraft in real time.

ESA has not set a specific date after which everything should have returned to normal.

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