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What Is a Gravitational Wave Detector, and Why Do We Want to Send One to Space?

By the end of this year, the European Space Agency will launch a demonstration mission that could lead to a whole new way for astrophysicists to observe the Universe. The mission, called “LISA Pathfinder,” will test new technology to detect gravitational waves in space. Gravitational waves are ripples in spacetime. Show More Summary

A guided tour of the International Space Station

The European Space Agency has added a “street view” of the space station to their website. Web Science space station interactive map street view

ICYMI: X-ray pill, space-controlled earth rover and more

Today on In Case You Missed It: A new X-ray pill to check for colon cancer is about to enter human trials in the EU and colons everywhere are probably grateful. The European Space Agency is going to control a rover on earth via astronaut on the International Space Station. And a hobbyist crafted a drone that can lift a human for a good 10 minutes. Comments Tags: video

Explore the International Space Station (Toilets and All) With This Interactive Map 

2 days agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

Before the end of her record-setting stint on the International Space Station, astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti took a number photos of each module of the ISS, which the European Space Agency has stitched together into an awesome interactive tour. Read more...

ESA Chief Warns Not to Politicize Partnership With Russian Space Program

The ongoing crisis in ties between Russia and the West should not tarnish their cooperation when it comes to space exploration, according to Johann-Dietrich Wörner, head of the European Space Agency (ESA).

ISS Astronaut May Join Trek Fan Film

last weekGenres / Sci Fi : TrekToday

International Space Station astronaut Samantha Cristoferetti may be joining the cast of Star Trek: Axanar. Cristoferetti was the European Space Agency astronaut...

Iceberg big enough to cover Manhattan breaks off from Greenland glacier

last weekNews : The Raw Story

The European Space Agency has spotted one of the biggest icebergs ever seen, The Register reported Monday. The iceberg was estimated to be nearly 5 square miles in size, which could cover Manhattan by a layer of ice about 300 meters thick. The iceberg emerged as a result of a calving event that...

This Is What The Center Of Our Galaxy Looks Like

This new, unprecedented image of the Milky Way shows that our galaxy's core is a pretty tumultuous place. The compiled image of photos taken by the European Space Agency's x-ray satellite XMM-Newton (above) spans 1,000 light-years in the center of the galaxy, and shows dying stars, powerful winds, hot gas and, most notably, a supermassive black hole. Show More Summary

Astronauts Will Test a New Way to Recycle Urine and Sweat into Drinking Water

The kit Morgensen will take to the ISS. Image: Aquaporin Space Alliance Water is critical for astronauts up in space, but as it weighs so much, getting it up there is pretty costly. A European Space Agency blog post explains that the...Show More Summary

Comet 67P and Rosetta make their closest pass of the Sun

2 weeks agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

On Thursday at 02:03 GMT, Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko and the European Space Agency's (ESA) Rosetta orbiter reached their closest point (known as perihelion) to the Sun, coming within 186 million km (115 million mi) of our parent star. Show More Summary

Rosetta sees sparks as comet 67P reaches closest approach to sun

The European Space Agency's comet team are celebrating perihelion, the day when comet 67P swings around the sun, taking Rosetta along for the ride

Rosetta’s comet just made its closest pass of the sun

3 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

Comet 67P/Churyumov—Gerasimenko has seen the light! The comet and its orbiter — the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft — made their closest approach to the sun around 10 p.m. eastern on Wednesday night.Read full article >>

Rosetta Spacecraft to Witness Comet Changes

A year after placing the Rosetta spacecraft in close orbit around a comet, scientists at the European Space Agency are expecting to collect a fresh trove of data as the celestial body makes its closest approach to the sun.

Comet 67P and Rosetta lander Philae approach the sun

3 weeks agoNews : The Raw Story

Comet 67P/Churyumov­-Gerasimenko, the alien host of the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Philae lander transported there by the Rosetta spacecraft, will go past the sun this week, providing astronomers with new opportunities to better understand the origins of life on Earth. Comet 67P is believed to...

Get lost in this dreamy video of Mars from the European Space Agency

The European Space Agency (ESA) has released a video taken of the red planet in orbit from space. The footage was filmed as part of the Mars Express Mission on a Visual Monitoring Camera and is close enough to see the surface of the planet. Show More Summary

Magnificent Earth

On July 15, 2015, the European Space Agency launched the fourth Meteosat Second Generation (MSG-4) satellite into orbit. This advanced Earth-observing bird will monitor our planet in a number of ways, including taking very high-resolution images. MSG-4 is in its commissioning phase, being tested out to make sure it’s fully operational. Show More Summary

What a Comet Looks Like … From 9 Meters Away!

The European Space Agency has just released some fantastic close-up images taken by the Philae lander of the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. This release came out along with a passel of scientific papers (in Science magazine behindShow More Summary

Philip Glass, ‘Organic': The Week In One Song

This week: the European Space Agency’s Philae lander finds evidence of organic molecules — never before found on an object like a comet — on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko To mark this, here’s Philip Glass’s minimal composition Organic, taken from the 1982 soundtrack to the film “Koyaanisqatsi.”  

Libya's Dunes Look Like a Rusty Steel Plate From Space

last monthTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

It’s only a month since the the European Space Agency lofted its Sentinel-2A satellite started beaming back images from space —but it’s already producing some amazing images, like this one of Libya. Read more...

After a bounce, Rosetta's Philae lander serves up cometary surprises

last monthHealth : Booster Shots

Scientists with the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission may have had a scare when the Philae lander bounced off of the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, but the bumpy touchdown actually had a silver lining: It allowed them to take measurements in two separate spots instead of one.

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