For its crazy 2020 asteroid capture mission and other projects, NASA is developing next-gen "Hall effect thrusters" to corral an asteroid and put it into the moon's orbit. At the same time, the European Space Agency (ESA) is trying to improve its own Hall thrusters to power future missions. Show More Summary
European Space Agency astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti has just posted these five shots of typhoon Maysak, taken from aboard the International Space Station. Maysak is a very strong category 4 super typhoon, which has weakened only 1 category since Monday. Read more...
Sometimes old, simple technology can be the best option for a high-tech joblike using a giant fishing net to capture space junk and remove it from Earths orbit. The European Space Agency is in the early stages of planning a clean-upShow More Summary
The European Space Agency's PROBA-2 minisatellite caught the March 20th solar eclipse, with the ESA creating a time-lapse video of its images. See the full video below, and images of it from the ISS. Read more...
The European Space Agency may turn to lowly fishing nets to rid the galaxy of dead satellites and other dangerous debris
It's been months now since the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft, currently orbiting Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, dropped its little lander Philae onto the surface and made history. Just days after its bumpy landing -- the first controlled landing of any manmade object on a comet -- Philae disappeared.Read full article >>
This may be a little early for St. Patrick’s Day, but that’s OK: Europe isn’t really going green. At least, not this green. This astonishing image is from the European Space Agency Proba-V satellite, a small Earth-observing sat that monitors vegetation (that’s what the V is for in its name!) across the entire planet. Show More Summary
The bright lights of London have always drawn wide-eyed, enthusiastic youngsters seeking fame and fortune. But in this image from the European Space Agency, the city shows up with bright radar reflections instead. Read more...
The European Space Agency (ESA) has temporarily suspended its attempt to reestablish contact with its Philae lander on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. For eight days, the agency’s Rosetta probe unsuccessfully beamed a wake up signal to the hibernating lander, which has been silent since its batteries were exhausted in November... Show More Summary
PROBA2, a mini-satellite operated by the European Space Agency, recorded today’s total solar eclipse from its vantage point in low earth orbit. The images were captured by the satellite’s SWAP imager, an instrument for recording extreme ultraviolet images of the sun. The total solar eclipse was also pretty impressive as seen from earth. image via […]
Grey skies blotted out today's solar eclipse for many Europeans who were in the right place to observe it, but the European Space Agency has provided a brief time-lapse from its Proba-2 satellite. Today's eclipse is especially rare as it took place on the vernal equinox during a "supermoon." And that means the end times have begun, of course. Show More Summary
On November 12, 2014, the European Space Agency successfully landed on a comet speeding at 35,000 mph. The Philae lander was dropped from the Rosetta satellite, which had to travel 4 billion miles over the course of a decade to complete the mission. Show More Summary
So what's life in space like? Let Expedition 43 Commander Terry Virts of NASA and Flight Engineer Samantha Cristoforetti (ESA, European Space Agency) answer some questions about daily life in a space station.
From the European Space Agency comes this color-coded topographic view of the Cydonia Mensae region of Mars. Read more...
The Rosetta orbiter is attempting to get an answer from the Philae probe, which has been dormant since crash landing on a comet in November.
Photographer Edgar Martins' book, The Rehearsal of Space and the Poetic Impossibility to Manage the Infinite, is a must-have for space enthusiasts. But for those without the hard copy, the European Space Agency has released a series of amazing images from it, some of them has not published online previously. Take a look at them here. Read more...
A charming animation summarizes the European Space Agency (ESA) Rosetta mission which successfully landed a spacecraft on comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko on November 12, 2014. The animation is the latest in a series of videos that personify the Rosetta and Philae craft and depict various stages of the mission. Show More Summary
The European Space agency has just announced that doctors will be adapting its Proba-V vegetation-scanning satellite camera for a decidedly non-vegetative purpose: Monitoring human skin cells. The hardware within this satellite may, in a few years, form the core of a new medical device that doctors can use to scan human skin for disease. Read more...
Physicists have gained new insights into dark energy and the theory of gravitation by analyzing data from the "Planck" satellite mission of the European Space Agency (ESA). Their results demonstrate that the standard model of cosmology remains an excellent description of the universe. Show More Summary
Punxsutawney Phil wasn't the only one who saw his shadow last month. Just 12 days after the groundhog ogled his umbra on Feb. 2, the European Space Agency's comet-hunting space probe, Rosetta, captured a photo of its shadow on CometShow More Summary