European Space Agency orbiter captured first-of-a-kind images of a "glory" in the atmosphere of another planet
The discovery by astronomers have used NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and the European Space Agency's (ESA's) XMM-Newton, that the black hole in RX J1131 is spinning at over half the speed of light suggests this black hole, observed at a...
Astronomers have used NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and the European Space Agency's (ESA's) XMM-Newton to show a supermassive black hole six billion light years from Earth is spinning extremely rapidly. This first direct measurement of the spin of such a distant black hole is an important advance for understanding how black holes grow over time.
It may look more like modern art, but you’re actually looking at a the highlands of Ecuador seen from the European Space Agency’s Envisat. The peaks pretty much face the satellite, so the radar signals it sends out are reflected right back, resulting in the strong, bright signals you see. More »
It may look more like modern art, but you're actually looking at a the highlands of Ecuador seen from the European Space Agency's Envisat. Read more...
A telescope to find rocky worlds around other stars has been selected for launch by the European Space Agency's (ESA) Science Policy Committee.Known as Plato, the mission should launch on a Soyuz rocket in 2024.The observatory concept...Show More Summary
Burnt bone charcoal was once used as a pigment by ancient cave painters. In 2017, the same material will go to space, as part of the heat shield on the European Space Agency's new solar orbiter.
The European Space Agency's new solar satellite will be partially shielded using a bone-based pigment found in prehistoric cave paintings. The result will be a surreal cross between the earliest era of human cognition and creativity—that...Show More Summary
In an unprecedented move, the ESA gave a photographer access to its facilities. Behold, the most intense office imaginable. NASA, believe it or not, has an art program. It launched in 1962 as a way to enlighten the public about the agency's missions and initiatives through work by artists like Norman Rockwell and curators at The Smithsonian. Read Full Story
This image of twinkling stars is the first picture to be beamed back to Earth by the Gaia telescope — whose mission is to scan the entire sky. It’s actually a test image, designed to help the European Space Agency fine-tune the behaviour of the instruments aboard the telescope before it gets down to the real task at hand. Show More Summary
The European Space Agency announced yesterday a significant milestone in the development of the next Mars mission: the core module of the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter has been delivered.
Can sound kill you? The short answer is 'yes' -- and, rather shockingly, the European Space Agency says that it now has such a sonic weapon in its arsenal. For the long answer, read on.
The European Space Agency (ESA) does sound like quite a fun place to work at, as it has been revealed that the agency itself happens to be in possession of the most powerful sound system of all across Europe. I know that there mightShow More Summary
Sure, your stereo may go up to 11 and beyond, but you probably couldn't murder your listeners with it. The European Space Agency has a bigger budget, however, and its Large European Acoustic Facility (LEAF) has a 36 foot wide by 54 foot high wall of...
The European Space Agency's GOCE satellite has been on a quest to study the Earth's interior, from space. Now the results are in, and a pioneering effort to map the Earth's gravitational field in high detail, has just been published in the journal Nature Geoscience. It's giving researchers an unprecedented look at our planet's mantle. Read more...
The European Space Agency released this nice time-lapse video today of the Soyuz flight VS06. More »
Astronomers have discovered direct evidence of water on the dwarf planet Ceres in the form of vapor plumes erupting into space, possibly from volcano-like ice geysers on its surface. Using European Space Agency's Herschel Space Observatory,...Show More Summary
Roscosmos has ambitious planetary exploration plans in the coming decades, including a series of solo lunar missions and joint missions to Mars with the European Space Agency.
It was a fairy-tale ending to a tense chapter in the story of the Rosetta space mission this evening as the European Space Agency heard from its distant spacecraft for the first time in 31