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Where Is Philae, And When Will It Wake Up?

yesterdayGenres / Sci Fi : io9

The hunt for Rosetta's misplaced lander on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko is like staring out an airplane window trying to find a washing machine in a field of boulders. These gorgeous new images from the European Space Agency highlight the incredible challenge of finding a tiny robot on a huge comet. Read more...

This Gleaming Monolith May Spawn the Next Space Shuttle

3 days agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

This is the European Space Agency's test spaceplane, which is planned to go on a 100 minute mission without a crew on February 11. It will blast off from Kourou, French Guiana. Read more...

ESA plans Integral satellite reentry 15 years in advance

6 days agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

After 12 years in orbit, the European Space Agency (ESA) is in the process of enacting its retirement plan for the International Gamma-Ray Astrophysics Laboratory (Integral). However, while the agency is adjusting the orbit of the satellite...Show More Summary

No, This Isn't Scifi. It's An Actual Spaceplane, Getting Fuelled Up

The European Space Agency is about to launch its remote-controlled experimental spacecraft, IXV (Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle), on February 11, from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. What you see above is that craft being fuelled with hydrazine manoeuvring propellant. More »      

The ESA's Spaceplane Fueling Up Is Like a Scene From a Scifi Movie

The European Space Agency is about to launch its unmanned experimental spacecraft on February 11, from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. What you see above is that craft—the IXV (Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle)—being fueled with hydrazine maneuvering propellant in the S5B hall of the Spaceport's large S5 payload preparation facility. Show More Summary

Cool Rosetta probe photos and data reveal an alien Comet 67P that would float on water

last weekNews : The Raw Story

Data and high resolution images from the European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft are revealing that the composition and surface features of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko are far more alien than anticipated. According to Discovery News, the water on the comet is chemically different from...

Goosebumps And Gas: New Data From Rosetta Probe Describes Comet

last weekNews : The Two-Way

We're learning more about the comet that a European Space Agency paired up with its Rosetta probe last fall. For one thing, it has "goosebumps" on steep cliff faces. It's also highly porous.

Two Satellites Make One Telescope In New Space Plan

The European Space Agency plans to sync two satellites to create a single, virtual telescope. If it works, it could mean hugely increased telescopic power. The ESA Proba-3 project, scheduled for launch in 2018, is designed to not only...Show More Summary

Cluster satellites come within cosmic hairsbreadth

Space maneuvers have often been described as an orbital ballet, but the European Space Agency's (ESA) Cluster II satellites are currently in a ballet where the dancers are moving blindfolded at hypersonic speeds as they pass within a cosmic hairsbreadth of one another. Show More Summary

Why China Will Win The Next Space Race

2 weeks agoNews : The Daily Beast

While NASA and the European Space Agency gets most of the world’s attention, China, Japan and India are racing for the heavens.

ESA spaceplane launch gets green light

2 weeks agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

The European Space Agency has given the green light for the launch of its unmanned spaceplane, Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle (IXV). The original plan for a launch atop a Vega rocket from the ESA space center in French Guiana last November was put on hold due to safety concerns about its trajectory. Show More Summary

Watch: Stunning time-lapse video shows views of Earth from International Space Station

2 weeks agoNews : The Raw Story

Using more than 12,000 photographs taken during a German astronaut’s six-month stay aboard the International Space Station, the European Space Agency has compiled a stunning 6-minute time-lapse video showing the Earth and space the way a member of the space station crew sees it. According...

Two months later, the historic comet lander is still missing

3 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

Remember Philae? In November, the European Space Agency and NASA made history by landing the little robot on a speeding comet.Rosetta, the orbiter from whence Philae was dropped, is still doing its job -- circling the comet and taking readings from it as they approach a pass of the sun.Read full article >>

ESA tests force-reflecting joystick on International Space Station

3 weeks agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

In may look like the ultimate gaming joystick, but its purpose is very serious. On the International Space Station, astronauts recently finished putting the European Space Agency's (ESA) Haptics-1 joystick through its paces. The purpose of the first force-reflecting joystick in space is to improve how robots and humans interact in weightlessness... Show More Summary

Hubble's Iconic 'Pillars of Creation' --Were They Destroyed 6,000 Years Ago by a Supernova?

Two of the European Space Agency's (ESA) orbiting observatories captured spectacular views of the gas pillars in the Eagle Nebula (M16) that were the subject of the iconic 1995 Hubble images dubbed "Pillars of Creation," which became one of the...

How to celebrate New Year's Eve in space

last monthTechnology : Tech Talk

Space station commander Barry "Butch" Wilmore and European Space Agency astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti tell CBS News' Bill Harwood that despite the lack of champagne, they will be celebrating New Year's Eve in space. The crew plans on breaking open a grapefruit juice or a tropical punch, and making resolutions for 2015.

Breathtaking Time-Lapse Videos of Earth Taken by ESA Astronaut Alexander Gerst From the International Space Station

last monthOdd : Laughing Squid

The European Space Agency (ESA) has released a compilation of breathtaking time-lapse videos of Earth taken by German astronaut Alexander Gerst during his time aboard the International Space Station (ISS). The videos highlight incredible views of auroras, cities at night, and even segments of the exterior of the ISS like the Canadarm2 in action. Gerst lived […]

Spectacular timelapse shows the International Space Station at work

European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst used his 166 days aboard the International Space Station to build an enormous high-resolution time lapse sequence featuring more than 12,000 photos of the planet, the atmosphere and the...Show More Summary

This Light Show From the ISS Is the Best Christmas Display You’ll See All Season - So when aliens drive by, they'll be SUPER impressed.

last monthOdd : Geekosystem

The European Space Agency released this video earlier this week, which compiles more than twelve thousand images taken by astronaut Alexander Gerst into six minutes of beautiful planetary timelapse. Sit back, relax, and enjoy.

Rosetta postcard: Could you jump from these cliffs?

While Philae rests quietly on the dark surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, the European Space Agency's Rosetta orbiter is continuing to snap amazing images of the comet's nucleus and beam them back to Earth.

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