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Stunning New Close-Ups Of The Largest Crater On Mars

3 days agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

The European Space Agency has released new images of the Hellas basin, which formed around four billion years ago when a small asteroid crashed into the Red Planet, creating an impact crater 1,400 miles wide and 26,465 feet deep. Read more...

Cute European Space Agency Animation Shows Philae Impatiently Asking Rosetta “Are We There Yet?” - How about now? Now? Are we there now? How about now?

3 days agoOdd : Geekosystem

The ESA's Rosetta spacecraft is on a decade-long mission to bring the Philae lander to comet 67P/Churyumov--Gerasimenko. They're getting close, but it's a long trip. From this animation it looks like Philae is getting a little impatient to reach the comet and start doing some science.

Nope, This Isn't An Oil Painting

Briefly: It’s the windswept valleys of Northern Africa as photographed by Flight Engineer Alexander Gerst of the European Space Agency. Pretty, huh? [NASA] More »      

Nope, this isn't an oil painting: it's the windswept valleys of Northern Africa as photographed by F

5 days agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

Nope, this isn't an oil painting: it's the windswept valleys of Northern Africa as photographed by Flight Engineer Alexander Gerst of the European Space Agency. Pretty, huh? [NASA] Read more...

Athena Observatory helping solve mysteries of the universe

The European Space Agency (ESA) has selected the Athena X-ray Observatory as its second 'Large-class' science mission in the 21st Century, which will help answer vital questions about the universe.

Can a 'Dropship Quadcopter' Deploy Rovers on Mars?

The idea may not be practical (or sane), but the European Space Agency is working on it anyway

Watch Engineers Test Their New Martian Dropship

6 days agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

Inspired by the Skycrane that NASA devised to safely land Curiosity on the surface of Mars, the European Space Agency has unveiled its own version of the rover-on-a-rope concept: the Dropter. Read more...

ESA’s Rosetta Brought Us a GIF of a Moving Comet From Way out in Space - My own reaction GIF-making seems even more trivial now...

last weekOdd : Geekosystem

A few months ago, we got the first images from the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission of the comet they're tracking, but at the time, it was no more than an extra bright pixel. Well, now it's several extra-bright pixels, so Rosetta made us a GIF!

NASA radio delivered for Europe's 2016 Mars orbiter

The first of two NASA Electra radios that will fly aboard the European Space Agency's next mission to Mars has been delivered for installation onto the ESA ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO).

Think unboxing your new phone or tablet is cool?

Think unboxing your new phone or tablet is cool? How about a space plane? This is the moment that European Space Agency scientists saw their IXV Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle for the first time after it arrived in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, last week. That's quite a package to open. [ESA] Read more...

Rosetta's comet target 'releases' plentiful water

Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko is releasing the Earthly equivalent of two glasses of water into space every second. The observations were made by the Microwave Instrument for Rosetta Orbiter (MIRO), aboard the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft on June 6, 2014. Show More Summary

Some random person stuck in a cave?

Some random person stuck in a cave? Nope: this is one of the European Space Agency's astronauts training for life in harsh conditions. Scrabbling through Sardinian caves, they collect scientific data and test equipment and protocols like they could, some day, on an alien world. [ESA] Read more...

EARTH Magazine: Rosetta off to decipher a comet's secrets

Alexandria, Va. — "Hello World." Upon hearing that brief message, scientists at the European Space Agency (ESA) and followers around the world sent up a collective cheer. Rosetta — the ESA spacecraft currently on a 10-year mission to orbit and land on a comet — awoke in January after a three-year hibernation, and was ready to get to work. read more

Even the International Space Station's astronauts are blowing off work to watch the World Cup

As if sporting rivalries stop at the edges of Earth's atmosphere. NASA's Reid Wiseman and Steve Swanson, along with German astronaut Alexander Gerst of the European Space Agency, decided a friendly wager would really send today's World Cup game between the two countries out of this world. Show More Summary

Space industry: Does 3-D printing have the right stuff?

3D-printed parts promise a revolution in the space industry, rapidly creating almost any object needed. But do the results really have the right stuff for flying in space? The European Space Agency is now checking if their surface finish comes up to scratch.

Whale of a target: Harpooning space debris

Faced with the challenge of capturing tumbling satellites to clear key orbits, the European Space Agency is considering turning to an ancient terrestrial technology: the harpoon.

This Is What Space Debris Can Do To Kevlar Shielding

2 weeks agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

The hole that you are looking at is the "exit wound" from an aluminum bullet — 0.3 inches in diameter — fired at Kevlar-Nextel fabric that shields the European Space Agency's ATV freighter, which ferries supplies to the International Space Station. Read more...

The Big Picture: Punching a hole in a (simulated) spacecraft

2 weeks agoTechnology / Gadgets : Engadget

Space debris is a scary thing -- tiny objects become missiles that can destroy whole spacecraft. If you need proof, just take a look at the results of the European Space Agency's shield testing for its freighter, the Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV)....

This Is What Space Debris Does to the Kevlar Skins of Spacecraft

2 weeks agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

Gravity wasn't too far off the mark. You're looking through a hole, made by simulated space debris, in the reinforced Kevlar–Nextel fabric that makes up the outer skin of European Space Agency spacecraft. Read more...

This might look like a routine scientific experiment, but you're actually looking at European Space

2 weeks agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

This might look like a routine scientific experiment, but you're actually looking at European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst (tick) as he sets fire to samples of various solids (tick) aboard the International Space Station (tick) to see how they burn (tick). This man truly has a wonderful job. [ESA] Read more...

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