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ESA's gravitational wave satellite shut down after 16 months

3 days agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

The European Space Agency's LISA Pathfinder satellite was shut down this week, after 16 months of service in the hunt for gravitational waves. But this is only the beginning: the Pathfinder satellite was a testbed for technology that...Show More Summary

Tour the International Space Station With Google Street View

Users can now explore the ISS in a 360-degree view, courtesy of an astronaut at the European Space Agency.

UK-built pollution monitoring satellite ready for launch

The Sentinel-5P spacecraft is designed to monitor the pollution that causes a reported tens of thousands of deaths every year in the UK Last year, the European Space Agency launched the Trace Gas Orbiter to Mars. It is designed to look for methane – a key tracer of life – to determine if Martian microbes are present on the red planet. Show More Summary

Welcome to Outer Space View

Editor’s note:  Starting today, you can now explore the International Space Station in Street View in Google Maps. Thomas Pesquet, Astronaut at the European Space Agency (ESA), spent six months aboard the International Space Station (ISS) as a flight engineer. Show More Summary

From Space, Bolivia's Salt Flats Look Like a Glitch

Don't worry, your screen is just fine. That's just Bolivia's Salar de Uyuni salt flat, as seen from space. Thanks to the European Space Agency's Copernicus Sentinel-2B satellite, we have a new view of the bright white lake bed, along...Show More Summary

Here's how we might save fallen astronauts on the moon - CNET

2 weeks agoTechnology : CNET: News

Moon rescues can be tricky. The European Space Agency uses underwater aquanauts to test out a device designed to help injured moonwalkers.

Here's how we might save fallen astronauts on the moon - CNET

2 weeks agoTechnology / Internet : Webware

Moon rescues can be tricky. The European Space Agency uses underwater aquanauts to test out a device designed to help injured moonwalkers.

Zero gravity: Graphene for space applications

(Graphene Flagship) Researchers and students in the Graphene Flagship are preparing for two exciting experiments in collaboration with the European Space Agency (ESA) to test the viability of graphene for space applications. The microgravity...Show More Summary

ESA’s BepiColombo Mercury mission thrives on ambition and co-operation

The European Space Agency unveils its ambitious €1.3bn Bepi Colombo mission to inner planet Mercury I raised a sceptical eyebrow when Alvaro Gimenez, ESA director of science, said that BepiColombo mission to Mercury is the most complicated science mission ever performed by the agency. Show More Summary

Impending Antarctic iceberg is the size of Delaware, and extends 700 feet below the surface

Any way you look at it, we're about to witness the birth of one massive iceberg. Researchers with the European Space Agency (ESA) have taken more detailed measurements of the massive iceberg set to cleave off the Larsen C Ice Shelf...Show More Summary

NASA Space-Flight Discovery: Archaea Found in Extreme Earth Environments That Could Survive on Mars --"Common on Human Skin"

A new study that stemmed from a planetary protection project for NASA and the European Space Agency. It turns out our skin is crawling with single-celled microorganisms -- and they're not just bacteria. A study by the Department of Energy's...        

ESA unveils magnetic space tug to corall broken satellites drifting in space

Japan's experiment to clean up space debris earlier this year may have ended in failure, but the world's space agencies haven't given up on the problem yet. The European Space Agency (ESA) recently proposed using a magnetic space tug to sweep up some of the junk that has accumulated in space. Show More Summary

ESA to develop gravitational wave space mission with NASA support

ESA (the European Space Agency) has selected the Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA) for its third large-class mission in the agency's Cosmic Vision science program. The three-spacecraft constellation is designed to study gravitational waves in space and is a concept long studied by both ESA and NASA. 

New orbiters for Europe's Galileo satnav system

The European Space Agency signed a contract with a German-British consortium Thursday to build eight more satellites for its Galileo satnav system, an alternative to America's GPS, the agency said Thursday.

The hunt is on for gravity waves

Three craft, millions of kilometres apart and linked by lasers, will watch out for minute ripples in the fabric of spacetime The European Space Agency (ESA) has formally embarked on a mission to search for gravitational waves from space. Show More Summary

ESA throws its weight behind satellite-based 5G internet

The European Space Agency has joined forces with 16 European space companies to demonstrate and champion satellite-based 5G internet. They're calling their new initiative "Satellite for 5G," and they signed their agreement at the Paris Air and Space Show. Show More Summary

PLATO spacecraft to find new Earth-like exoplanets

The planet-hunting and asteroseismology space mission PLATO has reached an important milestone: Today, the European Space Agency (ESA) announced the official adoption of the mission. After a three year definition phase following the mission's selection in 2014, PLATO is now fit for implementation. Show More Summary

Switzerland in pole position in ESA's new mission

(Université de Genève) PLATO, the largest European exoplanet research mission, was adopted today by the European Space Agency at the ESA Scientific Programs Committee meeting. Switzerland, through the Universities of Geneva (UNIGE) and...Show More Summary

ESA boss urges action on 'ticking timebombs' in Earth orbit

A European Space Agency director urged nations Tuesday to unlock concealed data on the whereabouts of hundreds of thousands of pieces of space junk, or "ticking time bombs" threatening spacecraft in Earth orbit. The United States and...Show More Summary

Construction Begins On ESO's Extremely Large Telescope, Will Not Have Death Lasers Despite Appearances

The European Space Agency has been planning the telescope to end all telescopes for years now. However last week things got real -- so to speak -- with the first stone for the ELO placed in a ceremony in Chile. According to the ESO, the event marks "the beginning of the construction of the dome and main telescope structure of the world's biggest optical telescope". More »      

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