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Could Israel's Orbital Tugboat Rescue Europe's Galileo Satellites?

3 days agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

Last week, two European Space Agency Galileo satellites were injected into a wrong, lower orbit. As concerns grow about finding a way to correct the mishap, an insurance company is reportedly consulting with an Israeli startup that is developing an orbital tugboat to grapple wayward satellites. Read more...

Watch: Galaxies collide in deep space

5 days agoTechnology : Tech Talk

Animation released by the European Space Agency, including images captured by the Hubble Space Telescope and other telescopes in space and on the ground, shows the collision of two distant galaxies. Light from the collision would beShow More Summary

'Erm...Brussels we have a problem' (Or "If EU did satellites..." Part III)

This week has seen the latest farce in the EU's foray into space. The European Space Agency, which is based in Paris and building the so-called Galileo satellite navigation system for the EU, was left with egg on its face after the two latest satellites for the system were launched into the 'wrong' orbit. Show More Summary

This Is Where Rosetta's Lander May Touch Down on Its Comet

6 days agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

It's not long since Rosetta reached Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, but European Space Agency scientists have already been working out where its Philae lander may be able to touch down on the piece of rock. Read more...

European Space Agency chooses potential landing sites for its comet probe

Now that the Rosetta spacecraft is orbiting its target comet, the European Space Agency is finalizing the plans for the ship's Philae lander ahead of a historic touchdown on November 11th. The team has picked five potential landing sites that meet...

Europe sees five possible sites for first-ever comet landing

The European Space Agency (ESA) on Monday said it had drawn up a shortlist of five possible sites for carrying out the first-ever landing on a comet. Astronomers have been scrutinising high-definition photos sent back by the RosettaShow More Summary

Europe Launches 2 Satellites— Into Wrong Orbit

The European Space Agency on Friday launched a pair of satellites in the hopes of building a GPS network similar to that of the United States. Problem: They apparently took a wrong turn, and ended up in an elliptical orbit that's lower than the circular one they were supposed to...

European Probe Survives Daring Dive Through Venus Atmosphere

last weekNews : The Newsroom

A European spacecraft that's been orbiting Venus for the past eight years has finished a month-long maneuver that sent it rocketing through the outer reaches of the hellishly hot planet's atmosphere. The European Space Agency's Venus Express probe wrapped up this "aerobraking" move and entered a new, higher orbit in late July, ESA officials said. Show More Summary

Cargo Ships Arriving at the ISS Are Guided In Using a Plastic Ruler

You're looking at the European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst as he guided in the Automated Transfer Vehicle 5 to dock with the International Space Station on August 12th. In his hand? A simple plastic ruler. Read more...

Amazing Photos from Space Show Fiery Doom of Private US Cargo Ship

last weekNews : The Newsroom

An astronaut and cosmonaut on the International Space Station captured some spectacular views of a private spaceship meeting it fiery end above Earth's surface after completing its mission on Sunday (Aug. 17). European Space Agency astronaut...Show More Summary

Rosetta spacecraft takes amazing 3D image of comet’s topography

After over four billion miles and 10 years, the European Space Agency's Rosetta probe reached its target to become the first-ever spacecraft to orbit a comet. Since then, we've received a slow trickle of images taken by the probe. Now, the ESA has released a shot so close to the comet that we can clearly see the space rock's intricate topography. Show More Summary

What is this, Breaking Bad in space?

2 weeks agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

What is this, Breaking Bad in space? Not quite. This is actually European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst venturing into the Automated Transfer Vehicle Georges Lemaitre for the first time since it recently docked with the ISS. The face mask is to avoid the inhalation of any dust or debris created during its journey. [ESA] Read more...

Rosetta Spacecraft Captures Comet Up Close and in 3D

On Aug. 6, 2014, the European Space Agency’s “comet chaser” Rosetta arrived at 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko after a decade of travel across the inner solar system. Now in the process of maneuvering into orbit around 67P’s 2.5-mile (4-kilometer)...Show More Summary

Burned, frozen and blasted comet world comes into sharper focus

At a time when some out of this world science may come as a relief from current events the European Space Agency’s Rosetta probe, now flying in tandem with periodical comet 67P Churyumov-Gerasimenko hasn’t disappointed. What the larger section of this Rosetta image shows is part of the broad base of the cometary mass, maybe [...]

Rosetta Spacecraft Snaps Amazing 3D View of Comet (Photos, Video)

2 weeks agoNews : The Newsroom

Break out your red and blue 3D glasses. The European Space Agency's Rosetta probe snapped the two amazing images that were spliced together to create this 3D picture of its target, Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, after arriving at the deep space object last week. Show More Summary

ESA's ATV-5 equipped with camera to document atmospheric breakup

The European Space Agency's ATV-5 supply vessel docked a couple of days ago with the International Space Station. Not just loaded with cargo for the ISS, the ATV-5 is also carrying newly developed camera technology which will record the final moments of ATV-5's breakup on re-entering Earth's atmosphere. Show More Summary

The Disposable Camera Astronauts Have Sent On A Suicide Mission To Capture Photos Of Burning Spacecraft

The European Space Agency (ESA) is launching a camera into space via a supply ferry, the Automated Transfer Vehicle 5 (ATV-5) which headed to the International Space Station. Launching cameras into space isn’t particularly rare in itself, but this camera is kinda special. The Automated Transfer Vehicle Break-Up Camera was designed in just nine short months by team members [...]Show More Summary

This Disposable Space Camera Will Record Its Own Destruction on Re-Entry

2 weeks agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

The European Space Agency's Break Up Camera might be the most badass disposable camera ever. When the agency's space station resupply ship completes its final journey and plunges to a fiery death in the Earth's atmosphere, the camera will record data up to the very last second—until it burns up with the rest of the ship. Read more...

European cargo ship docks with space station

2 weeks agoTechnology : Tech Talk

The European Space Agency's fifth and final Automated Transfer Vehicle arrived at the ISS with more than 7 tons of supplies

Comet Surfing on a Rocket

3 weeks agoNews : The Daily Beast

The European Space Agency’s Rosetta probe is set to uncloak Comet 67P’s mysteries, along with possible clues to the origin of life on Earth.

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