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Do micro-organisms explain features on comets?

Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, studied in detail by the European Space Agency Rosetta and Philae spacecraft since September 2014, is a body with distinct and unexpected features. Now two astronomers have a radical explanation for its properties – micro-organisms that shape cometary activity.

Navigational Data Produced A Beautiful Image of the Milky Way

2 days agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

The European Space Agency built this image of the Milky Way using routine data from its Gaia satellite. Read more...

Rosetta spacecraft sees sinkholes on comet

The European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft first began orbiting comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in August 2014. Almost immediately, scientists began to wonder about several surprisingly deep, almost perfectly circular pits on the comet's surface. Show More Summary

These Are the First Images From ESA's Sentinel-2A Satellite

Late last week, the European Space Agency lofted its Sentinel-2A satellite into orbit. Now, just four days later, it’s started beaming its first images back to Earth. Read more...

Massive V404 Cygni Black Hole Wakes Up And Swallows A Star

A black hole has woken up... and it's hungry. The European Space Agency says V404 Cygni, a binary system of a black hole and a star, has gone from practically invisible to one of the brightest objects in the high-energy sky (space as...Show More Summary

Gigantic Black Hole Wakes Up After 26-Year Sleep

A supermassive black hole that was dormant for 26 years has once again begun devouring material from other the star in its binary system, according to the European Space Agency (ESA).

5 Things you didn’t know about astronaut Samantha Cristoforettiht

Samantha Cristoforettiht is a European Space Agency astronaut and has been making headlines because she's recently returned from a six month mission on the International Space Station, called Futura. We decided to find out a little more about her... The post 5 Things you didn’t know about astronaut Samantha Cristoforettiht appeared first on ShinyShiny.

Meet Sentinel-2A, the Guardian Satellite Now Orbiting Earth

last weekNews : Vice News

The European Space Agency's Sentinel-2A satellite was put into orbit on Monday from the Guiana Space Center near Kourou, in French Guiana. This little satellite, weighing just one ton, is equipped with color and infrared cameras, and...Show More Summary

Rosetta Gets the Go-Ahead to Chase Its Comet for 9 Months Longer

More good news for the European Space Agency’s Rosetta mission: the comet-chasing spacecraft has been given an extra nine month lease on life. (The bad news is that it will end with Rosetta’s inevitable demise, likely smooshing the orbiter...Show More Summary

Rosetta spacecraft expected to ride comet into the sunset

The European Space Agency might land the Rosetta spacecraft on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Continue reading ? The post Rosetta spacecraft expected to ride comet into the sunset appeared first on PBS NewsHour.

Rosetta comet-chasing mission extended to September 2016

last weekNews : The Raw Story

The European Space Agency (ESA) announced Tuesday that its historic comet-chasing mission Rosetta had been extended until the end of September 2016. “ESA’s Science Programme Committee has given formal approval to continue the mission for an additional nine months,” ESA said. In a...

Rocket Carrying 'Green' ESA Satellite Blasts Off From South America

A Vega launcher has carried the first of the European Space Agency's dual Sentinel-2 satellites into orbit from a spaceport in Kourou in French Guiana.

This Box Should Provide the Best Free Fall Ever Recorded

2 weeks agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

This is the interior of an electrode housing box. It may not look much, but the gold–platinum test cube will fly aboard the European Space Agency’s LISA Pathfinder mission in an attempt to achieve the best free-fall ever. Read more....

ESA successfully tests 3D printed thruster

2 weeks agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

The European Space Agency (ESA) has successfully test fired a 3D printed platinum alloy thruster combustion chamber and nozzle. The world first test is further evidence that the 3D printing approach is a viable one for the aerospaceShow More Summary

Amazing 4K Time Lapse Created Using 109GB of NASA Space Photos

The International Space Station is a joint venture run by NASA, the European Space Agency and the equivalent agencies from Russia, Japan and Canada. I don’t know about the other agencies, but NASA and ESA do an excellent job releasing their outlandish footage to the public, and some of the public puts the footage to [...]Show More Summary

Scientists Find Lava Flows On The Surface Of Venus

Images from the European Space Agency's Venus Express probe show that lava is flowing from volcanoes on Venus.

'Reentering Earth’s Atmosphere Is the Best Rollercoaster Ride of Your Life'

If you’re an adrenaline junky, you’d definitely enjoy plummeting back to Earth in a spaceship. “Re-entering the Earth’s atmosphere is the best rollercoaster ride of your life,” tweeted European Space Agency astronaut and geophysicist...Show More Summary

Venus may have active volcanoes

An international team of scientists has found some of the best evidence yet that Venus, Earth's nearest neighbor, is volcanically active. In combing through data from the European Space Agency's Venus Express mission, the scientists found transient spikes in temperature at several spots on the planet's surface. Show More Summary

European Space Agency Tries to Increase Commuication With Philae Probe

Scientists at the European Space Agency (ESA) today hailed the success of the Philae probe and set themselves the target of increasing contact with it almost tenfold, after the probe began 'speaking' to them over the weekend for theShow More Summary

Our dream scenario for Philae – and mission finale for Rosetta

Cinzia Fantinati of the European Space Agency explains how they will get Philae to do science, and how the Rosetta mothership will end its mission

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