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The Possible Remains of a Volcanic Collapse on Mars

19 hours agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

Near the middle of this photo from the High Resolution Stereo Camera on the European Space Agency’s Mars Express is the Siloe Patera. Siloe Patera lies in the Arabia Terra region of Mars, and measures 20 km by 40 km. Recent research suggests it could be the remains of a supervolcano. Read more...

Wait. That’s the Same Comet?

The folks at the European Space Agency released a new picture of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, and I have to admit that it threw me. Huh. That’s the comet? Where’s the second lobe? For a second I thought we were just seeing it end-on, so that the bi-lobed rubber ducky shape wasn’t obvious. Show More Summary

This 'Crater' Might Actually Be an Ancient Martian Supervolcano

A crater on the northern face of Mars could be hiding a violent history. New images from the European Space Agency (ESA) provide more evidence that the crater might actually be the site of an ancient martian supervolcano. On Thursday,...Show More Summary

Asteroid research benefits from Gaia satellite mission

Astronomical research on asteroids, i.e. minor planets, is also benefiting from the large-scale Gaia mission of the European Space Agency (ESA). Even though the astrometry satellite's main purpose is to precisely measure nearly one billion...Show More Summary

Six Men Spent 520 Days Locked in a Room to See If We Could Live on Mars

Mars 500 crew, May 2011. That's Diego Urbina in back, standing and pointing. Image via European Space Agency All week, Motherboard contributor Daniel Oberhaus is exploring those isolated space analogs from around the world that have become integral in planning for long-duration space flight. Show More Summary

This Image of Stars Forming Looks Just Like Van Gogh's Starry Night

The European Space Agency brings us this new image based on data from the Planck satellite. My first reaction? It looks just like Van Gogh’s best-known masterpiece, The Starry Night. And you know what? Even Google agrees me. Read more...

How to Put Out a Fire in Space

This morning, the European Space Agency posted a short film with the alarming title “Fire in the Soyuz!”, referring to the Russian Soyuz spacecraft, which is currently the only vessel to ferry astronauts to and from the International Space Station. Given the spate of recent Russian launch failures, my heart skipped a beat for a second. Show More Summary

The Best Tool for Tracking Our Crumbling Infrastructure Is In Orbit

The sad state of America’s bridges is a perennial topic amongst engineers and a regular talking point for politicians, all of whom have a plan to fix them. An interesting post from the European Space Agency shows how one of the best tools for repair is actually hanging out in Low Earth Orbit. Read more...

The Stars Down to Earth

Concordia Research Base, Antarctica. Image via European Space Agency All week, Motherboard contributor Daniel Oberhaus will be exploring those space simulations from around the world that have become integral in planning for long-duration space flight. Show More Summary

Comet chaser forced to back off

The European Space Agency takes drastic action after eruptions of dust and gas force a reset of its Rosetta spacecraft.

Fishing Boats From Space Look Like a Bright Starry Night in Reverse

This photo, taken from the International Space Station by European Space Agency astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, looks like a multi-colored starry night, but it’s actually the lights of fishing boats out at sea, distorted through cloud cover. Read more...

Italian Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti Gives a Video Tour of the Bathroom on the International Space Station

2 weeks agoHumor / odd : Laughing Squid

In a recent video shared by the European Space Agency, Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti gives viewers a tour of the bathroom on the International Space Station to explain exactly how astronauts relieve themselves in a weightless environment. Perhaps astronaut bathroom usage has increased since the space station’s first espresso machine was recently installed. Due to […]

Watch how to use the toilet on the International Space Station

2 weeks agoHumor / odd : Boing Boing

European Space Agency astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti explains the toilet on the International Space Station. Basically, it sucks.

ESA's Proba-V satellite successfully maps air traffic from space

2 weeks agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

The European Space Agency (ESA) has announced that its Proba-V satellite has successfully picked up signals from thousands of aircraft around the globe. The findings of the mission, which was primarily tasked with watching changes in vegetation across the planet, could pave the way for a more accurate air traffic control system... Show More Summary

This Is What 15,000 Aircraft Look Like to Satellites in Space

2 weeks agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

The main task of European Space Agency’s Proba-V minisatellite is monitoring vegetation growth on our planet—but it also sees something a little higher in our atmosphere, too: signals from thousands of aircraft. Read more...

European Space Agency Director Wants to Set Up a Moon Base

The successor to the International Space Station (ISS) should be a permanent moon base, says incoming European Agency Space leader Johann-Dietrich Wörner.

UFO Seen Over Nepal As Mt. Everest Shrinks

A UFO was recorded hovering over areas of Nepal devastated by the recent earthquake at the same time as new images taken by a European Space Agency radar satellite show that Mt. Everest appears to have shrunk as a result of the quake. Has damage to the...

ExoMars rover's Martian-hunting camera takes test run in Iceland

A prototype PanCam for the European Space Agency's ExoMars rover has been scanning volcanic north-east Iceland for minerals that might hold clues to life

Understanding the Nepal Earthquake and Its Effects From Space

3 weeks agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

Saturday’s earthquake in Nepal has killed more than 5,500 people and injured at least 11,000. Now, we’re seeing how the disaster appears from space, with both NASA and the European Space Agency releasing satellite imagery of the event. Read more...

More than 1000 Rosetta NavCam images released!

Today the European Space Agency released a ton of NavCam images, taken as the spacecraft approached and then entered orbit at the comet.

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