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First harvest of research based on the final GOCE gravity model

Just four months after the final data package from the GOCE satellite mission was delivered, researchers are laying out a rich harvest of scientific results, with the promise of more to come. A mission of the European Space Agency (ESA),...Show More Summary

The Big Picture: cooling molten metal in space

Ever wonder what hot metal would be like if it weren't bound by containers, liquids... or even gravity? You're looking at it. The European Space Agency has developed an electromagnetic levitator that the International Space Station is using to see ho...

A Hauntingly Beautiful Cover of ‘Across the Universe’ by The Beatles Using Audio From Comet 67P

3 days agoOdd : Laughing Squid

Musician Andrew Huang (previously) used audio from comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko taken by the European Space Agency’s Rosetta mission (previously) to create a hauntingly beautiful cover of the song “Across the Universe” by The Beatles. Show More Summary

Briefly: A Radar Image Of Tokyo

This radar image of Tokyo was acquired by the European Space Agency’s Sentinel-1A satellite earlier this year. The data is so accurate that it can monitor ground movements down to a few millimetres — which helps urban planners know where they can and can’t build. [ESA] More »      

This radar image of Tokyo was acquired by the European Space Agency's Sentinel-1A satellite earlier

6 days agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

This radar image of Tokyo was acquired by the European Space Agency's Sentinel-1A satellite earlier this year. The data is so accurate that it can monitor ground movements down to a few millimetres—which helps urban planners know where they can and can't build. [ESA] Read more...

The lesson from feminist outrage over Shirtgate

Scientists in the European Space Agency's Rosetta project accomplished one of the most impressive scientific feats in our lifetime. They essentially moved a clunky machine from one speeding bullet onto another, by remote control, from 310 million miles away. It's hoped this achievement will...

Dear ESA: Please Turn These Space Chips Into Wearables

Dear European Space Agency. While landing on a comet was a freaking awesome milestone in the history of space exploration, for Christmas can you pretty please make these awesome little space microchips real? Read more...

"We don't have an algorithm for this"

[Image: Comet 67P, via ESA]. In the story of how European Space Agency researchers are scrambling to locate—and possibly move—the Philae probe, which they successfully landed on Comet 67P two days ago, there's an interesting commentShow More Summary

Philae lander goes to "sleep" after batteries die

After its historic landing on a comet, the Philae spacecraft has gone silent. Trapped on its side in a shadowed hole, the unmanned European Space Agency lander was unable to receive enough sunlight to recharge its battery and contact...Show More Summary

The feminist freakout over the scientist’s gaudy shirt

The European Space Agency’s Rosetta project accomplished one of the most impressive scientific feats in our lifetime. They essentially moved a clunky machine from one speeding bullet onto another, by

Airbus lands role in future of US manned space flights

It wasn’t just a 10 year old comet lander that put the European Space Agency in the astro-science spotlight this week but a contract for Airbus Defence and Space to supply an important part of America’s Orion manned spacecraft project. This matters because it meets a dual goal for the European and US space programs [...]

Philae lander sent back evidence of dust and ice

last weekHealth : The Checkup

Rosetta's Philae lander may be sleeping, but European Space Agency scientists are still interpreting the data it sent back in its 60 hours of operation on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The ESA now reports that MUPUS -- the hammerShow More Summary

Rosetta tracks Philae's cometary bouncedown

The European Space Agency (ESA) has released an image mosaic taken by the Rosetta mothership showing the Philae lander’s November 12 touchdown on comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. The composite image shows the unmanned spacecraft making...Show More Summary

Goodnight, Philae: Comet probe hibernating with a dying battery

The European Space Agency was able to collect quite a bit of data from the comet's surface, and will spend years analyzing exactly what it means. The Rosetta spacecraft is still…

Sartorial Misogyny, Feminist Concern Trolling, and the "Little Things" in Science and Everywhere

[Content Note: Misogyny; sexual violence; disablist language.]So, last week, during the Philae landing, European Space Agency scientist Dr. Matt Taylor wore a shirt covered in half-naked, provocatively-posed women, seen all over the world during his interview on the live broadcast. Show More Summary

Philae bounce on comet landing may cut mission short

During Wednesday’s historic landing on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, the European Space Agency's Philae lander suffered a setback that may cut its mission short. Due to equipment malfunctions, the unmanned, washing machine-sized lander failed to secure itself to the surface of the comet. Show More Summary

Philae Lander Safe On Comet 67P, Attempt Very Akin To Movie

The Philae Lander has made history, and did it in an epic fashion. The Rosetta spacecraft, operated by the European Space Agency, was launched a decade ago. It has traveled over 4 billion miles to rendezvous with the Churyumov-Gerasimenko comet, known as 67P. Show More Summary

It's A Race Against Time To Get Philae's Most Important Comet-Science Experiment Done

When the European Space Agency got word from their comet lander that it had bounced its way into a dark corner of the comet, they knew it meant a race against the clock. Timing is an issue now because the lander's limited battery life — the scientists must now use the battery sparingly to conduct their scientific experiments. Show More Summary

Philae's New 360-Degree Image Is Our Best Look At The Comet Yet

Earlier today we showed you a composite image of the first two photo from the Philae lander. But the European Space Agency released four brand-new images in a press briefing this morning, and it’s our clearest look at the Philae’s spot on 67P we’ve seen. More »      

Concern about Philae's fate as lander sends back first image from comet

last weekOdd : Boing Boing

European space agency scientists believe the Philae lander may have plopped down on its side when landing on comet 67P. The first monochome image sent back from the space craft more than 300 million miles away from us shows the bumpy, crackled comet surface with one of Philae’s three legs in the bottom left. Read the rest

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