Günther Hasinger appointed as ESA Director of Science14 December 2017
Günther Hasinger appointed as ESA Director of Science14 December 2017 The Council of the European Space Agency announced the appointment of Günther Hasinger as the next Director of Science. He will succeed Alvaro Giménez, who has served in the position since 2011.
Mars upside down14 December 2017
Mars upside down14 December 2017 Which way is up in space? Planets are usually shown with the north pole at the top and the south pole at the bottom. In this remarkable image taken by ESA’s Mars Express, the Red Planet is seen with north at the bottom, and the equator at the top.
Mercury Transfer Module in space simulator07 December 2017
Mercury Transfer Module in space simulator07 December 2017 The BepiColombo Mercury Transfer Module has completed its final major test inside ESA’s Large Space Simulator, proving it will be able to withstand the temperature extremes it will experience on its journey to Mercury.
Cassini’s farewell mosaic of Saturn04 December 2017
Cassini’s farewell mosaic of Saturn04 December 2017 In a fitting farewell to the planet that had been its home for over 13 years, the international Cassini spacecraft took one last, lingering look at Saturn and the splendid rings during the final leg of its journey and snapped a series of images that h...
Star formation in the Chamaeleon28 November 2017
Star formation in the Chamaeleon28 November 2017 A dark cloud when observed with optical telescopes, the Chamaeleon I region reveals itself as an active hub of star formation in this far-infrared image from ESA’s Herschel space observatory. Only around 550 light-years away in the southern constellat...
Integral’s orbits 2002–1721 November 2017
Integral’s orbits 2002–1721 November 2017 ESA’s Integral space observatory has been orbiting Earth for 15 years, observing the ever-changing, powerful and violent cosmos in gamma rays, X-rays and visible light. Studying stars exploding as supernovas, monster black holes and, mo...